American and Australian Cattle Producers Commit to Partnership Through Joint Statement Signing

American and Australian Cattle Producers Commit to Partnership Through Joint Statement Signing

Statement Addresses Cattle Health, Sustainability, and Lab-Grown Protein

ROCKHAMPTON, Australia (May 9, 2024) – Today, leaders of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and Cattle Australia (CA) signed a joint statement at the Beef 2024 convention in Rockhampton, Australia to further the two organizations’ partnership on issues related to cattle health, lab-grown proteins, and sustainability.

“America’s cattle farmers and ranchers stand with Australia’s cattle producers and look forward to being partners in combatting foreign animal diseases, promoting sustainability, and ensuring proper oversight of lab-grown proteins,” said NCBA President Mark Eisele, a Wyoming rancher. “As a rancher, I understand the importance of proactively talking about the good work we do in both countries. Cattle producers provide significant benefits to the global population, from providing safe, wholesome real beef to implementing conservation practices that conserve millions of acres of prime wildlife habitat in the United States and Australia. This joint commitment will strengthen the partnership between American and Australian producers and support our efforts to educate the public on the benefits of raising cattle.”

“In signing the joint statement of priorities, we are encouraging the Australian and U.S. governments to join forces in combating devastating foreign animal diseases; promoting sustainable global trade that encourage efficient production practices; and ensuring science-based food safety and marketing regulations of emerging food technologies such as lab-grown proteins,” said CA Chair Garry Edwards.

The joint statement outlines both countries’ commitment to protecting cattle health and wellbeing with vaccine banks to counter the threat of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). While FMD only impacts cloven-hoofed animals and does not pose a risk to humans, the disease can still cause immense financial harm to farmers and ranchers. The United States has been FMD-free since 1929 and Australia has been FMD-free since 1872.

The statement also addressed the emergence of lab-grown proteins. While there are no lab-grown proteins that imitate beef currently authorized for retail in the U.S., several companies are attempting to bring these products to market. It is critically important that these products are properly vetted by regulatory authorities so they do not pose a potential risk to consumer health and food safety, and it is important that they are labeled in a way that is transparent to consumers so they can choose between naturally produced beef and lab-grown proteins. Additionally, the statement supports efforts to continue sharing information on cattle industry sustainability and promoting the benefits of cattle production such as improving wildlife habitat, natural water filtration, and greenspace protection benefits.

Following the statement signing, NCBA and CA will continue engaging with their respective governments to secure policies that protect cattle health, recognize the cattle industry’s sustainability, and ensure proper oversight of lab-grown protein.

View the statement here.

Download audio for broadcast here.

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The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has represented America’s cattle producers since 1898, preserving the heritage and strength of the industry through education and public policy.  As the largest association of cattle producers, NCBA works to create new markets and increase demand for beef.  Efforts are made possible through membership contributions. To join, contact NCBA at 1-866-BEEF-USA or membership@beef.org.

NATIONAL CATTLEMEN’S BEEF ASSOCIATION CONTACT:
Hunter Ihrman, hihrman@beef.org
Steve Johnson, srjohnson@beef.org
CATTLE AUSTRALIA CONTACT:
Hayley Kennedy, hayley.kennedy@bluehillpr.com.au
Stacey Wordsworth, stacey.wordsworth@bluehillpr.com.au

How Soon Will a Cow Breed Back After Calving

How Soon Will a Cow Breed Back After Calving

Article courtesy of BioZyme® Inc.

(SAINT JOSEPH, Mo., April 30, 2024) We expect a lot from a cow. She spends roughly 283 days in gestation, delivers a calf, and then we prepare her for breed back and expect her to conceive problem free during her first heat. That is a lot for the body to handle, and the cow does it, hopefully, year after year after year.

The time it takes for a cow to breed back after calving is often referred to as the postpartum interval. Its length of time varies based on several factors, including the cow’s health, body condition, age, breed, nutrition and management practices.

So, how soon will a cow breed back after calving?

