May 2011

Breed – Gelbvieh

Several societies for improved breeding of the cattle were founded. The societies aimed at improvement through standardizing the indigenous breed by selecting the best bulls, purebreeding for a single color and improvement of performance in work fitness and milk production. In 1897, the Breed Society for Yellow Franconia Cattle for Middle and Upper Franconia Cattle for Middle and Upper Franconia in Nurnberg was founded. It was followed by the Breed Society for Gelbvieh in Lower Franconia, based in Wurzburg and founded in 1899.

Since World War II, Germany used a stringent selection program to repopulate its cattle herds. Only three percent of the registered cows were used to produce potential bulls. These cows were selected on structural soundness and conformation.

On Target Tips

Spring Work

A couple weeks ago we vaccinated our Red Poll cattle as well as wormed, weaned, and castrated most of the bulls.  Fall calving allows us to get the herd up, work them, and turn the cows back out for summer grazing.

Our protocol is very simple:

1. Cows are weighted, their hip height is measured, and a body condition score is determined.

2. Cows are palpated for the last time to confirm pregnancy dates.

Winds of Change on the Farm

Winds of change - where are they blowing us today? Wind energy is one of the world’s fastest growing energy sources.

Businesses and individuals around the world are looking for renewable energy alternatives to cut costs, meet power needs, and reduce their carbon footprint. We intend to summarize opportunities around small wind energy resources on the farm and provide introductory direction on how to evaluate them.

Creep Feeding

Calf Facts

Gross income from calf sales depends on the total pounds of calf sold and dollars per pound received for that calf. Although it is true that calves in lighter weight classes sell for a higher dollar amount per pound, gross income is greater with calves in heavier weight classes due to more pounds sold.

The weight of the weaned calf depends on age at weaning, genetics, and nutritional resources prior to weaning, as well as health and other factors. This article discusses a nutritional management practice that affects calf weaning weight.