The spring 2009 Hereford sire summary is now available in print and online at Hereford.org. The new summary includes detailed listings on 2,053 sires to help producers make informed buying, breeding and other management decisions.
What began as a dream of South Dakota rodeo supporters in 1989 will become a reality this June with the completion of the Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center located in the Maynard and Mattie Goff-Newcombe Building in Fort Pierre.
Heat detection efficiency (rate) is defined as the percentage of eligible cows that are actually seen or detected in heat. Several methods of calculating the efficiency with which heat is detected are available. A detection rate of 80 to 85 percent should be achievable.
The South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC), in a joint venture with the Northeast Beef Promotion Initiative, sponsored a major beef promotion in Washington, D.C., at the NBC 4 Health Fitness Expo Jan. 10-11, 2009.
The horse slaughter issue was back on the table earlier this month as public officials at both the state and federal level worked at cross purposes to deal with the swelling numbers of unwanted horses in the U.S. On Feb. 12, Congressmen Nick Rahall, D-WV, and Raul Grijalva, D-AZ, introduced legislation which would block the U.
Many producers choose to purchase rather than raise replacement cows for several different reasons. While the initial cost is often the main selection criterion, it should not be the only consideration and is not necessarily the most important. Special replacement sales and local auction barns are the most common sources of replacement cows.
Junior Angus enthusiasts and their families should have their calendars marked for the most exciting event of their summer?the 2009 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) set for July 19-25 in Perry, GA. The Georgia Junior Angus and Georgia Angus Associations will host the ?Sweet Southern Showdown? at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter.
Amidst talk of recession and credit becoming extremely difficult to secure, the National Livestock Producers Association (NLPA) encourages anyone involved in the sheep and goat industries to take advantage of the NLPA Sheep Goat Fund.
The Sac County Cattlemen, Fort Dodge Animal Health, and the Beef Checkoff helped sponsor a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program Jan. 13 at the feedlot of Kevin and Terri Carstensen outside of Odebolt, IA. A special thank you also goes to JR Pauley and Ullrich Farms for donating a steer for the program.
Calf scours is one of the most frustrating experiences in a cow/calf operation. Actually, ?scours? is just the symptom of a disease that can be caused by many different bacteria and viruses. Adverse environmental factors can also contribute to an outbreak? cold, wet and muddy conditions are the most common culprits.
The extreme cold and record snowfall in parts of the northern Plains has been hard on cattle and cattle producers this winter. Cold stress increases the energy requirements of cattle, according to Greg Lardy, North Dakota State University Extension Service beef cattle specialist.
Advocates of wind energy touted the industry?s potential, while highlighting the potential struggles last week, even as the U.S. Senate passed its version of the stimulus bill that would pump billions into wind energy and investments in upgrading the nation?s transmission grid.
Immigrant labor has always been a contentious issue for farmers and ranchers who do what they can to play by the rules, but sometimes find themselves shorthanded. Even lawmakers have acknowledged that employers aren't experts on immigration laws, nor should they be expected to be; but the problem of finding adequate, timely and legal labor remains.
On the heels of the latest food product recall, this time in the form of more than 1,800 products derived from processed peanuts, newly-appointed Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said he supports a single food-safety agency. ?We are the only industrial nation to have two systems,? he said.
Oregon State University (OSU) has hired a recently graduated animal scientist from the University of Florida to conduct research on beef cattle and help address ranchers? needs. Reinaldo Cooke, who started in January, is based at OSU?s Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center in Burns.
This winter?s extreme cold and heavy snow have begun to take their toll on already short hay supplies, warns Greg Lardy, North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service beef cattle specialist. Cows are consuming 30 percent to 40 percent more hay than normal in some situations as they try to maintain body weight during the cold weather.
Though their importance is often overlooked, contemporary groups are truly the cornerstone of any genetic evaluation. Unfortunately, establishment of an ultrasound contemporary group is sometimes done improperly.
In a case that could set a dangerous precedent for ranchers along the U.S./ Mexico border, Arizona rancher Roger Barnett was in court last week to fight a lawsuit filed by 16 illegal immigrants he apprehended on his 22,000-acre ranch, the Washington Times.