Hauling After Breeding is Risky
Heather Smith Thomas
Angus Beef Bulletin Extra
Some folks who artificially inseminate (AI) their cows or heifers haul them to summer pasture or another location after being bred. It’s important to avoid transport stress during that first week, if possible. Keith Elkington, a breeder near Idaho Falls, Idaho, says he’s learned to pay attention to timing of hauling.
New Genetic Evaluation Released by the American Simmental Association
University of Nebraska
The American Simmental Association (ASA) recently released a new genetic evaluation that includes multiple changes that seedstock and commercial producers alike should be aware of.
Weights, Cows & Quality Grades
Cattle feeders try to get the most value from each pen, drawing on what they know of genetic potential and background, with an eye on the markets. All of that led to steer weights advancing 330 pounds in the 40 years since the Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand was born.
The trend is at a lull, but it’s expected to resume at least for a while in this industry where all segments are paid by the pound, says Mark McCully, CAB vice president of production. However, he notes several factors that could finally stabilize size.
How Are They Shedding?
As we move through spring and into summer, many cattle are shedding off their winter coats and exhibiting a slick or summer hair coat. The earlier cattle in environments that have hot and humid summer conditions shed their winter hair coat, the less heat stress they tend to experience.
Canada farmers asked to skip the manure at G7
Canadian farmers in the Quebec region of Charlevoix, where G7 leaders are scheduled to meet next week, have been asked to avoid spreading manure on their fields ahead of the summit. The aim is to make a good impression — in order to boost tourism — on Canada’s G7 guests and not expose the leaders of Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States to unpleasant odors.
The latest blow to struggling family farms: Rising interest rates
Shane Merrill lives in a small town in South Dakota that’s 1,400 miles from Wall Street, but he watches the numbers as avidly as the traders. Merrill isn’t an investment manager. He’s a family farmer. Right now, as he drives a tractor and planter to get soybeans in the ground, he’s also checking financial news on his smartphone. He’s worried, he says, about interest rates shooting up.
When we are our own worst enemy
On more than one occasion, I have been asked, “What do you see as the biggest challenge facing the beef industry?” And on more than one occasion, my answer has been — ourselves. I answer that way because, for a long time, there has been this disconnect among cattlemen and women.