Increase the feed or reduce the need
Seldom do we talk about forage shortages and above-normal
precipitation in the same breath. Regardless, that’s where we are now
throughout Ohio and much of the Midwest. Over the past year, abundant rainfall
has allowed us to grow lots of forage. Unfortunately, it seems the weather has
seldom allowed us to harvest it as high-quality feed.
Mud-free cattle watering improves environment
Tom J Bechman
If you’ve fought mud in a livestock operation this year,
you’ll appreciate what Ted Willer did to reduce mud around areas where his
cattle congregate to drink. Willer manages Willer Timber Ridge near
Greencastle, Ind. It’s a seedstock operation primarily providing commercial
bulls for Angus producers across the country.
Feeling Buried by All the EPDs Out There? University of
Nebraska’s Matt Spangler May be Able to Help
Oklahoma Farm Report
Spangler explains that a research project conducted in
collaboration with Kansas State University, the US Meat Animal Research Center,
and Theta Solutions, LLC, will soon yield a web-based tool for producers to use
to develop their own customizable index based on their herd level economics and
production levels. This tool will enable indices to be developed by bull buyers
and can be applied, across breeds, to bulls on offer that a commercial bull
buyer is interested in.
Planning for a Potentially Short Hay Inventory on the
Aaron Berger, Troy Walz
University of Nebraska
The abundant spring and early summer moisture we have
received in Nebraska has been record setting in many areas and has resulted in
hay meadows and fields being inundated with water. Even if the rain
stops, for many producers, these flooded hay meadows and fields will produce
significantly less this year, due to the damage caused to forage stands by the
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Dr. Ken McMillan
I like Lutalyse HighCon for a number of reasons. One big
plus for me is this is labeled for subcutaneous (SQ) and intramuscular use.
Prostaglandins can lead to inflammation of muscles and an increased risk of
clostridial disease, especially when poor injection techniques are used. I have
had several mature cows develop blackleg during the years after Lutalyse was
injected in the hip. I am also betting dirty needles were involved.
On Target: Weaning diet options
Western Livestock Journal
Spring-calving herds, depending on rainfall and
temperatures, may be weeks or months away from weaning. For many operations,
that will bring the challenge of feeding weaned calves for a short transition
period. That’s when nutrition is critical to end-product quality, because it
influences both marbling development and calf health, which in turn also
affects later quality grade.
Making corn silage work for stockers and backgrounders
H Nielsen, Renato Schmidt and Angel Aguilar
Stockers and backgrounders are growing cattle in the truest
sense. Here, the animal uses much of its energy to gain weight and strengthen
its immune system against disease challenges. The name of the game for stockers
and backgrounders is to make the best use of available forages. Corn silage is
gaining popularity as a common part of the stocker and/or backgrounder ration
where, traditionally, operations have used wheat straw or low-quality hay.