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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Gregg Hanzlicek on Industry’s Billion Dollar Problem of Fly Control

Gregg Hanzlicek on Industry’s Billion Dollar Problem of Fly Control

Oklahoma Farm Report

According to Dr. Gregg Hanzlicek, director of the production animal field investigations unit of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Kansas State University, fly control isn’t just about managing parasite populations. He says it has a real financial impact on producers’ bottom lines making it an issue of dollars and cents.

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Register for 2018 Stockmanship & Stewardship Regional Tour

Register for 2018 Stockmanship & Stewardship Regional Tour

Drovers

Stockmanship & Stewardship is a unique two-day educational experience featuring low-stress cattle handling demonstrations, Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) educational sessions, and facility design sessions to best run your operation and industry updates. The program is sponsored by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), Boehringer Ingelheim, and the checkoff-funded National Beef Quality Assurance program.

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Cattle and beef prices continue to fall

Cattle and beef prices continue to fall

Curtis Jackson

Texomas

Gary Keeney with Keeno’s Jerky has been in the jerky business for more than five years, and he has noticed a steady meat price increase. “The people running the beef industry as a commodity see that this cut of beef is bringing, they’re seeing so much as in the volume of sales,” Keeney said. “They’re leaving the prices up, they’re raising, when the other parts of segments are going down. The markets going down but they’re going to continue to raise the prices for those particular cuts.”

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