Blessings from the Wreckage
Christy Couch Lee
. . . , Within minutes of the accident, friends within the Hereford family were jumping into action. Families stopped to offer any open trailer space for the families’ tack. A showbox here. A chute there. “They would say, ‘We have room for one heifer.’ ‘We can take some tack.’ And we unpacked those trailers we had carefully packed, and just handed off items – not knowing who was even taking them,” she says. “The firemen had to remove the back door of the trailer, because we couldn’t get the cattle out through the slider door. It was too jammed. The cattle were too scared to come off the trailer, initially. But we got them off, and then walked them on the interstate, through wreckage, to get them to trailers of folks who had room for them.”
DNA Testing: Setting Realistic Expectations and Timelines
When it comes to DNA testing, the earlier we can start, the more we ensure your ability to capture the full value of testing you have paid for, which is the ultimate goal for all producers. Below we are going to outline the simple steps each breeder can follow to submit your DNA samples and receive results on time, setting yourself up for triumph instead of despair and frustration.
Stored Forage for Cattle: Winter Feeding Challenges
Forage is a cow’s number one nutrient source, but it’s also the most expensive, especially come winter. Stored forage for cattle can create challenges, but it’s important to make the most of it. The key things to consider from for age testing results are dry matter (DM), crude protein (CP) and total digestible nutrients (TDN). TDN is an estimate of the total amount of nutrients that may be digested by the animal. The greater the TDN value, the more energy the animal consumes. Also look at the Relative Feed Value (RFV) or Relative Forage Quality (RFQ) estimates.
Crossbreeding cattle adds value for ranchers
The Fence Post
The process of crossbreeding cattle is similar to having good intentions, according to a beef extension specialist at the University of Idaho Twin Falls Research and Extension Center. Brenton Glaze told cattle producers during the Range Beef Cow Symposium that even if producers have good intentions crossbreeding cattle, the process may not be carried out like it should be.
Behind the meat case: Thinking like a retailer
What do food buyers at the grocery store really want when it comes to meat? For livestock producers, packers, food processors and retailers, sometimes answering that question feels like hitting a moving target.
Soybean Stubble for Cows
University of Nebraska
After soybeans are harvested, cows sometimes are put out on the residues to graze. Some bean residues are even baled. But how good is this feed? We’re all familiar with the usefulness of grazing corn stalks, but I see more and more residue from soybean fields grazed every year. Cows seem to like licking up what’s left behind after combining. But frankly, I’m a little concerned that some folks may think their cows are getting more from those soybean residues than what truly is there.
Tips for Wintering Cattle
Cold weather impacts your cattle, but they can’t stay warm by putting on winter boots, a coat and a hat. They need other ways to keep warm. Winter nutrition and environment management will help maintain a cow’s core body temperature, keeping cows warm from the inside out.