Nebraska rancher’s solar system could offer power for grid, shade for cattle
The Cattle Business Weekly
A federal grant is helping the farming entrepreneur devise a shading system for cattle that incorporates solar panels. Solar panels are already a common sight on hog and poultry confinement barns in the Midwest. They could be coming soon to cattle feedlots as well. A Nebraska entrepreneur snagged a $200,000 federal grant to devise a solar array that could double as a shade structure in a cattle feedlot. Mitch Minarick, the founder of FarmAfield, believes his concept can address two needs simultaneously.
Focus on Individual Cattle Operations Pays Dividends
Most cattle producers want to run as efficient an operation as possible while nurturing a healthy environment. A new University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service program is helping local producers toward that ultimate goal. A farm management program, focused on the total operation, started in 2017 with David Coffey leading the way. According to a news release from the University of Kentucky, Coffey said the need for the program was based on how diverse livestock operations in the state are.
Annual Forage Options for July or August Planting
Mary Drewnoski, Daren Redfearn
University of Nebraska
If planting in July, warm season annual grasses are good options for forage production. They can be used to produce hay, silage, green chop, or grazing both during the summer or winter. However, if the desired use is winter grazing and the need is for high quality forage, then delaying planting till August and using cool-season winter sensitive species like oats may be a better fit.
Weaner Cattle Need Their Own Trainer
Kirsten Nickles and Anthony Parker
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
The most common weaning method in the United States beef industry is the abrupt removal of calves from cows at 5-8 months of age (Enríquez et al., 2011). Natural weaning in beef cattle however, occurs later in life for a calf at 7-14 months of age (Reinhardt and Reinhardt, 1981). The immediate cessation of milk supply and complete maternal separation causes calves to exhibit stereotypical behaviors such as walking and vocalizing at weaning.
Reproductive Technologies Prove to be Wise Investments
University of Missouri assistant extension professor, Jordan Thomas, works to help producers better understand breeding technologies and the benefits their operations can realize from implementing a structured breeding program. He always begins by asking one question: “Can you afford not to make an investment in your reproduction program?”
The View from The Block
Christy Couch Lee
They have a view that many do not. The faces of buyers, anticipating the lots they have circled in their catalogs. Ringmen with phones in hand minutes before go time, gathering those last-minute presale bids and ready to highlight the bids of the day. Breeders who have worked all year to bring together an offering to sustain their operation another year, while benefitting other cattlemen, too.
What Does a Heifer that has been Successfully Developed Look Like
A replacement heifer represents the most costly improvement in a herd’s genetics. Some of the more important influencers that are critical to retaining these genetics over time include development, conceiving early in the breeding season, calving ease and maintaining good body condition prior to breeding, especially between 2 and 5 years of age when the heifer is still growing. For this article, I want to focus on development and conceiving early in the breeding season.