The haves and the have nots
Iowa Beef Center
The 2017 growing season has been one of extremes. As I write this column, the region of drought stress is growing across the state. Other parts of Iowa and the Midwest have seen excess rains and flooding, and hail damage has taken a few wide swaths across some counties. The result is that some cattle producers may be short on feed because they used some of the feed supply normally fed in the winter for cows on pasture to get them through this summer. Many producers were able to harvest a very good first cutting of hay.
How to tag livestock properly
Farm and Dairy
Tagging livestock is an important part of animal identification but must be done properly to keep the animal from losing its tag or getting an infection. Before starting, make sure you have the proper ear tags and tag applicator.
Snakebites Always a Farm Danger
The strike seemed impossibly fast to Bill Ryan Tabb, as if a thick branch had snapped across his leg. Tabb took two steps after the strike, checked up, and felt an odd sensation wash over him – a searing pain that had no precedent. Turning about, he watched a snake wrap into 3’ of coil, head cocked up and mouth agape, holding its ground on the edge of a turnrow in burned down, withered grass.
Sorting cows for more efficient winter supplemental feeding
Oklahoma State University
First calf heifers have historically been the toughest females on the ranch to get rebred. They are being asked to continue to grow, produce milk, repair the reproductive tract, and have enough stored body energy (fat) to return to heat cycles in a short time frame.
US hurricane could usher in feed challenges for beef producers
There are several steps that producers can take to prepare for impending severe weather, said Joe Paschal, livestock specialist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.
2017 bull sale season kicks off
Dr. Bob Hough
Western Livestock Journal
Labor Day kicks off the traditional fall bull selling season. It is an exciting time! The fall bull sale represents two years of work by the seedstock breeder from the time they made the breeding decisions that resulted in the bulls they are marketing. It is also the seedstock breeders’ biggest paycheck for the year.
The Future of the Breed Associations
Breed Associations are no longer a registration organization. Promote your services and products like any other profitable company. Genomics has leveled the playing field and lowered the entry barriers to traditionally hard to enter industries. Use that opportunity to get in the game.
Producers consider options to stockpile forage
Iowa Farmer Today
A dry summer could have many producers making changes to their late summer grazing program, including stockpiling forage for after harvest and into winter. Parts of southern Iowa and northern Missouri experienced moderate to severe drought this summer, and even with recent rains, grass availability is tight.
Yes, profitable ranching is possible. Here’s how
You might ask, “Is profitable ranching possible?” Even though good economists and Extension educators have told me that few or none of the ranches in America with 100 cows or less are profitable, I want to tell you that ANY ranch, regardless of how many cows you have, can be. Let’s examine some of the fundamentals of profitable ranching.
Are your animals ready for changing seasons?
As summer moves out and fall sets in, livestock producers need to make sure their herds are prepared for the change in seasons. Mary Rodenhuis, Purdue Extension agriculture and natural resources educator in Franklin County, shared tips for producers to keep in mind as they transition their herds for the cooler months ahead.