Daily Archives: January 21, 2020

Balancing calving ease priorities in heifer matings

Balancing calving ease priorities in heifer matings

Western Livestock Journal

One of the most exciting times of the year on cow-calf operations is when the calves are born and producers can see the results of their breeding decisions. Experts from the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University say it can also be stressful and costly if those mating decisions lead to calving difficulties, which is why much care needs to be taken when planning those matings.

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Match EPDs to Your Ideal Grazing Management Style

Match EPDs to Your Ideal Grazing Management Style

Dean Kreager

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

As we move into January the grazing season is over for most and ended long ago for many, such as me, thanks to a dry fall.  Now is the time to start putting some thought into breeding decisions.  Is this the year to purchase a new bull?  What semen do I need to order so it will be in my tank when the cows come in heat?

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BQA Can Shape Consumer Perspective

BQA Can Shape Consumer Perspective

Michael Short

Lancaster Farming

Consumers still look at price and taste, but when they buy meat, they’re also concerned about cattle health, safety and environmental stewardship. The Beef Quality Assurance program, a national effort, tries to educate the public about the care that goes into raising those cattle. It’s generally commonsense, good-husbandry efforts like providing the best food and cleanest water, quarantining new livestock, following a careful antibiotic plan and having emergency plans in place.

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Texas cattle ranchers face tough decision to cull or sell herds as drought deepens

Texas cattle ranchers face tough decision to cull or sell herds as drought deepens

Rick Jervis

USA TODAY

Sam Epperson, a fourth-generation rancher, studies the ground and sky each day from his vast ranch in south-central Texas. He’s hoping the skies open up soon and drop torrents of rain on his scorched land.  Lately, his cows, goats and ewes – about 5,400 animals total – haven’t had much to eat as the grass has shriveled and knotted. If conditions continue, he’ll be faced with the tough decision of whether to cull part of his herd.

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State inspectors keep the National Western, Colorado livestock industry moving

State inspectors keep the National Western, Colorado livestock industry moving

Judith Kohler

Denver Post

Lest you think cattle rustling, tracking down stray dogies and inspecting the brands on cattle are quaint remnants of Colorado’s wild West past, you should talk to Terry Florian.  While Florian’s job title of brand supervisor might hark to the late 1800s, it’s as modern as Colorado’s multi-billion-dollar livestock industry.

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Choosing a Supplement for the Cowherd

Choosing a Supplement for the Cowherd

T.J. Adkins

Commonwealth Journal

The spring of 2019 delayed hay harvest in many parts of the state. This delay resulted in much of the hay being harvested at mature stages. Fescue was in full flower to soft-dough stage or even more mature in some cases. Mature forages have greater cell wall and lower digestibility. Here are a few steps that can be taken to help with the decision process of supplementation.

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Two types of leasing arrangements explained and decision-making aid shared.

Two types of leasing arrangements explained and decision-making aid shared.

Kasey Brown

Angus Beef Bulletin

There is more than one way to skin a cat. There is also more than one way to manage cows. Aaron Berger, beef systems extension educator with the University of Nebraska, offered some insight on leasing cattle to attendees of the 2019 Range Beef Cow Symposium hosted Nov. 18-20 in Mitchell, Neb.

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Disastrous 2019 weather spills over into cattle breeding

Disastrous 2019 weather spills over into cattle breeding

Michelle Rook

Agweek

The disastrous weather in 2019 continues to have a long tail, not just for grain producers but for livestock operations as well. It is currently surfacing in a higher percentage of unbred beef cows this fall and winter than in past years.

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More foreign ownership of U.S. beef processors raises food safety concerns

More foreign ownership of U.S. beef processors raises food safety concerns

Christopher Walljasper

The New Food Economy

National Beef Packing Company, the fourth largest beef processor in the United States, is now approximately 80% owned by a company from another nation. That has some cattle ranchers worried. In November, the Brazilian-owned meatpacker Marfrig Global Foods S.A. announced it would acquire 31% of National Beef from New York City-based investment bank Jefferies Financial Group for $970 million. This comes after an initial purchase of around half the Kansas City, Missouri-based company in June 2018.

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Hay Stocks Up From Last Year But Still Below Average

Hay Stocks Up From Last Year But Still Below Average

Derrell Peel

Drovers

Weather challenges in 2019 led to many questions about the quantity and quality of hay production and supply heading into 2020.  Recent USDA reports provide a summary of 2019 hay production and the status of hay stocks as of December 1.

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