Managing Feeder Heifers
Ozark Farm & Neighbor
When raising beef cattle, producers might find themselves in a situation where not all heifers make the cut as replacements. ”Heifers not kept as replacements can be a source of additional income when sold as feeder heifers or even finished on farm and sold as locally–grown beef,” Dr. Shane Gadberry, ruminant nutrition specialist with the University of Arkan-sas Cooperative Extension Service, said.
Good Fences Make Good Neighbors
I found my neighbor’s Jersey bull in with my purebred cows and I considered skeptically, just what the law allows. But if I waited for the law, my calves would have Jersey hair, and so I’m trying to figure how, to keep that rascal out of there. I told the neighbor several times, to keep his bull at home, but Jersey cows are homely, and so that bull would roam. My neighbor just ignored me, he’s an arrogant sort of guy, so now he’s got a Jersey steer, and he’s a wondering why!”
Understanding Lice Infestation in Cattle
Lice are a common winter problem and heavy infestations with these small, flat-bodied insects can lead to economic losses due to reduced weight gains and general ”unthriftiness” of infested cattle. In calves, moderate-to heavy lice infestation has led to a 0.21 pounds/ day reduced weight gain, according to a University of Nebraska-Lincoln study.
Deliberate genetic focus results in a quality boost
About 80% of fed cattle carcasses this year will end up grading Choice and Prime, compared to a little more than 50% just 15 years ago. “The rise in quality grades across the industry has been very intentional, and the factors behind this improvement have been well-documented,” explained Mark McCully at the 2018 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Research Symposium.
Don’t Overlook the Value of Cattle Hair
Health never can be underestimated. Having been confined lately, that concept is even more appreciated. Comfort, the lack of stress and the need to allow time for recovery are important. All three factors also are part of cattle management, so appropriate managerial reactions must be thought through. One concept often overlooked in good cow health is hair.
Beef Cattle Selection Has Become Less Subjective Since the 1950s
Douglas County Herald
Old pictures of champion cattle can teach a lot about cattle selection according to Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension. Cole was recently looking through old MU Extension annual reports for Lawrence County when he ran across the two pictures. They were both taken at the 1959 Joplin Beef Show. The Hereford was the champion steer and the Angus was the reserve champion. Both were shown by Lawrence County 4-H members.
Penned beef heifers stressed, sedentary and experience delayed puberty
Tri-State Livestock News
Beef heifers raised in close quarters are under more stress and don’t get as much physical activity as heifers raised on pasture, according to an Oregon State University study. The findings, published in the journal animal, could offer guidance for cattle ranchers who want to improve the efficiency of their herds and assure the public they are interested in the welfare of the cows, said Reinaldo Cooke, a former animal scientist OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences and corresponding author on the study: Impacts of stocking density on development and puberty attainment of replacement beef heifers.