Daily Archives: May 5, 2017

BeefTalk: Cows Pregnant Again in 82 Days

BeefTalk: Cows Pregnant Again in 82 Days

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Are the cows ready to breed? Assuming a 283-day gestation, if the cow that calved on April 1 wants to maintain her position as the first cow to calve on April 1, she only has 82 days to recoup from calving, start lactating and be cycling the day the bulls arrive in the pasture. And so the question of the day: “Are the cows ready to breed?”

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Implanting the Suckling Calf

Implanting the Suckling Calf

Erin Laborie

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The use of growth implants has shown to be an effective tool in increasing production from the ranch to the feedlot. Implants cause a delay in fat deposition and an increase in lean tissue accretion while ultimately changing frame size. These growth promotants have been reported to increase gains of suckling calves by four to six percent (Griffin and Mader, 1997).

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A Breeding Soundness Exam: Insurance for Your Breeding Season

A Breeding Soundness Exam: Insurance for Your Breeding Season

Dr. Les Anderson

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

I received the call on Monday. I seem to receive this call 6-8 times each year. This particular rancher had just finished getting his cows diagnosed for pregnancy. He had 43 fall calving cows. Last fall, these cows were synchronized for artificial insemination and were exposed to one bull for about 5 weeks and a second bull for 7 weeks.

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Treatment protocol plan a valuable management tool for cow-calf operations too

Treatment protocol plan a valuable management tool for cow-calf operations too

Donald Stotts

American Cattlemen

It is “calf-working time” in Oklahoma, which should serve as a valuable reminder for producers to get with their veterinarians to review, revise or – if one does not exist – develop a treatment protocol plan for their specific cattle operations.

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Let’s Lose Less Sleep: Birth Weight/Calving Ease

Let’s Lose Less Sleep: Birth Weight/Calving Ease

Robert Williams, Ph.D.

Go Brangus

Pounds of healthy calves weaned, as a percentage of cows exposed, is one of the most important characteristics of a profitable beef enterprise. There are several traits which contribute to this measurement of herd profitability, including: fertility, calving ease, calf vigor, udder quality, teat quality, mothering ability, and growth. Some of these traits have an effect on other traits.

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Cattle feeding industry also impacted by the snow storm

Cattle feeding industry also impacted by the snow storm

Ken Anderson

Brownfield AG News

It’s estimated as much as 75 percent of the nation’s cattle on feed were impacted by the weekend snow storm in the High Plains. Garden City, Kansas cattle feeder Lee Reeve says the conditions on Sunday were “as bad as I’ve ever seen”. “It was just horrendous,” Reeve tells Brownfield. “We had eight to ten inches—some places more snow than that—and 50 to 60 mile per hour winds. You couldn’t see. You couldn’t take care of your cattle. You just couldn’t do anything.”

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Administration Proposes Comprehensive Tax Reform Plan, Includes Repeal of Death Tax

Administration Proposes Comprehensive Tax Reform Plan, Includes Repeal of Death Tax

Feedlot Magazine

he plan is designed to serve as the starting point as Congress and the Administration work to pass a comprehensive tax reform package this year. Danielle Beck, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association director of government affairs, said the Administration included in the proposal immediate repeal of the Death Tax – a priority for NCBA.

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Texas cattle ranchers, dependent on Mexican trade, keep an eye on NAFTA

Texas cattle ranchers, dependent on Mexican trade, keep an eye on NAFTA

Andrew Schneider

Marketplace

President Trump has walked back his latest threat to pull the U.S. out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, saying he still wants to try to renegotiate the trade agreement with Canada and Mexico. But he warns he’s ready to pull out if talks don’t produce “a fair deal.” That’s making a lot of industries that depend on cross-border trade nervous. Among the most concerned: cattle ranchers.

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Five-year grass-fed beef research findings now available MSU Extension

Five-year grass-fed beef research findings now available MSU Extension

Kable Thurlow

Michigan State University

MSU Researchers and Extension educators have been testing ideas and developing a production model to build the case for using adaptive grazing management as an alternate method for producing highly nutritional food using sunlight and land. The model requires less inputs of seed, fertilizer, fuel, labor and depreciating capital than the traditional cash crop model.

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Learn latest techniques for grazing cattle

Learn latest techniques for grazing cattle

Wallaces Farmer

Southern Iowa beef producers who want to learn more about grazing management, in general, and managing tall fescue, in particular, are invited to attend any of four beef management workshops this spring.

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