A Firm Foundation – Cow Buying 101
Rance Long and Jeff Stansbury discuss starting out in the right foot when establishing your cow herd base. Starting out on the right foot prevents starting over. Picking the right genetic partner, considering your passions and goals and assessing your potential customer base are all keys to success in the beef cattle industry and they dictate the right type of cows to set you up for success in the beef business.
Virginia Farm Bureau : is home to growing beef cattle population
Virginia’s cattle population is currently 1.5 million, which is up about 30,000 head from 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With such a high inventory of the state’s cattle and calves, even the shortest drive outside of urban and suburban locations in Virginia is likely to take travelers past a pasture of beef cattle. They’re raised all over the state on about 23,000 farms, and are a major segment of Virginia agriculture.
Protected yeasts may offer digestion boost to grain fed beef cattle
Adding encapsulated active dried yeast to the diets of grain-fed cattle may improve intestinal digestion of nutrients, say researchers.
JBS suspends beef operations in Brazil
A Brazilian court has ordered a freeze on a combined 730 million reais ($230.64 million) worth of assets, causing JBS S.A.to temporarily suspend its beef operations in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. The court’s action was in response to a tax dispute between the state and JBS S.A. and its holding company J&F Investimentos.
BeefTalk: Long-term Cow-culling Rate, Replacement Rate and Cow Age
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Cow culling and heifer replacement are front and center in the fall as producers evaluate older cattle, structurally challenged cattle and cows that fail to reproduce. Moving cows to the market pen is fairly straightforward. Herd growth generally has been subtle, as gradual increases in herd size through time are evident. Most producers know cows are not easy to replace and ponder considerably before writing a sale ticket.
Health tips for calves this fall include good nutrition
The Prairie Star
Experience tells us that fall can be a treacherous season for keeping calves healthy. Calves come into the season stout, thrifty and with the expectation of doing well. But changing weather conditions, management systems and nutritional programs can catch the calves off guard and send them into a tailspin of poor health and performance.
Pour it on properly
Most of us know using a pour-on product requires safety measures; obviously, we aren’t strapping on our backpack of pour-on, raising our arms in the air and liberally drenching everything around us.