Daily Archives: March 22, 2019

Weaning Weight Trends in the U.S. Beef Cattle Industry

Weaning Weight Trends in the U.S. Beef Cattle Industry

David Lalman

Angus Journal

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.

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It’s Time to Get Serious About Reproduction and Genetics

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.

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The Power of One Wire

The Power of One Wire

Johnny Rogers

On Pasture

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.

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Breeding Season to Marketing

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.

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Meat And The Modern Consumer

Meat And The Modern Consumer

Jeff Fromm

Forbes

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.

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Short calving seasons pay dividends

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.

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Third Stage of Calving: Shedding of Fetal Membranes

Third Stage of Calving: Shedding of Fetal Membranes

Glenn Selk

Drovers

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.

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