Body condition important at calving
Farm and Ranch Guide
The last 60 days before calving and the first 60 days after calving are critical periods in the production cycle of the beef cow herd. Energy and protein requirements of the cow increase by 15 percent to 20 percent from mid to late gestation to support fetal growth and prepare the cow for lactation. Requirements increase again by 20 percent to 30 percent during peak lactation (about eight weeks post-calving).
Late-planted cover crops yield value
Garth Ruff, Jason Hartschuh and Allen Gahler
The combination of poor-quality hay made in 2018, historic alfalfa winterkill and excessive rainfall across most of Ohio in spring 2019 created a large need for high-quality alternative forage sources this past year. Record amounts of prevented-plant acreage across the state created an opportunity to grow forages on traditionally row-cropped acres.
KSU vet: No evidence of COVID-19 transmission in livestock
The Hutchinson News
The novel strain of coronavirus, COVID-19, is transmitted through humans — not animals, and there is no evidence that livestock can transmit the disease to humans. While coronavirus is a disease familiar to livestock producers, it is not the same strain of the virus that is grabbing headlines across the globe.
Can you make those cull cows a better profit center?
Cow culling typically produces poor returns for many ranches, but it could be made more profitable. It’s a matter of weighing your costs versus potential returns, combined with better market timing.
Reproduction starts with Nutrition
Reproduction and parturition are perhaps the two most demanding life processes we, or nature, can demand of an animal. While these functions are certainly hardwired, built into the very nature of living things, they are also rather delicate, able to be influenced on multiple levels. With this in mind, its no surprise one cornerstone to reproductive and calving success is as simple as proper nutrition, aligned with the unique needs of the geographic region, age, breed, and physiology.
Deliberate genetic focus results in quality boost
“Consistent carcass premiums of $4 to $8 per cwt — the spread between branded cutout values and the comprehensive cutout — is forcing commercial cattle feeders to strive for increased carcass quality,” explained Don Close, senior analyst of animal protein for Rabo AgriFinance, at this year’s Kansas State University Beef Stocker field day.
Value-based marketing comes to feeder cattle.
Angus Beef Bulletin
There was a time in our industry when all beef was valued at the same price. Then along came the USDA grading system. It was originally developed to make sure our troops were getting high-quality meat, but it has evolved into a system of grades and brands that predict yield, consistency and consumer eating satisfaction.