By Paul Beck and John Jennings, University of Arkansas Extension
One of the most impactful Extension programs in Arkansas is the 300-Day Grazing Program. The management philosophy and holistic processes presented in this program has gotten regional and national attention.
Forage quality is one of the most influential factors in livestock production. Providing good quality, well managed forage can decrease reliance on stored feeds, decrease the need for added supplementation, and increase animal performance. Whether for hay or grazing, the only way to determine the quality of your forage is by implementing a forage test.
USDA’s Long-term Projections for agriculture have been released with estimations reaching 2014. Chicken leads the pack in total meat consumption, beef and pork tag behind. Total cow inventory expected to make significant increases.
By Aaron Berger, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension
Grass tetany is considered a problem that usually occurs when cattle or sheep are eating lush, spring grass or annual cereal forages such as rye, wheat or triticale; but, it can also occur when cattle are being fed harvested forages.
University of Nebraska researchers conducted a trial comparing systems in which half of the calves from a group of 84 cows were weaned early, at 90 days of age, and the other half at a more normal age of 205 days.
The 2014 Dr. Kenneth and Caroline McDonald Eng Foundation Symposium focused on “Innovative intensification in cow-calf systems.” Texas A&M University researchers presented results of a study comparing two rations for mature dry cows.
By Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Extension
It is generally accepted that adequate supervision at calving has a significant impact on reducing calf mortality. Adequate supervision has been of increasing importance with the higher price of live calves at sale time.