When calf prices are sky high, creep feeding often comes down to simple math. As the market trends down, however, it’s an iffier proposition—unless the motivation is more than economic. For cattleman Lindy Sheppard, the practice is about filling in forage gaps for a select group of fall-born calves.
Managing heat stress takes forethought
Nicole Kenney Rambo
This time of year, in the context of cattle, we specifically have a focus on heat stress. The majority of discussion on heat stress focuses on feed-lot cattle. But cows in confinement also face the same challenges. These heat-stress-mitigation strategies are also appropriate for confinement cow operations.
Entries Being Accepted for 2017 World Beef Expo
Wisconsin Ag Connection
Officials from World Beef Expo say entries are now being accepted for the 2017 competition, which takes place September 22-24 at Wisconsin State Fair Park near Milwaukee. Beef cattle of all breeds are being welcome to complete in both the Open Show and Junior Show.
In China, interest in U.S. beef is high, but ranchers and feeders need time to build supply
Since China reopened its doors to U.S. beef, Beller’s phone has been ringing. Packing plants and exporters are on the hunt for specialty cattle like some of those Beller feeds. Green tags in their ears indicate they’ve been raised without artificial hormones and could qualify for the Chinese market.
Why is it important to cull poor-temperament cows?
The obvious answer to the title question is: Poor-temperament cattle are hard to handle and for safety reasons need to be culled. But that’s not the only reason. Besides human health, culling poor-temperament cattle can improve an operation’s overall profitability. Pregnancy rates can improve 5 percent, calving rates 5 percent, weaning rates 6 percent, and you can wean 35 pounds more calf per cow exposed by improving cattle temperament – according to Oregon State University research.
Eliminate supplements with quality hay
Hay and Forage Grower
The author is a beef cattle specialist for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension based in Overton, Texas. A common practice for many producers during the fall is to look for the cheapest protein and energy supplements to go along with their hay for winter feeding. However, that time would be better spent during the spring and summer working to produce high-quality hay that would eliminate the need for protein and energy supplementation from grain and other concentrates.
Essential oils can assist with livestock digestion, study finds
Kansas State University
In a study, professors Evan Titgemeyer and T.G. Nagaraja found that limonene, which is in lemon oil, and thymol, which is in thyme oil, help combat a harmful bacterium in cattle stomachs. The bacterium, Fusobacterium necrophorum, makes dietary protein less available to the animal.