Managing Mud In The Feedlot
Fall moisture, winter precipitation, freezing and thawing, and spring rains combine with what’s already on the ground to create mud in the feedlot. Cattle don’t deal well with mud. They’re large, heavy animals and when you weigh a-thousand pounds or more, walking through a few inches of mud gets tiring after awhile.
Why Cows Die
It is a fact of life cows die. Knowing why they die, however, can lead to improved management and fewer losses, say Franklyn Garry and Craig McConnel, veterinarians with Colorado and Washington State Universities, respectively.
Fungal Growth in Stored Forages
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
Moldy hay is a common problem associated with the moisture content of hay at baling and in storage. It is also an issue in stored grains. Erika introduces us to the biology of fungi and symptoms that indicate a problem with fungal ingestion in ruminant livestock.
Economics of Yearling Systems
University of Nebraska
From backgrounding calves on cornstalks to running long yearlings on grass, there are a variety of ways to grow calves prior to the finishing phase. The availability of economical feed resources, target average daily gain (ADG), and marketing strategy are all variables that contribute to the diversity of growing cattle systems. This can make it challenging to evaluate the performance and economics across various yearling systems.
Protecting Our Ag Animals Health Is a 3-Legged Stool
Oklahoma Farm Report
Dr. Kathy Simmons, chief veterinary officer for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has an update on the animal health provisions of the 2018 farm bill. Dr. Simmons said it really is a three-legged stool which includes funding for an animal health laboratory network, animal vaccine bank and a preparedness program.
Cattle Feeding and Row Cropping Work Together
Victoria G. Myers
When the Landuyt family came back into the beef business in 1999, they already knew the environmental challenges livestock operations face. Four generations here in Minnesota had produced a mix of row crops, hogs and cattle over the years.
The Most Important Economic Trait…
If profit is the goal, then fertility is by far the most important trait cow-calf producers should be selecting for. Studies have shown that reproductive traits are twice as important as growth traits which are twice as important as carcass traits. Ironically, the status quo beef industry has been selecting almost exclusively for growth and carcass traits for the past 40-plus years – at the expense of reproduction.
BIF releases new Guidelines in wiki format
Dr. Bob Hough
Western Livestock Journal
One of the primary reasons the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) was founded in 1968 was to bring standardization to performance testing. This started out with straightforward items like how many days to adjust weaning records, and evolved into the complicated formulas used to calculate genetic predictions.
Is COVID-19 Impacting Beef Demand?
Wholesale beef prices typically increase seasonally from February into March but have showed only scant improvement from the February low three weeks ago. Last week, the Choice boxed beef cutout was $206.94 per cwt., up $1.23 per cwt. from the February low, but 8.0 percent below the same time last year. Wholesale cutout values are increasingly lower in recent weeks compared to year ago levels.
What’s the market plan for those 2019 calves?
Marketing 2019 calves has proven to be a real challenge for my study rancher. In our January management meeting, we took a hard look at the mid-January 2020 market projections and then finalized a marketing plan for his 2019 calves. Fortunately, the market took a favorable turn in January, and this resulted in some increased profit projections.