Heat stress in cattle due to elevated temperature and humidity in the summer months is documented to reduce productivity in dairy cattle. In beef production the losses of production have been slight or imperceptible to most studies.
Pneumonia in pre-weaned beef calves continues to vex cattle producers and veterinarians every summer. Because it occurs in well-vaccinated and managed herds as well as in minimally managed herds, and because of its unpredictable nature, summer pneumonia can be frustrating.
Cattle grazing for prolonged periods in flooded or muddy pastures are at greater risk for foot rot and pinkeye, two bacterial infections that thrive in wet conditions, a Purdue Extension veterinary specialist says.
Today, there are 22 federally mandated commodity check-offs, and they raise some $750 million annually from U.S. farmers and ranchers. In addition to the beef check-off, there are check-off programs for blueberries, Christmas trees, cotton, dairy products, eggs, fluid milk, Hass avocados, lamb, mango, mushrooms, peanuts, popcorn, pork, potatoes, soybeans and watermelons.
By Kate Brooks, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension
As we work into the first days of summer, now would be a good time to revisit your marketing plans. For those of you who don’t yet have a marketing plan, now may be a good opportunity to start putting one together. Every operation should develop and maintain a marketing plan. These plans can be very simple to very complex, depending on your situation and level of detail. These plans need to be flexible and easily updated as things change. As you look at creating a marketing plan, you need to answer these five questions:
Trade ministers from 12 Pacific Rim nations head to Hawaii this week to tackle the tough decisions needed to finalize a trade deal that will free up global commerce and set common standards for nearly half of the world's economy.
Plants are biochemical factories that are at the base of the food pyramid for nearly all animals on earth (surface). The raw materials plants utilize for synthesizing essentially all components for life are found in the air, water, and in the soil.
By Jennifer Heguy, UCCE Merced & Ed DePeters, UC Davis
Dry matter (DM) is what remains when water (moisture) is removed from a feed. In the example corn silage report, you’ll see DM is listed at 35.9% (for simplicity, we’ll round to 36% DM). Another way to think about the concept of DM is: for every 100 lbs of this corn silage that is fed, 64 lbs of it is water.