BeefTalk: Start Planning for Next Year: Pregnancy Check Cows Early
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Mother Nature has changed everything – again. The upper Midwest’s dry to drought conditions have changed stocking rates, challenged pasture rotation schedules, hastened the end-grazing date, and limited cow and calf condition scores. Producers need to work through the present and take steps to minimize the effects of this year’s drought on next year’s production.
Long-term advantages of high-health herds
Although it would be impossible to prevent all instances of disease or injury in a beef herd, high-health herds benefit from having few animals that require veterinary care and carry those advantages through the life of each animal and into the next generations.
Cover Crops and Stocker Cattle
Iowa Beef Center
As the popularity of using cover crops as a tool to improve water quality through nutrient retention and improve soil health increases, the practice also represents the opportunity for both extending fall and spring grazing for cow-calf operations and providing an early spring source of silage for cow-calf and feedlot operations. In addition to acres planted by cattlemen, this still leaves thousands of acres of potential cover crops planted by cash grain operators.
Don’t blame the calves
High Plains Journal
It’s no secret, marbling in harvested fed cattle declines from late February to early May each year. That coincides with a seasonal switch from yearlings to calf-feds in the harvest mix, which often gets the blame.
Creep Feeding Considerations
University of Illinois
When considering creep feeding your spring born calves, many factors will play a role in the decision. While it might always seem like a good idea to supplement calves to push them to heavier weaning weights, there are negatives as well. Depending on the milk production, pasture quality and quantity, and time of year creep feeding can be an advantage that allows for more profits.
Ethical Meat vs. Meat Hype: A Look at "All Natural", "Grass-Fed" and Other Half-Truths
The Tim Ferriss Show
Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.
Marketing departments are excellent at inventing terms that don’t hold companies accountable, as non-enforceable claims (referred to as “puffery” in the business) don’t result in lawsuits. Hair “volumizers”, “age-defying” x-9 cream factor, and “all natural” meat, oh my!
This is why ranching is so special
It’s said that with age comes wisdom. That may be true, but perhaps a better term is understanding. Or maybe wisdom and understanding are the same thing.