BeefTalk: Cost Per Pound of Calf is Struggling
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension
Beef production, like any other business, needs to control costs to continue in business.
For the total optimist, the thought would be that price always would offset costs; thus, perpetual dollars would be coming into the business. Cattle producers know well that is not true. Seasoned producers have been through the ups and downs of markets and know the need to be cautious and keep records.
During Drought, consider baling corn silage
University of Missouri
Although silage made from drought stressed corn will not be as good as normal, we can still capture some feeding value if producers act fast to bale before the plant burns up.” Says Bluel. Those without chopping equipment, might consider using the baler they have on hand.
July deworming: An annual profit opportunity
July deworming is a frequently overlooked opportunity to control nematode (worm) infections and increase calf weight gains. Many cow-calf producers deworm their cows in the spring. The addition of a July deworming of cows and calves has been shown to provide seasonal control of worm infections in late winter- or early spring-born calves. Calves gain more weight and are heavier at weaning as a result of improved worm control during summer grazing.
Continued drought could lead to culling herds
North Texas E News
Dr. Jason Banta, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, Overton, said a shortage of forage and hay could mean producers will be forced to reduce herd numbers. Having a plan to cull herds can save producers money in the short- and long-term.
What World War II taught us about feeding cattle
Nutrigenomics is scientific study of the interaction of nutrition and genes or, alternatively, the effect of nutrition on the expression of genes. One of the earliest observations of nutrigenomic changes dates back to the end of World War II, when the food embargo in the Netherlands resulted in a famine that reduced average caloric intake of its people to 400 to 800 kilocalories per day. (2,000 to 2,500 kilocalories is considered the requirement.)
Trump’s USDA Wants Changes to WHO Antibiotic Guidelines
U.S. Department of Agriculture officials are openly criticizing the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines on antibiotics issued last November. USDA is reportedly developing alternative options to the WHO guidelines which limit the use of antibiotics in food animals.
BQA; A Commitment to Quality
John F. Grimes
What is Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)? BQA is a nationally coordinated, state implemented program that provides systematic information to U.S. beef producers and beef consumers of how common sense husbandry techniques can be coupled with accepted scientific knowledge to raise cattle under optimum management and environmental conditions.