Calf Castration Considerations

By: Lew Strickland, Extension Veterinarian, University Of Tennessee
Previously published on Drovers Online

One of the questions that I hear the most concerning castration is; when should I castrate my calves Doc? Many producers will castrate their calves when they are two or three days old, which is my preferred period. Castration should occur when the calf is rather young. The older the calf, the more likely that calf will suffer a setback (which cost the producer money). In addition, larger calves are more difficult to handle and restrain for the procedure. The latest castration should be done is one month prior to weaning to avoid any extra stress from the weaning process. Bull calves castrated at or following weaning can retain a stag like appearance and attitude that the feedlot operator discounts. Purebred operators can still castrate bull calves that are culls and still realize some profit. Continue reading

ELD, Hours of Service Fixes for Livestock Haulers Proposed by Senators

By: Wyatt Bechtel, Previously published Farm Journal’s Pork online

Eleven Senators proposed a bipartisan bill that would help alleviate the strain of transportation laws such as the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) and hours of service rules for truckers hauling livestock.

The Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act was introduced by a bipartisan group led by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) on May 23.

The bill provides some fixes for the hours of service and the ELD through the following measures: Continue reading

New Research Confirms: Flies Can Spread PEDV

By: JoAnn Alumbaugh, Previously published Farm Journal’s Pork online

Flies have been part of pig operations as long as people have been raising pigs. But now producers have another good reason to think about fly control: A study conducted earlier this year confirms that even a few flies have the ability to infect pigs with porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV). Although PEDV isn’t zoonotic, it can be devastating for herds that contract the virus because of high death loss, particularly in baby pigs. Continue reading

Beef Quality Assurance – June 18th

The beef cattle industry is quickly evolving. In the coming years beef buyers such as Wendy’s and Tyson will only source beef from producers trained in Beef Quality Assurance. To ensure that you have complete market access get BQA Certified at one of the following meeting dates.

June 18th: Henry County Fairgrounds Ag Hall. 821 S. Perry St. Napoleon, OH 43545. Dinner provided by Henry County Cattleman’s Assoc. RSVP to Henry County Extension Office, 419-592-0806 by June 11.

June 25th: Williams County Extension Office, 1425 E. High St. Bryan, OH 43506. Light supper will be provided. RSVP to Williams County Extension Office, 419-636-5608 by June 21.

Making Sense of Sheep

By Garth Ruff, OSU Extension Educator Henry County
For OSU Sheep Team

Last summer when my younger brother moved out of our parents’ house and on to a 25-acre farm just six miles down the road, we decided to get into the sheep business together. Growing up we had experience with beef cattle and hogs and quite honestly sheep were an afterthought until the purchase of this small farm. The previous owners had had a couple of horses and had row cropped the majority of the farm. After some research and number crunching, here are 6 things that we considered as first time shepherds. Continue reading

A Conundrum in Cull Cow Prices

From: Livestock Marketing Information Center
Previously on Drovers online

U.S. Federally Inspected (FI) cow slaughter cow slaughter has been running above a year ago, with both beef and dairy components increasing. Year-to-date (through the week ending April 13th), daily average FI cow slaughter was up 7% from a year ago with beef and dairy cow components up 10% and 5%, respectively. Nationally, cow slaughter levels are expected to remain above 2017’s until midsummer, and maybe longer. Continue reading

Animal Welfare Tops List of American Causes

By: Greg Henderson, previously published by Drovers online

Americans say they care more about animal welfare than children’s education and hunger. That’s according to the findings of the “Causes Americans Care About,” a new study that gathered responses from 1,000 adults, 41% of which chose animal welfare number one. Children’s education ranked second with 38% of respondents, followed by hunger, chosen by 33% of respondents. Continue reading

Low Milk Prices Sending Some Dairy Farmers Out of Business

Previously on Ohio Ag Net

Nervous about the dramatic drop in milk prices, Ohio’s dairy farmers are leaving the business at a higher than usual rate.

Every year, some farmers retire and give up their dairy licenses, but there’s been an uptick recently. In March 2018, there were 2,253 licensed dairy farms in Ohio — a drop of 59 farms in five months. Continue reading

Milk Production of Ohio Dairy Herds

By: Maurice L. Eastridge, Professor and Extension Dairy Specialist, Department of Animal Sciences, The Ohio State University

It is always important to monitor the yield of milk and the composition of milk, especially for the individual farmer, because the income of the dairy farm depends on this source of revenue. The yields of fat and protein are the primary determinants of the price received by farmers. The proportions of fat and protein are useful in monitoring cow health and feeding practices within a farm. The income over feed costs (IOFC) and feed costs per hundred of milk are important monitors of costs of milk production. Continue reading

Pork Tariffs Sour Industry Outlook

By: Chris Hurt, Professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University
Previously on Ag Web, Powered by Farm Journal

The 2018 outlook early this year was for modest profitability. Now, it has shifted to losses. The reasons are clear. Higher costs and lost exports as China has implemented a 25 percent tariff on U.S. pork that goes into effect today, April 2, 2018.

Several forces are driving costs higher, but feed is the primary culprit. Since the start of the year, corn futures are about 27 cents per bushel higher and soybean meal futures are about $55 per ton higher. This means that feed cost are nearly $3 per live hundredweight higher. This is composed of $1.20 higher because of corn prices and $1.75 due to higher meal prices. Continue reading