Beef Cattle Institute experts offer advice on post-calving intervention
Kansas State University
Once the calves are born into a beef cattle herd, there is no better sight than watching them get up and begin to nurse their mamas.
However, experts in Kansas State University’s Beef Cattle Institute (BCI) say that difficult deliveries, inexperienced dams and calves born without vigor sometimes keep that connection from happening. It is at those times when a beef producer may have to intervene.
Whether or not global temperatures are rising, odds are U.S. agricultural producers will adapt, as always.
It may be easier to hog-tie a hurricane than decipher whether global temperatures are increasing and if so, by how much, let alone the causes and whether or not they can be mitigated. “Rising temperatures, extreme heat, drought, wildfire on rangelands, and heavy downpours are expected to increasingly disrupt agricultural productivity in the United States. Expected increases in challenges to livestock health, declines in crop yields and quality, and changes in extreme events in the United States and abroad threaten rural livelihoods, sustainable food security, and price stability.”
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Marsha Schlecht has been the office manager for the Napoleon Livestock Inc., for nearly 20 years. In that capacity, she does everything but cry auctions. “I have payroll, pay the bills, make sure the books balance, do quarterly reports — pretty much whatever there is to do. I’ve done everything but (cry an) auction, let’s put it that way,” she says, noting she’s loaded and unloaded cattle.
Vegan senator declares war on big livestock farms
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K-State beef experts weigh breeding decisions factors
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.