Tips for farmers and ranchers on buying a semi and trailer
Heather Smith Thomas
The Fence Post
Many farmers and ranchers today are buying their own semi-trucks and trailers, to haul hay, grain and livestock. Before making the big purchase, they will want to consider some key points.
Twelve do’s and don’ts to take your creep feeding program to the next level.
American Hereford Association
If you creep feed calves prior to weaning each fall, are you managing your feeding program effectively and efficiently? Dustin Elkins, a nutrition consultant for CHS Southwest Grain in Richardton, N.D., advocates creep feeding for the benefits it provides calves, cows and pastures. However, he emphasizes “the devil is in the details” when developing a successful a program.
There is no real parasite puzzle in the natural model
R.P. “Doc” Cooke
“Lee County Syndrome” was a very common diagnosis at Auburn University Veterinary College when I was stationed there in the mid 1970s. Up at Columbia, Missouri, at the vet school I heard they termed it “High Trough Disease.”
K-State’s Megan Rolf Continues Search for Elusive Genetic Trait to Improve Cattle’s Water-Efficiency
Oklahoma Farm Report
Former Oklahoma State University faculty member and now a member of the Animal Science Department at Kansas State University, Dr. Megan Rolf has always had an interest in animal nutrition and in conjunction with that the efficient use of resources as well. Before leaving OSU to return home to Kansas, Roth began a study on the concept of finding the most efficient cattle genetics that reflect water efficiencies within those beef cows and has since continued her work at K-State.
Jail time ordered for man who stole from deceased rancher
A Woodward, Texas, man will spend five years in prison after pleading no contest to four felony charges. The charges and subsequent jail time are the result of an investigation led by Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Assn. (TSCRA) special ranger Ben Eggleston.
The numbers are clear: Weaned calves bring a premium
Here are a couple of scenarios to ponder: Weaned at home, preconditioned for 45 days with all the necessary shots versus stripped from the cow and weaned in the trailer on the way to the sale barn. Buyers know the difference and increasingly will pay for calves that are healthy and ready to hit the feedbunk with a full appetite.
Yellowstone grizzly bears are not an endangered species — but ranchers like me are
Mary A. Thoman
No longer an endangered species, the Yellowstone grizzly bear population is soaring. But now bears are driving ranchers from their grazing lands.
When Should I Harvest My Small-grain Forage?
Angus Beef Bulletin Extra
Farmers plant small-grain forages in two basic systems. One is as a nurse crop for a perennial hay crop such as alfalfa. A second is as a stand-alone annual forage crop. Harvest decisions depend largely on the system used. If the small-grain forage is a “nurse crop,” then the effects of the harvest decision are based on what is best for the perennial hay crop underneath.
Science Proves 45-Day Weaning Period for Calves Adds Significant Value
It is weaning time for many cow-calf producers who wish to take advantage of value-added calf sales beginning in October. “Most cow-calf producers are aware of the 45-day weaning period requirement associated with these sales, but some may wonder why the post-weaning period needs to be so lengthy,” said Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension emeritus animal scientist and managing editor of the university’s popular Cow-Calf Corner newsletter.
Atypical BSE case found in a cow in Florida
The USDA has discovered a 6-year-old cow in Florida was infected with atypical BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy). The animal never entered slaughter channels and does not present a risk to the food supply or to human health. Atypical BSE is not associated with feed and APHIS says it happens rarely and spontaneously. The cow was found as part of routine surveillance of cattle that are deemed unsuitable for slaughter.