From the Pasture to the Golden Arches
"Producer-focused" and "unbiased" is how Chad Ellis says The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation will approach a new two-year research project build around testing metrics established by the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB) and exploring scalable solutions that might be applicable to beef production across the U.S.
Graze early, rotate cattle rapidly
Iowa Farmer Today
Managing pastures in the spring requires planning and flexibility. Often, grass grows faster than cattle can graze it. But producers have a couple of options to make the most use of abundant forage. The goal is to prevent grass from maturing and going dormant. Once this happens, forage quality decreases.
What Do Cows Eat, and Why?
On its face, this seems like a silly question. Don’t we all know what cows eat?! So when Fred Provenza, as a new professor at Utah State University, chose this question for his research focus, there were some raised eyebrows. Three decades of research later, it turns out that Dr. Provenza’s research was ground-breaking, giving us important insights into how animals choose what to eat and providing the foundation for new ways to work with our livestock as land management tools.
Answering Genomic Prediction Questions
Dr. Jared Decker
A Steak in Genomics
The purpose of linebreeding is to increase the frequency of favorable DNA variants. EPDs accomplish this same purpose. However, linebreeding has some serious shortcomings, namely that while the frequency (and homozygosity) of favorable alleles are increased, the frequency (and homozygosity) of many unfavorable alleles are also increased.
Protect your herd sire investments with these helpful tips
TriState Livestock News
Herd sires account for half of the genetic makeup of the calf crop and depending on how many years they are in use, it’s easy to see the impact of a bull on a cow-calf operation. However, bull management can easily be overlooked this time of year as producers are busy calving and working in the fields.
Priorities When Starting an Artificial Insemination Program
Evan Whitley, Ph.D.
Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
The Noble Foundation owns and operates approximately 14,000 acres that spans seven ranches and three counties. These properties are used in various ways including conducting applied research and demonstration as well as providing a venue for educational and training events.
Pest Management Considerations for your Operation
Joseph W. Ward, Ph.D
For Livestock farmers, dealing with pests’ ins one of the most expensive and time consuming chores that comes with raising healthy livestock. A variety of insect and mite pests affect the cattle industry. House flies, stable flies, face flies, horse flies, deer flies, cattle grubs, lice, and mange mites all are common and significant pests of cattle. Many factors come in to play in both preventing and fighting pests, including the time of the year, the type pf animal and the conditions in which animals live and are raised.
Soil Compaction May No Longer Be A Worry for Many Producers
It makes sense that a 1,200-pound Angus cow would place quite a lot of pressure on the ground on which it walks. But a new study shows that even these heavy beasts can’t do much to compact common soils — if they’re grazed responsibly.
Forage during recovery: Producers seek new grazing options
Barb Bierman Batie
A series of deadly and devastating wildfires that hit Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Texas during March have severely altered spring grazing plans in the four states. Three fires near the Oklahoma-Kansas border burned more than 800,000 acres early in the month, and ranchers in those areas — as well as in others hit by fire — are just beginning to get a grasp on what options they will have in the coming year.
Leading the BIF Mission
When your passion in genetics and seedstock marketing sparks during your grade school years, you have more time than most to make a mark on the industry. This year’s Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) President Martin “Marty” Ropp has spent his lifetime making a difference in the livestock business and in recent years specifically the beef industry.