Nutrition after weaning essential to replacement heifer success
Setting replacement heifers up for reproductive success can hinge on a tricky balance of nutrition in the development phase between weaning and breeding. At a workshop focusing on heifer selection and development at the University of Missouri’s Southwest Research Center last week, experts discussed how cow-calf producers should evaluate their current heifer development programs and set animals up for a productive lifetime in the cow herd.
Poor forage quality, unharvested corn spur winter feeding concerns
Purdue University Extension specialist Keith Johnson is warning livestock owners that forage they harvested earlier this year likely has lower-than-usual nutritional quality, and without proper supplements, there could be serious consequences for their animals.
Total ban on antibiotics called unrealistic goal
Veterinarians are obligated to treat sick animals, and that may require antibiotics. “There is a growing sense that these uses are an unacceptable risk, and this is a strong motivator for the raised-without-antibiotics in consumer choices,” said veterinarian Paul Morley of West Texas A & M University.
Maintaining Body Condition
Dr. Glen Selk
Glenn Selk has information on how changes in body condition scores of cattle can impact rebreeding.
Central Virginia Farmer Switches to Japanese Wagyu Cattle
Virginia cattle producer Dale Moore became intrigued enough with certain aspects of Wagyu beef, the flavor and the pricing, that he decided to sell off his herd of Angus livestock and begin building a herd of Japanese Wagyu. Today Moore is working a herd of 130 head of Japanese beef cattle on his Altavista farm.
Beef is on the Menu
Overall, beef demand is up 15 percent since 20123. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is predicting strong consumer demand to continue through 2019, with U.S. consumers anticipated to consume nearly 9 percent more beef this year than in 20154.
Cattle And Beef Markets Post Significant Gains
Cattle and boxed beef markets have posted significant gains over the past two weeks in a continuation of what has been an impressive recovery since the unsettled markets of August/September.
Beef quality assurance: Raising beef the right way
Animal care is always top of mind when it comes to beef farming and ranching, and thanks to that ongoing commitment, more than 85% of today’s beef supply in the U.S. comes from a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)-certified farmer or rancher. Cattlemen and women care for their animals 24/7 year-round, everywhere from the scorching heat of an Arizona summer to a frigid winter night in Montana.
Study shows cattle temperament affects feedlot performance
Differences in beef cattle temperament could significantly affect value from the feedlot to the plate, according to a Texas A&M University study. These findings, published in the Journal of Animal Science, show that heifers with calmer temperaments have better feedlot performance and, as a result, higher carcass quality and value than those with more excitable temperaments.
Build your name up by finding answers for your calves
High Plains Journal
Buyers know your calves by their history and connect that to your name. Sometimes it’s all they know about you, good or bad. With a “good name,” you can make deals by phone, sealed with a handshake. Not preparing or knowing how calves perform after weaning keeps a lid on sale prices. “It takes several years to build your reputation,” says Bo Bevis, an agent for Northern Livestock Video Auction in Montana and buyer for Lamberton (Minn.) Stockyards.