Weaning Weight Trends in the U.S. Beef Cattle Industry
Although reporting of performance records has increased in seedstock operations, few large data sets are available to characterize the trend over time in the commercial cow-calf industry. In this study, we evaluated the change over time in average calf WW or projected sale weight at the time of weaning using six different data sources.
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.
The Power of One Wire
The tools to improve productivity that we have at our disposal are quite astonishing. Computers that allow us to analyze our operations, equipment used to plant/harvest crops to produce feed, and the genetic predictions used to select better livestock are just a few examples of tools that have changed livestock production.
Breeding Season to Marketing
Dr. Andrew Griffith
University of Tennessee
Cow-calf producers are constantly bombarded with decisions and challenges as it relates to herd health, nutrition, retaining versus purchasing heifers, sire selection, timing of cattle marketing and the list could continue. Decision making should come as no surprise because all business owners have to make short and long-term decisions to promote the success and longevity of the business.
Meat And The Modern Consumer
Millennials don’t shop for groceries the same way older generations did. Many categories have seen differences in shopping behavior across generations and the meat industry is no exception. I spoke with Julie Anna Potts, president and CEO of the North American Meat Institute (NAMI) and Brad Hanna executive vice president, director of business strategy at Barkley, on trends within the meat industry and what we can expect to see in the future.
Short calving seasons pay dividends
Dr. Bob Hough
Western Livestock Journal
There are many practices that pay dividends for a commercial cow-calf operation, one of which is having a short calving season. Having calves in a short window has many bonuses including concentration of labor and a higher-value calf crop.
Third Stage of Calving: Shedding of Fetal Membranes
The process of “calving” or parturition in beef cattle is defined by three stages. Stage I occurs about 4 to 24 hours prior to calving. The major event during stage I is the dilation of the cervix. Stage II occurs in about 30 minutes in adult cows and about 1 hour in first calf heifers (when all goes well) and is the time when the calf passes through the birth canal and is delivered into the world. The third stage of calving is the shedding of the placenta or fetal membranes.