We go over the pros and cons of managing cow calf pairs on hot wire pasture grazing. Plus, how to manage water when cell grazing. We have news, markets and lots more on this all new episode of the Ranch It Up Radio Show. Be sure to subscribe on your favorite podcasting app or on the Ranch It Up Radio Show YouTube Channel.

WEBSITE Ranch It Up Radio Show S4 E188 Electric Fence Grazing Cattle. Avian Flu Beef News & Markets Jeff Erhardt Tigger Rebecca Wanner BEC. Hot wire herd pasture management. Trevor Burian

We go over the pros and cons of managing cow calf pairs on hot wire pasture grazing. Plus, how to manage water when cell grazing. We have news, markets and lots more on this all new episode of the Ranch It Up Radio Show. Be sure to subscribe on your favorite podcasting app or on the Ranch It Up Radio Show YouTube Channel.

EPISODE 188 DETAILS

Cow Calf Management: Hot Wire & Water When Cell Grazing. 

ELECTRIC HOT WIRE FOR GRAZING COW CALF PAIRS & CELL GRAZING

Maximizing Agricultural Efficiency: The Advantages of Rotational Grazing

Rotational grazing offers numerous benefits for sustainable farming. By moving livestock between paddocks according to a strategic schedule, farmers allow forage crops to rejuvenate, replenish energy reserves, and enhance plant vigor, leading to long-term maximum production. The key to a successful rotational grazing system lies in its flexibility. Utilizing a highly-movable temporary fence and understanding its proper use are crucial for maximizing the benefits and maintaining an efficient grazing routine.

Optimize Your Grazing Strategy

Implementing a well-designed rotational grazing system can lead to healthier livestock and more productive land. Explore the essentials of rotational grazing and discover how to enhance your agricultural practices for sustainable success.

A Comprehensive Guide to Temporary Electric Fence Wires: Polywire vs. Polytape

When it comes to temporary electric fencing, two main types are available: polywire and polytape. Both options consist of fine metal filaments intertwined with polyethylene or polypropylene fibers, with the metal providing the shock and the plastic ensuring strength and visibility.

Choosing the Right Polywire for Your Needs

For short-distance applications, such as subdividing a pasture, a six-strand polywire is typically sufficient. However, for longer distances or areas prone to overgrowth from weeds and grass, opt for a polywire that delivers a stronger shock to ensure effective containment.

The Benefits of Polytape

Polytapes are known for their superior visibility, particularly in white. If you’re experiencing inadequate animal control with polywire or need better visibility for safety reasons, such as fencing for horses, switching to polytape can be beneficial. Although polytape may be more expensive, the improved control and visibility often justify the cost.

Essential Tools: Electric Fence Reels

For ease of use and flexibility, especially if you plan to adjust paddock sizes frequently, an electric fence reel is indispensable. These reels, made from weather-resistant plastic, can hold one to two spools of polywire or polytape, making it easy to move and reconfigure your temporary fencing as needed.

Explore the best practices for using polywire and polytape to optimize your temporary electric fencing system, ensuring maximum efficiency and control for your livestock management. 

Cattle Industry News: Beef Exports to China, Third Avian Flu in Humans, USDA Combats Avian Flu, Beef On Dairy

CHINA BLOCKS JBS USA BEEF EXPORTS OVER RACTOPAMINE TRACES

According to the Meating Place, the Chinese government has halted beef exports from the JBS USA facility in Greeley, Colorado, according to the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The export block is reportedly due to detected traces of the feed additive ractopamine. 

While ractopamine is deemed safe for use in the United States, it is banned or restricted in China and 160 other countries. In response, JBS issued a statement indicating they are “working diligently with U.S. and Chinese authorities to resolve the situation as soon as possible.” 

FSIS has also confirmed that it is conducting its own investigation into the matter. FSIS provided further details in a statement to Reuters: “China customs detected ractopamine in a batch of frozen beef omasum products exported to China from these establishments and destroyed this batch of products in accordance with their regulations.” 

In addition to the JBS USA facility, China has also blocked meat products from Cool Port Oakland, a cold storage facility in California. 

CDC REPORTS THIRD U.S. CASE OF HIGHLY PATHOGENIC AVIAN INFLUENZA IN HUMANS

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed the third case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in humans within the country. This latest case marks the second occurrence in Michigan. While the three cases are unrelated, they all involve dairy farm workers exposed to infected cows, suggesting probable cow-to-person transmission. 

