Silage season: Get the right pack, invest in an inoculant, tarp the pile
The Cattle Business Weekly
Producers preparing for silage harvest should keep in mind the proper steps to getting the most value and quality out of their feed. South Dakota State University Extension beef feedlot management associate Warren Rusche says to capture the most value from their silage they need to make sure the corn is at the right moisture level.
Keeping antibiotic use alive in U.S.
“We estimate that by 2050, 10 million lives a year and a cumulative $100 trillion of economic output are at risk due to the rise of drug-resistant infections if we do not find proactive solutions now to slow down the rise of drug resistance. Even today, 700,000 people die of resistant infections every year.”
New online exchange to benefit farmers, cattle producers
The Fence Post
A new online tool from Nebraska Extension aims to connect farmers and cattle producers to encourage mutually beneficial agreements to use crop residue for grazing. The Crop Residue Exchange tool provides a searchable database of cropland available for grazing.
Mark Parker: The Top 10 reasons for buying a bad bull
10. Your neighbor took one look at him and immediately began fixing the border fence.
More Than a Genetic Spreadsheet
Genetic tests are available for everything from birthweight to carcass weight, so it’s tempting to select your next herd bull based on those results alone. Just think, no more driving all across the country to look at pen after pen of yearling bulls. Or, you could build your dream herd of females off a spreadsheet of genetic predictions for maternal traits. Then again, maybe not.
Moocall releases innovative herd management app
Moocall‘s newest mobile app shows exactly how “smart” herd management can be — and it’s free. To best help beef and dairy farmers manage their breeding and keep track of their herd, the just-released Breedmanager app doesn’t look at the herd as a whole, but rather breaks it up into “smart lists.” These smart lists filter the herd by their relative position within the breeding cycle, which means at the tap of a finger a farmer can quickly identify the cows that are due to calf in the next week, or cows that were in heat in the last 24 hours and so on.
Some wolves may have become ‘habituated’ to eating cattle
Northeast Oregon cattle ranchers have called for two entire packs to be killed, saying the state’s “incremental” approach won’t deter voracious wolves.