Simplifying the Replacement Heifer Dilemma: To Buy or To Raise?
South Dakota State University
Purchasing or raising replacement females represents a significant investment for cow/calf operations and the impact may be felt for years after. To aid in the decision process, we are building a Microsoft Excel based decision aid that will allow producers to compare two business models: developing home-raised replacements or purchasing pregnant crossbred replacement females for a terminal sire system.
9 ways ‘we dare to be different’
You live and you learn, right? Vern Terrell readily admits he has. A diversified cattleman in the western edge of the Nebraska Sandhills – who farms and ranches alongside his wife, Marjean, his son Brock and his wife, Heidi – was willing to share what he considers to be “game-changers” for his operation with producers at the National Grazing Conference in Reno, Nevada.
Nutritionist offers tips for silage feeding
According to Eric Bailey, MU state beef cattle nutrition specialist, said area producers are currently in recovery from drought and are feeding new or unfamiliar feedstuffs due to short forage supplies. Producers have been calling Bailey with concerns about feed additives, protein, vitamins and minerals. However, once producers find themselves out of feed, they begin to worry about energy.
Aegerter joins ASA
Cattle Business Weekly
Darla Aegerter has joined the American Simmental Association as the Youth Programs and ASF Foundation Manager. Aegerter’s main responsibilities will be to coordinate the AJSA Regional and National Classics, other assigned youth events, work closely with the AJSA Board, and become immersed with the American Simmental-Simbrah Foundation as liaison with the Foundation Board and supporting their fundraising activities.
National Ranching Heritage Center to open History of Beef Cattle Breeds exhibit
The Texas Tech National Ranching Heritage Center will debut an exhibit on the History of Beef Cattle Breeds on Tuesday, Jan. 22, with an opening reception. The exhibit was co-curated by Julie Hodges, Helen Devitt Jones Director of Education at the National Ranching Heritage Center, and Ryan Rathmann, associate professor in the Department of Animal and Food Science. The exhibit focuses on the timeline of the cattle industry over the past 300 years, Hodges said according to a Tech news release.
ISP’s livestock brand inspectors track millions of cattle yearly without computers. Until this year
Cody Burlile has memorized many of the 18,000 brands used by cattle owners in Idaho. He knows all six of the places a rancher can legally apply those brands to an animal. He can identify multiple types of earmarks ranchers use and he knows how to help the U.S. Department of Agriculture trace a livestock disease back to its herd of origin.
Tucson lab studies the science of meat, from pasture to table
Arizona Daily Star
How many scientists does it take to make the perfect steak? That might seem like an odd question, but meat production is a complicated industry that has more science behind it than most people realize.
Management of Mold and Quality Issues of Late-Harvested Forages
Sandy Johnson, Steve Ensley, and John Holman
Kansas State University
In some areas of Kansas, summer moisture produced good tonnage of forage sorghum and other forages intended for winter livestock feeding. Heavy windrows extended drying time and some forage that was on the ground for weeks received both rain and snow. As a result, much of that forage had evidence of mold.
University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Hosts Bull Test Sale January 25
The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture will host the Bull Test Sale on Friday, January 25, 2019. More than 80 bulls will be sold at the public auction, which begins at 11 a.m. CST at the Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center. The bulls featured in the sale come from some of the top breeding programs in the region. All have recently passed UTIA’s performance test, which measures each bull’s weight gain, frame score and reproductive soundness. The sale will feature primarily Angus bulls, but will also include Simangus, Hereford and Charolais.
Learn how to prevent farm suicides
“There is a lot of stress involved in farming,” according to Tammi Kohlman, Comprehensive Service Integration of Fond du Lac County Destination Zero coordinator. She spoke to more than 100 ag lenders and other agribusiness professionals attending a workshop about supporting farmers during challenging times on Jan. 9 in Kiel, Wis. “Farming in good times is stressful,” she pointed out.