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Wednesday 12th November 2014.
Michael Priestley - Editor

Michael Priestley

Novus International

MSD Animal Health

Cull Time: When To Send Her to Market

Sending cows ‘down the road’ is a tough decision but one that can be guided by trusted judgements, data and a useful rule of thumb, US cattlemen are hearing.

Great responsibility rests on staff working the chute, making fast decisions on body condition and teeth as indicators, but producers can also use the twelve-year rule.

Reproductive performance markedly diminishes past the age of twelve, one University of Oklahoma cattle expert has warned this month.

In an extension newsletter, Dr Glenn Selk explained that cow reproductive performance has been shown to remain consistent until eight years of age, with a ‘small decline’ to ten years.

A steeper decline was noted between ten and twelve years.

Referencing a University of Florida study of 34,500 Brahman influenced cattle, Dr Selk emphasised that study cattle were not pampered and that the data set is one of the most comprehensive on the subject.

However, there is huge variation in cow longevity.

Geography, geology and breed are all major factors at play, added Dr Selk.

“Region of the country and soil type may affect how long the teeth remain sound and allow the cow to consume roughages such as pasture and hay,” he advised.

For Dr Kris Ringwall, beef expert at North Dakota State University, pushing a cow for another year is sacrificing body weight at a time when the animal is costing you more.

“As condition and body weight decline, so does value, but managerial inputs and labour increase,” said Dr Kris Ringwall.

“The bottom line is that cows need to survive, produce and repeat the cycle yearly, with no additional pampering - no exceptions.”

Data is ‘critical’ to assist decisions, especially in filtering out ‘good looking’ cows that don’t produce, he added.

“Performance data is key to moving a herd forward,” said Dr Ringwall.

“However, in reality, for many reasons, performance data tends to be a long way down the priority list.”

He added that unproductive cows are not much better than open cows.

Dubbing them ‘freeloaders’ he suggested producers take the time to weed out certain cows, with money saved on funds freed up for staff.


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

BVD Vaccinations Improve Reproductive Performance
A 45 per cent decrease in abortion and significantly lower rates of fetal infection were reported in cattle vaccinated for bovine viral diarrhea virus.

Don't Underestimate Importance of Dry Cow Feeding
Body condition as a key influence on getting beef cows cows back in calf was stressed at this year's Agriculture Food and Development Authority (Teagasc) national beef conference.

Cow Age: When Is She Too Old?
Sky high cattle prices are prompting ranchers to keep cows that may have one more calf in them, but how can you tell is she is good for another year?

Using Wheat as an Energy Source for Beef Cattle
Wheat, along with corn and barley, is one of the three major feed grains used in North America.

Company News

KSE Will Be Exhibiting in Hall 23 at EuroTier 2014
GERMANY - KSE will be exhibiting in Hall 23/E22 at EuroTier 2014.
Tehran's International Exhibition Supported by CID Lines
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Top Beef, Dairy Thought Leaders Discuss BVDV Eradication at Symposium
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Market Reports

Irish CSO Agricultural Price Indices September 2014
UK Farming Statistics 6 November 2014
EBLEX Cattle Weekly 7 November 2014

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