Fall weather brings many changes to the cattle operation, one of them being pregnancy testing and the subsequent removal of open, thin, lame or poor temperament cows from the herd.
With fall grazing upon us, some areas of South Dakota have been blessed with plenty of precipitation this year and other areas are still experiencing drought conditions. Regardless of where your ranch is located, a rancher must be very careful when grazing the fall green up of cool season grasses.
During the October 3rd Animal Care Wednesday Webinar, updates regarding “ag gag” litigation in the United States were shared. Dave Aiken, Agricultural Law Specialist with University of Nebraska-Lincoln, discussed the most recent farm animal legislation trends and cases, which states are involved, and considerations for the sensitive topics.
Does feeding whole soybeans to growing or finishing cattle make economic sense? In nearly all cases the answer has been a clear “No”, especially with the widespread adoption of distillers grains as a source of supplemental protein for cattle diets.
As we remember the fifth anniversary of the winter storm and blizzard that occurred on October 3–5, 2013 (which some call Winter Storm Atlas), the event provides a reminder that it is time to begin preparation and planning for winter weather events that can occur from now through May.
As mentioned in the article Strategic and Scenario Planning Ranching to Weather the Storm, strategic planning in ranching is a 10 step process. Conducting a SWOT analysis is step 2 in that process after conducting a complete ranch inventory.
Harvest is well underway which means the breeding season should be wrapping up soon for spring calving herds. If you have thought to yourself recently “When did we turn out the bulls?”, you might work on a very busy operation.
Weaning time is here which can be a stressfull event for calves, cows and families alike. While preconditioning prepares the immune system to better handle the stress of weaning, there are some other areas of the ranch that can be modified to aid calf adjustment to life without mom.
Animal health product handling and storage was the topic for the September 5th Animal Care Wednesday Webinar. Rob Eirich, Nebraska Extension Beef Educator and Director of Beef Quality Assurance, shared his tips and recommendations for implementing good stewardship while handling animal health products, such as antibiotics and vaccines.
Parasite management for cattle and sheep was the topic for the August 1st Animal Care Wednesday Webinar. Mike Hildreth, Professor of Biology and Microbiology with South Dakota State University, shared his expertise regarding research findings and ways to be a good steward when implementing parasite control methods on farms and ranches.