The Affordable Cow Herd
Victoria G. Myers
No two cattle operations are exactly the same, especially when it comes to the business side of the ledger. Estimate net present value of an asset, in this case a cow or heifer, and potential future value is easier to visualize.
Best way to stack round hay bales to maintain quality
The Prairie Star
Hay may be more valuable this winter than in recent winters. With dry conditions expanding in Montana throughout the summer and fall, any hay that producers could bale should be stacked in the best configuration possible to retain the most quality.
If They’ve Got the Money, We’ve Got the Time – Affluent Consumers Willing to Pay for High-End Beef
Oklahoma Farm Report
Today more than ever before, consumers are reaching levels of affluence that allow them to be picky when it comes to choosing the food they eat. According to retired ag industry expert Dr. Lowell Catlett, who spoke recently with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays at the Texas Cattle Feeders Association Convention, the fact that consumers are picky in their decisions presents producers with an opportunity to market their cattle into some very profitable niches.
Dangers of Harvesting and Grazing Certain Forages Following a Frost
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
As cold weather approaches, livestock owners who feed forages need to keep in mind certain dangers of feeding forages after frost events. Several forage species can be extremely toxic soon after a frost because they contain compounds called cyanogenic glucosides that are converted quickly to prussic acid (i.e. hydrogen cyanide) in freeze-damaged plant tissues.
Prevention of Needlestick Injuries in Livestock Production
Within agricultural production a good share of livestock producers perform routine veterinary work themselves. This includes administering vaccinations or treatments for common disease or sickness. A result of performing this type of work there is increased risk for injury do to a needle stick injury. According to the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH), needlestick injury research shows that over 80% of farm workers and 73% of swine veterinarians working in animal agriculture have accidentally stuck themselves with a needle.
Producers consider ‘non-negotiables’ when buying bulls
When Charles Henke makes genetics decisions for his herd, he always takes into account expected progeny differences (EPDs). “With EPDs, they are the best tool we have,” he says. “They’re not perfect every time, but they are the most accurate tool.” Henke farms in Chariton County, Mo., and sells registered Angus cattle. When he sell bulls, he tells his customers to think about what traits are most important to them and their operation.
Social media stops to watch Brooklyn bull on the loose
Twitter and Facebook blew up this morning over a bull that had escaped from a New York slaughterhouse and was on the loose in Brooklyn. After taking a trip through Prospect Park, some soccer fields, and even knocking over a stroller and injuring a child, police were able to capture the bull around 1:20 p.m. ET.
The Bud Box and Race
Dr. Kip Lukasiewicz
In the last issue, we discussed the layout of staging pens. After cattle leave the staging pen, they move through the alley to the Bud Box or rub before entering the race (the alley leading to the chute, also known as the snake). The Bud Box is a rectangular box with open sides on three of the four sides. The entry gate coming into the Bud Box is the only solid side; this solid gate redirects the focus of the animal toward the open race leading to the chute. The open sides allow cattle to see what is pressuring them, which is a natural instinct of all prey animals.
Improving hospital pen management one pen rider at a time
Hospital pen management is not only a necessity but often dictates therapeutic outcomes, whether it is successful or not. We have highly skilled cattlemen focused intently each day on observing individual animal health, and we do a good job of identifying and treating sick animals. But ensuring we complete the full treatment process depends on how we manage those animals once we get them to the hospital for treatment.
The Beef Council
Commodity beef is a huge term with an enormous amount of information, organized within the category. Many would deem it a catch-all term that reflects the entire bulk of the industry’s production, though individual segments of the beef industry might have its own definition of the term. Commodity beef, as the term implies, would have little in the way of individual characteristics or history and would likely be deemed that total mass of beef produced–named and unnamed.