BeefTalk: Will the Hay Inventory Feed the Cows?
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Cow herd inventory is the working asset for beef producers, and maintaining that inventory is an important component of a successful beef operation. A walk through the Dickinson Research Extension Center calf pens checks the health and vigor of the calves. The challenge is keeping feed resources current to provide the daily feed needs for the center.
Even with forages, the end of the year is the time to plan!
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
The month of December is a great time to plan. We still have the opportunity to make changes to the 2017 year and plan for 2018. When I think of 2017, especially as it relates to forages, two things come to mind for me. First, what worked and what went wrong? Next, is there anything that can be done to improve the operation for this and next year?
Winter animal care: Tips to help keep your animals healthy and happy during winter months
Michigan State University
Cold weather is here. Being prepared and utilizing these tips and techniques will help your livestock stay healthy and comfortable throughout winter.
Streamlined hay, forage products enter market
New hay balers top the list of products for the hay and forage market. Several companies, both major manufacturers and short-line companies, introduced several new models of balers, from Kubota’s new BV4580 baler to New Holland’s Big Baler Plus.
Missouri Cattlemen pleased with decrease in pasture taxes
Christmas came early for the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association (MCA) after the Missouri Tax Commission voted to not increase property taxes for tillable land and a 7 percent decrease in taxes for pasture ground (classified as grades 5-7). Land classified as grade 8 received a 3 percent decrease. MCA Executive Vice President Mike Deering said the three-member Missouri State Tax Commission sent a signal to all Missourians that the Commission wants to advance Missouri agriculture.
Beef cattle tips for December
Be sure that weaned heifer calves are on a feeding program which will enable them be at about 65 percent of their expected mature weight before the start of the breeding season. Rations should be balanced to achieve gains sufficient to get heifers from their current weight to that “target” weight.
China dangles carrots at U.S. beef industry
China is getting increasingly adept at dangling carrots to keep the U.S. at bay. Its latest carrot was to announce on November 9 that it had signed US$253 billion of business deals with U.S. companies. News reports quickly questioned whether the deals will turn into actual business.
CBB Names Scott Stuart to CEO Position
The Beef Board
After an extensive search, the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion & Research Board (CBB) has named Scott Stuart of Colorado as the new chief executive officer, effective February 1, 2018. “The beef industry is very complex,” notes Brett Morris, CBB chairman from Ninnekah, Oklahoma. “Scott has the background and understanding to bring all those pieces together to help producers meet their goal of promoting beef and getting the most value from their checkoff dollar”.
Visual appraisal & genetic information BOTH needed to cull cows
EPDs have been around for a long time—40 years or so, in fact. And without a doubt, that production information has been hugely beneficial in improving the genetics of the U.S. cowherd. Indeed, by focusing on the desired traits that can be easily measured, we’ve come a remarkably long way.