Alternative Calving Considerations
Northern AG Network
Structuring a calving program that best suits farm and ranch operations can be challenging. Of primary concern are: weather, labor, market timing, and animal health considerations, with weather possibly being the most volatile factor, as it ranges from challenging to catastrophic in some years.
The importance of getting quality colostrum
Heather Smith Thomas
The cow’s first milk is vital to the newborn calf’s survival. Calves that obtain adequate colostrum soon after birth stay healthier than calves that are slow to suckle or don’t get enough. “I have been working with many critical-care newborns and this is why I am interested in colostrum,” says Dr. Lisa Gamsjaeger.
The Nutrition and Reproduction Connection
In order to improve your herd reproduction management system, it is important to first understand how nutrition directly affects reproduction. In order to maximize economic growth, an operation should target a postpartum breed back window of 85 days. If the window is any longer, cows will be having less than one calf per year, which will damage a producer’s bottom line.
Do You Respect Your Heifers?
American Red Angus
As a seedstock producer, bulls are your product. So, it is completely understandable that you want to do everything you can to prove their worth to prospective buyers. You purchase semen of the sires you think will improve the genetics not only in your herd, but in your customers’ herds. The necessary weights, measurements, ultrasound and genomics are all submitted in order to sell animals that are as well described genetically as possible. Your ranch is doing all it can to survive and thrive. A job well done.
Interpretive Summary: Using jackets on beef calves
American Society of Animal Science
The thermoregulatory systems of newborn calves are immature. This leaves the animal susceptible to climatic extremes and cold stress. Calf jackets can provide protection against environmental conditions. Researchers of this December 2019 Translational Animal Science article investigated the effects of calf jackets on health, performance, and skin temperature of dairy-origin beef calves.
Feed Supplements: Changes in Distillers’ Grains
Heather Smith Thomas
Angus Beef Bulletin Extra
Distillers’ grains are a byproduct of the ethanol industry and have become a common supplement for beef cattle to add protein in the diet. The fat content is also beneficial. In recent years, however, many ethanol plants have been reducing fat levels in the residue that ends up as cattle feed. Cattle producers need to be aware that nutrient levels can vary greatly, depending on where you purchase the distillers’ grains.
USMCA Clears the Way to Fire Up Ag’s Economic Engine
American Farm Bureau Federation
America’s farmers and ranchers received a second round of good news this week with Senate approval of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). At a time when farmers continue to face strong economic headwinds, the agreement is expected to increase U.S. agriculture exports by $2 billion.