Outsmarting Wild Cattle – Part 1
This year I switched from being a year-round cow-calf operation to being a seasonal heifer developer. I bought a group of 35 open, yearling Red Angus heifers in April, turned bulls in with them in August, and sold them pregnant in November.
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.
Time for a Breeding Soundness Exam
Dr. Ken McMillan
Several months before your turnout date, you need to decide if any bulls should be replaced. Then consider whether you have enough bull power to get through the breeding season.
Cow requirements need to be matched to and met by ranch resources.
North Dakota State University
A big question for many cattle producers is how to make their operation more profitable. “Cow-calf producers tend to operate on a fixed land/feed base associated with a substantial overhead cost in annual rents and finance payments,” says John Dhuyvetter, North Dakota State University Extension livestock systems specialist at the North Central Research Extension Center near Minot.
Cattle Vaccination and Deworming Schedule Recommendations
Animal Medical Center of Wyoming
Cows being calved through a corral-shed system or if you have had scour problems should be vaccinated with ScourGuard 4kc, ScourBos 4 or 9 or Guardian 6-8 weeks pre-calving. Heifers will need one dose 6-8 weeks pre-calving and a second dose one month prior to calving. Some producers choose to give one dose a month prior to calving and a second at the start of calving since the majority of concerns with scours occur towards the end of calving.
Balancing Beef Cow Nutrient Requirements and Seasonal Forage
Melvin George, Glenn Nader, John Dunbar,
University of California
Range beef cow nutrition programs are greatly influenced by the changing nutritional needs of a cow as it progresses through the reproductive calendar and seasonal changes in the quality of rangeland forage.
Trace Minerals and Livestock: Not Too Much Not Too Little
The new approaches of the animal production systems make managing the mineral nutrition a challenge. Versus the excessive, trace mineral supply in intensively managed livestock, well above the physiological requirements, is the no trace mineral supplementation of organic systems, which become highly dependent on trace minerals in the soil. Nowadays, in addition to the animal health perspective, trace mineral nutrition must be environment friendly and allow getting mineral-enriched animal products.