Never Save Foolishly Or Spend Unnecessarily
Dr. Ken McMillan
In making culling decisions, I always advise producers to apply Dr. Jim Floyd’s “Seven Quality Checks.” From head to tail, they are disposition, eyes, teeth, feet, udders, body condition and pregnancy status. After culls have been made, do you know which of the remaining cows are making you money or losing the least amount of money? This is where good records are needed.
Marketing Strategies for Smaller Seedstock Operations
How can seedstock operators with a small cow herd market their genetics and stay competitive in today’s beef industry? Hereford World posed that question to three individuals to share their insights, including Marilyn Lenth, Lenth Herefords, Postville, Iowa; Shannon Worrell, Worrell Enterprises, Mason, Texas; and Kansas State University (K-State) Professor and Cow-calf Extension Specialist Bob Weaber.
Traceability for Cattle Disease Control
Dr. Bob Larson
The ability to trace current and past locations of livestock to enhance disease control has been a goal of federal and state animal health agencies for many years. Currently, permanent identification and health papers (Certificates of Veterinary Inspection) are required for breeding cattle crossing state lines. For the most part, it is not a requirement for movement within a state or for feeder cattle.
Artificial insemination of cattle has come a long way
Heather Smith Thomas
Western Livestock Journal
Many cows today are bred via artificial insemination (AI) with semen collected from a good bull. Most dairy cows are bred AI, many seedstock beef herds use AI, and a growing number of commercial beef herds utilize AI on their heifers and some of their best cows. This is a way to extend the benefits of a good bull, or make sure heifers are bred to easy-calving bulls, or utilize genetics of multiple outstanding sires without having to own them.
Considerations Attributing to Livestock Losses
Aaron Berger, Mary Drewnoski, Rick Rasby , Tyler Williams, Stonie Cooper, Brian Vander Ley, Jenny Rees – Extension Educator
University of Nebraska
This winter has greatly impacted our livestock producers. We have received reports of livestock losses in February and early March and most recently, losses from blizzards and flooding. We have also been asked by various Farm Service Agency (FSA) directors about considerations for livestock losses where this winter could be considered an extreme and unusual situation.
Dealing with diphtheria in calves
Heather Smith Thomas
Diphtheria is an upper respiratory problem in cattle characterized by an infection or inflammation of the vocal folds. It can be serious if swelling restricts the airway and makes breathing difficult. Dr. Steve Hendrick of Coaldale Veterinary Clinic at Coaldale, Alta., sees quite a few cases of diphtheria in cow-calf operations and in feedlots.
Midwest Flood Damage Total Approaching $1 Billion
Hoosier AG Today
Politico says the damage totals could exceed $400 million in livestock losses and $440 million for crop farmers, who could be forced to delay or even cancel planting entirely. Craig Head of the Nebraska Farm Bureau says, “Those are very early estimates. They don’t even account for the damage done to roads, bridges, barns, fences, and other infrastructure.” Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds says she’s seeking federal aid as soon as possible, citing ruined grain bins and lost livestock.
It’s Time to Get Serious About Reproduction and Genetics
John F. Grimes
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
The first quarter of any calendar year is an important time for most commercial cow-calf producers. If it has not started already, calving season will begin soon. Shortly after the onset of calving season, decisions must be made in regards to breeding season. Management choices in the areas of reproduction and genetics made during this timeframe can certainly influence a cow-calf operation for years to come.
Does cold weather contribute to pneumonia in calves?
Prolonged winter cold has some fairly obvious effects on cattle of all ages. Cattle producers calving early on the northern plains are familiar with frostbite that nips ear margins and tail tips in baby calves, but all cattle are affected by the increased nutritional demands inflicted by prolonged cold temperatures. When the outside temperature drops below an animal’s thermoneutral temperature, increased energy in the diet is necessary.
Genotyping project to collect more carcass records
The American Simmental Association recently initiated a large genotyping project to collect more carcass records and genotypes on sire-identified terminal calves to improve progeny equivalents for carcass traits. All harvested cattle will be genotyped and the resulting data will be incorporated into the International Genetic Solutions Multi-breed Genetic Evaluation powered by BOLT.