When calf prices are sky high, creep feeding often comes down to simple math. As the market trends down, however, it’s an iffier proposition—unless the motivation is more than economic. For cattleman Lindy Sheppard, the practice is about filling in forage gaps for a select group of fall-born calves.
Controlling Feedlot Dust
Cattle laze around the feedlot during the heat of the day but when they start moving later in the afternoon, they kick up a lot of dust and dried manure. When the wind goes down, it just hangs in the air. It’s a nuisance, can cause animal health and performance issues, and make your neighbors cranky if they’re covered with it.
Study: Zinc has vital role in bull fertility
Western Livestock Journal
Zinc plays a key role in promoting male fertility, according to findings by researchers at the University of Missouri (MU). The discovery has implications for improved in vitro fertilization and artificial insemination (AI) in livestock and for human infertility diagnostics and therapies.
Increase Value of Silage
Angus Beef Bulletin Extra
High-quality silages facilitate ration balancing and allow you to achieve higher production goals. Even though creating silage may seem a simple process, much can go wrong. Gaps between ideal fermentation cost money. For example, research has shown that not inoculating can result in 4.71% losses, says Bob Charley, forage products manager with Lallemand
Economic Crisis Rattles Venezuelan Cattle Ranchers
National Public Radio
In Venezuela, the food shortage there is such a crisis that millions of Venezuelans have left the country. In the western plains, ranchers and dairy farmers find themselves pushing up many factors preventing them from ramping up production – everything from gasoline shortages to cattle rustlers. John Otis reports.
Three Ways to Take Action against Lepto hardjo-bovis
From early embryonic deaths to lower pregnancy rates, stillbirths, abortions and even weakened calves, Lepto hardjo-bovis impacts all stages of beef cattle reproduction. With minimal clinical signs along with these reproductive inefficiencies, the presence of leptospirosis can quickly affect herd profitability.
My first cutting is just “cow hay” — now what?
Ohio Ag Net | Ohio’s Country Journal
Late cut hay is a fact of life in Kentucky. There are worse things. Drought, for example. It is no failure if some first cuttings of hay are late, or rain damaged for that matter. The list of things that have to get done in May never ends for the part-time, diversified farmers that form the bulk of the beef cattle producers.
Quality genetics and thoughtful selection are king
The Fence Post
Program cattle verified and marketed reflect a marriage between what some consumers and producers mutually value. At Superior’s Week in the Rockies sale, program cattle topped the sale, including several loads from Brush, Colo.’s Leo Basler and Sons, Ed and Leslie Basler, and Basler Ranch and Hermes Genetics. The SimAngus steers weighing 640 brought in $175 per cwt.
Researchers look for traits to help cattle beat the heat
Rapid City Journal
Wearing black isn’t the best plan for staying cool on a hot summer day, so with Midwest temperatures rising, producers may need to reconsider their preference for black cattle. “Heat stress is a major limiting factor in beef production,” Dr. Raluca Mateescu said.
Heat stress can reduce pregnancy rates
Stillwater News Press
The effects of heat stress on reproductive performance of beef cows has been discussed by many animal scientists in a variety of ways. In scientific literature available up to 1979, one scientist (Christenson, R.K. 1980, J. Anim. Sci. 51: Suppl II: 53.) wrote that the most serious seasonal variation in reproductive performance was associated with high ambient temperatures and humidity. He further pointed out that pregnancy rates and subsequent calving rates of 10 to 25% were common cows bred in July through September.