Capitalizing on Value Through Cooperation
The Beefmaster breed, founded in 1931 on 6 essential traits — fertility, disposition, weight, conformation, hardiness and milk production — remains the focus of purebred breeders like Temple cattleman Derek Frenzel. He has devoted his career in the cattle business to finding the best of the best when it comes to Beefmaster genetics. Derek’s dad, Gary Frenzel, started the family’s Beefmaster cow-calf operation more than 35 years ago.
Weeds can be quality, cheap feed
R. P. ‘Doc’ Cooke
My weed identification skills are somewhat lacking, but it is clearly an aster. One of my weed books lists two members as asters that are in the sunflower family. One, Slender aster, is an annual. The other, White heath aster, is a perennial.
Clostridial disease prevention is important
High Plains Journal
“Clostridial bacteria, as a family, doesn’t grow in a normal animal. It only shows up when there is an absence of blood flow, therefore these are not contagious diseases,” said Cortese. “But when Clostridials show up, they must be dealt with.”
“Don’t Overgraze and Don’t Overstock” and You Can Be a Success in Rangeland Management
Oklahoma Farm Report
Dr. Richard Teague is originally from South Africa- and now is a researcher and Professor for Texas A&M’s Agrilife facility in Vernon, Texas. Dr. Teague is world renowned for his work in what is called AMP Grazing. AMP Grazing- or Adaptive Multi-Paddock Grazing- is at the heart of his work in Sustainable Rangeland Management.
If you are not prepared for wet weather, then it can be quite frustrating. Mud is certainly worse around feeding, watering, and other concentrated areas. One of the best solutions for these concentrated areas is to install a conservation practice called a Heavy Use Area Protection (HUAP), e.g., feed and watering pads. HUAPs are fairly simple to construct and better yet, very economical.
Semen Placement is Critical to Success with AI
Joseph C. Dalton
Dairy Herd Management
One of the most frequent questions about AI technique focuses on the site of semen deposition, specifically, whether uterine horn breeding results in greater fertility than traditional uterine body breeding.
New farm bill won’t solve ag’s problems
In this space on Feb. 2, 2014, I offered a blunt assessment of the just-passed (and still current) farm bill and its key handler, Frank Lucas, an Oklahoma Republican who was chairman of the House Ag Committee. In particular, I criticized Lucas’s description of the legislation that he and his Senate counterpart, Michigan Democrat Debbie Stabenow, had pieced together after three years of yin, yang, and yakking. The 2014 law, Lucas said, was “historic,” “amazing,” “miraculous,” and “a reform bill.”
Let covers grow to fix gully erosion
We’ve all seen them after a hard spring rain: Ephemeral gullies cut into slopes and hillsides, sometimes on farms that have been under continuous no-till for 10 or more years.
Demand saved the beef industry in 2017
If 2017 will be remembered in cattle country for anything, it will go down as a year of surprises. That’s what Glynn Tonsor, professor of agricultural economics at Kansas State University, told cattle feeders at a presentation hosted by Performance Livestock Analytics last week in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Lighten Workloads, Pack on Pounds
Angus Beef Bulletin Extra
You go to work well before sunup, and you don’t hang up your hat until after sundown. With so much to get done, hours in the feedyard click by in a hot minute. Cattle are constantly moving — feeder cattle coming in, market cattle shipping out. Your list continues, from processing 100-plus head at the chute to moving and checking on cattle that could be miles from where you’re standing now.