Early preg-checking gives options, pays dividends
Minnesota Farm Guide
Setting up facilities to check pregnancy in cows on pasture is something Eric Mousel suggests for 2021. The University of Minnesota cow/calf specialist has found almost any size beef cow/calf operation can gain value by preg-checking in late August/early September depending on calving dates.
Having Your Cake . . .
Dr. Les Anderson
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
My colleagues and I like to rib each other about which discipline is more important in beef production nutrition, genetics, health, or reproduction. Of course, I argue that reproductive efficiency is the most important because reproductive rate drives gross revenue. But we all know it’s not that simple. All disciplines need to be managed and blended to optimize reproductive potential.
Nathan Smith hired as new General Manager for Top Dollar Angus
Cattle Business Weekly
Top Dollar Angus Inc., the industry leader in genetic verification and marketing of high-value Angus and Red Angus-based feeder calves is excited to announce Nathan Smith as their new general manager. Smith joins Top Dollar Angus with a strong cattle and crop background, stemming from his family’s farm near Pratt, KS.
NCBA’s Ethan Lane Says Budget Bill Includes Several Good Things For Animal Agriculture
Oklahoma Farm Report
The omnibus federal budget bill passed this week by Congress includes several items good for animal agriculture, said Ethan Lane, NCBA vice president of government affairs. Livestock mandatory reporting has been extended through September which is good news as it gives us more time to work on a full five-year reauthorization of livestock mandatory reporting, Lane said.
Dr. Glenn Wehner Inducted into Gelbvieh Hall of Fame
Dr. Glenn Wehner of Rocking GV Gelbvieh in Kirksville, Missouri, was inducted into the American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) Hall of Fame during the awards presentation at the AGA Virtual Annual Meeting on December 4, 2020.
Ranching hits prime time
About this time every year, Craig and I decide it’s time to find ourselves something new to watch. From November through March, we find time for TV. It’s dark-dark by 6 p.m., the kids are in bed by 7:30 p.m., the wood stove is burning and the TV is on. Last winter, we watched all six seasons of Longmire. Craig loved it enough to put up with my commentary, and I liked it enough to keep watching. This year, we started watching Yellowstone, per the recommendation of Amazon Prime.
Burning away fescue ergovaline
Hay and Forage Grower
Missouri researchers are using fire as a means to suppress tall fescue seedheads. Across the United States, livestock experience summer heat and the challenges it poses. During the summer, cow-calf and stocker operations in Missouri and much of the southeast United States see a sharp drop in cattle performance, including lower conception rates and average daily gains.
On-the-ranch herd health programs support healthy cattle markets
Bovine Respiratory Disease continues to be an issue. Cow-calf producers have embraced management strategies that make their livestock a better value to the U.S. beef cattle industry, but Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) continues to be an area where improvement is needed.
Criollo-cross calves graze Texas-bred wheat
A set of calves grazing winter pasture at the New Mexico State University Clayton Livestock Research Center near Clayton, New Mexico, may look typical of Texas High Plains cattle, but this group is special – they are Raramuri Criollo crossbred calves. And, the improved pasture they are grazing is planted with a Texas A&M AgriLife Research wheat-breeding program variety in an effort to closely mirror the beef production systems of the Texas High Plains.
Montana ranchers turned to local sales in a tough year
Intermountain Farm And Ranch
One of the images that will stick with Jim Steinbeisser long after the COVID-19 pandemic ends is the sight of empty meat cases at supermarkets. The Montana rancher had never seen anything like it. Few people had. “The grocery store coolers were empty of beef, that’s the first thing that went,” said Steinbeisser, who ranches near Sidney.