Did you know?
More than 25,800 farm in Arkansas produce beef cattle. The average herd size is 35 head with 81 percent of the farms having fewer than 50 head. About 97 percent of the beef cattle farms are family owned and operated. Arkansas has 1.64 million cows and calves as of January 1, 2015 with 863,000 beef cows and 7,000 dairy cows.
The Arkansas Forage and Grassland Council Spring Forage Bus Tour will be Friday, April 24. Tour headquarters will be at the Pocahontas livestock auction in Randolph County. Registration is at 8:30 and buses will load at 9:30 and will return by 4:30. This tour will be an excellent opportunity for producers to see how good forage management practices can extend the grazing season on local farms. For more information or to pre-register call the Lawrence County or Randolph County extension offices.
Dr. Yvonne Thaxton, Director of the Center for Food Animal Wellbeing at the University of Arkansas was one of the presenters for the Little Red River Beef Cattle Conference. The topics of the video (presented by Dr. Yvonne Thaxton) is Animal Welfare and the Bottom Line.
Matt Flynt runs about 120 cows while maintaing a commerical horse hay business near Lonoke. The topics of the video ( presented by Matt Flynt) is How Animal Welfare Has Changed My Operation.
The videos can be found at https://vimeo.com/arkansasanimalscience/channels and click on the 2015 Little Red River Beef Cattle Conference channel .
Unlike all other mammals that cease drinking milk at weaning, humans are the only species that consumes milk for a lifetime. Milk in the human diet dates back as early as 7,000 BC. Worldwide, estimated daily milk consumption is 4 to 5 oz for adults and 5 to 7 oz for children. While North Americans visualize milk coming from dairy cows and to a lesser extent dairy goats; globally, camels, water buffalo, and other domesticated herbivores have been sources of milk for the human diet. Milk isn’t just part of a healthy diet for growing kids but is a go-to drink for athletes needing to re-hydrate and replenish electrolytes, proteins, and carbohydrates lost during intensive exercise. While there is still plenty of research that needs to be done regarding the influence of milk on human health, milk has been associated with reduced blood pressure, and reduced risk for vascular disease, diabetes, and colorectal cancer. Lactose intolerance develops with aging in some people; however, dairy products can still be a part of the diet for people managing LI by using natural cheese, yogurt, and lactose-free milk.
What’s inside The Beef Cattle Research Update E-Newsletter?
- Do Ergot Alkaloids Negatively Impact Bull Semen Quality and Fertility?
- Effects of Prepartum Mineral Supplement Source on Composition of Colostrum and Milk in Brangus and Angus Cows
- The Ability of the Animal Science Blog to Transfer Information
- Saving for a Wintry Day: Three Seasons of Workshops to Promote Managed Grazing of Stockpiled Tall Fescue
- Effects of Ralgro Implants Administered at Branding on Growth Performance of Steer Calves Through Weaning
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Did you know that deworming now can help minimize parasites throughout the grazing season?
Internal parasites can lead to negative impacts on cattle performance and significantly affect the economics of your operation. Parasites have been shown to reduce feed intake and decrease average daily gain, and these factors may in turn affect calf weaning weights and cow pregnancy rates. Parasites in cows ramp up their egg production during the spring months. Deworming cows now can help minimize the pasture contamination effect of this “spring rise”.