Stockmanship is Key During A.I. Breeding Projects
It’s important to practice good stockmanship skills whenever handling cattle, but it’s especially important when you have a group of females set up for A.I. Realize this is going to be the third time in 20 days the females have gone through your facilities, you have manipulated their hormones and, if you’re A.I.ing cows, there are now calves involved. That might sound like a lot at first, but the results next spring or fall will be well worth it!
Midwest Beef Producer
. . . Mature cows acquire a degree of immunity to parasites that reside in the lower gastrointestinal tract. Parasite loads are most damaging in mature cows near calving because immunity is suppressed. Cows, especially dairy, in early lactation ar1 often in a negative energy balance due to the stress of lactation. These cattle are affected more than cows in later lactation, when smaller levels o milk are produced. Bulls are typically susceptible to internal parasites More than cows.
Marketing Seedstock Cattle
As an agricultural communications student, l have been presented with a multitude of learning opportunities. In many of my communications courses, I am constantly told the most important aspect of a communications campaign is identifying the audience and purpose for it. Similar to marketing seedstock cattle, identifying your target audience should be your first priority. Marketing seedstock cattle is very different than marketing commercial cattle. There are marketing differences in prices, product value, customers and much more.
Looking Forward to 2020
Angus Beef Bulletin
The U.S. rural economy will continue to face headwinds in 2020 and is expected to underperform relative to the economy of urban America. Since 2014, GDP growth in rural counties has averaged almost 1% less than in urban counties. That trend is likely to continue without a significant upswing in agricultural commodity prices, energy exploration, rural manufacturing and other industries upon which rural economic growth depend.
USDA to survey cattle producers
Journal Gazette Times Courier
In January, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey more than 40,000 cattle operations nationwide, including 900 in Illinois, to provide an up-to-date measure of U.S. cattle inventories.
Nature vs. Nurture in animal performance
Nothing is ever as simple as we think it is or wish it was. We’ve known for centuries that an animal’s performance, health, behaviour and other traits depend on a combination of their genetics and their environment. The genetics are inherited from their parents. Environmental influences are not inherited.
Getting the Herd Ready for Rebreeding Fall-Calving Cows
Tri State Livestock News
In a deadline driven world, often it is our past successes and failures that carry us forward and that is true of the cow herd as well. Now is the time when fall calvers are in the breeding cycle.
Dr. Doug Hixon recognized as 2020 Friend of the National Western
Western Livestock Journal
In recognition of his contributions to the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) and the University of Wyoming over more than three decades of service, the Red Meat Club of Denver has named Dr. Doug Hixon the 2020 Friend of the National Western. Hixon will be honored at the group’s annual meeting at the National Western Club on Jan. 16, 2020.
4 ways cover crops protect natural resources
From unprecedented flooding during critical planting periods leading to delays in fall harvest to the brutal winter that battered livestock operations, 2019 was a trying time for most agricultural producers.
Developing A Forage Plan
When the pasture greens up and ready for grazing, be sure there is enough quality forage. Planning now can reduce forage costs and enhance productivity. Dan Undersander is an extension Forage Specialist at the University of Wisconsin. He says the general rule is two-to-four-acres per thousand pounds of animal. The pasture’s tonnage output should be evaluated, but forage density is also a big consideration.