Baxter Black, DVM: The Lost Chicken
Lynne parked her car in the little lot behind Cookies Du Moi. It was an odd little corner of Salt Lake City mixing pawn shops, liquor stores with barred windows and an invasion of upscale pastel-colored urban grazing and knick-knack shops.
Evaluating decisions in the post-calving season
Specifically, an evaluation post-calving and pre-breeding can yield valuable information about your management decisions. This time point is particularly valuable because what a producer is observing during calving season and breeding season is the effect of their decisions almost a year prior.
High-Quality Corn Silage Needs Management
Those who use corn silage to feed cattle need to understand the basics of harvesting the crop as well as recommended storage and feeding practices. Correct silage management will assure a high-quality forage is available to livestock.
Argentina Wants Montana Angus Genetics
Northern AG Network
Several Montana producers recently got the chance to visit Argentina to promote Montana beef genetics. Tim and Kris Todd, Bryan and Cathy Ratzburg and Kim Skinner spent several days in Argentina touring operations, attending cattle shows and visiting the largest cattle market in the country. Argentina is over 6,500 miles away from Montana but Argentinian producers are looking for a lot of the same traits that Montana’s top producers select for.
Beef Quality Assurance: youth focus
Dr. Bob Larson
Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) training for youth in the beef industry accomplishes many important objectives. It helps to assure beef produced by cattle managed or cared for by youth meet the expectations of the beef-consuming public. Additionally, it teaches the next generation of beef cattle producers about the current best practices to protect the health and well-being of cattle, and to assure safe meat products and a high-quality eating experience for consumers.
The First 21 Days of Calving Season
North Dakota State University
Several studies have quantified the different advantages that calves born during the first 21 days of the calving season have over those that are born later. Each day a calf is on the ground, it has the opportunity to gain weight, and the relationship between birth date and actual weaning weight is obvious: Older calves are typically heavier at weaning compared with younger calves. However, these effects extend well beyond the time of weaning.
What a cow eats during pregnancy influences the performance of her calf.
Cutting corners on cow nutrition may save on feed costs in the short term, but the long-range consequences could be more costly and more far reaching than expected.
Livestock producers reminded of anthrax danger
North Dakota agriculture commission Doug Goehring announced Aug. 12 that “anthrax has been confirmed in a group of cows in a pasture in east Billings County” in North Dakota, marking the state’s first reported case of the disease this year.
BRD Costs Persist
While the cattle industry continues to refine preventive measures, treatments and overall management, feedlot morbidity, mortality and costs associated with bovine respiratory disease (BRD) stubbornly refuse to improve. A concerted, multi-sector effort could shift that trend, but significant progress will require some fundamental changes in the ways cattle are managed throughout the production and marketing chain.