BeefTalk: How Many Cattle Should Go in the Pasture?
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension
Cattle are in the pasture, but how many should be there? The answer to that question is the heart of a beef operation. Proper utilization of grass is critical.
Stay on Top of Summer Weeds
Dr. Gary Bates
University of Tennessee
After the spring growth of tall fescue is either cut or grazed, weed seeds will germinate and an entire crop of summer weeds begin to develop. Horsenettle, ragweed, spiny pigweed, and tall ironweed are just a few examples. If left unchecked these weeds can quickly begin to dominate a pasture.
Limit-Feeding Offers Producers Alternative to Herd Reduction
With drought conditions firmly entrenched in much of the Southern Plains, the region’s cow/calf producers might want to consider using the limit-feeding method to keep their cows fed, while also keeping feed costs in check, according to one livestock expert.
Nutrition at Conception and Early Gestation Influences Gene Expression
University of Nebraska
This is a review of a 2017 North Dakota State University Beef Report article titled “Moderate nutrient restriction influences expression of genes impacting production efficiencies of beef cattle in fetal liver, muscle and cerebrum by day 50 of gestation.”
Increase Your Profit by Understanding Marketing
Marketing is a terribly misunderstood concept. I have asked many people what cattle marketing is, and I get some weird ramblings about a variety of things.
How to Handle Your Show Stock in Summer Heat
Summer heat can be tough on show livestock – or any livestock for that matter. Heat stress causes increased respiration rate, suppressed appetite, fatigue and dehydration, all signs of a lowered immune response. When we think about these traits and the way they impact production, it becomes very evident that the strenuous expectations we put on show livestock to perform at the highest level and look exceptional while doing so clearly becomes a challenge.
End of May is payday for cattle ranchers
From San Jose south down U.S. 101, most folks who live in the valley have little idea what happens in the hills that surround them. The rolling hills are full of life, though, and the cattle industry practiced since the Spanish Vaqueros still thrives.