Calving season: A little planning can go a long way
As we move into the new year, it will be worthwhile to spend a little time planning and preparing for the upcoming calving season. Excellent animal husbandry, deliberate preparation and common sense can go a long way to promote a successful calving season.
NCBA, Cattle Genetics Experts Team Up For 2018 Genetic Webinar Series
A Steak in Genomics™
Cattle genetics will be the focus of a new set of webinars to help cattlemen and women better use the tool in their operations. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is teaming up with six genetics specialists from across the country to offer the NCBA Cattlemen’s Genetics Webinar Series, which will kick off Jan. 18, 2018.
Great Lakes Professional Cattle Feeding and Marketing Short-course
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
The 2018 Great Lakes Professional Cattle Feeding and Marketing Short-course is a joint effort of Ohio State University Extension, Michigan State University, and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture to enhance the cattle industry in the Eastern Corn Belt.
Winter animal care: Tips to help keep your animals healthy and happy during winter months
Michigan State University
Ensuring your herd has access to fresh, clean water is essential to their health. In the winter, battling frozen water buckets and tanks can be a challenge. By utilizing tank heaters, heated buckets or automatic waterers, water is kept ice-free and at a temperature the animal is comfortable drinking. Products that utilize electricity, such as tank heaters and heated buckets, should be checked with a voltmeter to ensure there is no current running through the water.
2017’s No. 3 story: A fungus you really need
We explained, “Efficient beef production is utterly dependent on an organism known as arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) because 90% or more of all forage plants can’t really survive, and certainly cannot thrive, without this curious symbiotic organism. Put simply, your grass needs fungus.
U.S. cattle, calf death loss cost pegged at $3.87B in 2015
he number of cattle and calves decreased by about 10 percent from 1996 to 2016, while the number of operations that raised cattle decreased by about 30 percent, USDA reported. About two-thirds of operations (62.5 percent) covered in the report were beef operations, and about two-thirds of inventory (66.4 percent) was made up of cattle on beef operations.
New Study: Farms with Both Cats and Dogs Have Fewer Rats
The enemy of my enemy is my friend. It’s not a proverb you’d think cats and dogs would subscribe to. But a study published in early 2017 suggests that when these fabled foes band together, they’re better able to vanquish a shared adversary: rats.
NCBA takes stock of progress in 2017
Colin Woodall, NCBA vice president of government affairs, says the industry has made progress on several important issues but still has work to do on others. It was a busy year for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, working with the Trump administration and Congress to further the interest of cattle producers.
Tick tock—patience also required for US beef trade
High Plains Journal
Kent Bacus, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s director of international trade and market access, is optimistic about the potential of beef exports to Asian markets. Bacus gave a beef trade update at the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Convention and Trade Show, Dec. 6 in Kearney, Nebraska. It’s been a busy year in Washington, Bacus said, and a year has made a difference. “When it comes to trade it’s a little more uncertain,” Bacus said.
Minimizing the Neospora Threat: Blood testing & replacement heifer selection
Neospora caninum is one of the lesser-known causes of infectious reproductive failure in U.S. beef and dairy herds. While cattle producers have long understood how certain viruses and bacteria affect reproduction (e.g., BVD virus or leptospirosis), Neospora (a protozoal organism) provides some interesting challenges. The disease agent has a complicated life cycle that involves canines (dogs, coyotes, foxes) as an intermediate host.