BeefTalk: Data are the Foundation for Developing Cattle Goals
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension
Farm and/or ranch decisions usually are based on two choices: data or “gut feeling.” Choosing the latter means choices that essentially drift with the beef industry because “gut feeling” is a product of comfort within the beef industry environment. For cow-calf producers, comfort within the business is good.
Lawsuit Filed Over Genetic Tests
Victoria G. Myers
Gelbvieh cattle breeders Jerry and Karen Wilson have filed a lawsuit against Jonathan Beever, a University of Illinois professor and founder of Agrigenomics, a livestock genetic testing company. The registered breeders say they culled more than 70 animals based on genetic tests that found the animals positive for the genetic defect Contractural Arachnodactyly (CA).
Rancher Donnell Brown Believes Five Traits Measured by Genomic EPDs Can Simplify Bull Selection
Oklahoma Farm Report
There are so many genetic tools available these days to help producers select just the right bull for every operation. So many tools, it can at times get confusing when trying to get your arms around which tool to use to collect the information you are most interested in. Donnell Brown of the RA Brown Ranch says he believes the key is to simplify and highlight five key traits for producers.
A grazier’s confession: Feeding hay has its benefits
Johnny R. Rogers
Many experts share my opinion that making/feeding hay is the most expensive item in many cow-calf production budgets and serves as a burden for many cattle operations. It should be noted there are two issues to consider: making hay and feeding hay. Each should be evaluated separately to determine the best approach for each operation.
Communication is a key to low-stress handling
“We want to make their new home as close as possible to their old home or better. We try to think through what might make a new calf more comfortable,” says Dave Steinbecker, Jr. of Perryville, Mo. “We like to start them on feed similar to what they were eating before to benefit their health overall. We also feel like we’re starting cattle better, which helps with immunity.”
When the alfalfa stand is done
Ralph Whitesides and Earl Creech
Every alfalfa producer has made the difficult decision to end the life of an alfalfa stand. In irrigated alfalfa production, this is often associated with crop rotation and seems to hover around a four- to seven-year stand life.
Tips for Pasture Fertility Management
As we approach mid-October, the question is: is there a benefit in fertilizing my pasture? Nutrient management in pasture situations can be tricky because you’re fertilizing on top of actively growing plants. While the plants continue to grow, we do not suggest a full rate of nitrogen be applied.
The Secret to Raising Dairy Beef Profitably
The secret to raising high quality dairy beef at a profit is really no secret at all: It just requires top management throughout the steer’s life cycle and consistent forward contracting to mitigate market risk.
Relocation of USDA agencies sparks criticism
The USDA’s plan to relocate and realign the Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture is drawing criticism from former USDA officials and ag groups.
Tips for Low-Stress Newborn Calf Processing
Calving time is much-anticipated around the farm or ranch. Cattle producers work tirelessly to make sure their cow herd is maintained, cared for, fed and vaccinated. Matings were carefully selected, females bred, and roughly 283 days later, the next calf crop hits the ground (hopefully) running with vigor. When those calves do come, be sure you are prepared with all the resources you need to care for these new lives and process the newborn calves in a low-stress fashion to give them the best start at life possible.