A Producer’s Perspective on Selecting and Development of Replacement Heifers
To start, all heifers must be born within the first 30 days of the calving season to be considered as potential replacements in the Erickson’s herd. At no point are the heifers weighed, but culling can occur throughout development due to poor disposition, structural defects, frame size whether too large or small, bad udders on the dam, and age. Mark Erickson, manager of the cattle side of Erickson’ operation calls cull heifers the “too’s”, for being too big, too small, or too wild.
Quick tips for using Clostridial
The Cattle Business Weekly
Clostridial vaccines, also commonly referred to as “7-way” or “8-way” vaccines, are primarily administered to calves to prevent blackleg, malignant edema and redwater. All of these diseases can cause rapid death of affected cattle.
Are we really “making the cattle business great again?”
Tomi Lahren considers herself a champion for the beef industry, using her trademark ‘in your face’ social media videos to, as she says, make the cattle business great again. A noble initiative for the common viewer no doubt, and her widespread popularity among conservative politics makes her a natural fit as a champion for the American cattle industry.
Professional Ethics for the Judge
American Simmental Association
I have been judging livestock shows (primarily beef cattle) since 1972. During those five decades I have seen a lot of good things and a few bad things happen in the show ring. The last few years, the most disturbing observation has been a growing violation of professional ethics by some of our young judges.
Beef continues to take center plate in U.S.
Dr. Nevil Speer
There is absolutely no truth to the claim that the beef checkoff program has weakened the U.S. cattle industry by helping importers capture a greater share of the domestic market.
New Survey Identifies Needs and Gaps in Cattle Care and Well-being
Merck Animal Health (known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada) this week announced the results from the Cattle Care and Well-Being Survey, a comprehensive survey of U.S. beef producers and veterinarians, that identified resources, topics and training needed to advance cattle care and well-being.
Squeeze chute is latest for handling cattle
Intermountain Farm and Ranch
A family-owned business demonstrated a breakthrough innovation in cattle handling at the Eastern Idaho State Fair last week. The Arrowquip Q-Catch 86 series squeeze chute is engineered so well that it is possible for a single person to care for an entire herd.
Soybeans may be viable cattle feed option
Soybeans can be used as a protein supplement for beef cattle, as long as the beans are a small part of the cattle’s diet, according to Karl Hoppe, Extension livestock systems specialist at NDSU’s Carrington Research Extension Center.
How to Get the Most Nutrients from Low Quality Forages
Because keeping your cow herd in good health starts with a quality nutrition program, once you know which nutrients your forages are deficient in, you can plan a supplementation program for those first.
Late-season cover crops
By mid-September, options for seeding cover crops in the Northern Plains become more limited and in some cases seeding rates need to be bumped up to get a decent stand. My typical cut-off date for most mixes that include broadleaf cover crops like radish, turnip or peas is Aug. 15.