Baxter Black, DVM: Festus and the Coon
Doc had escaped his busy Omaha practice and met his friend Stevo west of Eustace for a little sport. “Ever hunted coon on one of these?” Doc asked as he jumped two mules outta the back of his pickup stockracks.
Grazing Bites: Looking at Dry Weather Late Season Pasture Management
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
As I write this in early October parts of Indiana still remain dry with an intensity rating of abnormally dry to moderate drought. It’s certainly been drier in the past, especially thinking back to 2012, but we could benefit from some rain. Forage regrowth has slowed down and opportunities for fall annuals remains challenging.
Premiums reward those raising beef with more prime
Connie Sieh Groop
The Cattle Business Weekly
Jim Nickeson of Big Stone City, S.D. is convinced Prime 360 Beef is a way to provide extra dollars on the table utilizing genetics for those in the cattle market. “I think we are leaving a lot of dollars on the table by not utilizing prime generating genetics,” he said.
Balloon teats and other reasons to cull
R. P. "Doc" Cooke
High-production mindset has given us more reasons to cull than to keep modern cows.
Value of bull to commercial herd exceeds ‘relative’ value
Dr. Joe Paschal, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension livestock specialist, said a good bull is likely the “best investment” a cattle producer can make.
Range Beef Cow Symposium: An experience you can’t get online
The Fence Post
So why travel to Cheyenne, Wyo., for the Nov. 28-30 Range Beef Cow Symposium? Because this year’s symposium offers more than two days’ worth of information they cannot get on-line — hands-on demonstrations, enlightening conversations with fellow ranchers, and a chance to fire questions at national experts, according to Karla Jenkins, University of Nebraska-Lincoln cow-calf and range management specialist at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center at Scottsbluff, Neb.
Timing and application critical in getting ahead of cattle lice
The winter of 2016-17 was a challenge for controlling lice in the beef cow herd and varying weather conditions may have been the heart of the issue. “The weather the fall of 2016 was mild up through Thanksgiving, so lice didn’t really begin to replicate until early December,” said Jon Seeger, DVM, managing veterinarian with Zoetis.
Abnormal weather doesn’t grow average forage
Dr. Reynold Bergen
Beef Cattle Research Council
Averages are useful statistics, but sometimes averages can be misleading. As the University of Saskatchewan’s late Iain Christison said, “the average human has one breast and one testicle”. Canada’s rainfall may be close to average this year – but much of the country is experiencing severe drought, and most of the rest is soaked.
Manure management could use a shift in perception
Nicole Kenney Rambo
In light of volatility in commercial fertilizer prices, integrated crop and livestock operations are increasingly recognizing the value of manure as fertilizer. Manure is a source of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K), and decreases commercial fertilizer needs. Further benefits of an integrated crop and livestock system include the addition of organic matter and sulfur (S) through fertilization with manure.
Consider implants to boost stocker cattle gain
The winter grazing season is once again here for Oklahoma producers. Much of the winter forage has been put in the ground, and producers are counting on rain to produce good forage this fall. Regardless of grazing choices, producers should consider utilizing an implant in stocker cattle to boost gains this winter.