Nose pump provides water in cold weather with no electricity.
Heather Smith Thomas
Angus Beef Bulletin Extra
Cold weather can create challenges in pastures where there’s no electricity for pumping water or heating a stock tank. Jim Anderson, a rancher near Rimbey, Alta., Canada, solved winter water problems by creating a system in which cattle themselves pump water that won’t freeze. He uses a piston pump, like the old-fashioned well in which a person works a handle up and down to lift water.
Ultrasound for pregnancy shows accuracy and growth in popularity
Pregnancy detection. If only it were as easy to do as it is to say. Luckily, for those who regularly find themselves tasked with determining what females in a herd are open or bred, manual palpation isn’t the only option.
Mycotoxins may also infect pasture grasses
Throughout history, outbreaks of illness and disease in people and animals have occurred where the true cause was unknown, and such challenges have fueled the pursuit of identifying causal agents such as a bacteria, viruses or fungi, Biomin ruminant technical manager Paige Gott wrote in a recent post on the Biomin “Mycotoxins” blog.
Are Your Pastures Poisonous?
Dr. Dennis Hancock
University of Georgia
What would you do if you found out that there was a poison hiding somewhere in your pastures? What would you do if you found out that it was lowering your weaning weights by 60-90 lbs/head or reducing gains on your stockers by 40%?
Hidden revolution in beef genetics
“Before, as a commercial bull buyer, you ran the risk of making incorrect bull-buying decisions if you weren’t using EPDs. That risk is now significantly greater,” says Matt Spangler, beef genetics specialist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Learn from feeder calf buyers
Cow-calf producers can easily become complacent with their type of cattle and management style. Complacency, however, sometimes prevents the capture of premium prices for feeder calves.
These are the technology advances that could end animal farming
Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.
On the very first page of The End of Animal Farming, author Jacy Reese makes it clear that the book is not about why animal farming is bad. There have been plenty of books chronicling the damage caused by factory farms, but his book is about how to solve animal farming itself.