Tools for evaluating genetic selection success
When evaluating the end point of a breeding program, the operator needs to look at whether they sell weaned calves or background calves, retain replacement heifers, retain calves in the feed yard or finish themselves, or retain through slaughter, etc. The economically relevant traits that should be selected for will largely be determined by this end point.
Getting First-Calf Heifers Rebred on Time
Heather Smith Thomas
It can be a challenge to get first-calf heifers rebred without losing ground. They often calve later the following year or come up open. The two-year-old is nursing a calf, still growing and needs good nutrition and body condition to cycle on schedule after calving. Two-year-olds need more care and management than mature cows.
Hay and Forage Grower
Baleage is ensiled at 40 to 60 percent moisture, while dry hay commonly is stored below 20 percent moisture and silage above 65 percent, explains Kim Mullenix, beef cattle systems extension specialist with Auburn University in its Timely Information animal sciences series. Its use is becoming more widespread as producers strive for higher quality forage and cut down wilting time.
Grazing Around Streams – More Ways To Do The Right Thing
We can graze around streams and avoid government regulations if we choose to do the right thing. Troy Bishopp is busy collecting examples and sharing them with On Pasture so our community can be a good example to all graziers.
Umbilical Hernias in Calves
Dr. Ken McMillan
There are times when umbilical hernias in calves call for surgical corrections.
The math behind animal nutrition lingo
When I visit with producers about their feeding program, I often get questions on “nutrition lingo.” Examples include questions on the meaning of a mineral or protein supplement tag or how much supplement do you need to feed to achieve an ionophore concentration of 22 or 33 ppm?
Dewormers – Are They An Extremely Valuable Non-Renewable Resources?
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
A “non-renewable” resource is a resource with economic value that cannot be readily replaced on a level equal to its consumption. Petroleum and coal are two familiar examples of valuable non-renewable products used daily but known to exist in limited supply, and formation of new product takes billions of years. Dewormers, on the other hand, are products that can be purchased from almost any farm or veterinary supply store and online.
Farmers step up to help Wisconsin family after silo collapse
When a tragic silo accident took the lives of a Wisconsin father and son last month, the ag community near and far stepped up to help. In late March, Dan Briel and his boys Caleb and David were cleaning the inside of a silo on their family farm. While inside, the silage collapsed in on them.
Drought and wildfires force cattle ranchers in Colorado, four other states to scramble for feed
The Denver Post
Ongoing drought and wildfires have cattle ranchers in at least five Southwestern U.S. states scrambling for hay or pastureland, while others are selling off some of their herds.
Mycotoxins: Testing and Surveillance to Reduce Risk
Mycotoxins represent a broad category of toxic agents produced by various naturally occurring fungi, mostly soil borne and environmentally dependent. Three types – aflatoxins, fumonisins and zearalenone – cause most mycotoxins in cattle, says Jim Simpson, a consulting beef cattle nutritionist who operates Simpson Nutritional Services, LLC, based in Canyon, Texas.