Last week house members approved a bill that could block the U.S. EPA and Army Corp of Engineers from moving forward with its revised definition of the “Waters of the United States.” The revised definition introduced in March and up for public comment until October, describes what waters can be regulated under the Clean Water Act. Several farm groups oppose the EPA’s proposal, fearing that it could allow the agency expanded jurisdiction that would threaten private property and states’ rights.
Thanks to lower corn prices, improved pasture conditions and increased domestic demand, beef cattle producers can expect to continue to set record prices for beef this year according to a beef cattle expert with Ohio State University. The U.S. has the smallest beef cow herd in decades, currently under 30 million cows, which is an 11.8 percent decline from 2007. Ohio State’s Beef Team has made their “Fall 2014 Beef Industry Outlook” available at beef.osu.edu/beef/beefAug2714.html.
“Rebuilding the Beef Herd: Planning to Capture the Opportunities” program will be held September 25 and is open to beef cattle producers throughout the Brazos Valley. Several Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialists will discuss topics that include, cattle market outlook, forage and stocking management, replacement cow/heifer options. A tour of Camp Cooley Ranch is also included. Call 979-828-4270 for preregistration and additional information.
April 24, 2014
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