Mark Parker: The Top 10 cow culling criteria employed by the guy down the road
#10. Cows hungry enough to be suckered out of the brush, brambles and blackjack by a half-bale of hay on the back of a pickup.
#9. Cows too weak to go over or through his pallet-and-bedsprings sorting pen.
Are High Milk Producing Beef Cows a Good Investment?
In an effort to increase beef production, we sometimes overdo genetic selection based on the idea that “more is better” or “bigger is better” in efforts to increase production. In doing so, we tend to select for short-term traits such as growth and milk yield to increase calf weaning weight for the potential of increased profitability. But, are we actually getting the full benefit of that milk we’re paying for?
Cattle Transporters Face End-of-Year Deadline
Victoria G. Myers
Transporters who haul cattle to packing plants need to attend a workshop, or an online course, to become Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Transportation certified before the end of the year.
Arkansas man charged with 382 crimes in connection to stolen, neglected cattle
Following a multi-state investigation, an Arkansas man has been hit with 382 criminal charges for stolen cattle amongst many other crimes. According to a release from the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, 43-year-old Jay Lee Parker of Arkansas surrendered himself to the Leflore Country Sheriff’s Office on Oct. 9, 2019.
Nutritional strategies to reduce antibiotics in beef cattle
All About Feed
The approach to antibiotic use in animal husbandry requires specific considerations, particularly in relation to the type of animal bred with specific reference to the age and resistance of the animals. In the beef cattle rearing sector, the greater resistance and robustness of the animals, together with the application of good management practices, make it possible to avoid preventive antibiotic treatments and decidedly limit their overall use.
Kill parasites, not dollars
Effective parasite control in stocker operations includes everything from pasture management to herd health and nutrition to the seasons and specific environments. Here, though, we’ll focus on using deworming products.
Baleage is an Option for Dealing with Wet Fall Harvest Conditions
Wet conditions have created significant challenges this year for producers who are working to put up hay for winter forage needs. Shorter days and cooler fall temperatures add to the challenge of putting up dry hay. Producers who still need to put up hay this fall may want to consider making baleage as an option for dealing with cold and wet weather conditions.
Days Ensiled Improves Starch Availability
Nutritionists are focusing on the conversion of indigestible starch to digestible starch over time. Each hybrid has its own unique starch digestibility, and research shows that it takes up to 240 days for some high prolamin zein hybrids to fully breakdown. Prolamin zein is a protein the encapsulates the starch molecule, making it unavailable to the digestion microbes for a food source.
Managing the Impacts of Drought in the Winter
Beef Cattle Research Council
In an ideal world, producers can plan ahead for their feed requirements in the spring and be prepared well before the first snowflake falls. Unfortunately, Mother Nature doesn’t always comply. Dry conditions from the previous growing season or earlier can leave producers feeling worried about forage supplies.
K-State to host seven events around Kansas.
Kansas State University
In anticipation of calving season, Kansas State University Animal Sciences and Industry and K-State Research and Extension are planning a series of calving schools beginning in November and finishing up in January. The program will outline overall calving management that includes stages of the normal calving process as well as tips to handle difficult calving situations. A.J. Tarpoff, K-State extension beef veterinarian, explains the goals of the event are to increase knowledge, practical skills and the number of live calves born if they need assistance.