By-Products Continue to Drift Lower

– David P. Anderson, Professor and Extension Economist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Steer by-product values continue to drift lower in 2016. Last week’s by-product values averaged $10.40 per cwt live. That was down $4.20 from a year ago and down from $10.54 during the first week of 2015. Last week’s $10.40 was the lowest value since April 2010, when by-products averaged $10.24. In terms of value of Continue reading

Lice and Beef Cattle

Mark Landefeld, OSU Extension Educator

Cattle Lice -Winter is the prime time for lice populations on beef cattle to increase. As temperatures cool and hair coats grow longer producers need to be monitoring their livestock. Constant rubbing is a sign or indicator your livestock may have biting and or sucking lice. Both biting and sucking lice are spread by Continue reading

Treat Calf Scours Early for Best Results

– Michelle Arnold, DVM, University of Kentucky Ruminant Veterinarian

Diarrhea in neonatal calves is one of the leading causes of morbidity (sickness) and mortality (death) in North America and Europe and continues to be a major cause of economic loss to the beef cattle industry. There are five major infectious causes of diarrhea in calves less than 21 days of age: E. coli K99, Rotavirus, Coronavirus, Cryptosporidia, and Salmonella. Other factors such as inadequate colostrum, poor sanitation, stress, and cold weather can make calf survival almost impossible. Regardless Continue reading

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Beef Herd Rebuilding Continues

– Brenda Boetel, Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

U.S. beef cow herd rebuilding continued throughout 2015, as shown by the USDA NASS release of the CATTLE report on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016. The number of all cattle and calves in the U.S. on January 1, 2016 totaled 92.0 million head, a 3% increase over 2015. Note that NASS did revise downward the July 1 2014 cattle and calves inventory by 0.6% and the 2014 calf crop by 1.1%. Inventory of cattle and calves on January 1, 2015 was Continue reading