Running on Empty? Lack of Energy in the Diet Will Cause Cattle Deaths
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
From a weather standpoint, the winter of 2016-17 has been a non-event. Record temperatures recorded in February and very little measureable snow throughout winter has been a welcome change from previous years. Despite this unexpected warmth, submissions at the UKVDL and telephone conversations with veterinarians and producers confirm many cattle are losing excessive body condition and some are dying of apparent malnutrition.
Florida Farmer Believes Beef Consumption Is Thriving Despite Reported Decline
Where’s the beef? According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, it is not on American consumer’s dinner tables. Americans consumed 19 percent less beef from 2005-2014, according to the NRDC’s new study, which resulted in the “biggest driver behind a 10 percent per capita decrease in diet-related climate pollution during the same time period.”
Donnelly announces support for Perdue
Brownfield Ag News
U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly, a Democrat from Indiana and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, says he will support the nomination of Sonny Perdue to be the next Agriculture Secretary. Donnelly says he received commitments from Perdue at last week’s confirmation hearing that the USDA would continue to be a partner in economic development for rural communities, including providing access to broadband and expanding market opportunities for farmers.
Scoring For Better Bunk Management
Consistent growth and sustainable performance are two of the pieces of the puzzle to a successful pen of cattle. Keeping your thumb on the intake of a pen can help determine the overall outcome, days on feed and conversion. Although the scientific aspects of finishing cattle tend to get the most attention, Warren Rusche, South Dakota Extension Beef specialist, says feeding cattle successfully is as much art and judgement.
Sire Selection is Foundation for Profitable Herd
Bull selection is the foundation for building a profitable beef herd. Approximately 88 percent of the genetic makeup of a herd after 10 years of breeding will have come from the bulls used. The sire and dam each contribute 50 percent to the genetic makeup of each calf.
NCBA outlines 2018 Farm Bill priorities
Brownfield AG News
The president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says the cattle industry will oppose any inclusion of a livestock title in the 2018 Farm Bill and any attempts to restrict the ownership of livestock in a so-called “packer ban.”
Set calves up for long-term success
Morning AG Clips
It’s never too early to think about a calf’s respiratory health. The steps producers take this spring with young calves not only help protect them through grazing season, but can prepare the calves for a more complete immune response with pre-weaning and weaning booster vaccinations.