BeefTalk: On the Prairie, Listen, and Walk, Not Run
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
To truly appreciate the wonders of the prairie, one must stop, look and listen. Believe it or not, the rough and tough rancher does that, perhaps discreetly, when moving cattle, parking trucks or checking the miles of fences. The majesty and silence of the prairie and the surrounding lands rival the various majestic wonders of the world. The flight of the lone butterfly, to be heard by no one, is in itself a sight left to the lone rancher on a sunny, windless day.
Settle, sort, settle: The key to open-field sorting
As I write this, most of my part of the world is in the midst of the fall gather. It’s a fun time of year as it always means lots of time on horseback, bugling elk providing a symphony as you pull cattle from the high country and lots of sorting.
More Grass Than Cattle – What Do You Do?
I have a bit of a dilemma. I’m doing/want to do management intensive grazing, but I have way less cattle than land and can’t buy any more for a while. So as I see it I have a “few” options:
Optimize gut health in your calves.
On a microscopic level, there’s a battle going on inside every calf’s gut. In order for a calf to grow into a healthy adult animal and meet its full genetic potential, good gut health is vital, as it allows the calf to efficiently utilize the nutrients in feed.
How You Can Help the Sun Make Hay When It Shines!
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
Consider making haylage/silage or balage instead of dry hay. Since haylage is preserved at higher moisture contents, it is a lot easier to get it to a proper dry matter content for safe preservation. Proper dry matter content for chopping haylage can often be achieved within 24 hours or less as compared with 3 to 5 days for dry hay.
Three common summer cattle diseases
Michigan State University
As temperatures continue to increase, so does the anticipation for summer shows and fairs. When planning to exhibit any animal species, the most important requirement is having a healthy animal. Raising a healthy animal involves nutrition, housing and management. Preventing, diagnosing early and treating any illness will pay big dividends.
Looking for youth interested in beef cattle
The upcoming BeefMeets events being held by the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association are an opportunity for not only cattle producers to learn and interact, but also Iowa’s youth who are interested in the cattle industry. Youth are invited and encouraged to attend BeefMeets to participate in the Youth Beef Team training that will occur at each of these regional meetings. Registration and training is free.
Bovine TB Summit Set for Late July
USDA is planning a Bovine TB (tuberculosis) Summit to highlight the chronic bacterial disease that has seen a recent bump in cases over recent months with reported infections in five states including South Dakota. Scheduled for July 26-27 in Fort Collins, Colo., the Bovine TB Summit will bring industry and regulators together to discuss how to modernize the TB program and work toward eradicating the disease from the United States, said Dr. Jack Shere, Chief Veterinary Officer of the United States, USDA/Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
Farm, rural groups denounce Trump budget
The Fence Post
Farm, rural, conservation and nutrition groups issued dramatic statements denouncing President Donald Trump’s budget proposals for the Agriculture Department and food assistance programs, even though Trump got two-thirds of the vote in rural America and a higher percentage in some places.
Farmer faces $2.8 million fine after plowing field
A farmer faces trial in federal court this summer and a $2.8 million fine for failing to get a permit to plow his field and plant wheat in Tehama County. A lawyer for Duarte Nursery said the case is important because it could set a precedent requiring other farmers to obtain costly, time-consuming permits just to plow their fields.