Daily Archives: June 14, 2018

How consistent is your ration?

How consistent is your ration?

Dr. Jason Smith

University of Tennessee

Formulation is generally at the forefront of our mind when it comes to ration quality. A highquality ration undoubtedly begins with a solid formulation. However the formulation does not always equate to a high-quality ration, as it is only as valuable as ingredient loading, mixing, and feed delivery practices allow it to be. In other words, no matter how good of a formulation we begin with, it is only as valuable as we are effective at transforming it from what’s on paper to what’s delivered to the bunk.

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Does Creep Feeding Calves in Pasture Pay?

Does Creep Feeding Calves in Pasture Pay?

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

In severe drought conditions, creep feeding can be used to offset declining forage quality and quantity. However, creep feeding will not replace or decrease the calf’s milk intake.

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Fat Matters:  Right Body Score Equals Best Reproduction Rates

Fat Matters:  Right Body Score Equals Best Reproduction Rates

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

Keeping cows on a 365-day calving schedule takes more than a good bull. It requires good body condition.  Standards for scoring body condition go back years and are well-defined. “This is an easy tool to pick up, and there are detailed descriptions available,” says Lisa Kriese-Anderson, Extension beef specialist at Auburn University.

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Implant Strategies for Calf-Fed Steers: Is Bigger Always Better?

Implant Strategies for Calf-Fed Steers: Is Bigger Always Better?

Erin Laborie

University of Nebraska

Re-implanting strategies are an important management tool for improving efficiency of cattle fed up to 200 days. It has been well documented that implants can improve growth rate up to 20% and feed efficiency 10-15% in finishing cattle. To maximize the benefit of this technology, it seems the industry has adopted the use of more aggressive implant strategies.

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Supplementing young bull calves before weaning pays off

Supplementing young bull calves before weaning pays off

Heather Smith Thomas

Canadian Cattleman

Young bulls need to be fed adequately for proper growth and development, and future fertility, but we are still learning about the best way to feed them, according to John Kastelic, a professor of theriogenology and head of the department of production animal health, in the University of Calgary’s faculty of veterinary medicine.

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Multiflora Rose Problems in Pastures? Control it Now!

Multiflora Rose Problems in Pastures? Control it Now!

Dwight Lingenfelter

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

Mechanical control methods include mowing, which requires repeated mowings per season for several years, and excavating, which involves pulling individual plants from the soil with heavy equipment, can be costly, time-consuming and laborious. However, these are viable means for multiflora rose management.

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Could US Farmers Benefit From North Korea Denuclearization Announcement?

Could US Farmers Benefit From North Korea Denuclearization Announcement?

Eric Pfeiffer

Hoosier AG Today

What does the announcement mean for U.S. agriculture? Dr. Chris Hurt, Ag Economics professor at Purdue University, says, “I think the most important thing is a reduction in geopolitical tensions. I think what that means is probably a bit more stability for markets and probably slightly higher prices.”

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