Do Your Herd and Your Bank Account a Favor – Test Your Hay!
University of Nebraska
Every year I get calls for help with balancing rations and most don’t have a hay analysis. All hay of the same species is NOT created equal. For instance, smooth bromegrass hay can range from 48 to 58% total digestible nutrients (TDN) with crude protein (CP) ranging from 6 to 11% CP. This can be the difference between a growing heifer losing 0.25 lb/d or gaining 0.37 lb/d. If you were targeting the heifer gaining 1 lb/d you would need to supplement between 1.5 and 3 lb/d of dried distillers to reach this goal.
Do Cover Crops Grown for Feed Need Fertilizer?
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
The benefits of utilizing cover crops in both grazing and agronomic crop production are numerous. However, each cover crop system is unique. There is no blanket “yes” or “no” answer to the question- Do cover crops need fertilizer?
Winter storm impacts markets in many ways
Derrell S. Peel
A major winter storm disrupted Thanksgiving travel last week and will have a variety of impacts for some time. The latest snow and cold hampers an already difficult crop harvest. Though frozen conditions may increase access to muddy fields, deep snow in some areas will add additional delays to corn harvest and may further impact crop quality.
Brazil’s Big Steak in America
Western AG Reporter
Scandal runs deep in the Brazilian meatpacking industry. JBS SA and Marfrig Global Foods, the world’s top two meat processors, have each been involved in multiple bribery schemes in order to obtain loans. Perhaps more concerning is the fact that these Brazilian companies used “ill-gotten financing to acquire American companies,” according to United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) President Kenny Graner.
Feed bunk management key to a sound feeding program
At its most basic level, feed bunk management is the practice of ensuring that cattle are fed to meet performance expectations. Specific goals include feeding the correct ration, ensuring that cattle are fed the right amount of feed and taking steps to ensure that cattle remain healthy when fed high-grain rations for extended periods.
How slaughter weights affect beef prices
While the number of animals going to market is the most important factor in determining the beef supply, animal weights play a critical role in determining the final quantity of beef tonnage available to consumers.
Alternative meats and alternative statistics: What do the data say?
Alison L. Van Eenennaam,
Range Cow Symposium
The alternative animal product arena is complex and quite varied. Some products are entirely plant product derived and employ only plant origin proteins or metabolites. Other endeavors are using cells of animal origin to derive a more structurally similar meat yet still with animal genomes. Most of the analysis and discussion, though, has focused on bovine alternatives because of the iconic position of cattle in many climate and sustainability discussions.
Marketing your 2019 calves
Be a price watcher. The internet provides my study rancher the ability to check market prices once a day in five minutes or less. By checking daily (or even weekly), he should get a good feel of the general trend of market prices. I suggest that he keep a ledger of daily prices.
Promoting Growth and Grade
Angus Beef Bulletin Extra
When it comes to growth implants in cattle, animal scientist Robbi Pritchard only worries about three things: getting enough premium if you’re not using them, using them wrong and using them with too little insight. “Using them without sound technical advice, you can ruin a bunch of carcasses, no doubt about it. Using them wrong and running out of gas can cost you a lot of money in cost of gain,” says the longtime South Dakota State University ruminant nutritionist. But if used correctly, “you can have all of the performance and all of the final product value you want.”
US-Japan deal expands opportunities for US red meat
The US Meat Export Federation says there’s good news on the horizon for US beef and pork industries now that the partial US-Japan trade agreement has been approved by the Japanese Parliament.