Large Meat Supplies Keeping a Lid on Long-Term Outlook
Oklahoma Farm Report
Interview with Katelyn McCullock, director and senior agricultural economist for the Livestock Marketing Information Center. McCullock discussed the short- and long-term outlooks for meat supplies. The cash cattle market has made progress in narrowing the gap with the boxed beef market, McCullock said. However, that progress may be slowed as we move forward into the second and third quarters.
Considerations for Successful Estrus Synchronization Programs
University of Nebraska
With spring calving in full swing, it is a good time to start thinking about if your cows are prepared for breeding season. Making sure your cows are in a good body condition score prior to calving is one of the most important steps to ensuring your cows stay on track to rebreed whether you plan to turn bulls out, synchronize, AI, or a combination. If you plan to utilize synchronization to tighten your breeding season, there are a few things you should consider.
A cattlemen’s guide to grass tetany
Tri State Neighbor
Winter has hit much of the U.S. hard this year, but with adequate moisture this fall and winter, it won’t be long until cattle producers will be thinking about turning their cattle out on nice green pastures. Spring grazing might seem far away as you’re breaking ice and trying to keep ears from freezing, but it will be here before you know it. Before you turn out those pairs to green grass, consider a hidden concern of grazing.
Increasing Fertility after AI
In recent years, I have had multiple requests regarding what can be done after artificial insemination (AI) to enhance fertility to fixed-time AI (TAI) systems. However, many of the proposed hormonal interventions do not seem to provide the necessary improvements in fertility. Producers should be cautious when implementing these interventions.
What to expect when your cow’s expecting
The most common cause of calf loss is dystocia, or calving difficulty. Knowing when to intervene and providing timely assistance greatly reduces stress on the calf, dam and producer. Difficult births also can cause leg fractures, damaged nerves and an increased chance of calfhood diseases. The best way to know when to provide assistance is to know the timeline for a normal birth.
Is your calf shy or a risk taker?
The Western Producer
People working with cattle often recognize different personality types among individuals. There are the friendly calves and shy ones and curious types. Research from the University of British Columbia has been able to quantify personality types among dairy calves and that knowledge could improve their overall welfare.
Banders for Smaller Calves
Dr. Ken McMillan
Earlier castration is easier on calves and producers, but it’s important producers pick a bander they are comfortable with and know how to use.
How the stocker sector is changing
Unfolding impacts associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and the world’s response to it shines the most recent spotlight on the essential nature of the beef stocker sector. Stocker operators and backgrounders provide the cattle and beef business the necessary flexibility to counter unexpected, altered shifts in the market flow of cattle to coordinate feeder cattle supplies with feedlot and packer demand.
Rising pressure to target beef price-fixing
Western and Midwestern members of both parties have pointed to disparity in the prices fetched by cattle producers compared with large meat processors as a sign of possible market manipulation. Grassley said the recent drop in cattle futures “may be understandable under normal situations, but this is happening as Americans bought 77 percent more meat in the month of March.”
Montana cattle market faces uncertainty but stays optimistic
Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Montana’s beef market is heading into an uncertain year as the spread of COVID-19 impacts an already unstable market. This year was forecast to be a better year for cattle producers than 2019. However, those market forecasts are changing.