Ranching in the Future – What Should Young Ranchers Expect?
Fundamentally, the ranches of 100 years ago were founded on using land to grow grass and cattle. Land values were tied intimately to productive value of the land and the then-current values of the cattle market. And so, our ancestors built successful ranches.
Keep your cow herd management sharp during mid-winter
Dr. Bob Hough
Western Livestock Journal
As producers’ cow herds enter the last third of gestation, it is important not to get lax on management. This is because what is done now will have a direct impact on a successful calving season that produces healthy calves.
Female Ranchers Are Reclaiming the American West
New York Times
Hundreds of years before John Wayne and Gary Cooper gave us a Hollywood version of the American West, with men as the brute, weather-beaten stewards of the land, female ranchers roamed the frontier. They were the indigenous, Navajo, Cheyenne and other tribes, and Spanish-Mexican rancheras, who tended and tamed vast fields, traversed rugged landscapes with their dogs, hunted, and raised livestock.
Not feeding pregnant cows enough protein can have serious consequences.
North Dakota State University
Underfeeding protein to stock cows through their winter gestation has serious consequences, a North Dakota State University Extension livestock expert warns.
“If insufficient protein and nitrogen are provided and degraded in the rumen, forage digestion will be reduced and the cow may not meet caloric needs and lose weight,” says John Dhuyvetter, Extension livestock systems specialist at the North Central Research Extension Center near Minot, N.D. “Furthermore, the developing fetus may be undernourished, impacting development, vigor and survival at birth, and future outcomes. Both colostrum and milk quality and quantity can suffer.”
Scrotal frostbite in bulls can impair fertility
Heather Smith Thomas
The Fence Post
Cold, windy weather can result in bull infertility the next breeding season. Scrotal frostbite can temporarily or permanently affect fertility, depending upon severity of freezing — causing testicle damage and semen deterioration.
Trump farm bailout money will go to Brazilian-owned meatpacking firm, USDA says
The Washington Post
U.S. taxpayers will buy about $5 million in pork products from a Brazilian-owned meatpacking firm under President Trump’s bailout program, which was designed to help American farmers hurt by the administration’s trade war, according to documents released Wednesday.
Increasing economic efficiency with genomics
A thousand days here, a thousand days there, and pretty soon you’re talking some real time. That’s how long it takes to feed and see the results of a replacement heifer’s first progeny. That’s why Ryan Noble of Noble Ranch LLC at Yuma, Colo., used genomics to help identify replacement heifer prospects most likely to merit the investment.