Don’t let the abundance of rain and good growing conditions this past summer allow you to put your guard down so to speak on fall forage availability. So far this fall, temperatures have stayed above normal and rainfall below normal. Add to those conditions shorter daylight hours, some armyworms, and large calves adding to the grazing pressure and you might find there’s not much forage left in pastures. Cows are starting to respond by losing body condition. Monitor pastures to ensure cows aren’t seeking out potentially toxic plants such as oaks and perilla mint due to hunger. Start feeding hay early if needed and test hay for nutritive value. Although hay is abundant in AR, some first cuttings were harvested later than usual and some of the last cuttings were harvested merely to get pastures cleaned off. The nutritive value of these hays may be lower than usual and cows may not winter as well using traditional supplemental feeding practices; especially if we end up with a wetter than normal winter. Sort off large calves and get them to market to also deal with over-grazed pastures. Parasites are also likely culprits contributing to production losses right now. Because of the warm weather, flies have remained high and fly tags have likely played out by now. When gathering the herd for weaning, consider using a pour-on dewormer this fall to help suppress flies and the extra worm burden due to very short forage height. If the calves are already weaned and gathering cows isn’t feasible, resort to an insecticidal spray for flies and a dewormer that can delivered in supplemental feed to help with gastrointestinal nematodes.
2016 Four States Cattle Conference
The 2016 Four States Cattle Conference is moving to a new location in 2016. The conference will be held December 13th at the at the University Center Building at the Texarkana Texas A&M Campus in “you guessed it” Texarkana on the Texas side of the state line. Pre-registration is $50 for couples, $30 for individuals, or $15 for 4H/FFA students. On-site registration is $70 for couples and $45 for individuals. Registration forms are available through your county Extension agent. Topics and speakers this year include:
- Cattle Market Outlook (Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University)
- Winter Cow Nutrition (Paul Beck, University of Arkansas)
- Mineral Supplementation (Dave Lalman, Oklahoma State University)
- Producer Perspectives (A panel of cattle producers)
For more details, early registration, and directions download the attached brochure
Video recordings of the presentations delivered at the 2016 Livestock and Forestry Research Station Field Day are now available. Click the Vimeo channel link below to open the channel in your web browser.
Presentation Topics include:
- Castration – John Richeson, West Texas A&M
- Genetic selection tools – James Koltes, UA
- Managing cattle on fescue – Shane Gadberry, UA
- Mineral supplementation – Beth Kegley, UA
- Alfalfa pasture management – Paul Beck, UA
- BVD and gastro-intestinal microbiome research – Jiangchao Zhao, UA
Presentation recordings of the Little Red River Cattle Conference are now available on Vimeo. Topics included: Market Outlook, Fly Control, Common Diseases of Cattle, and Reproductive Technologies. Recordings are available at https://vimeo.com/album/3856848
Dr. Heidi Ward discussed changes to medicated feed additive – feed laws at the 2016 River Valley Beef Cattle Conference. To view a recording of this presentation, visit https://vimeo.com/158074641 or watch the video from within the blog post.