Four Myths About Mineral Nutrition
Angus Beef Bulletin
“My cows don’t need premium mineral for more than a month or so.” … “I’ve stuck with the same mineral for years, and it gets the job done.” … “Premium minerals are over-formulated, and the form doesn’t actually matter.” … “Premium mineral programs are just too pricey.”
Exploring the possibilities of cattle handling and facilities
Before the calendar flipped to 2020, many cattle producers had “replace handling facilities” on their to-do lists. Many of those lists have since been tossed in the garbage due to the unprecedented events of this year. But ignoring rotten and broken-down chutes and handling facilities is not a productive option and will eventually lead to safety and efficiency issues.
Hay Quality: Beyond Proximate Analyses
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
My forage colleagues and I seem to get bombarded with questions on forage quality and interpreting forage test results this time of year. The timing coincides with folks starting to feed hay and looking at developing supplementation programs for the cattle receiving the forage. Getting the forage tested for nutrient content is the first step.
Welcome to the Clone Farm
To the untrained eye, Pollard Farms looks much like any other cattle ranch. Similar looking cows are huddled in similar looking pens. But some of the cattle here don’t just resemble each other. They are literally identical — clear down to their genes.
Capitalizing on Your Investment in Genomic Testing
Jamie T. Courter
The use of genomics, or DNA, in genetic evaluations has been happening for about a decade, providing “Genomic Enhancement” to the expected progeny differences (EPDs) producers were already accustomed to. Like any new technology, advancement and understanding led to growing pains, but it is safe to say that it has been quite impactful. In today’s industry, genetic evaluations are used to characterize the genetic potential of registered cattle to ensure the correct animals are being selected and propagated for key economically relevant traits.
Winter Season Allows Time to Analyze Herd Performance
Red Angus Magazine
As winter approaches, fall projects have been checked off the list left and right for cattle producers. The calves are home, calves are weaned and the hay is in the yard. With the steer on feed and the replacements heifers settling in their new pen, we get to see just how well the cow did for the year.
Long Term Calf Outlook
Today 2020 has been a disappointment for cow-calf producer is an understatement. -while this year has been a challenge, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Because of the long life cycle for cattle1 it is important for producer to always be forward looking and planning for the next few year down the road. A breeding decision that is made today or next Spring likely will not generate revenue for at least another fifteen month or more. The following discussion will provide an outlook with emphasis on the calf market, o producer can start developing busines plans for the next three to four year.
Climate Impacts of Cultured Meat and Beef Cattle
John Lynch and Raymond Pierrehumbert
Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems
Improved greenhouse gas (GHG) emission efficiency of production has been proposed as one of the biggest potential advantages of cultured meat over conventional livestock production systems.
Setting Goals and Adding Diversity is key for Intercropping
Beef Research Institute
There is a lot of buzz in beef and forage production systems around the concepts of sustainability and soil health and the numerous different production practices that can support those ideas. Innovative producers are seeking ways to work within their landbase to become more efficient and improve their soils, whatever that may mean to them on their farms.
New research emphasises cost of liver fluke in beef cattle
The Dairy Site
New research highlights cost of liver fluke in beef cattle, with farmers urged to treat youngstock at housing. Beef producers are being urged by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health to consider liver fluke control in growing youngstock at housing, as new research shows average lifetime losses of over £60 per animal1 for fattening steers with fluke infections.