Baxter Black, DVM: I Guess You Forgot
This year we recognized the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the beginning of the end of the 2nd World War. Europe had been completely conquered except for England, an island about the size of Wyoming. President Roosevelt made the decision to “go all in”.
Forage Shortage and Prevented Planting Acres . . . think OATS!
Allen Gahler, Stan Smith
Last week, USDA released the declaration that a cover crop planted onto prevented planting acres can now be harvested as a forage after September 1st, rather than the normal date of November 1st, which provides a small glimmer of hope for some livestock producers and those equipped to harvest forages.
Getting the Most Out of Your Biologicals
Charlie Stoltenow, D.V.M., Lisa Pederson
North Dakota State University
Branding and turnout time is approaching quickly! Getting cattle out on summer pastures is much anticipated after the long, drawn-out winter we have had. Branding and turnout time provides opportunities for us to get together with old friends and neighbors, to assess the calf crop, and to immunize cows and calves against common diseases.
Sell Your Calves on TV
Imagine putting your calves up for sale this fall, 8,500 buyers show up, and the cattle don’t even have to leave your farm until they’re headed for their new home.
Using an invasive weed to help fill the feed gap
For Prairie cattle producers looking for alternative feed sources this year, one possibility may be kochia. Kochia is an invasive weed, often seen growing on marginal land or tumbling across the Prairies. It’s a prolific seed producer, growing in saline soil and in arid or semi-arid conditions.
Craig Bieber presented Continuing Service Award
Tri State Livestock News
The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) presented Craig Bieber, Leola, South Dakota, a BIF Continuing Service Award June 19 during the group’s annual meeting and symposium in Brookings, South Dakota. Continuing Service Award winners have made major contributions to the BIF organization. This includes serving on the board of directors, speaking at BIF conventions, working on BIF guidelines and other behind-the-scenes activities. As BIF is a volunteer organization, it is this contribution of time and passion for the beef cattle industry that moves BIF forward.
Hay Quality After Rainfall
Noble research Institute
Research at Iowa State University found that fresh-cut hay with less than 1 inch of rain took a few more hours to dry, but didn’t suffer much, if any, quality or quantity loss. A light rain on nearly dry hay, though, caused significant losses. In addition, they found that for every inch of rain, dry matter yield and digestibility dropped at least 5 percent and 10 percent, respectively.
Dr. Lew Strickland
University of Tennessee
With the rise in reports of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Tennessee deer, I have been asked several questions lately if CWD can be transferred to cattle. This is considered a prion disease, and there are several misconceptions concerning this disease. I thought this would be an opportunity to briefly cover prion diseases that affect humans and animals.
Researcher who improved meat safety and quality is namesake of new wing of Animal Sciences Building
Colorado State University Magazine
Raise the topic of sanitation with Gary Smith, and he will share an olfactory memory from his childhood in western Oklahoma: the overwhelming odor of Purex in his mother’s kitchen. When Smith was a schoolboy in the 1940s, his mom, Aneta, scoured kitchen surfaces with her favorite brand of household bleach, a habit that maintained health and hygiene in a rural farmhouse with no electricity and no indoor plumbing.
Down on her farm: Women increasingly playing producer roles in agriculture
Elizabeth Nixon returned from college to work on her family’s farm in Orange County. The operation is one of Orange’s larger farms, with 900 cattle, 5,000 acres of crops and a turkey-raising operation. She is part of a growing trend. Nearly 40% of the 6,000-plus Central Virginia farmers are women, a trend that U.S. Department of Agriculture officials say is in keeping with the rest of the country.