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.