Implants Benefit Dairy Steer Calves
Growth-promoting implants, and implant protocols, have evolved considerably since their introduction in 1958. Initially a feedlot tool, implant technology eventually extended the benefits to pre- and post-weaned steers and heifers on pastures. Early concerns that calf implants would reduce feedlot gains, inhibit response to subsequent implants or significantly reduce beef quality have dissipated with refinements in the products and protocols.
Dairy cattle a big part of US beef supply
Jared Geiser and Brenda Boetel
Farm and Dairy
Despite growing beef cattle inventories since 2014, dairy animals have been a stable source of beef and continue to play a key role in filling U.S. beef demand.
OSU testing eShepherd in beef and dairy industries
Ohio’s Country Journal
eShepherd is a smart collar system for livestock, enabling cattle producers to create “virtual fences” and use their smart device to remotely fence, move and monitor their livestock around the clock from anywhere in the world.
How to get more good from your veterinarian, or what to do with one if you get one.
R.P. “Doc” Cooke
Recently, I’ve been told a rather cute joke several times which is made at the expense of veterinarians. In each case, different professionals appear to be venting their frustration with the “sage wisdom” of the vet, and as you’d expect the vet is always at the center of the joke.
Three Things You Can Do Starting Now to Be More Profitable
There has been quite a price change in the livestock world in the last two years. There has never been a time in recent history that cattle prices crashed as quickly as they did in the fall of 2015. Historically high prices were being paid for anything that looked like a cow. The new normal for 2014 and part of 2015 was rocket fuel prices never seen before in history.
Avoid problems when trailing pairs to new pasture
Heather Smith Thomas
Western Livestock Journal
When trailing cows with calves from spring/calving pastures to summer range, or from one range pasture to the next, it is essential to let them mother up, then move them calmly and at their own speed so cow and calf can stay paired.
Cutting Height in Forages: How Low Can You Go?
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
Whether you’re taking the crop as haylage or dry hay, it’s important to pay attention to forage cutting height. One of our goals as farmers is to maximize our yield; however, cutting a crop too low can lead to several negative issues. The introduction of the disk-type mowers (discbines) allows for cutting very close to the ground. I’ve seen many fields that have been “scalped” right to ground level.