BeefTalk: Time for a Managerial Report Card
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Spring calving time is the most intense time in cattle operations. It also is the time to “grade” the managerial success. In school, we knew very well where we stood. If not, the pending parent-teacher conference refreshed one’s memory. An “A” was good, a “B” was noticed and a “C” meant average. A “D” or an “F” had consequences.
Vaccinations becoming key in earning more money for calves
The Cattle Business Weekly
Ranchers could earn an additional $2.25 a hundredweight just by giving their calves preconditioning shots. “It is becoming so important, it is the first question I am asked when I pick up the phone to sell cattle,” according to Brad Jones, who is the branch manager of the Producers Livestock Marketing Association in Greeley, Colo. “They want to know what shots they have had, not where they are at or how many they have,” he says.
Texas A&M College Station will host Grassfed Beef Conference May 31-June 1
High Plains Journal
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is pleased to announce an upcoming conference focused on grassfed beef production. Consumer interest in natural, grassfed and organic beef continues to rise. If you’d like to learn more about grassfed beef production and how it’s different, mark your calendar for May 31-June 1.
Crossing breeding dairy females to produce dairy/beef calves
Kevin Gould, Jerry Lindquist, Michigan State University
Beef production from dairy breeds nationally represents 15-20% of all U.S. beef produced. In Michigan, the ratio is almost opposite with nearly 80% of all beef production coming from dairy breeds. For this reason alone, dairy beef production is of significant importance to our bovine industries in Michigan.
A common viral vaccination could be blocking clostridial immunity in calves.
Victoria G. Myers
I’ve rarely been to a cattle operation where a clostridial vaccine wasn’t part of the health protocol. Turns out, giving that two-, four-, seven- or eight-way, along with an injectable IBR vaccine, might be a mistake.
Make Sure Newborn Calves Receive Adequate Colostrum
Carla L. Huston, DVM, PhD
With spring fast approaching, many of us are well into calving season. An awareness of potential post-calving complications and disorders can be helpful when preparing to deal with problems we may encounter in our beef herds. One frequent problem encountered during calving season is failure of passive transfer (FPT), which occurs when a newborn calf does not receive adequate colostrum.
Are Meat Eaters Contributing to Climate Change?
Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.
Climate change scientists have a beef with all the steaks and burgers Americans are eating. Beef is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions associated with food production, the researchers said in a new study. They found that one-fifth of Americans account for nearly half of all U.S. food-related greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.