April 2011

Breed – Galloway

Rich in history, Galloways originated in Britain before 1570, came to North America in 1853 and came to America in 1866. The American Galloway Breeders’ Association (AGBA) was organized in 1882 and in 1906 Galloways were one of four breeds that started the National Western Stock Show in Denver.

Shoot-N-The Bull - On Target Tips

Here is a program that I use on my herd of Red Poll cattle.  We artificially inseminate most of the cows and I use a super clean up bull on them afterwards to keep a short calving season.  My good friend and mentor Dr. Dan Schmiesing from St. Henry, Ohio helped me work out this program.  He is a veteran bovine reproductive specialist that worked with me to get the job done quickly and cost effectively.  I encourage others to work with their local veterinarian and livestock agent to make your breeding program successful too.

The first thing you should do is choose the date you want to start calving.  So figure when to breed your cattle and back the date back two weeks to start your Ova-Sync program.

Cattle Chutes

The Cattlemaster 1100 M (manual) Chute from StrongHold Mfg. is the first ever manually operated, hydraulically squeezed chute available. Its unique design actually increases squeeze force 9 to 1, making it the one of the safest handling devices for cattle by providing a more secure hold, with vertical sides, (no taper) and squeezes perfectly parallel, with no fore or aft movement, from a wide 30” to a narrow sub-12” with no adjustments. Also new are the removable and infinitely adjustable vertical restraining bars on the inside that allow an operator to open one or both side doors and safely hold the animal in the chute even when squeezed.

Cattle Dogs - It’s a Dog’s World

In this technologically advanced world, there is an area that is what I would call a “throwback” of sorts when it comes to handling cattle. Ask a cattleman who their most entrusted employee is and the response will often be this: my dog.

Farm Safety for Young Children

Accidents kill more children than disease, kidnapping, and drugs combined. Each year, an estimated 300 people under age 19 die and approximately 24,000 (65 every day) are seriously hurt on our nation’s farms. The rate of death is higher in agriculture than in mining, construction, or the timber industry, and children who live on farms may be exposed to dangers 24 hours a day. In Iowa, at least one out of every eight-farm injuries is to a child. The most common causes of these injuries are from slips and falls, animals, farm machinery, and all-terrain vehicles.