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.