Plan Properly to Manage Yearling Breeding
Developing and breeding yearling heifers can be equally rewarding and frustrating. The process is too timely and costly to land anywhere short of success. The technology around estrus synchronization continues to evolve and improve.
Quarantine To Ward Off the Spread of Warts
Dr. Ken McMillan
Cattle face warts is a treatable, but contagious condition. It underscores why new animals on the farm should be quarantined. I would use a commercial wart vaccine and give two doses according to label instructions. I crush some of the warts to try to stimulate immunity by releasing the virus into the system. Other people have written to me swearing that removing them and feeding them back to the cow helps.
Countering the myths on mineral supplementation for cattle
Farm & Ranch Guide
Many times when cattle producers get together the subject of mineral supplementation will come up and there are those who can produce a variety of reasons why they don’t think providing minerals to their cattle is important. However, Kent Tjardes, cattle consultant with Purina Animal Nutrition feels withholding a mineral program from the herd can actually hold cattle back from unrealized potential.
Animal well-being: Better care for a better business
U.S. cattlemen have long recognized the importance of the proper care and handling of their livestock. From cow-calf operations to backgrounding/stocker programs and finally to feedyards and packing plants, ensuring animals are well cared for not only makes good business sense; it’s also the right thing to do.
Duval County Ranch in Texas
Duval County Ranch is located 2 hours south of San Antonio, and covers 125,000 plus contiguous acres. It is located in an arid, mesquite covered region. Along with the mesquite, there are numerous species of brush that cover the landscape. Forage production is limited by the amount of brush cover. The ranch is split by 3 major highways which present another challenge to its management.
SD Beef producers capitalize on New York partnership
Tri State Livestock News
South Dakota beef producers are utilizing a long-standing partnership with the New York Beef Council to reach east coast consumers with a positive beef message. Each year, the New York Farm Tour brings consumer influencers to rural areas. This year two South Dakota beef producers will help provide insight into modern beef production in the more wide-open spaces of the Midwest.
Grazing Residue Height Matters
Jessica A. Williamson
Ohio BEEF Cattle Letter
Any grazier knows that pasture management is as much of an art as it is a science. Skilled and seasoned graziers understand how important it is to keep a close eye on pastures as livestock are grazing, and often a drive-by evaluation of a pasture is not good enough to fully see what is going on out there – it requires us to get out of the truck and get our boots on the ground, walking the field to evaluate the current status. Often over-grazed pastures can appear to have more residue – or stubble – than they actually have when driving by or viewing from a vehicle window.
NAFTA Benefits Beef Trade Across U.S.-Canada Border
Ag News Feed
Leaders from Canadian and U.S. beef organizations agree keeping NAFTA going is important for producers in both countries. Renegotiating trade agreements is a campaign promise President Donald Trump has kept and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) appears to be heading towards a reconfigured deal. For beef producers and consumers in the U.S., Mexico and Canada it might not be a good thing to change the agreement if it harms what has been a good relationship the past 23 years.
Etiquette on the end of a branding iron
Branding season is upon us. The smell of burnt hair and calf scours. The loudness of the branding pot and the bellering cows. We haven’t started to brand yet here on the ranch, but will start that process within the next couple of weeks. Branding is becoming more and more of a controversial issue with those that are further removed from agriculture. Branding methods have also become controversial, as there are definite opinions on what way is best and most “traditional.”
Cattle producers prepare for China to open its doors to US beef
The Fence Post
When the Chinese open their borders to American beef this summer, the promise of significant premiums and a substantial new market is real and is prompting many beef producers to go through verification programs to be among the first to export beef to the new market. Ranchers Connecting Ranchers and RaeMarie Knowles stand at the ready to help producers through the process.