As drought, high input costs, and market volatility have driven U.S. cow herd numbers to 70-year lows, some Iowa cattlemen may consider starting a fall herd if markets dictate.
MANHATTAN, Kan. — With any recipe, it takes the right blend of ingredients to make the perfect batch, but if something is missing, the nutritional value changes.
SEDALIA, Mo. — Weaning spring calves may be more of a challenge this year because of short pasture supplies and the questionable nutritional value of this year’s hay crop.
While most algae found growing in the stock tank are not harmful to cattle, their presence can alter water quality or taste and deter cattle from consuming enough water. A reduction in water intake will result in a reduced dry matter intake, placing a drag on performance.
Land is the common ground on which all other resources thrive. That’s why monitoring, managing and maintaining soil health is key to productivity and, ultimately, profitability on the ranch.
Lameness in cows, bulls, and replacement heifers is a common problem confronting cattlemen. In most situations, the problem is occurring in the foot, with occasional lesions in the shoulders, hips, knees, and other joints. Problems in the foot can be due to injury, infections, malformations …
President Joe Biden promised to “fight for fairer prices” for farmers and consumers Monday as he announced plans to combat the market power of the giant conglomerates that dominate meat and poultry processing.