The Importance of Being Earnest About Low Stress Handling
Most people I have met would say they handle their livestock in a low stress manner. What this actually means varies from person to person. To me, if you are a successful handler, you are able to turn your animals to the right, turn them to the left, slow them down, speed them up, and stop them. If you are real good, you can spot them in one place and they will stay.
Scrotal Frostbite Can Affect Bull Fertility
When temperatures drop as low as they did this week — some areas of the Northern Plains saw air temperatures as low as minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit — livestock can be severely affected. Bulls, in particular, can lose fertility either temporarily or permanently due to freeze damage to their reproductive organs.
Reducing the Risk of a Calf Scours Outbreak
Neonatal calf diarrhea (commonly called “calf scours”) is one of the most costly disease entities in the beef cattle business. Fall-calving herds have the help of the hot, late summer/early fall sunshine to reduce the buildup and spread of the pathogens that cause calf diarrhea.
4 Handy Helpers for Cattle Producers
The Bextra Bale Feeder from Lienemann Productions in Princeton, Nebraska, saves hay when feeding either large round or large square bales, says the company. The patented upper basket design forces cattle to eat off the bottom of the bale.
NCBA Recognizes New York Farm with National Environmental Stewardship Award
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association today announced Thunder View Farms in Grahamsville, New York, as the winner of the 2018 Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP). The award was presented at the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in New Orleans.
Many considerations before deploying extended dry lot
The Country Today
Changing dynamics for cattle producers in the Midwest continue to drive the discussion about alternate cow production strategies such as semi-confinement or extended dry lot housing for beef cows. Land prices are increasing while the availability of land for pasture becomes less and less; droughts are seemingly more common, and urban sprawl continues to eat away at farmland.
Profitable Cattle Production from Novel Endophyte Tall Fescue
Profit is a necessity for a Carroll County, Virginia beef cattle producer. H. G. Mark Strauss, DVM said that the only way to make a profit with stocker cattle is if the cattle gain over 1.5 pounds-per-day through the season. He has found a way to achieve this after working his way through a gain/loss/gain season for some of his cattle. Strauss identified the cause of the problem when he weighed his cattle on and off pastures to measure daily gains.
K-State’s 106th annual Cattlemen’s Day set for March 1
The Fence Post
Kansas State University’s Animal Sciences and Industry Department will host Cattlemen’s Day 2019 on Friday, March 1 at Weber Hall in Manhattan. Brad Morgan, Performance Food Group senior director of protein, will kick off the event by discussing the potential for plant-sourced “meat” and laboratory-produced “meat” to take market share from the meat industry.
Who’s right, the Beef Board or R-CALF?
A recent Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) news release noted that, “2018 retail beef demand is 15% higher than in January 2012…so beef demand is indeed strong.” R-CALF subsequently followed with a press release of their own attempting to debunk that assertion: “If that is true, then cattle prices should have increased over the same period…But that did not happen. Instead, fed cattle price fell nearly 5% during the same period that beef demand increased 15%. … This indicates something is terribly wrong with the structure of the cattle industry’s markets. The 2012 average 5-area fed cattle price of $122.96 per cwt should have increased in 2018 rather than decrease to a $117 per cwt price …”
Muddy cows may struggle to gain pregnancy weight
The mud can lead to thinner cows because it takes a lot of energy for cattle to trudge through mud and to keep their bodies warm when cold mud sticks to them, said John Grimes, beef coordinator for Ohio State University Extension.