Don’t waste the waste

CEW-MR-3-Don't-waste65301by Sally Colby

Manure is a valuable resource, and farmers incorporate it as part of their farm’s nutrient management plan. Manure spreader calibration is an essential and valuable nutrient management tool that helps maximize the efficient use of available manure nutrients. [Read more…]

The cow goes where its nose goes: Part Two

CN-MR-1-The-cow-goes2-8711Part 2: training cattle for routine handling

by Sally Colby

When you’re working cattle in a chute, perhaps near the barn or close to the road, would a visitor have a good first impression?

Dr. Ronald Gill, professor and extension livestock specialist for Texas AgriLife Extension, says what the casual observer perceives is a good reflection of cattle handling skills. [Read more…]

Causes of fires in baled hay or straw

CE-MR-2-HAY-FIRES1Hay fires are more common than straw fires, for reasons involving the type of forage, the moisture content in the stored forage, and heat production. After forages are cut, respiration of plant fibers (burning of plant sugars to produce energy) continues in plant cells, causing the release of a small amount of heat. When the forages are cut, field dried and baled at the recommended moisture level (20-percent or less), plant cell respiration slows and eventually ends. [Read more…]

‘Hereford Nation’ breaks records

The Hereford Nation took Grand Island, NE, by storm as it hosted the record-setting 2015 VitaFerm Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE). During the event June 27-July 3, more than 800 youth from 38 states exhibited a record-number 1,441 entries. [Read more…]

The cow goes where its nose goes: Part One

CEW-BF-MR-2-The-cow-goes37931by Sally Colby

Part 1: cattle handling basics

If there’s one thing to understand about handling beef cattle, it’s that they can only think about one thing at a time.

“Cows don’t multi-task,” said Dr. Ronald Gill, professor and extension livestock specialist for Texas AgriLife Extension. “They’re in the moment.”

With that in mind, the goal of those who are handling cattle should understand and work with cattle instinct, use body positions to influence cattle movement, and be ready to respond to both individual and group responses by cattle. [Read more…]