Legendary Nebraska Angus Breeder Bill Rishel Uses The Past To Predict the Future
Oklahoma Farm Report
Rishel said it is necessary to look back to recognize “paradigm shifts” when new ideas become accepted over traditional ways. If there is one thing you take with you from this conference is the message to embrace change when there is obvious economic merit and long-term sustainability involved, he said. Industry changes are woven into the fabric of today’s beef business and Rishel said we should not take these innovations for granted.
Corn silage in backgrounding diets for cattle
The higher starch content of corn silage also means that feedlot diets may need to be re-examined. If corn silage is supplying more starch to the diet, perhaps backgrounding diets can feed less barley grain, or maybe cattle can be backgrounded to heavier weights with a shorter grain finishing period, provided growth rates, feed conversion and carcass grade aren’t adversely affected.
Drought Diminishes Both Silage Yield and Quality
With much of the center of the United States in various stages of drought, many beef cattle producers in the region will need additional forages. An option is to utilize silage as a feed source.
Heat stress a bigger concern with heavier cattle
Heat stress in the livestock herd is always a concern during the dog days of summer. However, this year producers need to be even more cautious due to the large number of heavier cattle that have been backed up in feedlots with packer capacity continuing to be strained by labor issues and workers contracting COVID-19.
Here’s why judicial use of antibiotics matters
Twenty years ago or so, antibiotic resistance wasn’t on the radar for most cow-calf producers. If a calf got sick, you gave it a shot and it generally got better.
Mycotoxin Considerations for Weather-Damaged Feedstuffs
This growing season has been a challenge across the upper Midwest. Whether your crops have been hit with drought or hail the odds are that we are going to see an increase potential for feed contaminants such nitrates or molds which cause mycotoxins. This article focuses on mycotoxins and how to manage them.
COVID-19 spurs talk of cattle traceability
Are we correct that, as we recover from the beating we’ve taken from COVID-19, we’ll renew the conversation with more intensity? Time will tell. In the meantime, what did readers say about their thoughts on traceability, and has that changed since a year ago? Here’s a look.
COVID-19 markets force some cattlemen to scrimp on manure work
A tight farm labor market in the cattle business has increased the demand for custom manure hauling on livestock farms, but COVID-19 market disruptions mean some are cutting back on how much work they can afford.
USDA Announces Changes To Livestock Gross Margin Insurance Program
USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced changes to the Livestock Gross Margin (LGM) insurance program for cattle and swine beginning in the 2021 crop year. Changes include adding premium subsidies to assist producers and moving premium due dates to the end of the endorsement period for cattle.
Heather Smith Thomas
Angus Beef Bulletin Extra
Silage has been the traditional way to store forage harvested wet — compacted and stored in airtight conditions, fermenting. In recent years, several methods have been developed to wrap silage/haylage in airtight bags using plastic film. Harvesting and storing hay this way can capture nutrient quality without the losses associated with trying to get it dry enough to bale and store without mold.