Notably, this most recent case is the first in the U.S. to present typical influenza-like symptoms, according to the CDC. The CDC is closely monitoring influenza data and reports no unusual activity or increased emergency room visits. The risk to the general public remains low, as all cases involve direct contact with infected cows. However, the CDC stresses the importance of precautions for individuals in contact with infected animals, as their risk is significantly higher.

The affected worker is receiving treatment with oseltamivir and is recovering in isolation. Household contacts are symptom-free and are being monitored. Initial tests confirmed the presence of the influenza A(H5) virus, with further analysis ongoing.

The CDC advises farmworkers to use personal protective equipment (PPE) and adhere to health monitoring protocols. Avoiding unprotected exposure to sick animals, their waste, and related materials is crucial, the agency emphasized.  

USDA ALLOCATES $824 MILLION TO COMBAT H5N1 OUTBREAK

The USDA is allocating an additional $824 million in emergency funding from the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) to combat the ongoing H5N1 outbreak, according to a recent release.

USDA Secretary Vilsack approved the transfer of $824 million from the CCC to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to sustain rapid response activities. This funding will support diagnostics, field response, pre-movement testing, surveillance, and vaccine development for various livestock, including cattle, turkeys, pigs, and goats. This follows a previous $1.3 billion emergency fund dedicated to addressing HPAI detections.

To improve monitoring and control of H5N1, APHIS is launching a Voluntary H5N1 Dairy Herd Status Pilot Program. Dairy producers with herds testing negative for three consecutive weeks can join the program, facilitating easier movement of cows with ongoing weekly bulk milk testing. This initiative aims to reduce virus spread and enhance understanding of H5N1.

Participating states will begin enrolling herds starting June 3. Farmers can contact their APHIS area veterinarian or state veterinarian to join the program. This initiative complements previous measures, including a federal order on pre-movement testing and biosecurity tool support.

The USDA anticipates increased testing and positive results, which will enhance understanding of the disease’s spread. This will help producers document virus elimination and maintain H5N1-free herds.

U.S. DAIRY FARMERS BREED BEEFIER CALVES TO OFFSET COSTS AMID LOW CATTLE NUMBERS

With U.S. beef cattle numbers at their lowest since 1961, dairy farmers are increasingly breeding calves for meat to offset costs, reports Bloomberg. By using beef bull semen to inseminate dairy cows, farmers produce hybrid calves that are meatier and fetch higher prices, providing a valuable income stream amid fluctuating milk prices.

These beef-dairy hybrids can sell for $400 to $800 as calves and up to $2,500 when fully grown, making them more profitable than replacement milking cows. This approach helps mitigate the shrinking beef supply, which has declined due to persistent droughts and high costs.

As the dairy sector struggles, the demand for beef remains robust, with U.S. consumers eating nearly 60 pounds of beef annually. The trend of breeding beefier dairy calves is expected to continue growing and contributing significantly to the meat market.

This strategy allows dairy farmers to diversify their revenue streams and adapt to industry challenges, ensuring a more stable financial outlook despite fluctuating conditions.

UPCOMING SALES & EVENTS

ISA Beefmasters: October 5, 2024, San Angelo, Texas

BULL SALE REPORT & RESULTS

Churchill Cattle Company

Van Newkirk Herefords

Gardiner Angus Ranch

Cow Camp Ranch

Jungels Shorthorn Farms

Ellingson Angus

Edgar Brothers Angus

Schaff Angus Valley

Prairie Hills Gelbvieh

Clear Springs Cattle Company

CK Cattle

Mrnak Hereford Ranch

Frey Angus Ranch

Hoffmann Angus Farms

Topp Herefords

River Creek Farms

Upstream Ranch

Gustin’s Diamond D Gelbvieh

Schiefelbein Farms

Wasem Red Angus

Raven Angus

Krebs Ranch

Yon Family Farms

Chestnut Angus

Eichacker Simmentals & JK Angus

Windy Creek Cattle Company

Pedersen Broken Heart Ranch

Mar Mac Farms

Warner Beef Genetics

Arda Farms & Freeway Angus

Leland Red Angus & Koester Red Angus

Fast – Dohrmann – Strommen

RBM Livestock

Weber Land & Cattle

Sundsbak Farms

Hidden Angus

Wheatland Cattle Company

Miller Angus Farms

L 83 Ranch

U2 Ranch

Vollmer Angus Ranch

A & B Cattle

Carter Angus Farms

Roller Ranch

Montgomery Ranch

Jorgensen Farms

DLCC Ranch

Four Hill Farm North Country Angus Alliance

Spruce Hill Ranch

Wilson Angus

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