Hybrid vigor keeps calf crop going in trying conditions
High Plains Journal
Reeves and Betsy Brown of Beulah, Colorado, were hit particularly hard by the drought conditions that plagued southern Colorado in past years. In 2000, they cut their Angus cow herd to below 500 cows. With fewer cows and few diminishing expenses, Betsy Brown said they decided it “was high time to try a little hybrid vigor.”
Worsening southern Plains drought slows U.S. cattle herd growth
Encroaching drought in the U.S. southern Plains contributed to the smallest rise in the nation’s cattle population in three years, analysts said after the government’s semi-annual cattle inventory report on Wednesday. Insufficient moisture in parts of Texas and Oklahoma, along with areas of persistent dryness in the northern Plains, hurt winter wheat grazing pastures for cattle – forcing more of them into commercial feedyards for fattening earlier than planned.
Leading Beef Breed Associations Partner to Release “Premium Red Baldy” Program
Red Angus Association of America
Two of the largest beef breed associations in the U.S. have teamed up to offer commercial cattlemen a groundbreaking, genetically verified program to improve their bottom line. The Red Angus Association of America and the American Hereford Association are proud to introduce the “Premium Red Baldy” program, designed to capitalize on the best traits from both breeds while developing supreme quality commercial females. RAAA CEO Tom Brink and AHA Executive Vice President Jack Ward announced the new initiative at the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Phoenix.
UT Schedules Beef Heifer Development School for March 22
University of Tennessee
The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture will conduct a Beef Heifer Development School on Thursday, March 22. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. CDT. The school will be conducted at the Tennessee Beef Heifer Development Center located at the UT AgResearch and Education Center in Lewisburg, and the cost to attend the one-day event is $15 per participant.
Extra-label drug use: Too much of a good thing?
You’ve treated calves before, and you know the dose on the label is effective. But this one slipped through the cracks; he’s sicker than most you’ve treated. Why not give him a few extra ccs? It can’t hurt, right? Actually, it can.
Take virtual tour of Purdue’s new teaching, research facility
Indiana Prairie Farmer
The new Purdue University Animal Sciences complex spent nearly three decades in the dreaming and planning stages. But once ground was officially broken in November 2015, dirt began flying and structures went up quickly. Researchers occupied the facility in late 2017, and it is now open for business for students and staff alike.
NCBA Schedules Stockmanship and Stewardship Events in Five States
Regional Stockmanship and Stewardship events from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association will be held in five states in 2018, expanding an educational program that gives cattle and dairy producers expanded knowledge on successful animal handling strategies. The two-day sessions will be held in South Carolina, Colorado, Washington, Texas and California, giving producers from several parts of the country an opportunity to access cattle handling suggestions and education that can help them improve their bottom lines.
Livestock producers to address forage council meeting
Purdue News Service
As part of its annual meeting and seminar on Feb. 19, the Indiana Forage Council (IFC) has invited two forage-livestock producers to discuss their successful use of different forages in their beef cattle operations.
CattleFax Outlook: Cattle profitability remains for 2018
“We think 2018 will be a profitable year for most,” said Randy Blach, CattleFax CEO, at that organization’s 2018 Industry Outlook during the Cattle Industry Convention in Phoenix, Ariz. “Demand means calf prices might not fall below the cost of production for average-cost and low-cost producers.”
Neosporosis becoming an increasing problem
Dr. Bob Hough
Western Livestock Journal
The biggest driver of profitability on any commercial cow-calf operation is reproduction, and more and more producers’ cow herds are experiencing problems with abortions. Historically, the main culprit for abortions were diseases such as persistently infected BVD (bovine viral diarrhea) and leptospirosis. However, producers today are seeing increasing early-term abortions from recessive genetic defects as well as mid- to late-terms abortions from the protozoan parasite, Neospora.