Cattle producers should consider several factors when purchasing a herd sire. Buying a bull based on production goals, herd size, price and calving ease are some priorities. Producers have to make sure that any potential herd sire they consider buying is fertile. Checking the animal’s Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) allows the breeder to identify animals that excel in traits that are important for his operation. For additional timely suggestions, visit: http://beef.osu.edu/beef/beef.html
Recent research funded by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Beef Checkoff Program discovered that marbling can be beneficial. Data indicates that as cattle fatten and put down marbling, the fat becomes healthier because oleic acid replaces saturated fats. Oleic acid is a healthy fatty acid found in olive oil. Studies show that fat in ground beef increased good cholesterol in men and women. To view the video report, go to https://youtu.be/hoAz7ui0f4E.
The April 21 field day at the Livestock and Forestry Station at the Batesville Station will cover a variety of topics including native warm-season grasses, feed additives and de-worming in beef cattle. This year the focus will be on technology, techniques and how beef producers can transform their operations from new information provided by researchers at the Batesville Station. For more information, visit www.batesvillestation.org or call 870-793-7432.
January 8, 2015
Process Verified Program, that is
- by Merridee Wells
- Photo by Sage Pool
Process Verified Programs, or PVP’s as they are commonly called, are another of the many new-fangled phrases which are becoming commonplace in our cattle industry today. Breed associations draw them like a gun while marketing programs dazzle you with their PVP requirements and the auction companies brag on their value-added benefits.
Make sure your cows are nutritionally ready
- by Gilda V. Bryant
- photo by Lucie Wiese
Minerals are important for herd health, reproduction and efficiency during winter. However, that is only part of the picture. Extra protein and energy are vital during cold, wet weather. Producers should also be aware of forage and by-product supplementation quality, as well as body condition scores.
- by Dr. Arn Anderson, DVM
A drive through the unloading pen with seven-foot tall pipe fence, double gates with two latches and two chains, a trained technician and a seven-foot perimeter fence; this litany of security measures clicked off in my brain as I ran toward my truck instinctively yelling “loose bull!”. Only moments before, 747, a dog-gentle 2200 lb, five year-old Limousin bull, had calmly walked off the trailer and into the large animal hospital. He had come for an exam to determine the cause of his lethargy and malaise.
Your secret weapon? Ionophores
by Melissa Albertson
photo by Malloree Barnes
As you consider all the different products available to help increase the performance for your herd, you can’t ignore the proven benefits of feeding ionophores: improved feed utilization, increased gain, prevention and control of coccidiosis, and cost effectiveness. Even so, while ionophore use is extremely common in feedlot finishing diets, they still are an underutilized product in grazing operations.
by Merridee Wells
Photo by Tayler Teichert
For all you flatlanders who have taken a vacation to the mountains, if you felt drowsy, lethargic or had shortness of breath, you may have experienced some of the same symptoms that cattle do when they graze in elevations above 5,000 feet. The bovine condition, known among ranchers as high altitude sickness or brisket disease, can eventually lead to congestive heart failure in affected animals.
by Dr. Arn Anderson, DVM
With all this snow in
Sam had followed all the rules. He had bred his heifers early to a low birthweight bull and fed them well. Sam had the cattle calving within easy reach of a good set of pens with a wind break and a covered working chute. He had access to water, electricity and lights. In the shed was a tool box with all the equipment he would need to deliver and, if needed, revive a calf. Sam had also attended a couple of extension service classes on when to call his vet. He was confident in his experience and skill.
With all this snow in