Trade-offs in bull selection

CE-MR-2-Trade-offs-in-bull1by Steve Wagner

In the mid-1950s western movie masterpiece Giant, which was about Texas, an Oklahoma world champion Brangus bull, two-fifths Brahma and three-fifths Angus, named Clear View King Tut, had his 15 seconds of fame in the movie by merely standing in front of the Victorian-style ranch house. Author John Wooley, in his book Shot in Oklahoma: A Century of Sooner State Cinema, chronicles Tut’s epic Hollywood appearance. [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…]

Don’t bet the farm on computer security

by Sanne Kure-Jensen

Crop plans, CSA members, emails and farm expenses are just some of the critical files on our computers these days. Has a friend’s computer or mobile device been hacked? Do you know someone who was a victim of identity theft or had a hard drive crash? Did you learn from their misfortune? [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…]