Mark Parker: The Top 10 things the Extension guys don’t fully appreciate about your cows
- No teeth is a good thing since they’ll bite you if they can’t kick you.
- They’ve evolved to dodge and plow through the blackjack and brush like Christian Okoye against junior high kids.
How much hay do I need to get me to grass time?
Farm & Ranch Guide
Hay supplies diminished at an alarming pace this winter as harsh weather conditions increased the hay needed to keep the beef herd on an adequate nutritional level. Recent weather conditions indicate it will be a late start for grass growth in the pasture. Many estimate it might be close to the end of May before pastures can be grazed.
American Simmental Association launches large-scale carcass data effort
The Fence Post
U.S. cattlemen and women have successfully improved beef quality during the last several decades, yet capturing widespread carcass data proves elusive. The most important traits are still among the most difficult to predict. A large-scale project from the American Simmental Association aims to change some of that — and arm ranchers with more accurate decision-making tools.
No Easy Answer for Preventing Losses To Scours
Dr. Ken McMillan
There are so many potential causes when it comes to scours, you really need to get your veterinarian involved. A good history of what happened leading up to this is going to be very important. Some key information would include age of the calves, age of the dams, body conditions, available feed, available minerals and whether cows had been vaccinated and dewormed.
Time to Roll Up the Sleeves
Dr. Les Anderson
Efficient beef cow-calf operations control the calving season. Having a short calving season establishes the base for efficient production allowing producers to implement their health, nutrition, and marketing programs more easily. Research from Oklahoma State University and Texas A&M University (Parker et al., 2004) has shown that longer calving seasons are associated with lower production (pounds of calf weaned per cow) and higher costs of production (4.7 cents higher per cwt of calf per day). These data were collected on 394 ranches from the Southwest and indicated that year-round calving systems weaned 45.82 fewer pounds of calf per cow per year at an additional cost of $13.63 per hundredweight.
Water quality proves crucial to cattle herd health and reproductive success.
While scientists are quick to indicate how water is the most important nutrient in livestock physiology, cattlemen often overlook it in a holistic approach to herd health, says Craig Gifford, a beef Extension specialist at New Mexico State University (NMSU). In fact, it only takes a 10% loss in body water to be fatal in cattle, he explains.
Motor homes and used cows
I passed an old motor home on the highway the other day with a bumper sticker that read “Mamaw and Papaw’s playhouse.” Randomly plastered on the sides and rear end of the motor home was a large collection of “official state stickers” (purchased at the same places that sell “official state souvenir spoons.”) That motor home looked an awful lot like some of the cows we see at the sale barn.
Some In The Beef Industry Are Bucking The Widespread Use Of Antibiotics.
National Public Radio
If you ate a hamburger today, or a high-priced steak, chances are it came from an animal that was fed an antibiotic during the last few months of its life. This is one of the most controversial uses of antibiotics in the entire food industry. There’s growing pressure on the beef industry to stop doing this. I wanted to know how hard that would be. My questions eventually led me to Phelps County Feeders, a cattle feedlot near Kearney, Neb.
Milk for growing calves: Too much of a good thing?
Ask a rancher what his or her “dream cow” looks like, and you’ll get a lot of various answers. The cow’s breed, mature weight and genotype may differ depending on the producer’s goals, environment, production practices and marketing strategies.
Alfalfa grazing: Respect, but don’t fear it
Hay and Forage Grower
The potential benefits of grazing alfalfa are well documented and include exceptional livestock weight gains, nitrogen contributions to the soil, a hedge against poor forage production during dry conditions, and a means to enhance biodiversity when mixed with grass.