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Wednesday 20th May 2015.
Michael Priestley - Editor

Michael Priestley

Novus International

MSD Animal Health

Hay Making This Summer? Learn From the Georgia Washout

Farmers planning summer haymaking in America’s south are being reminded of the 2013 washout and dire consequences thereafter.

Cattle producers were exposed to high feed prices when Georgia recorded one its wettest summers in recent decades two years ago, delaying haymaking and reducing forage quality.

A hard winter compounded problems, leaving herds vulnerable. Supplemental feed had to be bought in at a time when feed costs were at a high point, a US forage expert recalls.

Dennis Hancock, University of Georgia Extension, has emphasised the role quality home grown forage has in reining in production costs.

“Unfortunately, there’s a mentality that all hay is hay, that there’s not any differences,” says Mr Hancock. “In reality, there are a lot of differences.

“Sometimes we can have a bad year, like we did in 2013, and the quality suffers.”

He recommends farmers test forage quality and that lactating cows get best forage and dry cows get lower end hay.

He explains that maintaining body condition in cattle is a “struggle”, but having an inventory of tested hay can help distribute hay optimally across the herd.

“Say a producer has four fields and he harvests his hay four times per year, that’s eight different lots of hay.

“Naturally, through the year, some of that hay is going to be better than others,” says Mr Hancock.

“If they inventory it or have it in a barn in a certain way, and they know where it’s at, they can determine what they need to feed based on how the quality matches the livestock they’re feeding.”


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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Horn Fly in Cattle: Risks and Control
Horn flies on cattle become an increasing problem at this time of year, and this article from Rachel Endecott at Montana State University Extension gives some tips on how to protect your herd.

Cattle on Feed for 20 Days Longer Than 2014
The number of days that cattle are on feed has increased since grain prices slumped in 2014, but what impact has this had on economics and meat quality? Larry Corah, consultant for Certified Angus Beef LLC, explains.

Vaccinate Calves Now For Good Health Through Summer
Spring is a good time to protect your calves from summer illnesses through vaccination. This article from Russ Daly at South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension's iGrow programme offers some tips for producing good vaccination protocols.

How to Make Quality Hay: Understand How it Dries
Don't be fooled - delaying harvest will sacrifice forage quality, warns an Ohio forage expert.

Company News

Survey: Move to Harmonize Interstate Regulations, Testing for Trichomoniasis
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WTO Rules Against US over Country of Origin Labelling
G20 Action Plan for Food Sustainability
FAO Predicts World Food Import Bill to Fall to Five-year Low
How to Assess Environmental Impact of Meat Production

   United Kingdom

NFU Urges New Crop of MPs to Back British Farming
Livestock Event Offers Forage Insights
Free UK Meat Event to Discuss Supply Chain Improvements
Shorthorn Genetics Offer Safe Way into Traditional Beef
Northern Irish Cattle Under Quoted in Plants


Livestock Animal Size Increased Since Roman Era

   European Union

Commission to Conduct Survey on Animal Welfare
EU Announces New Scientific Advice Body
New Markets for EU Beef "Crucial"
First Steps in CAP Simplification Announced


Combatting Global Rise in Antibiotic Resistance
Germans Call For Change to Permanent Pasture Definition


“Dynamic” Mexican Livestock Shipments Rocket 55 Per Cent
Mexico Shows ‘Strength of Character’ to Become Top Six Cattle Country


China-Brazil Strengthen Agricultural Relations
Worm Omega-3 Oil Genes Successfully Transferred to Cattle

   United States

US Cattle Futures Down Amid Cash Market Concerns
Help for Organic Farming Certification
Yamaha Offers Viking Line to Farmers, Ranchers in US and Abroad
House of Brands for Tyson Foods
CME: Beef Supplies Down and Pork Supplies Up
US Agriculture Predicted to Create Thousands of Jobs in Next Five Years


Lumpy Skin Disease Outbreak in Kuwait


Foot and Mouth Outbreak in Angola


French Agriculture Minister Steps up Support for Beef Sector


Delay in FMD Vaccination Puts Cattle at Risk in South India


Foot and Mouth Outbreak in Namibia


Western Australian Beef Exports Grow in Line with Rest of Country
Angus Cattle Lift Performance of Australian Brahman


JBS Sees Sharp Rise in Profits


Crop Value Trebles When Fed to Cattle


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