Myths and truths of crossbreeding
There is always a lot of discussion and debate in the cattle business about crossbreeding. Two Kansas State University researchers have teamed up to answer some of the most common questions beef producers ask about crossbreeding and address whether the questions are myths or truths.
Influx of data, new genetic tools launch Santa Gertrudis to greater heights
It’s been nearly eight decades since the U.S Department of Agriculture recognized Santa Gertrudis as a distinctive beef breed. Santa Gertrudis breeders have long admired the breed for its maternal traits, feed efficiency and ability to adapt to harsh environments, but the breed has often stayed in the shadows due, in large part, to a Bos indicus bias from a portion of the beef industry.
Tips for Grazing Cover Crops
When we graze cover-crops we always need to be considering both meeting the livestock needs as well as soil building objectives. The more cover-crop yield you can produce, the more biomass you can afford to leave behind.
2019 Ohio Beef Cattle School Approaching on February 5
John F. Grimes
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
The OSU Extension Beef Team will be hosting the 2019 Ohio Beef Cattle School. The School will be held on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 starting at 7:00 p.m. As in year’s past with the Beef School, county or area Extension offices will serve as hosts for local clientele.
Monitoring Nutrient Status of Beef Cows
Managing cows through the winter provides different challenges compared to managing those same cows during the growing season. With snow cover, cows should oftentimes receive supplemental feed to meet nutrient requirements during late gestation and into calving season due to low forage or limited quantity.
Do’s and don’ts after livestock death — A detailed dive into animal carcass disposal in ND
Animal losses are part-and-parcel of raising livestock in North Dakota. Death can come to a ranch in the form of disease, accident, inter-animal competition or natural disasters such as flooding or fire, sparking the question—what do I do with the carcass?
New Year Resolutions for Cow-Calf Operations
Happy New Year! Now is a good time to evaluate the year past and make new resolutions and goals for 2019. This usually begins by finding records from the last 12 months, whether that’s in the Red Book or on a scratch pad in the tractor. Wherever it is, find it and sit down on a cold winter night and start studying what was good and what areas might need to be changed going forward. Here are some areas that might be worth more attention this New Year.
Comparing Cattle for Crossbreeding
Dr. Bob Hough, Kerry Halladay
Western Livestock Journal
Imagine you want to buy a horse. But you’re a tall guy, so you want a tall horse. In your search, you find advertisements for two likely potentials. They both look like great ranch horses, but one is listed as 72 tall while the other is described as 132 tall. If you chose based on those numbers alone, without knowing the measurement systems being used in each case, you would be short-changed if you chose the second horse because of its seemingly larger height number.
Beef transportation research reveals sources of stress
The more time beef cattle spend in transport over 24 hours, the more likely they’ll experience shrink (a loss of fluid from body tissue), lameness and even death. That’s according to Dr. Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein, an Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada research scientist in Lethbridge, Alberta.
Building and Maintaining a Cattle Farm
Whether you’re starting your own herd or looking to add on, raising cattle can be financially rewarding. But how do you successful start a cattle farm or ranch and continue to stay on top of this constantly growing industry?