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To reimplant, or not to reimplant . . . that is the question

published: February 3rd 2023 by: Tara L. Felix, Penn State University Ext source: Southern Livestock Standard

The Food and Drug Administration recently published FDA GFI #191. Some readers may recall discussions of a similar “GFI” (Guidance for Industry) in 2017 when FDA began requiring a veterinary feed directive, or VFD, for antibiotics delivered in feed to production animals....

Beef producers: ’Get your house in order’ in 2023

published: January 19th 2023 by: Linda Geist source: University of Missouri Extension

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – Beef producers should approach 2023 with cautious optimism – matched with resolutions of good management and investment in infrastructure, says University of Missouri Extension agriculture business specialist Wesley Tucker....

Calculating Annual Cow Costs Webinar Series: Jan.19, 26 and Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23

published: January 18th 2023 by: Aaron Berger source: University of Nebraska Extension

Knowing annual cow costs is the foundation for evaluating and making management decisions that can improve profitability for a cow-calf enterprise. Significant increases in input costs are challenging producers to examine cost of production and identify where there may be opportunities to adjust the production system....

Rebuilding herds, pastures focus of Jan. 18 seminar in Dumas

published: January 11th 2023 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas AgriLife Today

Rebuilding Your Herd and Pasture Seminar will be hosted Jan. 18 by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at the Moore County Community Building, 1600 S. Maddox Ave., Dumas. Registration will begin at 8:30 a....

The importance of colostrum

published: January 6th 2023 by: Gregg Hanzlicek, DVM source: Kansas State University

At the beginning of every calving season, we find ourselves discussing the importance of colostrum (first milk) in cow-calf herds. We discuss this topic so often; it makes one wonder if we shouldn’t move on to other topics? The short answer to that question is NO because of the great importance of this single dietary ingredient to calf health and growth....

Start the year on the right foot with your cattle record-keeping system

published: January 6th 2023 source: University of Missouri Extension

STOCKTON, Mo. – As the year ends, University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist Patrick Davis urges cattle producers to evaluate their record-keeping system to determine if it was successful....

New publication to help livestock producers manage risks

published: November 14th 2022 by: Paul Schattenberg source: Texas AgriLife Today

The Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University, AFPC, recently released a new publication to help livestock producers address a variety of risks that may affect their operations....

The cattle cycle

published: October 28th 2022 by: Josh Maples source: Mississippi State University

Much discussion surrounding cattle markets in 2022 has focused on factors impacting current and future supplies. Drought-induced feedlot placements, higher cow and heifer slaughter, and lower auction receipts are all topics discussed in this newsletter over the past few months that have implications for cattle supplies moving forward....

Applying drought lessons 10 years later

published: September 30th 2022 by: Gail Ellis source: Oklahoma State University Extension

The effects of drought are devastating, but agricultural data collected during such challenging times is a valuable teaching tool. Oklahoma State University Extension specialists have some retrospective on the historic drought that swept through the plains a decade ago and are learning how it can benefit producers in today’s similar climate....

Know to tow

published: September 30th 2022 by: Steve Boyles source: Ohio State University Extension

Some trailers are attached to a tow vehicle’s receiver hitch or via a bumper hitch. A gooseneck is different from traditional enclosed trailers both in its namesake shape and because of the gooseneck hitch attachment within the vehicle’s bed....

Comparing beef cow slaughter to 2011

published: September 16th 2022 by: David Anderson source: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

A lot has been written about beef cow culling this year due to widespread drought in the Western half of the country and high costs relative to calf prices.  Most of that has focused nationally.  This article focuses on cow slaughter in the Southern Plains....

RGVBIA accepting entries for gain test and heifer development

published: September 16th 2022 source: RGVBIA

The Rio Grande Valley Beef Improvement Association (RGVBIA) is now accepting entries for their 25th annual bull gain test and heifer development program.  Deadline to reserve space for cattle is Oct....

Lighter cattle drive increased feedlot placements during July

published: September 2nd 2022 by: Josh Maples source: Mississippi State University

The Aug. 1st  Cattle on Feed report was released on Aug. 19 and showed feedlot inventories declined seasonally but remained above year-ago levels. Drought continues to play a key role in the movement of cattle into feedlots this summer....

Managing earlier weaned calves

published: September 2nd 2022 by: Warren Rusche source: Igrow

Weaning calves at an earlier-than-normal age (< 180 days of age) is a proven strategy to reduce grass demands by 25% or more during drought conditions. The challenge with implementing this strategy is that someone (either the origin ranch or a feeder/backgrounder) needs to take on the challenge of managing 4-to-6-month-old calves....

Keep an eye out for algae overgrowth in ponds

published: August 5th 2022 source: Oklahoma State University Extension

Most ponds are green thanks to algae that forms on the water, but just like anything else, too much algae can be a bad thing. Algae is a normal occurrence in ponds unless it becomes too thick. That’s when pond owners are in danger of the most common fish kill scenario — algal die off....

Drought pressing U.S. cattle inventory numbers to lowest levels since 2015

published: August 5th 2022 source: University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

   The United States’ cattle inventory has shrunk to its lowest numbers since 2015 thanks to the drought sprawling across the country.     James Mitchell, extension livestock economist with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said total cattle inventories stood at 98....

Keep an eye out for algae overgrowth in ponds

published: August 5th 2022 by: Alisa Boswell-Gore source: Oklahoma State University Extension

Most ponds are green thanks to algae that forms on the water, but just like anything else, too much algae can be a bad thing. Algae is a normal occurrence in ponds unless it becomes too thick. That’s when pond owners are in danger of the most common fish kill scenario — algal die off....

OSU virtual fencing research advancing with $1.4 million USDA grant

published: August 5th 2022 by: Alisa Boswell-Gore source: Oklahoma State University Extension

Oklahoma State University researchers are taking their research on virtual fencing technology to the next level this fall thanks to a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service....

The heat is on and the algae loves it

published: July 22nd 2022 by: Richard Purdin source: Ohio State University Extension

When livestock have clean fresh water to always drink, they will better consume feed and forage and absorb it nutrients more efficiently. More adequate water consumptions can equate to better rate of gain, increased fertility and reproductive performance, increased milk production and weaning weights, and much more benefits....

Keep cattle hydrated and healthy

published: July 22nd 2022 source: Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory

With most of the state currently experiencing drought conditions, the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, TVMDL, is encouraging cattle producers to be vigilant. Water deprivation To mitigate cattle losses due to water deprivation, ensure they have access to clean and plentiful water sources....

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