Today Dr. Dan Thompson gonna talk about antibiotic stewardship. We’re gonna talk about some of the issues that are being discussed out there in the media about antibiotic resistance and about what we’re doing in the beef industry for judicious antimicrobial usage.
By Kate Brooks, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension
USDA-NASS released the monthly Cattle on Feed report on November 20. Numbers came in very similar to the average pre-report estimates. Total cattle on feed number (U.S. feedlots over 1,000 head capacity) on November 1 was up 2.1% over 2014 at 10.8 million head. This is the largest November cattle on feed number since 2012. In 2015 cattle on feed inventories have been at or above 2014 levels for all but one month, with the last five month inventories at 2% or more above last year’s levels.
By Dr. Kenny Burdine and Dr. Greg Halich, University of Kentucky Extension
After enjoying a phenomenal cattle market during 2014 and much of 2015, prices dropped considerably from summer to winter this year. The rapid market drop seemed to delay feedlot marketings of fed cattle, pushing weights upward. At the same time, reduced exports and growing pork and poultry supplies also pressured cattle markets.
By Travis Meteer, University of Illinois Extension
Depending on your farm set-up, available equipment, and your willingness to purchase diesel fuel, your least-cost ration may look very different than your neighbors. Availability and proximity to co-product feeds, such as corn gluten feed (CGF) and dried distillers grains (DGS) may also shift your diet make-up.
With proper planning and execution, using estrous synchronization and timed artificial insemination can result in tighter calving seasons and higher returns to a cow-calf operation. To illustrate the concept, University of Florida researcher Cliff Lamb recently presented a real-world case study, and related research, during the 2016 Range Beef Cow Symposium in Colorado.
By Michelle Arnold, University of Kentucky Extension
Now that the cow herd expansion has begun, many producers are keeping heifers as potential replacements. One question commonly asked is what vaccines are necessary in Kentucky to develop quality females and keep them healthy.
By Jay Parsons and Mary Drewnoski, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension
Cover crops are becoming increasing popular throughout Nebraska and the surrounding region. As their name implies, cover crops cover the ground helping prevent soil erosion outside of the growing season for the primary crop.