BeefTalk: When Early Weaning, Adapt Calves and Provide Right Nutrition
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
While we are dry in the upper Great Plains, and the lack of moisture is depressing, much of cattle country, especially the eastern and western portions of the U.S., have adequate moisture and feed supply. On a long drive from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, through Montana and over to eastern North Dakota, the contrast was vivid: The situation was good for those who have grass and disappointing for those who do not.
Red Angus Association of America’s national office transitions to Denver area
The rapidly growing Red Angus Association of America will soon be operating out of its new headquarters in Commerce City, Colorado, located in close proximity to Denver International Airport. RAAA’s Board of Directors approved the relocation of the National Office during the fall of 2016, and the transition is nearing completion.
Here are a million reasons we need bugs
R. P. "Doc" Cooke
For the majority of my career in veterinary medicine including the thousands of hours in lectures, labs, and study, the unseen microbial world was the enemy. If we did not pay attention and monitor the pathogens closely and medicate before and during stressful times, we might lose the ranch.
Hay and Straw Barn Fires a Real Danger
Jason Hartschuh, Mark Sulc, Sarah Noggle and David Dugan
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
We’ve heard of one barn fire here in Ohio this morning and a lot of hay was put up last Thursday ahead of the rain. Much of the hay was wetter than it should have been for safe dry hay storage. Watch those moist bales very carefully for the next two to three weeks! Use a hay temperature probe and monitor the internal temperature of the hay during these first three weeks after baling.
Drylot provides option for cattle during drought
Tri State Neighbor
Feeding cattle in a drylot rather than range or pasture may be a viable alternative for livestock producers dealing with drought conditions this year, said Warren Rusche, a beef feedlot management associate for South Dakota State University Extension.
Here’s why shade now pays off next spring
You may be choosing a calving season based on weather, but breeding-season weather should be another consideration because, after all, favorable calving weather makes no difference to open cows.
Realities of U.S. Beef’s Access to China
Excitement abounds for new beef market access in China, but qualified supplies remain tight. Beef leaders say full access to market channels will take time to develop. “China has tremendous potential for this industry, but it’s a long-term project,” says Derrell Peel, economist, Oklahoma State University. “We’ve got access and now we know the details. There are some restrictions in the short run that really limit the available supply. More importantly, now the market can start to work. Over time we’ll figure out what the restrictions are for specific products and those relations will develop.”
Let’s take a look at your working facilities
Are your cattle-handling facilities up to snuff? Consider these statistics from a recent Politico article titled: “Your farm is trying to kill you.” “Farmers are nearly twice as likely to die on the job as police officers, five times as likely as firefighters, and 73 times as likely as Wall Street bankers.” And on top of that, “The Center for Disease Control and Prevention claims more farmers have been injured since 9/11 than U.S. soldiers.”
Controlling Anaplasmosis with Medicated Mineral Supplementation
Anaplasmosis is a disease of cattle that tends to occur most commonly in mature cows and bulls during the summer and early fall. We’ve always thought of it as a disease that mostly affects cattle in the southern tier of states, which is mostly true, but with increased cattle movement over the last decade the footprint of anaplasmosis has spread.
How American farmers can avoid another economic slump
America’s agricultural economics run in cycles — each lasting 30 years since 1900 and including periods of decline in U.S. farm income and agricultural land value. Today, we are in a downturn, with farm income 40 percent off its high and agricultural land value in various degrees of decline nationwide.