BeefTalk: The Challenge of Managing Human Resources
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension
A major challenge to beef production today is finding the right labor force with training, knowledge and common sense. Factors such as pay, time and place are important, and, yes, the beef production business has lots of discussable points. But the bottom line is this: Having the right team is critical to the success of the day’s desired outcomes.
Snaplage: A third choice on high-moisture corn
High-moisture corn can be a valuable alternative for harvesting corn grain for dairy and beef cattle. Advantages of wet corn include earlier harvest (by three to five weeks), higher energy value compared to dry corn (3 percent higher per unit of dry matter in dairy cows), lower ear loss or drop in the field, and the ability to establish a cover crop earlier in the fall.
American Shorthorn Association introduces genomic testing incentive
The Fence Post
In an effort to encourage breeders to genomically test more Shorthorn females, ASA is introducing the Genomically Enhanced Heifer Program. ASA will be offering incentive to breeders who take advantage of the uLD (25k) or 50k genomic test on their heifer crops. All heifers tested as a part of this program will have genomically-enhanced EPDs.
Nutrition at Conception and Early Gestation Influences Gene Expression
University of Nebraska
Research continues to demonstrate the impact of maternal nutrition on the developing fetus in beef cattle. A recent study at North Dakota State University with yearling beef heifers in early pregnancy examined and compared two groups of heifers that were managed the same prior to breeding, but after breeding were assigned to different levels of nutrition.
Summertime temperatures shorten gestation length in fall-calving cows and heifers
Oklahoma State University
“Most printed gestation tables predict that calving will take place 283 days – 285 days in some – after artificial insemination or natural breeding,” said Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension emeritus animal scientist. “It is not unusual for cows and heifers that gestate in hot weather to calve a few days earlier.”
Certified Hereford Beef Modifies Marbling Requirement
Certified Hereford Beef® and the American Hereford Association (AHA) announced the minimum marbling score required for carcasses to qualify for Certified Hereford Beef will be elevated. As of Jan. 1, 2019, the minimum marbling score will be raised to elevate the quality level of Certified Hereford Beef to the USDA Choice quality grade.
Cattle industry endures ups and downs since Atlas
Rapid City Journal
The legacy of Winter Storm Atlas for livestock producers five years after one of the worst blizzards in state history could be a lingering distrust of a daily staple of life in agriculture — a weather forecast.
Help your clients navigate BQA requirements
As you may have heard, by 2019 both Cargill and Tyson will require their purchased cattle to come from feedyards that have BQA certification in place. While many yards already have done so, those that don’t in the next few months will need to become certified and get this information to their cattle buyers or auction barns. Otherwise, they may miss out on bidders for their cattle.
Grid marketing, ranch view
High Plains Journal
That type of marketing greatly increased in those years, too, he said, reviewing the basics. Carcasses with more marbling and a lower yield grade earn the highest premium, while those with the least marbling and most external fat (higher yield grade) stand the greatest discounts.
Luck of the Irish: Nielsen Irish Black & Red Cattle
Tri State Livestock News
The Nielsen family, of Fallon, Mont., has been in the cattle business in eastern Montana for four generations, and like so many modern ranching families, maintaining a profitable and sustainable business that will support a growing family tree can be a challenge.