Reproductive Failure Impacts Profitability of Retained Beef Heifers
Dr. Andrew Griffith
University of Tennessee
Research ideas are a dime a dozen, but good research ideas are much less rare. Sometimes, my colleagues and I at the University of Tennessee have an original research idea that garners some press while most of the good ideas stem from questions from cattle producers. One common question from producers relates to keeping a breeding female that failed to produce and market a calf. Sometimes the question is if the producer should keep the female and breed her the next year while others ask about rolling her from one breeding season to the next.
Pregnant Cow Still Cycling
Dr. Ken McMillan
Pregnancy does not stop a cow from cycling. It is not common, but I have seen this on several occasions, including on my farm. If a cow has been diagnosed as pregnant and shows heat, never assume she is open until she has been rechecked. You could end up selling a pregnant cow.
Practical Nutrition Management – Supplementing Forages on a Budget
A Steak in Genomics™
A part of matching feed with need is having seasonally-appropriate calving. Bailey draws a distiction between winter calving (before February 1) and Spring calving. We often lump winter-calving with spring calving, but if you calve before February 1, you are likely not matching your calving to forage availability.
Fecal Dust from Cattle Feedlots is Smothering a Texas Town
Clouds of fecal dust from large cattle feedlots in the western part of the Texas Panhandle can be so bad when the wind picks up that they coat the nearby town of Hereford, making it difficult to breathe and forcing residents to shelter in their homes.
Carcass weights resume uptrend
Derrell S. Peel
Latest weekly steer carcass weights were 897 pounds, down 4 pounds from the prior week but 12 pounds heavier than the same week one year ago. Heifer carcass weights in the latest weekly data were 833 pounds, up 1 pound from the previous week and 13 pounds heavier than the same week last year. It appears carcass weights have resumed a long-term increasing trend after moderating the past three years.
Showing Cattle Is More Than Ribbons And Banner
It’s not all about the shining trophies, purple ribbons, or champion plaques. It takes numerous hours in the barn, endless chores, daily washing, regular exercising, blood, sweat, and tears to raise a champion animal. Every minute of every day’s effort leads to one brief appearance in the show ring with the outcome resting in a single judge’s opinion. Perhaps the paradox, and reward of showing livestock is that a showman has so much, yet in the end so little, control of the outcome in the ring.
Our welfare responsibility
I guess you could say I’m no stranger to a robust discussion about ethics. My dad is a butcher and, I was a vegetarian for nine years, so there was certainly a lot of debate around the house when I was growing up! Dad is very committed to education and honesty. I completed an undergraduate degree in my native Canada, a master’s in dairy cattle behaviour and a PhD in beef cattle health and welfare. Just as important, if not more so, I got to know the people that make up the livestock industry, work side-by-side with them in caring for animals and producing food for the world.
New technology for pathogen detection driven by lasers
Researchers at Purdue University have been working to develop new technologies to help stop the spread of foodborne illnesses by detecting them more efficiently. Purdue recently announced that those researchers have developed a lanthanide-based assay coupled with a laser that can be used to detect toxins and pathogenic Escherichia coli in food samples, water and a variety of industrial materials.
Adding Value at Every Step: AHA Announces New Opportunities for 2020
American Hereford Association
The American Hereford Association (AHA) is capitalizing on the documented strengths of Hereford genetics to provide new opportunities for cattle producers looking to improve their marketing and management.
AHA team members shared the Association’s new initiatives at a media briefing held Feb. 6 during the 2020 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show in San Antonio.
Beef Implants Need Plans
“Implants are probably the longest running, most consistent tool that we have. They’ve been around for 50 years and the track record is clean. They are safe. To use them effectively and add value to the system, we just want to make sure that we have the genetics of the animal, their growth potential, the energy that’s available in their diet, their health, all coordinated so that we can make the most out of the opportunity,” says Robbi Pritchard, South Dakota ruminant nutritionist.