Cattle farm tour shows how shade improves profits

    Cattle producers and interested public are invited to attend a field day at the Mingo Farm in St. James to learn about how to use natural shade to improve their beef operation.
    The field day will be held on Wednesday, October 10 and begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Mingo cow-calf operation, 25385 County Road 1000, St. James.

An emphasis on forage management: Wurdack Research Center Field Day to be held Oct. 5

The Wurdack Research Center will feature a variety of timely agricultural presentations during its annual field day, which will take place on Friday, Oct. 5, at the Center, which is near Cook Station.

Cows heat stressed after breeding may have unseen pregnancy losses

Prolonged heat stress this year may bring a smaller calf crop next year. Herd owners are seeing cows known to be pregnant coming back into heat to be rebred.

Pregnancy losses are due to several reasons, says Scott Poock, University of Missouri Extension veterinarian. “The first is increased internal temperature of the cow.”

In July, a northern Missouri beef herd owner saw his bull breeding cows that were known to be pregnant from an earlier pregnancy check. Poock said, “It’s probably heat stress.”

To find out more, he took his ultrasound device to the field for rechecks of pregnancies. “Roughly, we saw 20 percent open in herds on average. There are a few outstanding exceptions, but they bred early in April prior to May heat.”

At the MU Foremost Dairy, Poock found up to 25 percent loss of pregnancies after early pregnancy diagnosis (30-32 days of gestation). He also found dead embryos from AI breeding from mid-May through June.

Alternative forage options during and after drought

Widespread drought conditions during the 2018 growing season in most of Missouri resulted in hay and forage shortages, says University of Missouri Extension agronomist Dhruba Dhakal.