Loading cattle the right way
There is a step in between weaning and payday that can make a difference in our product. I’m sure you can recall seeing trailers with various issues over the years. When loading out after a sale once, I loaded a heifer onto a buyer’s bumper pull trailer.
Feed Pricing a Wild Card
Victoria G. Myers
Probably the most complex part of the outlook picture this year revolves around livestock feed. The complexity is due to all the things the U.S. ag industry does not know yet when it comes to crop size and yield.
American Angus Association Rolls Out New Genomically Enhanced EPD Index Data Set
Oklahoma Farm Report
The American Angus Association has had a lot on its plate recently, according to the organization’s president and Oklahoma Angus breeder, John Pfeiffer. “We released our update $Beef, our $Maternal Index and then eventually we will have a $C Index that will be release next year in May,” Pfeiffer reported.
The sweet and not so sweet sides of yellow sweetclover
The Prairie Star
Many noticed it this year throughout Montana and parts of western North Dakota, the exorbitant amount of yellow was pretty hard to miss. Cattle grazed on rangeland that was covered by yellow sweetclover and cowboys trotted horses through it, shocked to notice the sweetclover was saddle horn high in some places. Some producers have even called it “sweetclover in Biblical proportions.”
Fatigued cattle syndrome: a welfare concern
Western Livestock Journal
Last week, WLJ reviewed the first research regarding a novel condition found in some cattle right before slaughter—fatigued cattle syndrome (FCS). The original cause of this syndrome was thought to stem from feeding a beta agonist to feeder cattle, but newer research has proven otherwise.
Harvesting Prevent-Plant Sudans and Sorghums
University of Nebraska
September has arrived so crops like sorghum-sudangrass planted on prevent-plant acres now can be harvested or grazed. How should you do it? Harvesting crops like sorghum-sudangrass requires dealing with all the moisture in the plant. As silage, it usually is too wet to chop directly. So you can windrow it, wilt to a desirable moisture, and then use a pickup attachment to chop.
USDA Encourages Ag Producers, Residents to Prepare for Hurricane Dorian
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds communities, farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses in the path of Hurricane Dorian that USDA has programs that provide assistance in the wake of disasters. USDA staff in regional, state and county offices stand ready and are eager to help.