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. Achieving a short breeding season is the result of optimum management of heifers, cows and bulls, as well as taking advantage of technologies like artificial insemination (AI).
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.
What are the Trends Occurring in Advertising – and is Print Obsolete?
There is no denying digital is everywhere. In fact, recent statistics suggest the average consumer spends 33 percent of his or her time online and on social media. That said, from a marketing perspective, Laurie Hoffman, vice president of client services for the Sioux Falls, S.D., based marketing agency VistaComm, says, “I definitely feel the digital world is vital today because technology is integrated into everyone’s life. Effective digital marketing meets the consumer where they are.”
Animal well-being is enhanced by better observations and patience.
Angus Beef Bulletin Extra
Renowned animal-handling expert Temple Grandin compares yelling at cattle to an idling pickup truck. A pickup does not have intent until you stomp on the gas; it is the same with your voice. Yelling has intent, but it’s the wrong kind.
Genetic evaluations: Refining the toolbox
B. Lynn Gordon
All around us, technology is dramatically changing the way we live. Cell phones have become mini-computers and having a camera in the barn to monitor calving is no longer a specialty item but now is standard. Measuring and calculating beef cattle performance data is not exempt from the influx of new technology as well.
Floodwaters threaten millions in crop and livestock losses
DAVID PITT AND MARGERY BECK
Farmer Jeff Jorgenson looks out over 750 acres of cropland submerged beneath the swollen Missouri River, and he knows he probably won’t plant this year. But that’s not his biggest worry. He and other farmers have worked until midnight for days to move grain, equipment and fuel barrels away from the floodwaters fed by heavy rain and snowmelt. The rising water that has damaged hundreds of homes and been blamed for three deaths has also taken a heavy toll on agriculture, inundating thousands of acres, threatening stockpiled grain and killing livestock.
The biggest mistake farmers make? Loving the farm too much
Why the Farm Comes First. Consider these frequently voiced motivations: “It is what I love; I can see progress in front of my eyes; the land is a legacy from my parents and grandparents — I need to pass it on to my children; and a farm is the best place to raise children.”
Bull Selection Strategies that Improve Cattle Operation
This time of year, cattle producers begin looking for a new bull according to Patrick Davis, University of Missouri Extension regional livestock field specialist. The first step in the selection process, according to Davis, is to determine your operational goals and how the new bull helps meet those goals. Also, bull to cow ratio is important to bull selection.
Wounds suffered by American agriculture curable?
Since the early 1950s, America’s population has doubled and the number of farmers has fallen by two-thirds. As in all businesses, too, conglomeration has taken its toll on small farms. Sixty years ago, Ezra Taft Benson, Secretary of Agriculture during the Eisenhower years, infamously and presciently said this about agriculture: “Get big or get out of farming.”
Introducing ‘Can-Do Cowkids’ for young readers
I’m a ranch mom to three beautiful, rambunctious cowkids — Scarlett, Thorne and Croix. When I became a mom, I realized there were very few agriculturally-accurate children’s books available. More often than not, the cow was the main character and not the rancher. Even worse, the rancher, in so many books and Disney movies, was portrayed as evil, sinister and lacking in care for his livestock.