Daily Archives: January 4, 2019

Producers struggle to regulate cow size

Producers struggle to regulate cow size

Teresa Clark
The Fence Post

Determining what size of cow is ideal for the environment is a hot topic. It depends on the environment, the ranch, and sometimes the rancher. What is even harder is settling on a certain size of cow, and maintaining it.

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Developing a multi-breed genetic evaluation system powered by BOLT

Developing a multi-breed genetic evaluation system powered by BOLT

PETER SCHARPE

Minnesota Farm Guide

Genetic data and EPDs (expected progeny differences) have become a cornerstone in the beef industry, as has crossbreeding. But, with the genetic data in the hands of the various breed associations, comparing data across breeds is challenging. An organization is working to change that, to bring continuity to EPDs and to increase accuracy through increase data collection.

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Here’s some great information on safety of implants in cattle

Here’s some great information on safety of implants in cattle

MEGAN J. WEBB

Farm and Ranch Guide

In the retail case, beef cannot be marketed as “hormone-free” because hormones are produced naturally by plants, animals, and humans for proper regulatory function and survivability. Beef can be marketed as “naturally raised” or “raised without hormones” and must abide by the USDA voluntary claim standards “FSIS Labeling Guideline on Documentation Needed to Substantiate Animal Raising Claims for Label Submissions.” Consumers that prefer to purchase naturally raised or Organic beef should be prepared to pay a premium. Beef produced from implanted cattle can provide consumers a more economical and sustainable product that should be recognized as safe and wholesome.

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Killing your cover crop

Killing your cover crop

Genevieve Slocum

Progressive Forage

But figuring out how you’ll end the cover crop life cycle in a clean cut in time for spring and summer planting has to come before you plant the first seed. Try to envision what you are trying to accomplish. If you want to maximize moisture uptake and dry out wet soil, for example, you will want to let the cover grow as long as possible and plant green into it.

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Propionate and butyrate induce gene expression

Propionate and butyrate induce gene expression

Anne Wallace

American Society of Animal Science

Short-chain fatty acids (SCFA) are a metabolic byproduct of bacteria residing in the digestive tracts of animals. The anaerobic fermentation of dietary starch or fiber by bacteria creates a variety of microbial waste products, including SCFA. These molecules can also be used as an energy source by host cells and is particularly important for post-weaning ruminants.

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Accurate Data Collection Enhances Value and Integrity

Accurate Data Collection Enhances Value and Integrity

Kay Klompien

Red Angus News

As I am writing this, we are revving up for calving season. That means a lot of the data to record: birth dates, birth weights, calving ease, udder scores, dispositions; the list goes on, depending on your specific needs and operation. Let’s not let our personal prejudices impact either positively or negatively the data that we record. Let’s take the high road – no estimates, no guesses or special considerations – just real, hard, exact, accurately measured data.

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Pulling a calf? Here’s the best way

Pulling a calf? Here’s the best way

Mark Hilton

Beef Magazine

One of my passions in veterinary medicine, besides beef production medicine, is teaching veterinarians and producers an easier way to deliver calves. I always start off my dystocia talks with the numbers 15 and 3. If you have to assist more than 15% of your heifers and 3% of your adult cows, you have a problem that needs attention and it’s most likely your genetics.

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