Think Generations Ahead When Picking a Bull
Dr. Ken McMillan
Testicles are outside the body cavity for a reason. Sperm need to develop at 4 to 6°F below normal body temperature. A temperature-sensitive muscle, the cremaster, adjusts the distance from the body wall so that this lower temperature can be maintained.
Strip Grazing Fencing Techniques
Heather Smith Thomas
Angus Beef Bulletin EXTRA
For good utilization of turnips or other brassicas, or some of the new cocktail mixes of forage species, it works best if you use portable electric fencing to move the cattle across the field in small strips, according to Tom Larson, who farmed for many years in Nebraska. Larson used polywire, and it worked well.
Producers in dry areas are planning ahead for pasture, hay needs
Iowa Farmer Today
Pasture conditions continue to deteriorate as many parts of the region deal with moderate drought. Much of the western part of Iowa is classified as being abnormally dry to experiencing moderate drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor map released July 27 by the University of Nebraska.
Higher Prices Change Marketing Dynamics
Cattlemen should have shied away from retained ownership this summer as prices strengthened. Higher than expected prices for feeder cattle and calves during July changed the market dynamics of retained ownership raising the opportunity cost of your cattle as well as the break-even price if you retained ownership.
Marketing quality should be considered as you get ready to sell the calf crop
The Fence Post
The day you make breeding choices, purchase bulls or buy bred heifers, marketing the calf crop begins. With those decisions in the rear view, it’s time to consider how to make the most of a great mating. Sale day for your spring-born calves grows closer as each day grows shorter, and that brings up weaning.
Breaking it down: Why the Japanese tariff increase happened and why it matters
U.S. beef exports to Japan have been very successful in 2017, especially in the higher-value chilled category. But even with chilled U.S. exports expanding at such a rapid pace—through May, chilled volume was up 45% from a year ago to 58,000 metric tons (mt), valued at $414 million (up 42%)—the Japanese market still has a strong need for frozen imported beef.
5 questions with … Greg Lardy, head of NDSU Animal Sciences Department
I have two roles at North Dakota State University. I have served as department head for animal sciences since 2009 and have held a part-time role as the associate vice president for agricultural affairs since 2015. In both capacities, my role is to further the impact of NDSU agriculture. Our job is to serve the research, teaching and Extension missions for our producers throughout the state.