BeefTalk: Sheep and Cows: Some Do and Some Do Not
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension
Driving across the grasslands, one finds oneself asking, “Who eats all this grass?” Those who live in more urban settings actually ask, “Who cuts the grass?” Well, we have no need to cut grass because sheep and cows graze, coexisting within the same grasslands, along with other grazing-type animals. Sheep and cows harvest the grass and other plants that provide cover and stability to the soil. Their grazing is very complementary to each other. The forage roots, stimulated by grazing, essentially hold the earth together.
Increasing Retention of May Calving 2-Year Old Heifers in the Cowherd
University of Nebraska
Across the Great Plains the end of summer generally brings hot and dry conditions to the region. Both warm and cool season grasses begin to mature and decline in forage quality by late July and August. This decrease in diet quality can present challenges for the May calving heifer, who is still growing and nursing her first calf.
A.I. has fit with commercial cattle herds
Artificial Insemination (A.I.) is an efficient and quick method to improve the genetics of a cow herd, and it’s becoming more popular with commercial cattle producers as training/certification programs become available.
Weaning Diet Options
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
Spring calving herds, depending on rainfall and temperatures, may be weeks or months away from weaning. For many operations, that will bring the challenge of feeding weaned calves for a short transition period. That’s when nutrition is critical to end-product quality, because it influences both marbling development and calf health, which in turn also affects later quality grade. You may find local forages in short supply if your herd has had to deal with hot, dry weather this summer.
Ensuring meat safety in local, regional foods
Working with a grant of more than $4 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food & Agriculture, Auburn University researchers are addressing gaps between knowledge and practice in the production and distribution of local and regional foods, with the ultimate goal of ensuring a more secure food chain, the university said in an announcement.
Fair Ag Trade Matters to Rural America
American Farm Bureau
August recess is here, and Capitol Hill will soon be deserted as representatives and senators flock back home for the rest of this summer. The end-of-summer recess has historically been an important time for representatives and senators to meet with constituents and hear about the impact of policies and decisions coming out of Washington.
Drought’s impact on cow inventory
To make matters worse, continued dry conditions in key hay producing areas are making it difficult to backfill that deficit – dry weather and irrigation shortages will prove to be a limiting factor. Moreover, the drought means hay will be in even greater demand. As noted last week, dry conditions likely mean feeding cows well ahead of the normal fall/winter feeding season.
InField Updates tool helps growers with corn intended for silage
Released by Wisconsin-based Rock River Laboratory, the tool allows nutritionists, agronomists, and their growers to review timely fresh Dry Matter (DM), Neutral Detergent Fiber (NDF), and Starch statistics geographically, to determine the optimal chopping schedule for their acres.
Facts About Inspection of Meat and Cultured Products
North American Meat Institute
Last week the North American Meat Institute joined together with the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Sheep Industry Association, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Chicken Council, National Pork Producers Council and National Turkey Federation to request that President Trump take action to ensure that USDA have regulatory authority over new cultured meat products.
How Eating Seaweed Can Help Cows to Belch Less Methane
Judith Lewis Mernit
Emissions from the world’s nearly 1.5 billion cattle are a major source of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Now, researchers in California and elsewhere are experimenting with seaweed as a dietary additive for cows that can dramatically cut their methane production.