Strategically Creep Feeding.
Feed, a primary expense in the livestock business, brings plenty of difficult decisions. Producers want to maintain maximal efficiency on this limited and costly resource. A primal area where you can make or break these goals is in youngstock, namely weaning calves. The idea of offering creep feed can be both tempting and repulsive at the same time. More calf by weaning means more calf to sell, right? But more calf to feed also means more economic input. The decision to creep feed or not is a case by case basis. And even then, it is multifactorial with all the various points to consider beforehand.
Millions of cattle surpass slaughter date
Cattle Business Weekly
On June 1 the total inventory of cattle in feedlots with 1,000 plus head capacity was estimated at 11.671 million head, 57,000 head, or 0.5% lower than a year ago. Analysts on average were expecting the inventory to be 1% lower than a year ago. Last month the on feed inventory was 607,000 head smaller than a year ago but a decline of 570,000 head in marketings quickly reversed that situation.
KEITH BOLSEN AND JILL J. DUNKEL
While the spring forages have already been ensiled, alfalfa, corn, sorghum, and high moisture corn will be headed to the silage pits soon at many feedyards and cattle operations. Dr. Keith Bolsen, Professor Emeritus, Kansas State University, has been working with silage for 50 years and shares some important reminders about how to have a safe and efficient silage program in 2020.
Oats as a late summer forage crop
Jason Hartschuh and Al Gahler
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
Oats is traditionally planted as the first crop in early April as a grain crop or an early season forage. One of the beauties of oats is its versatility in planting date. Oats can also be planted in the summer as an early fall forage for harvest or grazing.
USDA releases first NAHMS beef industry study
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) has released “Beef Cow-calf Management Practices in the United States 2017,” the first report from its latest study of the U.S. beef industry.
In forage management, there’s a difference between overstocking and overgrazing.
Heather Smith Thomas
Angus Beef Bulletin Extra
Native grasses around the world have been grazed by herbivores for millions of years. Grass and grazing animals evolved together. In North America bison, pronghorn antelope and elk grazed the plains before European settlers arrived. In mountainous western areas, elk, deer, bighorn sheep, mountain goats and smaller cousins of the plains bison grazed the more rugged regions.
Farm Groups Launch Free Stress Management Course
American Farm Bureau Federation
Following the December 2019 announcement of a new farm stress management online training course for employees and members of Farm Credit, Farm Bureau and Farmers Union, these organizations have supported the launch of a free online training available to the general public.
Rosa leaves Oregon Cattlemen’s Association; search for replacement underway
The removal of gray wolves from Oregon’s endangered species list is a defining moment of Jerome Rosa’s six-year tenure as executive director of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association. The decision permitted the killing of problem wolves that prey on livestock in Eastern Oregon, which was a key policy objective of the OCA. “That was really monumental,” Rosa said.
State lawmakers join call for beef-processing probe
ABC 36 News
State lawmakers have joined a request for an federal investigation into collusion in the beef-processing industry. Meanwhile, processors continue to explain increased regulations and costs to prevent the spread of coronavirus explain the price dispartities that prompted the complaints.
Preventing feedlot respiratory disease in pre-weaned calves
Many Wisconsin dairy farmers are breeding some of their dairy cows to beef. The calves from these matings are not raised as dairy replacements but are either raised by the dairy for beef, or sold to a variety of calf and cattle operations. Dairy and dairy-beef calves that are sold as pre-weaned (wet) are particularly vulnerable to disease challenge as their young and immature immune system increases their susceptibility to disease.