Using artificial insemination in very warm weather
As the breeding season for spring calving herds is now underway, understanding heat stress in cattle takes on increased importance. Producers who choose to synchronize and then artificially inseminate replacement heifers or adult cows need to understand the impact that increased daytime temperatures can have on conception rates.
May is a season of percentages for cow-calf breeders
Oklahoma State University
It is a numbers game for cow-calf producers at the start of every breeding season, and this year is no different than any other, even with extreme and exceptional drought conditions affecting much of the state. May 1 often is the bull turnout date for many Oklahoma herds, reminds Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension emeritus cattle specialist and managing editor of the popular OSU Cow Calf Corner newsletter.
Implanting the Suckling Calf
The use of growth implants has shown to be an effective tool in increasing production from the ranch to the feedlot. Implants cause a delay in fat deposition and an increase in lean tissue accretion while ultimately changing frame size. These growth promotants have been reported to increase gains of suckling calves by four to six percent (Griffin and Mader, 1997). This can result in an additional 15 to 30 pounds of weaning weight, which equates to approximately $20 to $40 in returns per head. With the cost of a calfhood implant (Ralgro®, Synovex® C, Component® E-C) being less than $1.50 per head, it only takes a few pounds to pay for the initial investment.
Don’t listen to Big Cattle — lab-grown meat should still be called “meat”
Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.
Lab-grown meat is on its way, and the government is trying to figure out how to regulate it. This week, the US House of Representatives released a draft spending bill that proposes that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulate lab-grown meat and figure out how it should be labeled — which is a contentious topic since Big Cattle doesn’t want it to be called “meat.” Regulation is important, and there’s plenty more to learn, but the USDA shouldn’t be the only one regulating. And when the product comes to market, yes, it should be called “meat.”
Longhorns and Highlands — Why Not?
You don’t expect to see the brindled hides and sweeping, massive headgear of Texas Longhorns. Nor do you expect to see the mop-topped, horned and shaggy shapes of Scottish Highland cattle. But if you find yourself in the back pastures of East Nantmeal Township in northern Chester County, you might just stumble upon such a herd.
BIF tour stops announced
High Plains Journal
This year’s BIF symposium features two and a half days of educational programming and a full day of tours. The first morning’s general session—“Positioning for the Future of Beef Production”—will feature Mark McCully, Certified Angus Beef vice president; Sara Place, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association senior director of sustainable beef production research; Dorian Garrick, Massey University professor and chief scientist; and John Pollak, Cornell University emeritus professor.
IGS releases quantum leap EPDs
Dr. Bob Hough
Western Livestock Journal
Twelve different breed associations, with the world’s largest multibreed database, have banded together to provide a first-of-its-kind multibreed genetic analysis. This gives commercial producers a common genetic prediction language between breeds to build a crossbreeding system.