AgriLife Research to study prenatal stress impacts in cattle
A $382,800 federal grant will fund research to identify the impacts of prenatal stress on beef cattle DNA, white blood cells, other tissue and subsequent changes in genetics related to temperament, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist. Dr. Ron Randel, AgriLife Research physiologist, said the three-year grant will finance research focused on the “effect of prenatal stress on DNA methylation and correspondence with gene expression in cattle” at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Overton.
Employing an effective recordkeeping strategy can help in more ways than one.
The late nights of backtracking expenses and income, the headaches of identifying to which entity those expenses belong and the seemingly endless conversations with the accountant are finally over — for now. As the 2017 tax season comes to a close, now is the time to evaluate recordkeeping methods from last year and to adopt new ones to increase efficiency for 2018.
Why Red Devon?
We all have reasons for the choosing the breed of livestock we raise. Don explains why Red Devons work for him. First off let me be up front this is not an endorsement for Red Devon cattle, this is just one man’s opinion. This past December we bought a small herd of Red Devon cattle. And since this past December I have tried to explain to several of my cohorts in the cattle raising fraternity why Red Devon cattle. And I have to listened to questions such as, “Do you really believe that those little red cows will work for you?”
FMD vaccine allowed on mainland
Western Livestock Journal
USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue has authorized the movement of a modified, non-infectious version of the foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) virus from the Plum Island Animal Disease Center in New York to the U.S. mainland for the purposes of continued vaccine development and study.
Senators call for a review of beef merger
The Cattle Business Weekly
A group of U.S. Senators are calling for a national security review of the Brazilian acquisition of a U.S. beef company. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, along with Ranking Senate Agriculture Committee Member Debbie Stabenow, and others, are urging the Committee on Foreign Investment to review the proposed purchase of National Beef Packing Company by Brazil’s Marfrig Global Foods.
Temple Grandin has long been an agent of change and says individual farmers can be, too
Livestock producers, you are doing good things — at least Temple Grandin thinks so. “I have been in this industry for 45 years, and there has been a lot of improvement,” she said at Alberta Farm Animal Care’s Livestock Care Conference last month. But the problem is that so few people — including, sometimes, producers themselves — realize the gains that have been made.
Pre-birth nutrition can impact calf’s lifetime performance
High Plains Journal
Some aspects of a calf’s life-time performance are affected by nutrition while in utero. The nutrients present in the pre-birth environment can affect life-time productivity and influence if the calf becomes a good cow or a bad cow, according to Professor Jim Drackley, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Illinois. When the individual calf’s gene expression is modified, it impacts its life-time performance. The calf’s genetic DNA, however, does not change.
Good Management Helps Reduce Grass Tetany
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
Spring is here according to the calendar, but cold temperatures and many water-saturated soils have not made rotational grazing very favorable yet. However, the ground has firmed considerably the last few days in our area and predicted warmer temperatures should promote grass growth so that pasture rotations may be starting soon.
Here’s why you should use indexes rather than single-trait EPDs
Beef producers raise cattle for many reasons, But without profitability, a production system is not viable or sustainable. At least that what Darrh Bullock thinks. “There are different methods of how we reach profitability, but it is the end goal,” the animal science professor at the University of Kentucky told producers on a recent webinar hosted by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and eBEEF.org. The webinar — Show me the money, EPDs for profit — discussed the advancement of genetic evaluation from single EPD traits to the use of a selection index.
Oklahoma wildfires cause cattle deaths
Global Meat News
According to the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, 1,100 cattle had died since the fire sparked over two weeks ago, with numbers expected to rise. The devastation has prompted the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association to invite President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence to visit Oklahoma to survey the damage caused by the wildfires.
BeefTalk: Balanced Mineral Supplements are Good for the Cow
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension
The change in the weather has brought much excitement to the north country. Pasture sorting for the appropriate turnout day is underway, but use caution. Why the hesitation after the long wait for turnout? Well, fast-growing, lush grass may create a problem in supplying the daily requirement for magnesium (Mg) in the lactating cow. Physiologically, the strain of peak milk production on the cow’s system can create a metabolic shortfall with disastrous consequences.
Calving season brings daily challenges to cow-calf sector
It might not be an ideal way to start the weekend, but when my dad came to the house on the home farm in Iowa on a recent Saturday, I could tell immediately it was urgent. Growing up on a farm, when your dad opens the front door and asks for an extra helping hand, you learn to respond quickly. Given the time of year — calving season — and judging by the tone in his voice, it was clear: A cow was having trouble calving.
Senators introduce bill to recruit and train next generation of farmers
The Fence Post
Sens. Heitkamp and Collins introduce the Next Generation in Agriculture Act at a critical time, as Congress writes the next farm bill amidst troubling demographic and economic trends. Farmers in the U.S. over the age of 65 now outnumber farmers under 35 by a margin of six to one, and U.S. farmland is overwhelmingly concentrated in the hands of older farmers.
The Easiest Way to Monitor for Tracking Pasture and Rangeland Changes
Would you like to have concrete proof of your management successes? Would you like to be able to identify management strategies that did or did not work? For most of us the answer is “Yes!” But we often don’t have that proof or the information we need because it requires monitoring, and when we think of monitoring, we think of tedious counting, or weighing and measuring, all of which are something most of us don’t have the inclination to do, let along the time to spend.
4 tips for using CIDRs to move up late calvers
The breeding season is just around the corner. There’s nothing quite like springtime on the ranch, and it won’t be long until we’re artificially inseminating cows and moving pairs to summer grass.
Beyond EPDs: Other factors affecting calf birth weight
Tri-State Livestock News
We have all been there, two in the morning pulling a huge calf out of a cow that really shouldn’t have had this problem. The bull had a low birth weight EPD so what went wrong?
UTIA researchers examine feasibility of a Tennessee certified beef program
Consumer demand for locally grown beef has some Tennessee beef producers pondering their options, while researchers at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture examine the feasibility of a Tennessee Certified Beef program.
Is Beef An Environmental Asteroid?
Green Monday is an Asian start-up gaining notoriety for its anti-livestock message. Its objective is “to tackle climate change and global food insecurity by making low-carbon and sustainable living simple, viral and actionable.”
Breeding Season: Stretch It Out Then Cut It Short
John F. Grimes
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
A few years ago, I wrote an article relating to shortening the breeding season titled “Utilize the K.I.S.S. Method!” The acronym used in the title of that article referred to my preference for the appropriate length of the beef cattle calving season and imminent breeding season. In this situation, K.I.S.S. refers to “Keep It Short and Sweet!” In this article, I want to remind you of the primary advantages of a shorter breeding season. I also want to discuss a potential marketing advantage of actually lengthening the breeding season.
It’s time to put a pencil to your feeding program
Feed is one of the big expense items in a cow-calf operation, so it is important to put a pencil to the feeding program periodically to determine if your cattle are being fed in the most economical fashion. Unmanaged feed bills can quickly erode ranch profits.