Custom cattle feeding can be a “win-win” strategy when done correctly. Feeding someone else’s cattle provides a method to market feedstuffs without tying up the capital required to own the livestock.
Tight margins in livestock production heightens the importance of making the best possible management decisions. SDSU Extension has developed a Livestock Decision Aid tool to help livestock producers make those decisions faster and more accurately.
To help producers and cattle owners evaluate share arrangements, SDSU Extension has developed a Share Lease Comparison tool. The tool relies on the principle that income from the calf crop should be shared in the same proportion as the inputs supplied by each party.
Calving season has started for some and will begin soon for others. Meanwhile, beef producers are preparing themselves for less sleep each night, as time spent observing cows day and night will soon start.
A new online Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Transportation Certification is available via the National Beef Quality Assurance program. The BQA Transportation Certification was released online in November 2017.
Neospora caninum is a protozoal germ that has the potential to affect reproduction in beef and dairy herds. Neospora-related reproductive problems can arise from two different kinds of infected cattle: 1) cows or heifers that became infected by eating contaminated feed, and 2) cows or heifers that were born with Neospora and pass it on to their offspring in utero.
Identifying ownership of cattle is important not only for effective record keeping, but also in the case one finds the low spot in the fence and proceeds to visiting the neighbors. In addition to proving ownership, some permanent forms of ID are required by breed registrations such as tattoos and specific numbering systems.
Neospora caninum is one of the lesser-known causes of infectious reproductive failure in U.S. beef and dairy herds. While cattle producers have long understood how certain viruses and bacteria affect reproduction, Neospora provides some interesting challenges.
Winter weather conditions impact cattle as well as the cattle producers. Cold temperatures combined with wind creates more stress and increased management to achieve similar animal performance.
The December 6th Animal Care Wednesday Webinar was a 60-minute Special Feature discussing the various weather disasters that occurred in 2017 and ways Extension and producers worked together to ensure animal well-being.