BeefTalk: Shop Around; Cattle Eat More Than Hay
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Managing feed resources is the biggest challenge when winter weather changes daily, and so do cattle feed needs. This year’s challenge for the beef manager is finding the balance among winter demands, feed inventory and cattle inventory. Because of last summer’s dry weather, hay is in short supply. The issue was alleviated somewhat by nice fall weather, which extended grazing opportunities on crop aftermath.
Answers to the Four Most Frequently Asked Nutrition Questions of 2017
Dr. Jason Smith
University of Tennessee
As we ring in the New Year, I want to take a moment to reflect upon some of the most commonly asked nutrition questions of 2017. These topics are not necessarily any more or less important than any others that we receive, however their frequency of recurrence suggest that there is quite a bit of confusion or inconsistent information available on the respective topics. Read on if you’d like to hear these questions and their corresponding answers – listed in no particular order.
Cow Mineral Nutrition During Late Gestation
The more work that is done in mineral nutrition, the more questions arise as to whether or not we know what the true requirements of current cattle are.
Iowa Beef Center Offers Classroom and Hands-on Instruction in Cow-Calf Short Course
Iowa Beef Center
A two-day short course combining classroom learning and hands-on instruction will be offered by the Iowa Beef Center on Feb. 6-7. The cow-calf short course will instruct advanced cattlemen in areas specific to beef cow nutrition, reproduction and calving management. The program will be held at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center in Ames, running from 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 6 to 5 p.m. on Feb. 7.
Focusing on herd profitability includes many facets
Results from economic studies reveal that efficiencies in the cow/calf enterprise are affected by either farm characteristics (age and experience of operator, diversity of operation, etc.) or input costs (feed, labor, capital, etc.). Of the farm characteristics studied, time farming and experience had positive impacts on profit of the cow/calf enterprise.
Solutions that Work for Stewardship and Efficiency
In the past, conservation and confinement operations have not always been thought of as compatible. But times have changed, and when fourth-generation beef producer Lance Sennett started planning to expand the family’s confined feeding operation in Waynetown, Indiana, he had stewardship, the environment and a profitable business all as part of the overall goal.
Use All Information to Develop Feeder Cattle Marketing
Growing up on a Colorado cattle ranch, earning an animal science degree and riding for the Certified Angus Beef® (CAB®) brand for nearly 16 years, Paul Dykstra has learned a thing or two about “First class feeder cattle marketing.”