An Inexpensive but Effective Method for Weaning More Total Pounds
Dr. Justin Rhinehart
University of Tennessee
Since all food production is based on reproduction of the commodity, it stands to reason that a technology which positively impacts reproduction would be widely adopted. One of the major benefits of crossbreeding is realized through improved reproductive function. In fact, nearly all modern plant and livestock commodity production relies on heterosis (trait improvement better than the average of the two parents) from crossbreeding as one of their primary reproductive management technologies. But, for various market and convenience reasons, crossbreeding is not as widely used in commercial cow/calf production.
Haying pastures likely not the cure for depleted forage supplies
University of Illinois
Severely tight hay reserves will undoubtedly cause many farmers to aggressively put up hay this spring. When the weather is right and hay fields are mowed there will be many farmers looking over the fence at pastures as an opportunity to make more bales.
Labor and Delivery; Three Stages Of Calving
Dr. Ken McMillan
I recommend checking cows that are in labor at least three times a day—heifers even more often. We have our heifers by a road we drive by several times a day. All calving pastures should have easy access to a working facility.
Zoetis Announces Partnership with North American Limousin Foundation
Zoetis announces a new partnership with North American Limousin Foundation (NALF) that makes the i50K®genomic test available to Limousin and Lim-Flex breeders. In addition to parentage verification, i50K provides more accurate Genomic Enhanced Expected Progeny Differences (GE-EPDS) and Index Values.
Santa Gertrudis Breeders International makes selecting for fertility easier
High Plains Journal
Historically, beef producers have found it difficult to select for reproductive traits. These traits are challenging to measure and tend to be less heritable when compared to growth and carcass traits. Over the years, there has been little agreement between cattlemen on how to measure reproductive efficiency in the beef herd. Is it age at first calving, interval between calves, days from first breeding to conception or pregnancy rate?
Enhanced disease control would benefit the cattle industry
Derrell S. Peel
Markets generally do a very efficient job of allocating resources and achieving optimal outcomes. However, markets sometimes fail to provide efficient and socially desirable results. Market failure is usually the result of situations where market participants do not fully recognize and incorporate all costs and/or benefits into their private decisions.
Considerations for Buying Feeder Calves
Health. Source. Genetics. Size. Condition. All of these are factors that cattle buyers should take into account when buying their next load of calves to background on grass or put into a feedlot.