Selecting good heifers helps build a good cow herd
Farm and Ranch Guide
Cattle producers consider selecting and developing replacement heifers as the foundation for building an efficient, productive cow herd. However, the approaches producers use to identify which heifers to keep for herd replacement out of the calf crop vary with herd management and marketing.
Beef specialist offers multiple tips to reduce rumen distress.
Heather Smith Thomas
Angus Beef Bulletin
Sometimes cattle on lush fall pastures bloat under certain conditions. You may need to remove them from the pasture, but don’t round them up too quickly. They may bloat more readily from movement and jostling of the rumen.
Greg Judy’s Stockpiling and Grazing Advice for Kentucky 31 Fescue
Some folks say that you can’t grow red clover with Kentucky 31 and that Kentucky 31 crowds it out. But that’s not Greg’s experience. He’ll show you plenty of red clover, and some white too mixed in with his pastures, and he talks about how he grazes it to make it work for him.
Cattle theft and prevention go high-tech
The Cattle Business Weekly
Livestock theft is one of the oldest crimes in South Dakota, but the ways thieves operate and the methods ranchers and authorities use to catch them have both evolved into a high-tech battle of wits. Modern trailers, cell phones, forged checks, online mapping and Internet classified sales sites are part of the arsenal livestock thieves use to locate, steal and sell cattle, sheep and hogs.
Take a Shortcut To Success
Need real-world performance information on prospective bulls? It’s everywhere today. Sales catalogs are crammed full of expected progeny differences, commonly known as EPDs, as well as genomically enhanced (GE) EPDs and a bull’s actual performance data. If that isn’t enough, go online to a breed association’s website, and there’s more data. It’s overwhelming for many producers.
U.S. Beef Industry Responds to New Global Study
Southeast AG Net
The U.S. beef industry is responding to a new global study that says the planet won’t be able to sustain enough meat production to feed the more than 9-billion people expected by mid-century. 23 authors across the globe argue in the study that a dramatic change in dietary habits, including much less meat and more produce, will be needed to feed a massive world population without destroying the planet.
Cull Cows and Stockpiled Forage
The Stock Exchange
At this time of year many cow-calf operators are weaning/selling calves and determining which, if any, cows are going to be culled and sent to market. The sale of cull cows can be a significant source of cash flow for cow-calf operators. Data shows that 15-25% of cow-calf business’ returns are a result of selling cull cows in the fall, after weaning. For this reason, cow-calf operators should carefully consider how and when they market their cull animals.
Know the Cull Cow Grades Before You Sell
University of Nebraska
Some culling of beef cows occurs in most herds every year at weaning time. The Beef Audits have generally shown that cull cows, bulls, and cull dairy cows make up about 20% of the beef available for consumption in the United States. About half of this group (or 10% of the beef supply) comes from cull beef cows.
Be Careful Grazing Green This Fall
With fall grazing upon us, some areas of South Dakota have been blessed with plenty of precipitation this year and other areas are still experiencing drought conditions. Regardless of where your ranch is located, a rancher must be very careful when grazing the fall green up of cool season grasses.
Beef Cattle Lice Control
Robert D. Hall
University of Missouri
Chewing lice feed on hair, scabs and excretions from the animal’s skin and irritate the skin with their sharp claws and mandibles. Chewing lice infestations weaken the animal, interrupt normal feeding activities and make the animal more susceptible to diseases.