LINCOLN, Neb. — Cattle worldwide face major health threats from a highly infectious viral disease that decades of vaccinations and other precautions have failed to contain. Scientists are collaborating on a new line of defense, by producing a gene-edited calf resistant to the virus.
The story of Pat Montgomery’s life has been in large part one of serving others in different ways. After serving as an Army Ranger and then earning a degree in animal science at the University of Missouri, he started the KC Cattle Company, working to employ veterans and provide quality food …
“In the beef industry, we are taking grass and byproducts and converting them into something that has a lot of nutritional value.”
ATLANTIC, Iowa — Zak Kennedy grew up in the cattle business, so it only seems natural that he would make it his life’s work.
When Jamie married Justin Martz, she joined a big farm family that raises beef and crops in northeast Illinois. It’s a lifestyle she values.
Developing heifers takes time, patience and a good plan.
Grazing alternative forages may be an option to buy you a little more time before turning cows out to grass pastures, but it must be done with care to prevent bloating.
While feed efficiency is always important, it becomes even more so when grain prices are high.
TRUXTON, Mo. — Strip-grazing milo (grain sorghum) is a money-saving alternative winter feed plan for cattle, according to University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist Rusty Lee.
Like many farmers, Davin Althoff’s experience in agriculture is a story in two interconnected parts. There is the day-to-day, immediate picture of his diversified family farming operation, and there is the big picture of ag markets and policies.
Water has always been a precious commodity, and drought conditions in parts of the Midwest over the past two years have pushed cow-calf producers to get inventive when it comes to water availability.
One aspect you can control with haying is how you wrap the bales. Regardless whether you put up small or large, round or square bales, you have many options when choosing bale wrapping material.
Generations ago, people widely planted the Kentucky-31 variety of tall fescue in pastures. The hardy grass produced good volume and fought tenaciously against drought, and was even called the “wonder grass.”
At dairy conferences these days, conversations often include beef.
LINCOLN, Neb. — America’s cattle sector could benefit greatly by adopting a set standard for proficiency levels in animal care and handling. University of Nebraska scientist Ruth Woiwode, drawing on her expertise in animal behavior, is working to address that challenge.
Pork production is a low- margin business. Outside forces — interest rates, inflation, employment rate and consumer incomes, health of the general economy, fiscal policy and monetary policy — all influence pork producer profits.
Beef researchers are considering the link between vitamin deficiency in calves and occurrences of bovine respiratory disease (BRD), also known as shipping fever, and ways to help prevent the illness.
CLEVER, Mo. — Load ’em up and ship ’em out.
Planning ahead can help make breeding season a success.
Old Man Winter may be taking his sweet time before his spring and summer vacation, but the planters will soon be rolling.
It has been said that a weed is just a “plant in the wrong location,” and Montana custom grazer Ivan Thrane said he has built a business around seeing the benefit of undesirable plants.
MERCER, Mo. — When Gary Porter started serving on the Corn Board of the National Corn Growers Association, he knew a lot about growing corn, but through his experience he would learn more about all the issues surrounding corn production.
Most cattle feeders measure performance, costs and returns in terms of live weight, regardless of marketing method. Using live weight as the yardstick has the advantage of being simple to understand and easy to relate to purchase and sale weights.
Spring is here, and the hope is cattle producers will not need to feed cows on top of existing snow for a few months.
New technologies are helping livestock producers to analyze their feed in real time on the farm. That can lead to better-quality feed that benefits cows, farmers and industry nutritionists. But before those technologies are used, one needs to understand proper sampling techniques and frequency.