BeefTalk: Improper Grazing Steals From the Future
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Proper cattle management means proper pasture management. Correct pasture stocking rates and grazing plans are essential for the short run and the long-term survival of a beef operation. Producers have many approaches to grazing systems. The key point is to have a plan because improper grazing steals from the future.
Consider the Consequences of Bad Behavior
University of Tennessee
Temperament of cattle has long been recognized to influence production efficiency by having an impact on cattle handling and performance. More recently, scientists have suggested that flighty behavior of individual cattle can also affect the performance of the entire group. So, letting just one flighty calf slip passed the sort could decrease the performance of the entire group. For humans, temperament is defined as the way a person thinks, behaves or reacts. For cattle, a good definition for temperament is the intensity of their "fight or flight" instinct.
Prioritization Is Important To Nutrient Management
Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS
Most cattle producers have a nutrition program of one type or another. Some are very well structured, perhaps even having been designed working with a nutritionist. Others are less sophisticated and are the results of getting recommendations at the local feed store or coffee shop.
Spring is approaching, and many folks are going to be planning for the upcoming spring breeding season. During the year, I receive numerous questions focusing on estrus-synchronization protocols and the products used in those protocols. There also appears to be some confusion in the understanding of what each of the products is responsible for in an estrus-synchronization protocol. Therefore, I thought it would be good to clarify some of the questions that I frequently receive.
Farm rooted in mission of Dominican Sisters of Peace
“We’ve done a whole lot to humanely raise cattle, in how we feed them, how they are handled and the general welfare of the cattle,” he said, adding “people want to know where their food comes from.” The farm is situated on 650 acres of picturesque countryside of gently-rolling hills just a short walk downhill from the Dominican Motherhouse.
Defunct Trans-Pacific Partnership not favorable for local cattle ranchers
Kern Golden Empire
President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership could disrupt an essential market for beef producers, a market that doesn’t exist anywhere else. TPP would have fostered the demand in Japan for American beef products, products we don’t eat but are still a quality food source. Now with that trade agreement out the door, some local beef producers are essentially losing out on tens of thousands of dollars.
Pain management in cattle
There’s no doubt that some routine procedures such as castration are painful for cattle. Fortunately, researchers are figuring out how producers can mitigate pain with products on the market today.