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Disaster assistance information provided

published: September 23rd 2021 source: Alabama Extension

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Natural disasters can devastate farm families’ livelihood, wreaking havoc on farm infrastructure, destroying crops and killing livestock. An economist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System said the most significant threats come from hurricanes and their aftereffects....

Farm finance and budgeting resources available

published: July 8th 2021 by: Brian Brus source: Oklahoma State University Ag Communications Service

The economic turmoil in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic has left a lot of small agricultural business operators asking difficult questions about managing their finances. “Farm business margins have always been tight, and now there are a lot of things in flux, even more than usual,” said Courtney Bir, assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Oklahoma State University Extension specialist....

Implants equate to efficiency in stocker cattle

published: June 22nd 2021 by: Connor Biehler, Nebraska Extension Educa source: University of Nebraska – Lincoln

This spring as the grass continues to green up yearling cattle will find their way to the pastures of the great plains for summer grazing. Cattle are stocked on grass pasture this time of year due to its additional nutritive quality that equates to gains, relative to dormant pastures, prior to entering the feedlot....

Winter Storm Uri’s impact on livestock agriculture in Texas

published: March 15th 2021 by: David P. Anderson source: Texas AgriLife Today

Economic impacts of winter storm Uri are still being pulled together.  It appears that cattle death losses in feedyards and dairies were light.  It helped that the storm front did not drop a lot of moisture ahead of the cold....

BCS Fact Sheet available online

published: January 11th 2021 source: Iowa State University Extension

AMES, Iowa – Body condition scoring is an easy trait to record and is strongly correlated to cow productivity. But don’t overlook the value of body condition scoring your cattle multiple times throughout the year....

Weaning weight adjustment tool helps producers determine cow herd productivity

published: November 10th 2020 source: Iowa State University Extension

AMES, Iowa — As beef cattle producers turn their attention to weaning, the Iowa Beef Center encourages producers to consider using its 205-day weight calculator. This free spreadsheet tool assists beef producers in calculating standardized 205-day weaning weights....

Value of stocker cattle

published: October 29th 2020 by: Brenda Boetel source: University of Wisconsin

Calf movements will continue to increase over the next few weeks as the fall run picks up pace. Given the decline in the beef cow herd, the 2020 fall run will see lower feeder and calf supply compared to 2019....

Cattle on Feed Breakdown

published: October 13th 2020 by: Matthew Diersen, Risk & Business Man source: South Dakota State University

Ahead of major reports, we like to suggest our students study pre-release or trade estimates to get an idea of what to expect. Then, they can observe any change in prices as the markets react to new information from the reports....

Weaning – Improving outcomes through decreasing stress

published: September 16th 2020 by: Kaite VanValin, assistant Extension prof source: University of Kentucky Extension

The classic definition of stress according to Hans Selye is, “the non-specific response of the body to any demand for change”. Dr. Selye was an endocrinologist by training and is largely regarded as the grandfather of the study of stress....

Custom cattle feeding; a retained ownership

published: August 13th 2020 by: Stephen Boyles source: The Ohio Beef Leader

Custom feeding is paying someone else to feed your calves because you, the cattle owner, do not have the facilities, time, or expertise to feed cattle. Custom feeding allows the feedlot operator to use feed, facilities, and labor without large investments in cattle....

The many shades of lameness

published: June 17th 2020 by: Russ Daly/Heidi Carroll source: Igrow

Breadcrumb To anyone who has raised animals, it’s apparent that not every lame animal is created equal. There is a wide gradation of clinical signs, with some animals exhibiting obvious “dead” lameness, while other cases of lameness almost escape detection....

How important Is water quality to livestock?

published: June 15th 2020 source: Igrow

Water is the most important nutrient to all livestock animals and is sometimes overlooked. Poor quality water can have a negative effect on growth, reproduction, and general productivity of the animal....

Evaluating annual cow cost

published: March 16th 2020 by: Julie Walker source: Igrow

When evaluating annual cow cost, feed rises to the top of the list. Feed cost is an important area to consider; however, have you evaluated the cost of incorporating replacement heifers into the cowherd? Cost of developing a pregnant replacement heifer will vary by operation....

Prepare horses for spring: Vaccinate for West Nile virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus

published: February 19th 2020 by: Mallory Pfeifer source: Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Labratory

With spring around the corner, Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory wants to prepare your horses for West Nile virus and Equine Encephalitis virus. This AgriLife agency reports on annual trends in positive disease cases and discusses the best way to prepare horses with vaccinations and your veterinarian’s help....

The art and science of developing heifers

published: January 15th 2020 by: Les Anderson Ph.D., Beef Extension Spec source: The Ohio Beef Leader

The older I get the more I realize that heifer development is as much art as science. The art is understanding what type of female best fits your operation and your marketing scheme. What size cow best fits your management system? Which cows will produce the best replacements? The science is understanding the principles enabling the “right” heifers to succeed....

The value of measuring

published: October 16th 2019 by: Dr. Gary Bates source: University of Tennessee Extension

We have a wall in our house, like I’m sure most people do, where we have measured our kid’s height on their birthdays each year.  We put a mark along with their name, the date, and their age....

Cattle handling and bruises

published: September 26th 2019 by: Steve Boyles source: The Ohio State University Extension

Utilization of proper cattle handling is key. It can eliminate carcass bruising and the presence of dark cutters. Although the industry has observed a decrease in the presence of carcass bruising according to the 2016 National Beef Quality Audit results, the “2016 Lost Opportunities in Beef Production” publication indicated that carcass bruising cost the industry approximately $62....

Backgrounding; A Phase of Growing Calves in Preparation for the Feedlot

published: September 10th 2019 by: Steve Boyles source: The Ohio State University Extension

Backgrounding is a term used to describe a phase of growing calves being prepared for feedlot placement. As compared to wintering programs, backgrounding emphasizes a faster rate of gain, with relatively more grain and less roughage....

Adding value to your feeder calves this fall

published: September 6th 2019 by: Garth Ruff, OhioState University Extensi

A recent CattleFax survey indicates that calves weaned for 45 days return almost $100/head more. As summer slips past us yet again and with fall rapidly approaching it is time to discuss how to maximize the value of feeder calves that will be hitting the market in late September and October....

Body Condition Scoring Your Beef Cow Herd

published: September 5th 2019 by: Dr. Rick Rasby source: University of Nebraska Extention

  Body condition scores (BCS) describe the relative fatness or body condition of a cow herd through the use of a nine-point scale. A body condition score five (BCS 5) cow is in average flesh and represents a logical target for most cow herds....

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