BeefTalk: Grass Calving
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Reflection is a good thing. Reflection helps put our decisions in perspective relative to our lives, our work, our community and our world. This spring’s weather has caused many to reflect on when to calve. The many forays of winter into spring this year have moved the sincerity of the question into real time. Granted, no singular event has whopped the cattle industry this spring; the day in and day out weather has taken a toll.
Round bale abuse
Hay and Forage Magazine
It’s no secret that animal rights activists have caused more than their fair share of consternation for livestock producers over the years. Despite some underhanded methods and often exaggerated claims, there’s no doubt that they have brought animal welfare to the table as a main talking point and farmstead operational focus.
Keep a vet’s perspective in building a herd health plan
Cattle producers preparing to add more livestock to the cow-calf herd should be willing to include one interested party before heading to the sale. Dr. Arn Anderson, with Cross Timbers Veterinary Hospital in Bowie, Texas, said consulting with a vet is key to making sure your herd starts healthy and stays as healthy as possible. That consultation should start before you buy new cattle.
Preventing reproductive wrecks in cow-calf operations
The Beef Cattle Research Council’s (BCRC) recent webinar on Preventing Reproductive Wrecks served as an important reminder that the reproductive capacity of beef herds remains paramount to economic prosperity in cow-calf herds. In the words of Dr. Dan Posey, Texas A and M University, “Reproductive efficiency expressed in economic terms is 10 times more important than weaning weight, and 20 times more important economically than carcass attributes.”
Optimizing Efficiency with Estrous Synchronization and Sexed Semen
Dr. Les Anderson
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
The easiest road to maximum breeding efficiency in the beef cow-calf industry is through estrous synchronization and AI (ESAI). Estrous synchronization helps shorten the calving season, increases herd pregnancy rates, and helps increase calf uniformity and weight (calves are typically older).
Hoof-care diagnostic tool is cool
Beef veterinarians can borrow knowledge from their “brethren” in the dairy world about hoof care with a nifty flip-chart diagnostic guide and other tools in Zinpro’s Step Up program.
Several Factors May Contribute to Beef Cattle Pregnancy Losses
With calving season well underway around the country, cattle producers are hoping to minimize calf deaths as much as possible. The three categories of pregnancy losses in beef cattle are early embryonic death, abortion and stillbirth, according to North Dakota State University Extension Service livestock specialists.