Water: The Unappreciated Nutrient
Water might be the Rodney Dangerfield of nutrients – it just doesn’t get any respect. We could use the latest edition of “Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle” as an example. Of the six classes of nutrients discussed in that resource, water is the last topic and the shortest chapter even though water makes up 99% of every molecule in an animal.
What goes around, comes around with protein: Part 2
First let’s compare corn versus barley whether fed as silage or grain. Corn typically averages seven to nine per cent crude protein (CP) on a dry matter (DM) basis, regardless of the form fed. As a forage source, corn silage usually provides adequate protein levels for pregnant beef cows, however, for backgrounding calves and finishing programs, diets formulated with significant levels of corn silage will be short on protein.
Is early weaning right for you?
Justin Waggoner and AJ Tarpoff
For much of cattle country, especially the Great Plains and Southwest, drought has become the norm. It’s the wet years that are the exception. And in an extended drought, early weaning can be a helpful production practice.
When The Barn Is Empty
One by one and pen by pen, barns are emptying out across America. Auctioneers tap the gavel one last time at county fairs and the pot rolls away. First-time 4-Hers are consoled by parents and seasoned showmen still find it particularly tough to say goodbye. Perhaps because ten years passes much quickly than they ever imagined it could.
WeWork bans meat at company events and won’t let employees expense meals that include meat
Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public. Please comment to the writer of this article.
WeWork is going vegetarian. In an email to about 6,000 employees on Friday, the $20 billion office rental company announced that it will no longer reimburse employees for meals that include red meat, poultry, or pork and will stop serving meat at company events.
Forging a future in beef
The Cattle Business Weekly
Former business empires have fallen simply because someone else figured out how to do the same thing differently. Encyclopedia Britannica, Kodak, Blockbuster — all household names at one time — now don’t exist. Kevin Ochsner of Agcellerate Consulting and the Cattlemen to Cattlemen television program opened the 2018 Beef Improvement Federation Symposium Young Producers’ Symposium, pointing to the road the beef cattle industry faces today. He described it as a winding, gravel drive situated on a hill with highs and lows dictated by consumer and producer decisions.
A farm childhood is unlike any other — and that’s a good thing
You have seen it before … a sunburnt, smile-plastered kid riding around with Daddy in the tractor. You may think it’s cute and probably that the dad got stuck with babysitting for the day, but in reality the little kid looks forward to the days he or she gets to work with Dad. When kids are raised around hard work and determination, it’s not a parenting style, it is a way of life.