Bull Temperament-What impact does it have on performance and behavior?
Research focused on cattle temperament with the aim of reducing the potential for injury to producers and to preserve the longevity of facilities was one of the main objectives of a study recently completed to determine if selecting sires based on temperament is effective for reaching these goals.
Switchgrass Yield and Stand Dynamics from Legume Intercropping
Intercropping legumes may reduce inputs and enhance sustainability of forage and feedstock production, especially on marginal soils. This approach is largely untested for switchgrass production, yet producer acceptance should be high given the traditional use of legumes in forage/agricultural systems.
Veterinary Feed Directives
What beef cattle producers need to know about the upcoming federal regulatory changes for medicated feeds. Medicated feeds are valuable tools that can be utilized by beef cattle producers for various health or production reasons.
Forage and Soil Testing
The importance of regularly testing your forages and soil is not stressed enough. Smart economical use of feedstocks and ferilizers will make a difference in your over-all management program. A little effort now can pay big dividends later on.
Dr. Gary Bates, Director of the UT Beef and Forage Center, debuts in this demonstration at the Middle Tennessee Research and Education Center located in Spring Hill, Tennessee. He discusses the plots where spring and fall planted orchardgrass and tall fescue were planted. Visit the MTREC station to view these and see the differences.
Of all the management practices used to improve both the economic success and performance of cow-calf production, having a defined calving season is the most important.