Fall-Calving Cow Nutrition
Dr. Katie Mason
University of Tennessee
With the fall-calving season just around the corner, it is time to start thinking about increased cow nutrition needs at calving and during lactation. A dry, pregnant cow experiences a shift in nutrient requirements leading up to calving and providing proper nutrition during this crucial time will influence milk production and reproductive efficiency. The main nutrient considerations are total digestible nutrients (TDN), an indicator of energy in the diet, and crude protein (CP).
Preparing for a foot-and-mouth outbreak
It’s a nightmare no livestock producer wants to experience; watching as your entire herd is put down. The devastation is written across the hardened faces of the farmers featured in a National Film Board of Canada documentary on the 1952 foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in southern Saskatchewan.
Better beef quality drives stability in demand
Veteran cattle industry marketing expert, Randy Blach, CEO of CattleFax, credits the quality movement as the reason behind the stability seen in the cattle industry in the past 20 years. Blach told listeners on the virtual Feeding Quality Forum recently hosted by Certified Angus Beef (CAB) that “Consumers have voted with their pocketbook,” and confirmed consumers are willing to pay for the quality product the industry is successfully producing today.
Recipe For Marbling
US Premium Beef
Quality grade consistently generates the greatest premium on U.S. Premium Beef grids. Our producers have used their carcass data to improve the quality of their cattle. Yet, given the economic importance, many producers ask how they can further improve their results.
USDA announces details of CFAP 2 assistance
Tri State Livestock News
For beef cattle, payments will be equal to: The producer’s maximum owned inventory of eligible beef cattle, excluding breeding stock, on a date selected by the producer from April 16, 2020, through August 31, 2020,
Minimizing stress in calves
“The goal of any pre-conditioning program should be to prepare the calf for the next event in its life,” said Bob Weaber, K-State beef cattle extension specialist. Pre-conditioning refers to the care the calf gets on the ranch before it’s weaned and before it enters the feedlot or a stocker operation.
UW study sees increased gains, improved efficiency on backgrounded calves with implants
Wyoming Livestock Roundup
Efforts to evolve beef production to improve cattle efficiency and producer profitability are never ending. In a recent study conducted at the University of Wyoming (UW) James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center (SAREC) at Lingle, researchers looked into cattle performance and the feeding economics of implanting weaned calves during a winter drylot feeding program.
USDA plans additional $14 billion for farmers reeling from virus
Chattanooga Times Free Press
The federal government said Friday that it will give farmers an additional $14 billion to compensate them for the difficulties they have experienced selling their crops, milk and meat because of the coronavirus pandemic.
It took generations to build this cattle ranch – and 3 hours for a wildfire to destroy it
Chase Hubbard was on a volunteer firetruck chasing one of a dozen wildfires burning in Washington when he realized his own family’s ranch was in the line of destruction.
Hubbard, a third-generation rancher in Lincoln County, hopped off the truck and rushed to save what he could, but there was nothing he could do.
Advocate shares what works for her cause, her ranch
High Plains Journal
Brandi Buzzard Frobose said her parents told her when she was still living at home and rodeoing that it wasn’t about what you drove to the rodeo, but instead what you backed out of the trailer and how you performed in the arena.