For the more than 1,500 estimated attendees who made the 2015 North American Manure Expo their destination July 14 or 15, the event held at a site provided by Lesher Farms, was without question one of the more ideal venues this event has enjoyed since its inception in the early 2000s. From the farm tours to dairy, beef and equine facilities to the solid an liquid manure spreading equipment field day demonstrations at the exhibit site, producers were able to get up close to the action as seen in the accompanying photos. More importantly, the weather cooperated with two days of ideal weather to attend this well-organized event. [Read more…]
by Tamara Scully
Horses need pasture. At least one percent — and preferably 1.5 percent — of their body weight, per day, should come from pasture. One horse requires between two and three acres of pasture — or hay, for maintenance needs alone. Pasture provides a healthy diet for horses, decreasing colic and reducing the incidence of gastric ulcers and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. [Read more…]
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…]
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…]
Hay 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…]
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…]
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…]
Changes in regulations regarding antibiotic use in livestock are happening. In January 2017, limitations on the use of medically important antibiotics — which will be permitted only for necessary therapeutic use — as well as in how the antibiotics are accessed for use, will become fully implemented. [Read more…]