Livestock Genetic Diversity is Being Preserved Thanks to an ARS Collection
The ARS collection is the largest of its kind in the world and it’s designed to ensure that there is enough genetic diversity available for breeders to meet the changing needs of the farmers and ranchers who provide much of our food supply. Only with such a diverse collection of genetic stock, available for breeding, can farmers and ranchers address the potential threats posed by emerging diseases, invasive pests, illnesses and fertility problems.
Registration deadline approaches for 2019 Beef Feedlot Short Course
High Plains Journal
The deadline to register for the Iowa Beef Center’s 2019 Beef Feedlot Short Course is drawing close, so if you’re thinking about attending this year’s event you’ll want to act soon. There’s a limited number of available spots and IBC program specialist Erika Lundy said participants in the Aug. 6 to 8 event will experience classroom and hands-on instruction in a variety of topics, along with sessions at the Iowa State Beef Nutrition Farm and Couser Cattle Company in Nevada.
Data Driven Value
Whether you are selling or buying feeder calves, there are more options for creating a data rich story around those calves today than ever before. Join the webinar to hear from three leading programs about the services they offer to cattlemen around adding information and value to feeder cattle, and taking risk out of feeder cattle purchasing decisions for the feedyard.
New Website Aids in BVDV Eradication
Bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) continues to challenge the cattle industry across the United States. Losses from just one BVDV case can cost up to $400. The virus often goes undiagnosed, but the consequences are severe, including losses from infertility, pneumonia, abortions, stillbirths, weak or deformed calves and immunosuppression.
Systems project examines sustainability of Iowa cow/calf sector
Sustainable beef cow production in Iowa is becoming increasingly critical as the state expands its fed cattle industry and other beef markets while at the same time looking for alternative uses for fragile acres prone to soil erosion, an announcement from the Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University stated.
Lower feed bills by stockpiling, planting small-grains crops.
Texas A&M University
Stockpiling forages and feeding small-grains crops year-round can help cattle producers offset the higher costs of hay. That is the message from Larry Redmon, Extension program leader and associate department head for soil and crop sciences at Texas A&M University in College Station. His recommendations and others by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists were part of walking demonstrations recently at the O.D. Butler Forage Field Day at Camp Cooley Ranch near Franklin, Texas.
Heat Stress Mitigation in Feedlot Cattle
Dr. Terry Mader, University of Nebraska
Dr. Terry Mader discusses heat stress mitigation strategies for beef cattle. Please provide feedback on this webinar by completing the evaluation form.
Comparing Cattle for Crossbreeding
Dr. Bob Hough
Western Livestock Journal
Imagine you want to buy a horse. But you’re a tall guy, so you want a tall horse. In your search, you find advertisements for two likely potentials. They both look like great ranch horses, but one is listed as 72 tall while the other is described as 132 tall. If you chose based on those numbers alone, without knowing the measurement systems being used in each case, you would be short-changed if you chose the second horse because of its seemingly larger height number.
Here’s Why Showmanship is Still the Most Important Competition
Many junior shows require it. Many juniors hate it, while others live for it. I was the latter. Truth be told, if I could still compete in showmanship, I would. Because I never had the animals that has the “it factor”, I always found showmanship to be the place where I could still place high even if my animals didn’t. Showmanship to me is the place where people like me can thrive. I consider myself highly competitive and success driven, and I was able to channel that in showmanship.
Livestock owners work to keep animals cool in extreme heat
Some livestock owners are already a few steps ahead of this heat wave to make sure their animals make it through this hot weather. Greg Robb, owner and operator of Robb Feed Yards, said this is the worst year of cattle feeding he can remember. First it was the rain and flooding, and now it’s the heat. That’s the focus of this week.