Daily Archives: July 13, 2020

Improving Efficiency Key To Sustainable Beef Production

Improving Efficiency Key To Sustainable Beef Production

Oklahoma Farm Report

Improving efficiency is the key to sustainability on today’s ranch said Dr. Clay Mathis, Director of the King Ranch institute for ranch management at Texas A & M-Kingsville. Mathis was a featured speaker at last month’s Beef Improvement Federation’s virtual conference. We have to start by looking at some of the trends associated with sustainability in the beef industry, Mathis said.  Some of these trends Mathis identified years ago and suggested are still applicable today.

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Will feeding silage to lactating cows give my calves scours?

Will feeding silage to lactating cows give my calves scours?

The Cattle Site

Many cow-calf producers in Nebraska have become accustomed to using distillers grains as a source of both protein and energy to help meet the nutritional needs of lactating cows from calving until green grass is available, writes Dave Ostdiek University of Nebraska-Lincoln Communications Specialist Panhandle Research & Extension Center.

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Hate your cows and love your grass

Hate your cows and love your grass

Doug Ferguson

Beef Producer

“Hate your cows and love your grass.” When I first heard that I was shocked, but it may have been some of the best marketing advice I ever received. One of the biggest problems we have in the cattle business is we love our cows. The only blowback I ever get from this blog is when I write that we should sell our overvalued cows when they are in their prime.

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Watch for summer pneumonia, heat stress in beef cattle

Watch for summer pneumonia, heat stress in beef cattle

Western Livestock Journal

Summers usually are mild in the Great Plains, compared with the southern states, but hot, humid days do occur and can be dangerous and even deadly for cattle. “The combination of heat and humidity creates stress on livestock because respiration is the predominate route for cooling,” says Karl Hoppe, Extension livestock systems specialist at North Dakota State University’s (NDSU) Carrington Research Extension Center. “Once cattle start to pant, some heat stress has occurred.”

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Consider Pregnancy Testing Beef Cattle Early

Consider Pregnancy Testing Beef Cattle Early

Farms.com

The breeding season for spring-calving cow herds in North Dakota could run from March through late summer or early fall, depending on the desired time of calving and length of the breeding season. “Regardless of the length of the breeding season, reproductive efficiency is a critical factor in maintaining a profitable ranch operation,” says Janna Block, Extension livestock systems specialist based at North Dakota State University’s Hettinger Research Extension Center.

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Government Wants to Go All-In On RFID Tags

Government Wants to Go All-In On RFID Tags

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

Those in the cattle business are now being asked to let the USDA know how they feel about requiring RFID tags be “the official ear tag” approved by APHIS for all interstate movement of cattle that fall under traceability regulations. A public comment period is open to gauge response to the issue.

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Local beef producers become part owners of South Dakota processing plant

Local beef producers become part owners of South Dakota processing plant

Kyle Kuphal

Pipestone County Star

Kim Ulmer, a beef producer who lives in Aberdeen, S.D., learned that the plant was for sale last fall and became interested. Ulmer said he was becoming frustrated with the prices producers were being paid for their cattle and thought maybe he should get involved with the processing side of the business.

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Use of Gender-Selected Semen in Beef Cattle

Use of Gender-Selected Semen in Beef Cattle

Saulo Menegatti Zoca, Jerica Rich, and George Perry.

South Dakota State University

The use of new technologies by the beef industry usually lags its development by researchers. An example of this would be gender-selected semen. The incorporation of this or any new technology is dictated by its necessity and positive economic advantage.

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Data places Scotts Bluff County in emergency heat stress conditions, resulting in possible animal deaths

Data places Scotts Bluff County in emergency heat stress conditions, resulting in possible animal deaths

Elise Balin

Star-Herald

USDA cattle heat stress forecasts have recently placed western Nebraska in dangerous and emergency heat stress criteria. The forecasts correspond with the Nebraska Mesonet Cattle Comfort Index’s current conditions placement of Scotts Bluff County in extreme heat danger categories. The cattle comfort index estimates a possible impact of animal deaths exceeding 5%.

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Insect considerations for livestock, equines help with disease control

Insect considerations for livestock, equines help with disease control

Kylene Scott

High Plains Journal

Dr. AJ Tarpoff, Kansas State University Extension beef veterinarian, said diseases like vesicular stomatitis and external parasites tend to go hand in hand. “We have to admit when we don’t know something,” Tarpoff said. “And what we don’t understand sometimes is exactly how some of these external parasites can play a role in transmission of diseases.”

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