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Posted by romeethredge on May 11, 2015
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Posted by romeethredge on April 1, 2015
I’m seeing some of Stinging Nettle that is flourishing now in pastures. It is mainly found in shady areas. Don’t touch it!!
Here’s some I saw last week in a pasture, under an oak tree on the fencerow. It’s the lighter green growth here mixed in with the grass and clover. I tried to tell this heifer to avoid it but she wouldn’t listen. Go to my earlier post for a closeup view of this nasty weed, Stinging nettle closeup. They say it has some medicinal properties, but I’d stay away from it.
Posted by romeethredge on March 23, 2015
I’ve had a couple of growers lately say that hay is a profitable part of their farm and they would like to grow more of it per acre. Here’s a great meeting to go to to get some good hay and forage growing information. Go to Georgia Forages.com and click on upcoming events. It’s on April fool’s day but it’s no joke.
Posted by romeethredge on March 11, 2015
Many cattlemen are having to feed more hay than expected due to poor establishment of winter annuals, poor growth of winter annuals due to cold/wet conditions, issues with Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus, leaching rains etc. Hay is hard to find. We are getting down to marginal to bad quality hay, so cattle feed supplementation is needed.
Here’s some information about supplemental feeding from UGA Livestock Scientists, Jacob Segers and Lawton Stewart. Most cattle producers are close to finishing calving (winter/spring calving herds), or in the later half of lactation (fall calving herds).
Considering the situation, we put together 2 tables of potential supplements for cattle/forage combinations.
This first table is using readily available feeds from AFG Feed here in Donalsonville. The second table is for use with other feed sources.
These are general and can be fine-tuned with a forage report and knowing the actual supplements available.
Most urea-based liquid feeds, blocks, and tubs should provide adequate nutrients if the suggested supplement is 3.5 lb/hd/d or less for brood cows. These feeds are not recommended for calves under 500 lb.
Posted by romeethredge on March 9, 2015
The UGA Georgia Forages program will host a workshop entitled “Alfalfa in the South” on Mar. 17 starting at 9 a.m. The workshop will be at the UGA Livestock Instructional Arena (2600 Milledge Ave., Athens, GA).
The workshop will focus on how to successfully use alfalfa, including how to grow your own N and feed supplement by interseeding alfalfa into bermudagrass. Subjects covered include: site selection, establishment protocol, soil fertility, harvest management, and how to use this high quality and cost-effective crop. We will also have a grower panel to hear how other producers are using alfalfa in bermudagrass across Georgia and the Southeast. We then will go to see two fields where alfalfa was interseeded into bermudagrass (see full agenda).
Cost of the one-day workshop is $25 and includes lunch and refreshments, an ‘Alfalfa in the South’ notebook, and other publications on alfalfa production and use in the South. To register, call Cathy Felton at 706-310-3464 or send us an email. (Note: Cathy is part time and works mornings. If you don’t get her, just leave a message and she’ll get back with you.) If you are interested in attending the workshop virtually, call Cathy Felton at 706-310-3464 or send her an email. Attending the webinar is free and you will receive all of the information via a pdf file.
Posted by romeethredge on March 5, 2015
Last week I had a photo of Wade Spooner from 1971 with this State Champion Market Barrow.
Here’s the newspaper clipping from 1971.
I saw his name in the program at the State Livestock show recently.
This week I want to ask what Dr. Kemerait was explaining at a recent peanut disease meeting we had here? I thought I was back in Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry at UGA.
Posted by romeethredge on January 30, 2015
Last week I had a chicken photo and I asked about their talent with their heads. Chickens have an uncanny head tracking ability. You can move their bodies around and they keep their heads in exactly the same position all the time, rock solid.
Here’s a good video that demonstrates this.
This week I have some very small insects I want you to identify. They were brought in to me by some folks that found them in their home.
Heres’ a closeup.
Posted by romeethredge on January 29, 2015
What has two thumbs and wants to turn $2 into $50??? THIS GUY!
If nothing else, I got you to stop and read this first sentence, or at least look at the figures. Implanting cattle is not a new technology, its been around for years. It has the potential to add 3-5% more pounds to your calf crop, yet fewer and fewer producers are employing the practice. WHY? Unfortunately, we as producers are faced with battling myths and urban legends about the food we provide. Although there is no science behind it, we are faced with the stigma of hormones in beef, and the resulting “natural beef” that many are producing to satisfy this concern. We figured now would be a good time to review what we know about implanting since we’re entering the time of year when winter/spring born calves are ready for this practice.
What are implants? Implants are small pellets that contain a growth stimulant that is slowly released over a period of time. Implants work by increasing circulating levels of somatotropin and insulin-like growth-factor 1. These compounds are produced naturally by the animal and control mechanisms that regulate growth and feed efficiency. Implants are available for nursing calves, stocker calves and/or finishing cattle. Bulls calves intended for breeding stock and replacement heifers should not be implanted.
Do implants improve performance? The simple answer is “yes”. A summary of several research studies revealed that implanting steer calves only once improved daily gains by 0.10 pounds per day, and implanting twice (the second implant would be administered 70-100 days after the first) increased daily gains by 0.13 pounds per day when compared to calves receiving no implants. This resulted in an average response of 5.3% increase in gain of calves at weaning for one implant, and a 6.2% increase for two implants.
Does pay to implant? Again, the simple answer is “yes”. For example, assume an implanted calf on the cow gains and additional 5%. At weaning, a non-implanted calf would weigh 600 lb, so its implanted counterpart would weigh 630 lb. In today’s market, if we consider $2.00/lb value, that would add an extra $60 in value to that calf. All of this for an approximate input cost of less than $2 per head for the implant and the labor. Another way to look at it is that you would need to receive a $58+ premium for the non-implanted calf through a natural program to eliminate this technology.
Is it safe for the consumer? Once more, the simple answer is “yes”. The public concern is focused on the increased estrogenic activity caused by the consumption of beef from an implanted animal. First, there is no such thing as “hormone-free beef”. Hormones are present in all biogogical food sources, whether it’s animal or plant, implanted or not. Table 1 illustrates the estrogenic activity of common foods. This clearly shows the safety of this practice, as it applies to human health.
So hopefully this helps explain the benefits of utilizing implants in cattle. There are several available commercially, and a specific applicator is needed for this practice.
This article originally posted in the Southeast Cattle Advisor. There’s lots of good stuff to read there.