BeefTalk: Age and Source Verification Can Work
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
A decade has passed since the Dickinson Research Extension Center summarized a calf-tagging program to improve market traceability. The data, when revisited, tells an old story. From 2004 to 2006, a total of 14,432 calves were tagged individually and followed. Data showed 19.5 percent remained on the ranch or farm of birth as replacement cattle.
Buying preconditioned calves is a feedlot’s ticket to profitability
Even in times of such uncertainty and a volatile cattle market, revenue generated from value-added programs, which include a sound vaccination and preconditioning plan, certainly exceed their costs.
Anaplasmosis: Not Just the South, Not Just from Ticks
Because of a slow, six-to eight-week incubation period, anaplasmosis often turns up in cattle herds around this time of year, as the disease emerges in herds exposed to ticks or other vectors during the summer.
Select Cows for Profit Potential
Tri State Livestock News
"One of the major success points for beef production is the productive capacity of cows," says Kris Ringwall, director of the Dickinson center and an Extension beef specialist. "Knowledge is profit," adds Ringwall, who will lead the workshops. "These workshops are designed to help select cows to increase pounds and income."
Making Hay This Summer Was A Bust. How Can You Change It?
This past summer was not good for making hay. That said, the hay’s resulting nutrient quality is less than ideal. Cows need to calve in a body condition score of 5.0 – 5.5. Will this year’s hay support this goal?
How to Ease Stress When Weaning Calves
Weaning is a high stress time for calves as well as producers. If not handled correctly, it can lead to increased illness, reduced gains and additional costs. Weaning time is stressful for calves as well as the producers. Proper steps can help reduce illness and limit costs. There are several different approaches cow/calf producers use to reduce calf sickness and make the entire process less stressful. While most producers have a preferred weaning technique, the focus is the same –keeping stress low for both calf and dam.
Cattle Health and the Sale Barn
The sale barn is a great way for producers to discover the value of their calves, yet it can have a negative connotation when talking about animal health. The trip to and from as well as the sights, sounds and smells of the sale barn put stress on the animals, resulting in challenges to the immune system. However, cattlemen can give their animals a helping hand by providing them with proper nutrition to support immune function and gut health.