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.
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.