BeefTalk: Walking a Trail, Understanding Cow Math
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
The search for efficient cows at the Dickinson Research Extension Center has resulted in “cow math,” the translation of biological and economic efficiency into the herd production inventory based on land units.
Pate offers hints into sound stockmanship
The Fence Post
As the horse and rider connect, the cattle move easily toward a holding pen. Using some simple moves, the rider sorts off some of the steers into a separate pen. In this cattle demonstration, there is no yelling, no running or jumping at the cattle, and no biting dogs. It is just simple stockmanship between a man and his horse moving some cattle where he wants them to go.
Sick Cows/Sick People – The Grassfed Antidote
Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
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.
Almost all of the beef available in supermarkets across the country comes from sick cows that pose a significant risk to human health. The Cornucopia Institute, a national food and farm policy research group, has just released a video educating consumers on where their burger meat comes from.
Texas Farmer Describes Harvey Destruction
“This is water of biblical proportions. I’m talking about unimaginable flooding,” says Texas producer Dennis DeLaughter. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Texas growers are reeling as the agriculture industry begins to assess damage levels. All things considered, DeLaughter is a fortunate farmer, despite being surrounded by water and battered by 100-mph winds.
Are you a digitally connected rancher?
USDA recently updated its relatively new biennial survey: Farm Computer Usage and Ownership. This is an important report; internet access and computer usage is rapidly evolving in rural America. For example, this year’s report added two new categories for internet access: fiber-optic cable, now serving 8% of all U.S. farms, and mobile internet service.
Beef exports hit marketing year high
Brownfield AG News
The USDA reports old crop corn and soybean export sales for the week ending August 24th were within most pre-report estimates. The 2017/18 marketing year for beans, corn, and sorghum officially starts September 1st.
Risk Management for Commercial Cow-Calf Producers
Dr. Bob Hough
Western Livestock Journal
he selection of proper genetics by a commercial cow-calf producer to match their environment, management, feed resources, and market opportunities is a significant, way to manage risk. This includes designing cattle with the proper mature size as well as growth and milk potential.
I see you stock show mom, when no one else is looking.
As much as I’m looking forward to her experiencing all the wonderful things that come from showing livestock, I’m pretty nervous about being a full fledged show mom.
If Cattle Aren’t Grass-Fed, What Are Farmers Feeding Them?!
You’ve heard ‘grass-fed’ on tv, online and in the grocery store. But what does that mean for cattle that aren’t grass-fed? Are they eating dead bugs? Tree bark? What is in their bellies if not grass?
Limiting Weaning Stress for Beef Cattle
LaRue County Herald
Weaning is usually a stressful time of year for calves. Limiting weaning stress in beef calves can increase their daily gain. Calves often experience four types of stress: physical, environmental, nutritional and social. You can help them avoid or minimize these with proper management.