Mark Parker: The Top 10 advantages of getting older
#10. Feed’s a bargain because they seem to be putting more than 50 pounds in those 50-pound sacks.
#9. Farm machinery is quieter than it used to be — come to think of it, the cows don’t make as much noise, either.
Where livestock graze, rattlesnakes lurk
Farm and Ranch Guide
For many producers however, early summer is when rattlesnakes are starting to come out of their dens and it is a safe bet that wherever cattle go to graze, rattlesnakes will be there too. The predominate species across Montana and western North Dakota is Crotalus viridis, more commonly known as the prairie rattlesnake.
Where High-Risk Calves Mean High-Rewards
Florida ranchers say you can’t precondition calves in their state. They blame it on an abundance of heat, humidity and mud. Don Quincey proves them wrong 15,000 head at a time.
Bull attack on rural Texas property leaves at least 4 injured
The Grimes County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed four people were injured in a bull attack on private property in a rural area of the county. Two of the injured were rushed in critical condition to a hospital by a medical helicopter. A third person was transported by a ground ambulance. A fourth person was treated at the scene. Sgt. Todd Moon said the bull escaped last Friday from its enclosure and jumped onto the next door neighbor’s property.
Genetic predictions for brisket disease a priority Costs increasing due to death loss
Dr. Bob Hough
Western Livestock Journal
Pulmonary hypertension (PH), which is commonly referred to as brisket disease, has been observed in cow-calf and stocker operations where cattle are being grazed at high elevation for over 100 years. In addition, during the last decade death loss has doubled in feedlot cattle, with much of the increased loss coming at the end of the feeding period when animals are close or ready to market.
Cotton byproduct may fit in feedlot diets
With cotton production in the southwestern U.S. increasing, the availability of cotton byproducts for use in cattle diets has also increased, according to Oklahoma State University’s Andrea Warner, who presented a late-breaking research abstract during the American Society of Animal Science-Canadian Society of Animal Science annual meeting.
Newly discovered cattle genes could be keys to more sustainable beef industry
A newly discovered series of genes related to feed efficiency could pave the way to making cattle farming cheaper and more sustainable, according to a new study by University of Alberta researchers. U of A ruminant biologist and microbiologist Le Luo Guan and her research team showed that of the 20,000 genes expressed in bovine rumen, liver, muscle and back fat—key tissues involved in energy metabolism—19 seem to be associated with feed efficiency.
Precautions recommended to avoid potential heat stress in cattle
Dr. Kelly Bruns
Rapid City Journal
The July weather pattern is posing challenges for feedlot operators and cattle producers. Above- average rain fall across the state has created greater humidity and deteriorated pen conditions. The forecast calls for above-average temperatures, creating heat indexes that will reach critical heat stress emergency.
SDSU Extension Offers Feedlot Shortcourse, BQA Transportation Training Opportunities
Tri State Livestock News
SDSU Extension is offering an opportunity for cattle feeders to sharpen their management skills and improve their profit potential by participating in the 2019 Feedlot Shortcourse. During the shortcourse, a training will also be offered for participants to obtain Beef Quality Assurance Transportation (BQAT) certification.
Wettest Spring Since 1995 Leads to Lush Pastures
Range and pasture rated in either good or excellent condition as of July 7 stood at 69%, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistical Service (NASS) in their weekly crop weather bulletin. Last year, 51% of pasture were judged that favorable.