Cattle Industry News
(Submitted by Bill Halfman, UW Extension Agent, Monroe County (adapted from Jim Neel, University of Tennessee)
This is a frequently asked question from farmers who are striving for a short and definite breeding/calving season in their efforts to produce a uniform calf crop as well as how to manage and feed the bull until the next breeding season. My question back is, “Have you considered selling him and purchasing a better bull prior to the next breeding season?”
By John F. Grimes, Extension Educator, Ohio State University Extension
If you think about it, there are some basic similarities between a beef operation’s herd sires and a professional athlete. Both the sire and the athlete can be impressive physical specimens. Both are asked to perform at a high level during a specified time frame. Both can be very expensive to purchase and maintain! You may be able to think of other similarities but I believe this is where the comparisons can stop.
COLLEGE STATION - The Texas AgriLife Extension Service will host a new landowner workshop Oct. 12-15 in College Station designed to help promote a better understanding of resource management.
"A number of topics will be covered both in the classroom and in the field with demonstrations as part of our (Ranch Management University) program," said Dr. Larry Redmon, AgriLife Extension state forage specialist in College Station.
Topics will include soils and soil fertility, forage species selection, hay production, weed and brush management, beef cattle breed selection, nutrient requirements and feeding strategies for livestock, and grazing management strategies.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – In a year when overly wet conditions and a head scab outbreak are significantly impacting Ohio’s wheat crop, there is no room for assumptions that grain is toxin-free and safe to feed to livestock.
To avoid any health problems in cattle, swine, poultry and other animals, growers are highly encouraged to test the grain for vomitoxin levels before any of the feed or grain byproduct is destined for consumption.
“Farmers shouldn’t think that it’s OK to handle or feed scabby grain without actually testing and knowing how much toxin is in it,” said Pierce Paul, an Ohio State University Extension small grains specialist and plant pathologist. “I always emphasize testing.”
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Breeding management that cuts costs and improves returns from beef herds will be featured at a meeting, Aug. 5-6, at Nashville, Tenn.
“Applied Reproduction Strategies in Beef Cattle” will be discussed by specialists from land-grant universities, including two specialists from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Dave Patterson, MU Extension beef specialist, will talk on “Protocols for Heifers.” He will tell of recent research at the MU Thompson Farm, Spickard, Mo. In the most recent ultrasound pregnancy check, his crew achieved 70 per cent pregnancy on heifers bred all on the same day at start of the breeding season.
If a gravity wagon best suits your harvest operation, you’ll find a wide variety of brands and sizes at auctions.
WASHINGTON, -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA has finalized tougher new standards for ground beef purchased by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) for Federal food and nutrition assistance programs including the National School Lunch Program.
"It is one of my highest priorities to ensure that food provided to the National School Lunch Program and other nutrition programs is as safe and nutritious as possible," Vilsack said. "The new standards guarantee our purchases are in line with major private-sector buyers of ground beef. We will continue to apply the best scientific knowledge to increase the safety across the board of our nutritional programs."
CRESCO, IA – Featherlite Trailers is giving its straight load horse trailer customers another option when towing horses. At its 2010 International Dealer Meeting, Featherlite unveiled a new 4-horse configuration for its Model 9608 gooseneck horse trailer, along with the rest of the 2011 product line. All new models and enhancements are now available through Featherlite’s dealers.