You look across the way and she catches your eye immediately. You’ve had your eye on her for a while now, but with the decision imminent, you can’t help but notice – she’s got “that look.” She’s structurally sound. She’s calm in the pen and pasture. She’s grown rapidly and early and has the body type you like in a cow. Decision made – she made the cut and is headed to the pen of replacements instead of the feedyard with the steers.
By Audrey Hambright, Kansas State University Extension
Dan Thomson, Jones professor of veterinary medicine, director of the Beef Cattle Institute and assistant dean of outreach for the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University, has been honored as the 2015 National Beef Quality Assurance Educator of the Year.
When transitioning cattle from ranch to rail, feed intake of a nutrient-dense diet is of utmost importance. Research indicates only 20 percent of cattle will eat on the day of arrival to the feedyard and by day five, only two-thirds are eating a sufficient ration from the bunk.
One of the key components for success in both fields is preparation. And for a rancher, success during calving is critical. Over 60% of calves that are born but die before weaning are either born dead or are lost within the first 24 hours after birth, according to USDA National Animal Health Monitoring System data, with calving difficulty being a significant cause of death.
USDA estimates beef production through the end of February to be down 5.2 percent from the same period last year. Total cattle slaughter is down 7.0 percent year over year including a 6.4 percent decrease in steer slaughter and a 8.7 percent decrease in heifer slaughter.
By Rob Eirich, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension
Calving season for many producers is near, which means it is time to develop a Herd Health Plan (HHP) to start those newborn calves out on the right track, promoting good health. An appropriate Herd Health Plan/Protocol ensures that all cattle are raised in the best health.
Every year cattlemen and women have common occurring questions before investing in genetics that will play a huge role in the success of their operation for several years. “Buy a bull to use for five years, and he’s going to have a lasting impact upwards of 15 years on a cow herd,” says beef specialist Matt Hersom at the University of Florida. In other words, your bull purchase decisions are not to be taken lightly.