Archive for June 2016

BeefTalk: Commercial Beef Production Benchmarks for 2016

The typical Cow Herd Appraisal Performance Software (CHAPS) program beef producer is weaning calves from 90.5 percent of all cows exposed to the bull at 553 pounds at 193 days of age. Those calves are grazing summer pastures alongside their mothers and gaining 2.5 pounds a day. Those numbers are reflective of beef operations today and are the result…

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Applying Reflective Pigment to the Dorsal Surface of Cattle to Reduce Heating by Sunlight

By: Elsie J. McCoy and Steve J. Bartle

Heat stress in feedlot cattle has serious animal welfare and economic implications. Documented feedlot cattle losses have exceeded 5,000 head in seven of the last 20 years, and non-death costs are estimated at five to 10 times greater than death losses (Mader, 2014). Environmental conditions including ambient temperature, humidity, wind, and solar radiation can affect heat load.

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Beef Bites

Lets lighten things up this weekend with this delicious Grilled Skirt Steak & Arugula Salad!  Ingredients: Skirt Steak 1 pound skirt steak (cleaned) 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce 1 teaspoon cinnamon 2-3 cloves garlic (peeled and minced) 2 tablespoons pineapple juice freshly ground black pepper (to taste) Arugula Salad 2 tablespoons dijon mustard 2…

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BeefTalk: Breeding Season is Long, so Keep a Good Eye on the Bull

For most, June is bull turnout time. Some lingering cows still may need to calve, but the focus is on cropping and haying because the plans for next year’s feed supply are well under way. Producers wanting March-April calves already have turned out the bulls. A June 1 turnout has a projected March 12 start of calving. A…

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Corn crop irrigation management key to bottom line

AMARILLO – Too much water doesn’t help corn producers make more crop; too little water also takes away from yields. Ongoing Texas A&M AgriLife Research studies are determining a formula for finding the right amount for the right results with other best management practices. Dr. Qingwu Xue, Texas A&M AgriLife Research crop stress physiologist at…

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BeefTalk: Proper Achievement of Immunity in Cattle a Good Goal

All dogs need a rabies vaccination regardless of condition, management or feeding program because the only defense against rabies is the maintenance of a good immune system. The need for a good immune system also is true for cattle. This discussion is for all living things, but for simplicity, let’s stick to cattle or those critters found near…

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