Inside the June 25 RoundupWritten by WyLR
Here's a preview of the June 25 edition of the Wyoming Livestock Roundup.
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Innovative controls: Kane family uses novel weed control, water development
Sheridan – The E Bar U ranch, owned and operated by the Kane family, hosted nearly 150 Wyomingites for the 2016 Environmental Stewardship Tour, where they showed attendees water developments, pipelines and an innovative weed control project on the operation.
“We have a serious leafy spurge problem in Sheridan County,” commented Sheridan County Weed and Pest Supervisor Luke Sander. “It’s our most prolific weed, and bio-control is one of our main programs.”
Through the help of Sheridan County Weed and Pest, the Kane family uses flea beetles, a form of biological control, to tackle their leafy spurge problems.
Lamb markets see support early in summer months
The summer started with atypical support for the live, carcass and feeder lamb markets moving into the summer months.
“It’s not typical for us to start this early with market support,” said Brad Anderson, procurement director at Mountain States Lamb Cooperative (MSLC). “Generally, we’re still heavily into the old crop, California springs and lambs from Wyoming and Oregon, but this year, they’ve cleaned up faster than expected.”
This year’s trends resulted from a supply that shortened more quickly than expected, largely due to forecasting by East Coast lamb plants.
“This escalation doesn’t have anything to do with our consumer demands,” Anderson said. “We saw some of our competitors back east run out of lambs, so that moved the market up significantly.”
Feeding rates: Feed analysis helps avoid over- or under-feeding livestock
With abundant forage supplies expected this year, producers can afford to be more selective purchasing their winter feedstuffs. Despite cheaper prices for hay, livestock ranchers should still have a forage analysis conducted so they can get the most bang for their buck.
Hay producers may also want to consider having a hay analysis completed to use as a marketing tool in a buyer’s market.
According to Rick Rasby, Extension beef specialist with the University of Nebraska, producers would be surprised how much forages can vary in nutritional value.
Summer brings heat stress potential
Heat stress and death loss from heat stress cost cattle producers millions of dollars each year.
Hot weather is hard on calves and fat cattle and also affects fertility and reproduction rates.
Ram Kasimanickam of Washington State University says heat stress in calves can lead to dehydration. If a calf is sick from diarrhea, it will dehydrate quicker and more severely in hot weather, which creates more challenges for treating and saving the calf.
Producers can use a scoring system to identify the degree of dehydration.
Also inside the Roundup this week:
-Charitable Remainder Trusts provide tools for selling the farm and ranch.
-New tool provides a gauge for plant health.
-Anowar Islam continues his discussion on silage.
-The summer campaign season is in full swing.
-Junior Hereford breeders showed off their top stock at a regional field day.
-College athletes brought top scores to Casper during CNFR.
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