The answers to your most-asked beef synchronization questions
There are many components to estrus synchronization protocols, so I’m not surprised when I receive a phone call with questions. To help with your next synchronization project, I’ve compiled answers to the most frequently asked questions.
Same Farm, Different Owners, Same Focus
Tim Pallokat wouldn’t dare let his standards slip when it comes to cattle or conservation. Former owner Wilson Mitchell, Jr. is buried on a hillside corner of the farm, with a first-class view of the operation. Not to worry. Pallokat’s dedication to both, and to Mitchell, are the reasons he ended up with the Union Springs, N.Y., farm. This is in spite of the fact Mitchell wouldn’t sell him any cows
Perspectives on a cattle market collapse
“In the second quarter of 2020, the year-over-year drop in GDP is likely to be one of the largest ever. Recent Live Cattle futures prices already incorporate that macroeconomic assessment,” Robb explained. “The recession could be moderate, but we expect it to continue during the third quarter of 2020. The public health aspect is still the big unknown and how that spills back throughout the U.S. and world economies.”
Grassley calls for investigation of cattle market volatility
Brownfield Ag News
Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley wants the USDA and Department of Justice to investigate recent volatility in the cattle markets, to see if beef packers have “illegally manipulated” the markets during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Farm Biosecurity to Keep Us and Employees Safe
Jason Hartschuh and Dr. Gustavo Schuenemann
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
Agriculture is no stranger to contagious disease. Drawing on sanitation experiences from outbreaks, such as avian and swine influenza or the 2001 outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the United Kingdom in 2001, can help us through the current pandemic.
Genomic retained heterosis effects on fertility and lifetime productivity in beef heifers
J.A. Basarab, J.J. Crowley, M.K. Abo-Ismail, G.M. Manafiazar, E.C. Akanno, V.S. Baron, G. Plastow
Canadian Journal of Animal Science
This study evaluated the effects of three genomic indicators of heterosis on female fertility and lifetime productivity, and quantified changes over 11 production cycles in a crossbred cow herd. Pedigree-based breed composition (pBC) was determined and used to calculate retained heterozygosity for 412 replacement heifers born from 2004 to 2014 at the Lacombe Research and Development Centre (AB, Canada).
Measuring pasture production serves stocker and cow-calf operations in good stead.
Angus Beef Bulletin
It’s not uncommon to hear managers of grazing operations talk about year-to-year differences in range or pasture forage production. It’s an easy segue from conversation about the weather, because it’s during the years of abundant moisture, or scarcity, that producers notice just how much the accumulation of precipitation affects forage production.
Controlling foot rot in beef cattle
Heather Smith Thomas
Western Livestock Journal
Foot rot is an infection that causes sudden swelling, heat and inflammation in the foot, resulting in severe lameness. Dr. Matt Miesner of Kansas State University says the primary pathogen, Fusobacterium necrophorum, is always in the environment because it lives in the digestive tract of cattle and passes in feces.
Lawrence Duncan Indiana Hereford Breeder Passes
Lawrence was born on December 25, 1935 at home in Mellott, IN. He was the son of the late William Harvey and Edna Bernice (Glover) Duncan. Lawrence was a dedicated grain & livestock farmer whose passion was breeding Hereford cattle. He was proud to have hosted 47 consecutive years of Hereford production calf sales on his farm. He was a humble man whose hard work earned honors. His farm, Able Acres, received six Golden Bull awards from the American Hereford Association. He was selected by his peers to receive the Robert C. Peterson Lynnwood Farm Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. Most recently, he was inducted into the Indiana Livestock Breeders Hall of Fame.
Rep. Smith urges USDA to act quickly to help struggling cattle producers
Rep. Adrian Smith has joined with the rest of the Nebraska delegation and more than 100 other members of Congress in urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to implement assistance as soon as possible to help cattle producers affected by the coronavirus outbreak.