Tips to Get Your Cows Bred Back
Today’s cow-calf producers place extremely high production demands on their cows for them to remain in the herd. Producers expect their cows to calve without difficulty, provide enough colostrum and milk for a rapidly growing calf, come in heat quickly after calving and conceive early in the breeding season.
Do you ID your calves at the ranch of origin?
Nevertheless, roughly ¾ of all producers appear to be neutral to supportive (scores 3, 4, and 5) regarding ranch-level animal identification. That’s an important perspective for several reasons.
Reasons to mud and manure score cattle
The Cattle Business Weekly
April showers bring May flowers, but they also bring mud. However, animal cleanliness is more than just a function of weather in an outside lot. Potential exists for manure tags on animals housed in confinement.
BeefTalk: Crested Wheatgrass Needs Grazing Management
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
The spring is a bit cooler than normal, and grazing vigorous and productive cool-season grasses is still on the menu. Cool-season grasses, such as crested wheat in the northern Plains, are a top priority for many cattle operations. Cattle producers are grass producers, so appropriate grass management determines the success of the overall grazing season. Moisture and temperature impact grass production, but managerial tweaks keep grass at its best.
Five tips for managing parasites in your herd
Resistance is something we currently hear a lot about in agriculture, including the issue of parasite resistance in beef cattle. This raises questions about parasite management decisions. How can livestock operators effectively manage internal parasites in their herds? What can they do to reduce the risk of parasite resistance?
Momentum against USDA checkoff program continues with 9th circuit ruling
The Fence Post
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a lower court ruling on April 9 that the USDA’s Beef Checkoff program is being administered in a way that interferes with ranchers’ First Amendment rights, and that the government should be enjoined from collecting funds for the program without rancher consent.
Some myths and facts about EPDs
One of the main areas that I have worked on in my consulting business is genetic selection and the development and use of genetic evaluation technologies. In the more than 20 years I have been working in the field, it is interesting many of the same myths and challenges continue to appear, all during a period of unprecedented technological change and advancement in the field of evaluation.