Delayed Planting Challenges: Late-Planted Corn and Cattle Feeding
South Dakota State University
With the challenges of getting crops planted this year many farmers are likely weighing their options and re-considering their planting intentions. For producers that can market feedstuffs through livestock (particularly cattle), it may be premature to completely abandon corn simply due to calendar dates.
Maintaining healthy cow pregnancies
or spring-calving herds, many stressors often coincide with the breeding season, which can impact pregnancy establishment and embryo survival. These stressors include heat stress, sudden dietary changes, social stress from mingling of new cows and, most notably, transportation stress.
Speeding Up Hay Drying
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
Many forage producers across Ohio have suffered severe forage stand losses; however, there are areas where the stands have survived and those are ready for harvest. Unfortunately, recent and forecasted rains are preventing the first harvest of many of those acres.
Angus on a ‘terminal’ breed direction, says leading animal geneticist
The Land (AU)
Angus breeders need to broaden their selection beyond the current heavy focus on increasing animal size and carcase weight, according to one of the world’s leading animal geneticists. Professor Dorian Garrick, from New Zealand’s Massey University, said the industry’s concentration on improving a few key income traits had produced tremendous results in the past 40 years but not necessarily for the breeders of young slaughter cattle.
What Happens if I Plant Corn for Silage Late?
Timing for planting corn for silage varies tremendously as you move north to south or east to west. As a rule of thumb – the earlier the better. It’s best to get corn silked and grain filled before hitting the peak of the summer heat and/or the dry spell of the mid-to-late summer.
Cargill Expands Previously Announced Voluntary Recall of Select Southern States® Feed Due to High/Excessive/or Elevated Aflatoxin Levels
Cargill’s animal nutrition business is expanding its voluntary recall of select Southern States® feed due to aflatoxin levels that exceed FDA’s action levels. This is an expansion of the recall initiated May 6, 2019 and is the result of Cargill’s internal investigation that identified additional products containing an ingredient provided from the same supplier referenced in the May 6, 2019 recall announcement. The expansion includes products manufactured between October 31, 2018 and March 1, 2019.
Unseen Damage From Parasites Can Steal From Your Bottom Line
Angus Beef Bulletin Extra
Despite great progress in controlling parasites, too many operations fail to consider active ingredients for specific parasite challenges — or even deworming at all. Failure to deworm calves in the spring can limit the calf’s ability to reach its full genetic potential.
Model Identifies High-Risk Areas for Lumpy Skin Disease in Cattle
North Carolina State University
Researchers have combined two separate computer models to identify areas at highest risk for outbreaks of lumpy skin disease virus (LSDV) in cattle. The models could help officials determine where to send resources ahead of outbreaks and serve as a potential early warning system for cattle farmers in affected areas.
Baling Wet Hay
University of Wisconsin
When baling hay, moisture content can influence yield, quality and storability. If the hay is too wet, it can get moldy or overheat and catch fire. Of course, if it’s too dry, leaves will fall off. Both situations can reduce yield and quality.
Understanding how hay dries in the field
Michigan State University
Having a basic understanding of plant response after mowing can help hay and haylage makers produce higher quality forage. ccording to University of Wisconsin forage specialist Dan Undersander, mown hay dries in three distinct phases. Understanding what happens in each phase can lead us to management practices to improve hay quality and reduce losses. Dry hay requires the removal of about three tons of moisture for every ton of hay produced.