BeefTalk: Seeking Efficient Beef Cows
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
What do we know about efficiency within the beef cattle business? A lot. What do we know about understanding beef cattle efficiency? A little. How do we implement what we know and understand? Not sure. We have two very difficult issues when beef cattle efficiency is the focus of the discussion. The first, biological efficiency, is real and regulated by inputs, environmental limitations such as climate, and soil types.
Potassium Deficiency in Hay Fields can Enhance Disease Issues
Southeast Cattle Advisor
At the end of June, a Jackson County,FL rancher noticed something strange about his hay field. The field was gradually turning yellow and was not growing well. Typically plants turn yellow as the result of a nitrogen deficiency, but this field had been fertilized for hay production.
Manage Heat Stress in Livestock Show Projects
We’ve hit the hottest days of summer just as many livestock exhibitors are preparing for county and state fairs. No matter the hours of work and preparation you’ve put into your livestock projects, heat stress is a challenge to plan for and manage.
A look at multibreed evaluations and EPDs across breeds
A panel at the 2017 Beef Improvement Federation Research Symposium and Convention, held in Athens, Georgia, addressed the complex issue of expected progeny differences across breeds.
Stockpiling Encourages Pasture Legumes
Stockpiling pastures for winter grazing is a great way to allow legumes to naturally reseed in your pastures. Most of the commonly used legumes such as red, alsike, or strawberry clover and birdsfoot trefoil will produce enough seed for stand rejuvenation with 60-75 days of recovery time. Some native legumes will take longer.
Brucellosis Found in Madison County, Montana, herd
Tri State Livestock News
Brucellosis has been found in a heifer within Montana’s Designated Surveillance Area (DSA), according to the Montana Department of Livestock.
NDSU hosting first Cow Efficiency Congress
The Cattle Business Weekly
North Dakota State University’s Dickinson Research Extension Center will host the first World Cattlemen’s Cow Efficiency Congress in Dickinson on Sept. 1-3. The congress will focus on helping cattle producers identify factors affecting cow herd efficiency and ranch profitability.
How to find the right manager for your ranch
In this article, we’ll look at how an absentee ranch owner can find and qualify a ranch manager to oversee the operation. Often, an absentee owner can begin the search by asking neighboring ranches or ag-related business owners in town for names of possible candidates. This is where the reputation of potential candidates becomes critical. A person’s reputation includes what others say about him, his track record and his successes.
Know when to help fall-calving cows and heifers during the calving process
Oklahoma State University
Oklahoma ranchers who use a fall calving system should be reviewing research-proven information about the amount of time cows and heifers are allowed to be in labor before assistance should be given.
Cargill Invests in Animal-Free Meat Company
Twin Cities Business
Cargill is betting the future of meat is grown in a lab. The Wayzata-based agriculture giant has invested in Memphis Meats, a San Francisco-based company that developed a way to grow so-called “clean meat,” which doesn’t require the slaughter of an animal.