Nutritional Tools Enhance Herd Performance
Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS
In more recent history, cattle producers are beginning to focus more on production efficiency. “What is the most economical way I can produce a calf or a pound of gain on the bulls and heifers I sell?” With every production parameter there is an efficiency measurement that comes with it.
Consider Culling Cows with Mastitis
Mastitis is an infection of the mammary gland. It is one of the most common and costly diseases in dairy cattle. In dairy cattle, it is usually easy to detect and treat; but note that I said "treat," not "successfully treat." This is something dairy farmers are all too familiar with.
To Estrus Detect or Not Was the Question
B. T. Tibbitts, T. L. Meyer, D. J. Kelly, and R. N. Funston
University of Nebraska
Reproductive technologies such as estrus synchronization and AI have limited adoption in the beef industry, partially due to added labor. Protocols that limit labor and cattle processing have a greater potential of being adopted. In the past, pregnancy rates were improved when estrus detection was used.
Iowa Beef Center Fact Sheet Provides Guidance for Grazing Contracts
Farm and Ranch Guide
The lack of a futures market for forages can make it difficult for land owners and beef producers to establish a fair-market value, particularly for standing forages. Establishing that value, however, can make the difference between profit and loss for a beef operation in a given year. That’s why Iowa State University specialists Patrick Gunn and Joe Sellers created a new fact sheet, Pasture and Grazing Arrangements for Beef Cattle, for those who use pasture and grazing rentals in their operations.
New product to combat fescue toxicosis in cattle
Brownfield AG News
A new formula for fighting fescue toxicosis is available for cattle that graze in the so-called “Fescue Belt” of the U.S. Kentucky 31 Fescue is the culprit and when ingested can cause cattle to lose weight and have reproductive issues from the endophyte-infected grass.
Cover Crops Work? Show Me!
All across the United States, farmers are increasingly using cover crops to suppress weeds, conserve soil and control pests and diseases. But agricultural educators know that savvy farmers are reluctant about risk and often want to see cover crops in action before making significant change.
Testing for grass composition
Hay and Forage Grower
Mixtures of grass and alfalfa have always been variable by nature in terms of their composition. This variability is caused by environmental conditions at the time of seeding, the grass species selected, and seasonal growth differences from spring through fall.