Nutritional Considerations Going into Calving
Lawton Stewart, Roger Gates
University of Georgia
This year has proved to be quite an interesting one. Most producers were able to put up plenty of hay. However, due to average to above average rainfall, a large proportion of the hay produced was harvested at a later than ideal maturity. Based on the samples submitted to the UGA Feed and Environmental Water Laboratory, we are dealing with lower quality forage for winter feeding.
Thinking About Feeding Soybeans This Year?
Dr. Jason Smith
University of Tennessee
Low prices and adverse harvest conditions often drive us toward alternative options that – if nothing else – are perceived to add value to a crop. As the 2018 soybean crop is no exception to this, many operations that produce soybeans and also raise or feed beef cattle will undoubtedly consider feeding them. If this is true for your operation, make sure you first put pencil to paper.
Two-Step Weaning is a Low-Stress Winner
Over 45 years on the farm, Ted Lacey has learned small changes in his beef operation can significantly impact the bottom line. After learning how fenceline weaning reduces stress in a herd, the Trent, South Dakota, cattleman adopted the practice, using hotwire and permanent fencing to separate cows and calves.
Feeding Low-Quality Hay
Ben Beckman, Mariah Woolsoncroft
University of Nebraska
This year, wet weather has many producers putting up hay much later in the season than normal. A late harvest date means grasses have already produced seed heads and are rapidly declining in forage nutrient value. While having even low quality hay on hand for winter feed is better than none, producers will need to consider the challenges of meeting cattle nutrient requirements this winter.
NCBA’s Colin Woodall Offers Fake Meat, WOTUS Brief as Dust Settles on Midterms
Oklahoma Farm Report
Beyond the impact that the midterm elections have had on the path moving forward for agricultural policy, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is paying close attention to many other issues as well. For instance, Colin Woodall of NCBA’s DC Office, has been keeping tabs on the controversial Waters of the US rule which was recently reinstated in 22 states after a South Carolina court ruling that essentially brought the Obama era rule back from the dead.
Antimicrobial Resistance – What does USDA Research Tell Us?
Roxann Motroni, Kim Cook, John Schmidt
Antimicrobial Resistance or AMR occurs naturally in bacteria and AMR far predates human existence. However, AMR is a complicated issue and there are many factors that contribute to its development in agricultural environments. As USDA’s in-house research agency, the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the only agency within the Federal government charged to research, develop, and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority, like AMR.
Economist shares insight into cattle-buying behaviors.
Angus Beef Blog Extra
How do similar cattle get different prices in different markets? There could be many reasons, but one of the biggest, says Kansas State University ag economist Glynn Tonsor, is buyer experience. Tonsor shares research looking into cattle-buying behavior.