New technology, old genetics meet on the range
Precision ranching is a focus of a new Coordinated Agricultural Project led by New Mexico State University, NMSU, in collaboration with Texas A&M AgriLife Research in Amarillo. Working under an almost $9 million U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant are AgriLife Research scientists Brent Auvermann, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center-Amarillo director and agricultural engineer, and Jenny Jennings, Ph.D., beef nutritionist, Amarillo.
Mineral feeding protocols key for beef cows on lush forage this fall and winter
High Plains Journal
Cattle producers looking to use forage as cheap winter feed for their beef cows need to practice sound mineral feeding protocols this fall and winter to reduce the risk of grass tetany next spring. Grass tetany, caused by magnesium deficiency, typically is not a major problem in Oklahoma. However, occasional cases are reported, typically in beef cows during early lactation, with the issue being more prevalent in older cows.
Fall is common time for foot rot in cattle
Weaned feeder calves can be implanted and all retained calves given access to supplements fortified with ionophores, such as Bovatec, Gainpro or Rumesin to improve weight gain. These products work independently from the implants and each result in a 10% or more increase in growth performance.