May 2014

PRAIRIE CREEK SEED Solid Solutions to Summer Challenges

For 51-year-old Karl Dallefeld, of rural Worthington, Iowa, his passion has always revolved around farming and cattle. “I grew up on a farm in Illinois, and it seems like I have been around or working cattle all of my life.

U.S. CUSTOM HARVESTERS HERE FOR YOU

In the cattle and crop industries, the one predictable thing is that the unpredictable will happen. This is especially true for cattlemen growing their own forage crops.

PLANTING FOR SUCCESS Byron Seeds Plans for the Future

It’s not about the money. I don’t think anyone who farms would say that they do it for the money. Not that money isn’t important, it’s just that people who farm are motivated by something far deeper than just money.

DNA INFORMATION A POWERFUL TOOL FOR CATTLEMEN

Accuracy and reliability are becoming required tools of the trade for many in agriculture. On a diversified farm in central Illinois, T.J. Curtin has seen that reality in all areas of production – from growing corn and soybeans to raising registered Angus bulls.

GREAT PEOPLE, GOOD BRANGUS & NEW MEXICO THE MATCH FOR SUCCESS

In the Brangus world, everyone knows the Brinks Brangus and Camp Cooley names. Although that herd was dispersed in 2010, the Brinks Brangus cattle, name and tradition of performance-based cattle live on at Westall Ranches near Arabela, New Mexico.

BRANGUS GENETICS OFFER HETEROSIS FOR REBUILDING THE NATION’S COWHERD

The Brangus breed, a 3/8 Brahman and 5/8 Angus composite, was developed to utilize the superior traits of Angus and Brahman cattle. This two breed combination resulted in a breed that unites the traits of two highly successful parent breeds. The Brahman, through rigorous natural selection, developed disease resistance, overall hardiness and outstanding maternal instincts. 

Are there concerns or limits for adding liquids to a TMR mixer?

When this column started, we encouraged our readers to forward their comments, questions and suggestions for topics to us by email at the address given at the end of the column. We thank you for the communications received to date, to which we reply directly. Starting with this issue, we will occasionally share with you an expanded response that was inspired by a noteworthy question.

CATTLE WHISPERER Pointers for Effective Stockmanship

Safe and effective cattle handling has always been important. In the last few years there has been a move toward what has been called low-stress handling or as we prefer to call it a return to sound, effective stockmanship. The animal industries must not tolerate any form of abusive behavior or handling of livestock. The culture of handling on any operation originates from upper management and is expressed by the workers on the ground.

 

Sustainable Beef (and just what does that mean, and why would anyone be against it?)

Sustainability means different things to different people. “If we’re not sustainable in what we do, we’re out of business,” said Nebraska cattleman Bill Rishel. “Many of us in the cattle business grew up thinking of sustainability as making enough money to keep ranching the next year. Of course that meant we had to care for our natural resources and manage them in a responsible way.

 

Vertical TMR mixer pays for itself on a beef cow-calf operation

In the past two issues of TMR Corner we have explored how feeding a beef cow-calf herd with a vertical TMR mixer simultaneously decreases feed waste and increases animal performance. In this issue we will use that information to develop a cost-benefit analysis for adopting the use of a vertical TMR mixer on a moderately sized cow-calf operation.