BeefTalk: Cattle, So Why Not Sheep, Too?
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Previous discussions in this column noted sheep can be stocked on a cattle operation at the rate of one cow, one ewe without a negative impact on grazing. In fact, ecological advantages certainly result when cattle and sheep (and perhaps even goats) cohabitate on grasslands. However, suggesting that option usually produces some simple stares, and perhaps a shrug or two, and life continues. Occasionally, a verbal response, generally negative, is generated despite the historical data that show such a decision would be beneficial to the grasslands and positive to the checkbook.
Increased breeding success in beef replacement heifers with omega 3s?
The Prairie Star
At the University of Wyoming, work with unsaturated fats and grass-fed beef has led to new research, which could benefit heifer-breeding success. “The unknown fertility of replacement heifers is a serious concern of beef cattle producers,” said Dan Rule, UW professor of animal science .
Proper stewardship can help limit fetal losses during calving season
Farm and Ranch Guide
Each year, calf crops are the lifeblood of cow/calf operations. In the cyclical nature the livestock industry operates under, high survival rates for newly born calves is a key component to a healthy bottom line.
Bull buying season
You can tell it’s that time of year, to buy a bull, when your mailbox is filled up with sale catalogs. For decades, we have been collecting performance data on bulls, but in earlier times it was mostly individual performance under feedlot conditions. A large breakthrough came when computers became available and statistical methods were developed to calculate Expected Progeny Differences. EPDs provide an estimate of the genetic potential of an animal as a parent based upon three sources of information: ancestors, the animal’s own record and the record of its progeny.
Discussions begin heating up for the 2018 Farm Bill: What does it mean for the cattle industry?
Brian R. Williams
The 2016 elections are now a distant memory and the transition into a new presidential administration is nearly complete. Now that the dust has settled a bit and most of the cabinet picks have been confirmed, talk about the 2018 Farm Bill has begun to heat up.
There’s a new feed in town: Triticale to the rescue
Triticale is the result of crossing wheat and rye, combining the nutritional value of the wheat and the rapid growth, heat tolerance and hardiness of rye. It was originally discovered back in the late 1800s, although it wasn’t until the 1960s that it was available commercially.
Talk to a lawyer before the inevitable
Death, divorce, disability and disagreement. While not all are inevitable, Laura McDougald-Williams, a partner in the Meighen Haddad Law Firm told an audience at CropConnect in Winnipeg in mid-February that it’s wise to protect your farm against the “4 Ds.”