Baxter Black, DVM: Cowboy Mentality
I ran into Randy in the airport. He was draggin’ his right hind leg like an escaped convict tryin’ to cover his tracks. I could see it had taken him a while to pull his pant leg on over the swollen knee. He side-slid to a stop to visit for a minute.
To ensure a healthy breeding bull, feed enough energy and protein.
Heather Smith Thomas
Angus Beef Bulletin Extra
Young bulls are still growing, so they need adequate energy and protein to supply their needs for growth, as well as maintenance, body condition and body heat on a cold winter day. According to John McKinnon, professor and Saskatchewan beef industry chair at the University of Saskatchewan, a bull’s nutrient requirements during winter depend a lot on his age, body condition after coming off pasture and what your target weight is for that bull for the next breeding season.
Skills needed for a bull market
If your herd genetics are of the quality that other producers are willing to buy for herd improvement, then you have a potential bull market. To create a true breeding bull enterprise, purebred or crossbred animals that are subject to registration with a breed association are desirable. As with any enterprise, marketing skills and a product, that people want, are required to create a market.
Twenty tips for winter feeding cattle
In an era of BSE and trade restrictions, predicting cattle prices can be difficult. However, by carefully managing herds, producers can optimize their profit potential. Susan Markus, a beef specialist with Alberta Agriculture, says cattle producers can increase their profits by making a few changes to the way they maintain their herds.
Tally Time: Troubleshooting Poor Pregnancy Rates
Sandy Johnson, Extension
Kansas State University
From time to time, you hear through the grapevine that someone’s herd had an unusually high number of open cows at fall preg check time. That is when you wipe your brow and say “glad that didn’t happen to my herd”! In some cases, the poor reproductive response is isolated to a particular pasture, bull or age/management group and the origin of the problem may be easier to find
Vaccination Programs for the Cow/Calf Operation
University of Missouri
Disease prevention is of utmost importance in a cow-calf operation because it is a low profit margin enterprise. Adequate nutrition, strategic deworming, sanitation and a well designed vaccination program are all necessary to maintain herd health.
Mineral Interactions and Supplementation for Beef Cows
S. L. Boyles,
Ohio State University
Proper mineral and vitamin nutrition contributes to strong immune systems, reproductive performance, and calf weight gain. Pasture forage is the most significant contributor to the trace mineral nutrition of grazing beef cattle. Mineral supplementation in beef cattle can be divided into two broad categories, macro-minerals and micro-minerals.
Treating internal parasites in cattle herds protects producer profits
Dr. Jason Banta
Texas A&M AgriLife
“Deworming is just one of those proactive management strategies ranchers perform to avoid the consequences of parasite infection,” he said. “If a producer is seeing signs of infection, we’ve already lost production, and that leads to reduced income.”
Sustainability is worth how much?
Researchers crunched the numbers and came up with a dollar amount on your sustainability efforts. While not exact numbers, quantification like this provides the cattle business the necessary ammunition to defend and advocate the use of cattle to maintain and improve the environment, while transforming feedstuffs inedible by humans into high-quality protein humans can consume.
7 things every small cattle producer should know
Size is relative in Texas. According to the 2012 USDA Census of Agriculture, the most recent survey, almost half of the state’s cowherd is in herds of 100 head or more, but they represent less than 10 percent of farms and ranches. The 90 percent of us own the other half of the cows.