Daily Archives: September 5, 2018

Small Cows Are Profitable – Big Cows Will Bankrupt You

Small Cows Are Profitable – Big Cows Will Bankrupt You

Greg Judy

On Pasture

Greg focuses on small cows – from 875 to 1000 pounds – because he can run more of them per acre, they take less feed through they winter, don’t tear up wet spring pastures the way bigger cows do, and they can give you a calf on grass. He also gets more calves, and at 450 pound weaned weight he gets more per pound than he would for a 550 pound calf.

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Making corn silage requires moisture for proper fermentation

Making corn silage requires moisture for proper fermentation

Farm and Ranch Guide

Whole-plant moisture and the plant’s maturity at harvest affect corn silage quality, according to Kevin Sedivec, North Dakota State University Extension rangeland management specialist. “Making corn silage requires moisture for proper fermentation to minimize dry-matter loss and spoilage,” he says. “Ensiling at the correct whole-plant moisture content and optimum plant maturity is critical.”

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New approach to building BRD immunity in young calves

New approach to building BRD immunity in young calves

Kevin Hill

Progressive Cattleman

A healthy calf is better able to handle stressful transition periods, and a healthy calf results in a higher-quality end product consumers desire. Those of us involved in the beef industry want the best for our animals, which makes bovine respiratory disease (BRD or shipping fever), the most common of all bovine health problems, a key concern.

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Fifteen States Want Supreme Court to Rule on State Livestock Standard Laws

Fifteen States Want Supreme Court to Rule on State Livestock Standard Laws

DTN

The attorneys general of 15 states are waiting to see if the U.S. Supreme Court will take up a pair of cases by Missouri and Indiana against California and Massachusetts over what they see as a violation of interstate commerce by trying to regulate agricultural production in other states.

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Preconditioned vs Weaned Calves can Affect Bunk Space Requirements in Feedlots

Preconditioned vs Weaned Calves can Affect Bunk Space Requirements in Feedlots

Mariah Woolsoncroft

University of Nebraska

Weaning season is right around the corner for producers. However, some producers do not think about how their management techniques can affect calves when entering the feedlot. These techniques can affect how calves are managed when received at the feedlot and subsequently, can determine the number of head in a pen during receiving.

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Pregnancy Diagnosis

Pregnancy Diagnosis

Ky Pohler

A Steak in Genomics™

Cows all cost the same to manage. If they don’t have a calf or have a calf born late in the calving season, they cost us money. Knowing pregnancy status of the herd helps make management decisions. They can help with drought management (sell open cows) and marketing decisions. Pregnancy diagnosis also helps us evaluate bull or semen fertility and breeding program success.

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Benefits of Hiring a Nutritionist

Benefits of Hiring a Nutritionist

Dr. Tara Felix

Lancaster Farming

“Hey Doc, will you throw together a diet for me?” This is one of the most common questions that I have encountered during my stint as the Extension beef specialist for Penn State. I have a Ph.D. in beef cattle nutrition. I have studied the topic for over 12 years. I could “throw” together a diet. So why, when I get this question do I tend to recommend that the folks asking hire a nutritionist?

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