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.

Full Story

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.”

Full Story

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.

Full Story

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.

Full Story

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.

Full Story

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.

Full Story

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?

Full Story

American Royal Welcomes Exhibitors to Kansas City with Inaugural Red Angus Show

American Royal Welcomes Exhibitors to Kansas City with Inaugural Red Angus Show

As the Red Angus breed continues to grow, several new livestock expositions and state fairs have added a Red Angus show to accommodate Junior Red Angus Association of America members. RAAA is excited to announce the American Royal will host its inaugural Red Angus show for junior and open exhibitors in October 2018.

Full Story

Too much of a good thing

Too much of a good thing

Michelle Nelson

Payson Roundup

Ranching lies at the heart of the settlement of Rim Country. In the late 1870s, the vast tracks of empty grassland beckoned ranchers to come and settle with their herds. They faced Apache trying to hold onto their homeland as well as disease, hunger, floods and drought. But the ranch life also offered rich rewards — family time, sunrises and sunsets, nature, connection with animals and pride in providing sustenance for others. All that’s still true.

Full Story

How can some cattle trade at such exceptional prices?

How can some cattle trade at such exceptional prices?

Justin Sexten

The Fence Post

Few producers strive for average — from cow productivity to cost reduction, we all want to be better than that. Yet half of every herd is below its own average, so the bar we compare against is important for context. As the summer video sale reports come in, we hear lots of comments wondering how some cattle trade at such exceptional prices.

Full Story