Baxter Black, DVM: Backwoods Wisdom
“Age-in’ a cow is ‘bout the thing I hate most. Seems like they can tell the instant you cross the line into the strike zone.”
We all nodded sympathetically with Jeff’s pronouncement. Each cowman in the circle of chairs could remember a blow to the ribs that ruined his day.
Planning for a muddy 2019 breeding season
April is here, and as the saying goes, “April showers, bring May flowers.” Those April showers, coupled with continued melting snow across South Dakota, will also prolong flooding and muddy pens and pastures. Early-calving spring cow herds have wrapped up calving and are preparing for breeding season. If you are having flashbacks to breeding in the mud of 2018, try approaching this year with an open mind and review breeding season protocols with a “mud” backup plan.
Winners and Losers: Impact of Additional Grow Yards
Victoria G. Myers
How would more grow yards, as a segment of the U.S. cattle industry, affect other areas of production? Don Close, senior animal protein analyst for Rabo AgriFinance, says for most sectors, the shift would be a positive. “They will increase competition for buying calves with conventional stockers and backgrounders,” he says, adding there is an overall positive to this.
Hereford feedlot working with Walmart in new Angus beef supply chain
Mc6 Cattle Feeders, Inc. in Hereford is feeding thousands of head of Angus cattle here in the Panhandle that will ultimately end up in Southeast Walmart stores. A customer of the feedlot, 44 Farms, brought Mc6 on board after partnering with Walmart for this project. “We had been feeding their natural cattle for about five years and Walmart actually came to them and asked if they would be interested in a project like this,” said General Manager of Mc6 Cattle Feeders, Inc. Warren White.
Raising livestock ‘a lifestyle’
Tim Pansegrau and his family work to make sure their beef cattle are healthy and taken care of at their farm near Gilman. “Right now we’re calving, so when it’s warmer out, we try to check them every four hours,” he said. “When it got cold, we tried to check them every two hours.” Pansegrau said the cattle normally get fed at night and make sure their water is clean. Once it warms up in May and June, he said the herd will be let out to pasture, grazing on grass.
Accurate body condition scoring is invaluable to herd management
Angus Beef Bulletin
The economic importance of body condition scores (BCS) stems from getting a calf on the ground every year. A high or low BCS can quickly increase the calving interval and sometimes prevents a female from conceiving entirely
Planning Construction Projects For Implementation
Dr. Steve Higgins and Lee Moser
Cow Country News
Beef producers have dealt with enough mud this past year to last a lifetime. Winter is not the time to implement projects to address mud. This is the time to plan projects to improve operations for next year. Follow these guidelines when planning a project to address mud, where to feed, and how to feed next year.