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.
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The fed cattle market appeared to be set for a Friday deal last week as only light trade had developed in the north at $131 dressed. Analysts were calling the week?s action steady to as much as $1 higher when it developed. Packer margins were being squeezed last week and they were cutting production as a result.
South Korea?s department stores are considering selling U.S. beef following local discount retailers? resumption of its sale in November last year. Lotte Department Store, the nation?s leading department store chain, is gearing up for the sale of U.S.
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.