Soil Fertility and Good Feed – That’s Why Greg Judy Unrolls Hay
Back in 1999 when we first started leasing idle land for grazing that needed serious fertility, I designed my first bale unroller. We had all these old farms that had been stripped of their fertility by folks continuously haying them every year without putting back any nutrients. We did not have any money to fertilize anything, so we custom grazed other folks cattle and wintered their cows on our newly leased soil bankrupted farms. The cattle owners bought the hay, we unrolled it for their cows across our worn out farms.
Red Angus Association equips stock show exhibitors for the show ring and pasture
High Plains Journal
The Red Angus Association of America recently announced an innovative new publication connecting the show ring and the beef industry. “Buckle & Banner” is a quarterly online publication with an emphasis on Red Angus shows, juniors and breed education. This new publication highlights cattle exhibitions and related topics through creative editorial, while still staying connected to broader association issues that are the driving force behind the beef industry and the Red Angus breed.
NCBA President-Elect Jennifer Houston Predicts Vindication as Lawsuit Against Checkoff Progresses
Oklahoma Farm Report
“In legal terms, we’re early in the process. We do feel certain when the actual facts of the case come out – we’ll get a good decision,” Houston said. “We stand with our state beef councils. That’s the way the order was written. That’s the way farmers and ranchers wanted it back in 1986 and I think that is still the way they want it.”
Antimicrobial stewardship for cow-calf producers
The Cattle Business Weekly
What is antimicrobial stewardship? Is it different from antibiotic stewardship, or judicious use of antibiotics? All of these words seem to be popping up frequently in the media, but what do they actually mean to us as cow-calf producers? An antimicrobial is something that destroys or inhibits the growth of microorganisms but causes little or no damage to the host. The term “antimicrobial” is broad and encompasses microbes such as bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi.
Rotating pastures to reduce scours in calves
Solid herd management practices mitigate the threat of a scours outbreak. While rotating calves through pastures is less common than some of the more obvious measures taken, those who do use it swear by its effectiveness.
Suggestions for balanced winter rations for beef cattle
Good-quality forage for beef cows is in short supply this winter and the price of grain is still relatively expensive across Western Canada. The good news is well-balanced rations still can be put together for late-gestation beef cows to prepare them for a good calving season.
Beef’s environmental impact lower than perceived
A new study published recently in the journal Agricultural Systems is the most comprehensive beef cattle life-cycle assessment ever completed. In the report, titled “Environmental Footprints of Beef Cattle Production in the United States,” the researchers found that widely accepted measures related to beef cattle’s impact in the U.S. are often overestimated.
Here’s why you should consider temperament and behavior grading
Over years, numerous studies have looked at temperament and behaviors of livestock, but very little seems to have trickled down to ground level of the ranch or feedlot treatment barns. Docility EPD’s have been widely used in purebred cattle operations, but it takes time for genetic improvement of this nature to fully trickle down to most cow-calf operations
Who’s Killing Buck Birdsong’s Cows?
One sunny afternoon in February 2014, Buck Birdsong heard a low cry echo across his Longview ranch. One of his cows, a recent mother, was wailing relentlessly, a slow beat of deep, frantic moans. He jumped in his beige F-250 to investigate, rumbling over the ranch’s winding dirt roads, through the pasture, and out toward the shallow, moss-covered pond that sits near the back of his land: 112 wide-open acres nestled amid the Piney Woods of East Texas and punctuated with a few clumps of elm trees, where his small herd of cattle often gathers in the shade.
Genetic correlations among weight and cumulative productivity of crossbred beef cows
Warren M Snelling, Larry A Kuehn, R Mark Thallman, Gary L Bennett, Bruce L Golden
The Journal of Animal Science
Mature weight of beef cows in the United States has been increasing as a correlated response to selection for calf growth. Unfavorable genetic correlations between cow weight and various measures of female fertility, stayability, and lifetime production suggest declining cow productivity might also be expected as a correlated response to growth selection.