Tag Archive: Herd

Culling Older Cows from the Herd Before Winter

Research shows that 10 year old and older cows are much less likely to remain productive in the herd, so it is wise to sell them before health issues make them unmarketable.  Photo credit:  Oklahoma State University. Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist Cull cows represent approximately 20% of the gross income …

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Nutrition of the Beef Herd During Transition into Summer

Fig. 1. Remaining winter forage on a bahiagrass field at UF-NFREC on 4/30/15. Photo: N. DiLorenzo Nicolas DiLorenzo, Beef Specialist, University of Florida NFREC When it comes to beef cattle herd nutrition we often talk about two critical transition periods in Northwest Florida where we need to pay special attention to grazing management., and possibly …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/05/02/nutrition-of-the-beef-herd-during-transition-into-summer/

US Beef Cow Herd Increased 2% in 2014

Source: USDA NASS Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist The inventory of all cattle and calves was 89.8 million head on January 1, 2015, up 1.4 percent from one year ago but, except for last year, still the smallest total herd inventory since 1952.  The 2014 calf crop was up 0.5 …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/02/07/us-beef-cow-herd-increased-2-in-2014/

Protect Your Herd from Grass Tetany this Winter

Cattle grazing on cool season forages can be at risk of grass tetany.  Photo Credit:  Doug Mayo Grass tetany is a potentially deadly condition in cattle and sheep grazing on small grains or ryegrass.  Grass tetany is a condition associated with reduced magnesium levels in the blood, and can be a serious problem for cattle and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/01/25/protect-your-herd-from-grass-tetany-this-winter/

Improving Herd Efficiency

Doug Mayo County Extension Director Jackson County demayo@ufl.edu G. Cliff Lamb Assistant Director, Animal Science Programs University of Florida, North Florida Research & Education Center gclamb@ufl.edu Efficiency has become the new emphasis in agriculture.  There was a time when the goal was simply to maximize production, such as higher yields from our forages and more …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/04/15/improving-herd-efficiency/