How to get more good from your veterinarian, or what to do with one if you get one.
R.P. “Doc” Cooke
Recently, I’ve been told a rather cute joke several times which is made at the expense of veterinarians. In each case, different professionals appear to be venting their frustration with the “sage wisdom” of the vet, and as you’d expect the vet is always at the center of the joke.
Three Things You Can Do Starting Now to Be More Profitable
There has been quite a price change in the livestock world in the last two years. There has never been a time in recent history that cattle prices crashed as quickly as they did in the fall of 2015. Historically high prices were being paid for anything that looked like a cow. The new normal for 2014 and part of 2015 was rocket fuel prices never seen before in history.
Avoid problems when trailing pairs to new pasture
Heather Smith Thomas
Western Livestock Journal
When trailing cows with calves from spring/calving pastures to summer range, or from one range pasture to the next, it is essential to let them mother up, then move them calmly and at their own speed so cow and calf can stay paired.
Cutting Height in Forages: How Low Can You Go?
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
Whether you’re taking the crop as haylage or dry hay, it’s important to pay attention to forage cutting height. One of our goals as farmers is to maximize our yield; however, cutting a crop too low can lead to several negative issues. The introduction of the disk-type mowers (discbines) allows for cutting very close to the ground. I’ve seen many fields that have been “scalped” right to ground level.
Unlock potential feedlot gain by monitoring feed intake
When average daily gain (ADG) fails to meet expectations, it’s crucial for feedlot managers and nutritionists to gather clues from feed intake, which will inform strategies that improve performance and ultimately help make decisions that offer the potential for an improved bottom line
Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course set for Aug. 5-7 in College Station
The 65th Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course is set for Aug. 5-7 at Texas A&M University in College Station. The general session on Aug. 5 will focus on opportunities and challenges in the cattle business. “Each year we strive to provide ranchers with basic beef cattle production information, new technology in cattle production and hot issues affecting ranchers,” said Dr. Jason Cleere, conference coordinator and AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist in College Station.
Edible bale wrap developed to reduce livestock farm waste
Farmers Weekly (UK)
Three PhD students have invented an edible bale wrap to reduce farm waste. The patent-pending BioNet biopolymer was developed specifically for farms to wrap hay and silage. It is the brainchild of three Imperial College London PhD students: Nick Aristidou, Will Joyce and Stelios Chatzimichail. The trio came up with the idea after Mr Joyce, who grew up on a farm in Rutland, noticed his parent’s beef herd was creating a lot of wrapping waste.
Pratz Joins the AHA as Southwest Field Representative
American Hereford Association
The American Hereford Association (AHA) welcomes its newest team member, Colton Pratz, Stillwater, Okla., as the Southwest region field representative for the AHA and the Hereford World. Pratz started his post May 20.
Heat stress in black cattle.
Angus Beef Bulletin
It’s hard to believe we need to be thinking about preparing our black-hided beef animals for the heat after one of the coldest winters here in the Midwest. However, since we have a vested interest in black Angus cattle, we need to pay particular attention to potential heat stress that can occur during the next few months.
R-CALF USA Asks Court to Declare Beef Checkoff Practices in 15 States Unconstitutional
Yesterday, R-CALF USA, through its attorneys, filed documents in the federal district court in Montana asking that its motion to declare the beef checkoff practices in 15 states unconstitutional be granted. Those states are: Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, and Wisconsin.