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Considerations For Managing Beef Cows In Confinement, Patrick J. Gunn, Joe Sellers, Chris Clark, Lee L. Schulz Jan 2014

Considerations For Managing Beef Cows In Confinement, Patrick J. Gunn, Joe Sellers, Chris Clark, Lee L. Schulz

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Continued volatility of grain markets, coupled with recent summer droughts, has had a significant impact on the Midwestern cow-calf sector in recent years. These factors, along with decreased land availability for grazing and forage production, has resulted in increased cost of production and left many producers pondering alternative management systems for their herds. One such management alternative that is capturing the interest of many producers is the concept of confinement housing of the cow herd. In many parts of the United States, where year-round grazing is either not feasible, or is not implemented, confinement housing of the cow herd is ...


Health And Nutritional Strategies For Managing Incoming Feedlot Cattle, Nicole Kenney Rambo Jan 2014

Health And Nutritional Strategies For Managing Incoming Feedlot Cattle, Nicole Kenney Rambo

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Managing newly received cattle presents challenges from both a nutritional and health standpoint; however, information about pre-arrival management of incoming feeder cattle has become increasingly available and can be utilized to refine arrival processing protocols. Previous management, nutrition and vaccination history impacts newly arrived cattle’s capabilities of coping with the stress associated with feedlot entry. Utilizing the available information to more precisely identify the diseaserisk of incoming groups of cattle will assist in determining expected investments in disease prevention and intervention as well as the associated labor involved.


Cropping And Livestock Systems: Manure And Soil Quality, Jerry L. Hatfield Jan 2014

Cropping And Livestock Systems: Manure And Soil Quality, Jerry L. Hatfield

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Agriculture across the Midwest was founded on the integration of crop and livestock systems. This integration was based on the utilization of crop production for animal feed and utilization of the manure as the nutrient sources for the crops. This same integration of components of the agricultural system exists today but we no longer view these components as an integrated puzzle and tend to consider crop and livestock production as separate systems. The Midwest is one of the most intensive agricultural systems leading in corn and soybean production, dairy, hog and poultry production and can serve as an example of ...


Beef Feed Storage From An Engineering Perspective, Brian J. Holmes Jan 2014

Beef Feed Storage From An Engineering Perspective, Brian J. Holmes

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There is a large potential and actual feed loss in the beef industry. There are engineering solutions to some of the causes of feed loss but those solutions can have capital investment and annual cost requirements. To keep a beef operation economically viable, costs incurred must be recovered by savings. Table 1 can be used to estimate the value lost per ton of hay when an estimated loss of dry matter occurs. One way to use this table is to assume a certain practice can save 10 % dry matter loss when hay is valued at $150/ton. Under this condition ...


Cover Crop Mixes To Meet Grazing Needs, E. M. Mousel Jan 2014

Cover Crop Mixes To Meet Grazing Needs, E. M. Mousel

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Although cover crops, green manure, etc. have traditionally been used in the agroecosystem to better manage soil fertility, soil moisture, weeds, pests, and crop diseases; livestock grazing also can be added to the list of services cover crops can provide. There are literally hundreds of potential cover crop species that can benefit the agroecosystem therefore, matching cover crop species to soil types, management objectives, and future uses is critical to getting the most out of any cover crop program. This seminar will outline some decision points producers will need to consider when evaluating cover crops for grazing.


New Uses Of Stover: Stalklage As Alternative Forage, W. Travis Meteer Jan 2014

New Uses Of Stover: Stalklage As Alternative Forage, W. Travis Meteer

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Corn stover is abundant and ubiquitous throughout the Midwest. There is many opportunities for cattlemen to utilize corn stover as a low-cost forage alternative. The best option remains grazing. However, many circumstances prohibit grazing and thus mechanical harvest of corn stover needs to be further investigated. Harvesting corn stover at a high moisture may allow cattle farmers to produce a more palatable feed with less waste. Thus, eliminating two of the major challenges corn stover presents as a feedstuff. Harvesting high moisture corn may be a current practice for feedlots and larger farming operations. Earlier harvest dates associated with high ...


Effect Of Heifer Calving Date On Longevity And Lifetime Productivity, E. M. Mousel, Robert A. Cushman, G. A. Perry, L. K. Kill Jan 2014

Effect Of Heifer Calving Date On Longevity And Lifetime Productivity, E. M. Mousel, Robert A. Cushman, G. A. Perry, L. K. Kill

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Longevity and lifetime productivity are important factors in profitability of the beef cow herd. Therefore, a concern for many producers is the productivity and longevity of the individual cow in their herd. The 2007-08 survey from National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) reported that the largest percentages of cows (33%) are culled because they do not become pregnant during the breeding season. It also reported that 15.6% of all culled cows leave the herd before 5 years of age, and an additional 31.8% leave the herd between 5 and 9 years of age. Research has reported that it ...


Use Of Unique Or Non-Traditional Feeds: Are We Revisiting Old School Feedlot Diets?, Galen Erickson Jan 2014

Use Of Unique Or Non-Traditional Feeds: Are We Revisiting Old School Feedlot Diets?, Galen Erickson

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Corn prices have been variable the past few years and generally more expensive. As a result, we have initiated a few different research programs to address these needs. Early on, grain was expensive ($5/bu or more), distillers grains (wet or modified) were relatively inexpensive as a percentage of grain price (70 to 90% on a dry-to-dry basis), and corn residue (baled stalks) were relatively inexpensive ($50 to $70/ton). As a result, research focused on how to use more residue and distillers grains and less corn grain. Two research areas were evaluated: alkaline treatment of corn stalks and increasing ...


Cattle Market Outlook: 2014 And Beyond, Lee L. Schulz Jan 2014

Cattle Market Outlook: 2014 And Beyond, Lee L. Schulz

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Cattle supplies, prospects of herd expansion, beef demand, and similar issues currently dominate many industry conversations. Some clarity and signals for the future may appear in the closely watched USDA Cattle report, due to be released January 31, 2014. However, equally important to understanding the future of the industry is consideration of the unique beef cattle market situation that has developed.


Isu Feedlot Monitor – V3, Garland R. Dahlke Jan 2014

Isu Feedlot Monitor – V3, Garland R. Dahlke

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Versions of the ISU Feedlot and Cost Monitoring Software have been in place since 1982 and the latest version is now available upon request from he Iowa Beef Center Although the mechanics of computer op ration tend to take most of the attention of what is presented, this software has given a face to a long time philosophy held by the Iowa Beef Center that cattle feeding operations need to objectively measure, monitor and react appropriately to livestock and financial performance on a continuous basis in order to better manage the events of tomorrow from known current and historical data ...


What Did Discovery Farms Learn About Nutrient And Sediment Loss From Studying A Wisconsin Beef And Cash Grain Farm?, Mark Riechers, Amber Radatz Jan 2014

What Did Discovery Farms Learn About Nutrient And Sediment Loss From Studying A Wisconsin Beef And Cash Grain Farm?, Mark Riechers, Amber Radatz

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Riechers Beef is the family farming operation owned by Mark and Jan Riechers along with their sons Joe and Jeff. Joe is actively engaged in the operation having taken over many of the daily chores and management decisions from Mark. Jeff frequently assists with the cropping and livestock duties. Mark and Jan’s family also includes their daughter January and their 11 grandchildren.