Portable fencing tips for rotational grazing of cattle
Heather Smith Thomas
Many stockmen who graze rotationally create permanent paddocks with traditional fencing or electric hard wire, such as high tensile wire. They then divide those paddocks with portable fencing such as poly wire. A portable fence can be moved every few days, daily, or even several times daily to strip graze or mob graze. There are many ways to create temporary fences.
A Georgia couple honors their family’s past while focusing on the future
When Kyle Gillooly first moved to Georgia from Indiana, he had a nontraditional roommate – the grandfather of his then fiancé, Jennifer Oglesby, well-known cattleman Charles Smith. A twentysomething and a widower 40 years his senior sharing a home may sound like the plot of a great sitcom, but for Kyle it was a crash course in raising cattle on a bigger scale and in a different environment than he was used to.
Charity Hill Farms: Gelbvieh Genetics find Success in Virginia’s Pasture to Plate Market
Keeping a family farm alive and profitable for a generation is no easy feat, let alone farming the same piece of ground for six generations. In an area subdued to all the norms of production agriculture, Charity Hill Farms has also felt the effects of urban sprawl. Located in Ladysmith, Virginia, the farm sits approximately 35 miles north of Richmond (Virginia’s capital) and 65 miles south of Washington D.C. Chris explains that the degree of pressure the agricultural community feels from the growing local population varies from year to year.
Don’t Let Disease Be a Show Stopper
In terms of disease transmission, livestock shows offer opportunities for “the worst case scenario,” says Brian Vander Ley, a veterinary epidemiologist with the University of Nebraska’s Great Plains Veterinary Education Center in Clay Center, Neb.
Tick infestation kills bull, cows in N.C.
Five cows died in Surry County due to what the state veterinarian is calling tick infestations. State Veterinarian Doug Meckes said people who have pets or livestock should be vigilant and take precautions against ticks during the warm weather. The cows died of acute anemia caused by the infestations.
Santa Rosa Ranch, Largest Brangus/Ultrablack Ranch For Sale
Santa Rosa Ranch owners Gerald and Susanne Sullivan are offering their ranch and cattle for sale. As the largest registered Brangus/Ultrablack operation in the United States, the “River Ranch” is located on over 14,000 contiguous acres of leased and owned property along the Trinity River in Houston County, Texas.
Unlock Gain Potential By Monitoring Feed Intake
Angus Beef Bulletin Extra
Feed intake is an important management tool because it can be monitored daily, while weight gain cannot, said Richard Zinn, University of California–Davis Department of Animal Science. If an operation has determined what daily intake should be for a set of cattle, it can better manage the pen. Unfortunately, the amount of activity and responsibilities at a typical feedlot make this difficult.
High pressure heat domes and beef cattle
Stillwater News Press
During the very hot, dry summer of 2011, the late Dr. Dave Sparks, Oklahoma State University Extension Veterinarian wrote a very comprehensive article about heat stress in cattle and livestock in general. Dr. Sparks’ understanding of heat stress came from years of veterinary practice in Southern Kansas and as Extension Veterinarian in Eastern Oklahoma.
Healthy hooves mean happy cattle
Enid News and Eagle
Cattle pedicures, or more properly called hoof trimming, are not something the public, and even some cattle producers, think of as an essential part of a health care program for dairy and beef operations. Ben Sorrell of Galena, Mo., owner of Sorrell Hoof Trimming, is a 28-year veteran of restoring cattle to perfect balance and hoof health.
How bovine embryo transfer affects the human population
Embryo transfer (ET) is the process of harvesting fertilized, 7-day-old embryos from a donor female, and then injecting a single embryo into a recipient female, also known as recips, to carry out the pregnancy. The ET process can first be traced back to the 1890s, when Walter Heape performed the first successful procedure in rabbits. It wasn’t until 1949 that the first successful bovine transfer was accomplished.