Water Quality and Beef Sustainability Producer Survey

Water quality is important to sustainable beef production. Every day beef producers implement practices that improve water quality, reduce nutrients in surface waters, or have positive impacts on water quality through land use and pasture and range management. Some of these practices are encouraged through cost share programs by the USDA, but many others are implemented for a variety of other reasons.

To characterize water quality management practices implemented by beef producers and to assist NCBA in their Continue reading

DeNise Inducted Into OSU Animal Science Hall of Fame

On Saturday April 8, The Ohio State University Department of Animal Sciences will celebrate the achievements of those who have enhanced student education and enriched the animal sciences industry through the annual Evening of Excellence program at 5 PM at the Nationwide & Ohio farm Bureau 4-H Center on Ohio State’s campus.

This year, the Department will induct Dr. Sue DeNise, researcher, teacher and Continue reading

Implications of Heavyweight Feedlot Placements

– Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist

The February USDA Cattle on Feed showed that January feedlot placements were 111.3 percent of last year while marketings were 110.2 percent of one year ago. There was one extra business day this January compared to last year. The Feb. 1 on-feed total was 10.8 million head, 100.7 percent of last year. The report was well anticipated with no surprises in any of the numbers.

Something new beginning with this report is more detail on heavyweight feedlot placements. This and future reports will Continue reading

Early Grazing Observations

Chris Penrose, Associate Professor and Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources, OSU Extension

March 3rd was the last day I fed my spring calving cows hay. You may have read in previous articles (2/26/ 2014, 3/7/2012, 3/1/2006) some of the advantages of stockpiling fescue and grazing it during calving season. This includes a thick sod to calve on, no mud, and no hay to feed. I do have to admit that I feed a couple pounds of whole shelled corn right on the ground to give the cows a little more energy, but every year I see a rapid improvement in body condition when they go out on stockpiled fescue. When we moved the cows to the pasture on Saturday (March 4th), I noticed that there was more new growth for early March then I have seen in over Continue reading

Early Season Forage Seeding Considerations

Rory Lewandowski, OSU Extension Educator, Wayne County

I have been getting questions about seeding forages, both frost seeding and drilling, and this year’s weather pattern needs to be considered when making a seeding decision. Generally March is a good time in our area to consider frost seeding. Frost seeding works better some years than others. Successful frost seeding is dependent upon Continue reading

Alfalfa Risks from the Wild Weather Ride This Winter

Jason Hartschuh, Agriculture & Natural Resources Extension Educator

Alfalfa breaking dormancy in Crawford County.

As farmers call in to discuss this strange winter and its risks to their alfalfa stand, concerns continue to grow as the green color has started to come back to alfalfa fields. Actually predicting what this weather is going to do to our alfalfa crop is impossible but scouting this spring will be imperative to determining how your alfalfa crop might do this year.

As temperatures rose into the 60’s or even set records in the 70’s recently it has Continue reading

Think Safety First; Newborns Bring Unpredictability

Lisa Pfeifer – OSU Ag Safety and Health Education Coordinator

Winter 2017 in Ohio has been anything but predictable. Rolling on through late winter and early spring here, will likely present farmers with a rollercoaster of environmental conditions to face while managing animal herds during spring birthing. As we move between freezing and thawing the farm yard changes conditions from frozen to muddy, leaving terrain challenging to navigate for both farmer and animal.

We all know safety is something that frequently gets pushed to the Continue reading

Ohio Beef School 2017, Webinar Series On-line

In case you missed one of the presentations from the 2017 Ohio Beef School webinar series, or would like to review any or all of the sessions, they are each linked below to an Adobe Connect recording.

Dr. Justin Rhinehart, Associate Professor, Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, University of Tennessee Department of Animal Science: January 17, 2017 presentation, Key Management Practices to Stay Viable (Dr. Rhinehart’s presentation may be found on the first 1 hour, 14 minutes of the recording linked here, http://go.osu.edu/BeefSchool17RhinehartRadunz) Continue reading

Transportation Issues Affecting Cattle Wellbeing and Considerations for the Future

– Schwartzkopf-Genswein, J. Ahola, L. Edwards-Callaway, D. Hale, and J. Paterson, The Professional Animal Scientist 32 (2016):707–716 and condensed here by Steve Boyles, OSU Beef Extension Specialist

Transporting cattle safely, humanely, and in an expeditious manner is the goal of the seller, transporter, and buyer of cattle. Almost all beef and dairy animals are transported at least once in their lives and often as many as 6 times.

Loading Density: Over- or under-loading has the potential to decrease welfare. Bruise scores documented for cattle transported at high and low densities were Continue reading

Mid-Sized Feedlots Exit the Industry

– Katelyn McCullock, Economist, American Farm Bureau Federation

February’s Cattle on Feed Report provides some unique insight of the previous year’s feedlot capacity.  The daily livestock report highlighted some of the key points last week.  The monthly cattle on feed report provides numbers of those feedlots with 1000 of more head.  However, this represents only 7% of the Continue reading