The Timeframe

On average, most cows are expected to breed back within 45 to 90 days after calving. This period allows the cow’s reproductive system to recover and prepare for the next breeding cycle. A shorter postpartum interval contributes to a consistent calving interval, allowing the cow to calve at approximately the same time each year.

Keeping your herd on the same calving interval also keeps your calf crop consistent and uniform. This helps with weaning and marketing as buyers look for calves of consistent age, size and weight at weaning and sale time.

Factors That Influence Postpartum Interval

Body Condition

Cows with a good body condition score at calving tend to have a shorter postpartum interval. If a cow is underweight or in poor condition, it may take longer for her to regain reproductive function. Get your cows ready for breeding with a good plane of nutrition.

You don’t want to have them be too fat or too thin. Although they are calving during spring, when grasses are at their lushest, remember that grass is often watery and may not contain the DM needed for the cow. You might need to supplement with added grain or hay, especially since they are raising a calf and preparing for breed back simultaneously.

Age

How soon will a cow breed back after calving? It’s often going to depend on their age. First-calf heifers may take longer to breed back compared to mature cows because they are still growing and recovering from their first calving experience.

Remember, as nutrients are partitioned out, growth is a priority. Reproduction is the lowest priority for younger females. So, you need to provide for your young females nutritionally to support long-term reproductive success.

Nutrition

Adequate nutrition plays a crucial role in reproductive recovery. Cows receiving proper nutrition and mineral supplementation are more likely to breed back sooner. This is where we can help your herd with a vitamin and mineral supplement like VitaFerm® Concept•Aid®. The Concept•Aid products promote effective, easy breeding when fed 60 days pre-calving through 60 days post-breeding. Concept•Aid products contain:

·      AO-Biotics® Amaferm®, a prebiotic research-proven to enhance digestibility.

·      Organic copper, iodine and zinc for maximum bioavailability, innate immunity and hoof health.

·      High levels of Vitamin E to support reproductive tract repair and milk quality.

Available in a variety of formulas, in both loose and tubs, VitaFerm makes a Concept•Aid formula for every management scenario. Find the Concept•Aid best for your operation with our Concept•Aid Product Navigator.

Breed

Some breeds or genetic lines may have a shorter or longer postpartum interval due to differences in reproductive efficiency. Record keeping is an important tool to track which genetic lines do indeed breed back faster. If you have continued challenges with the same cow each year, it might be time to consider culling her.

Management Practices

Proper management, including minimizing stress, providing adequate care and ensuring a suitable breeding environment, can influence the postpartum interval. This includes providing shelter and space as needed, fresh, plentiful water and ensuring that your herd remains healthy postpartum.

Estrus Cycle Resumption

After calving, cows undergo a period of reproductive recovery known as the “anestrus period.” This is the time between calving and the resumption of estrus (heat cycles). Factors such as nutritional status, stress and body condition can affect the duration of this period.

Estrus Synchronization

Some producers use estrus synchronization protocols to induce estrus and shorten the postpartum interval. This can help manage breeding more efficiently and achieve desired calving intervals. Using CIDRS or other hormone injection techniques are the most common synchronization methods. To discover the protocol right for you and your operation, work with your veterinarian or your beef genetic supplier or reproduction specialist.

BioZyme® Can Help

At BioZyme, believe in care that comes full circle for every animal. That is why we want to help you determine how soon will a cow breed back after calving. To ensure cows breed back in a timely manner, it’s essential to focus on the following:

  • Maintain cows in optimal body condition through proper nutrition.
  • Reduce stress and provide a clean and comfortable environment.
  • Monitor cows for signs of estrus (heat) and use appropriate breeding methods (natural service or artificial insemination).
  • Implement breeding protocols that align with herd management goals.
  • Ensure cows receive adequate mineral and vitamin supplementation – VitaFerm Concept•Aid.

If a cow doesn’t breed back within the expected timeframe, it may be necessary to evaluate her health, nutrition and management to determine any issues and implement corrective measures.

Get your VitaFerm Today

Not sure how soon will a cow breed back after calving? Well, with the help of VitaFerm, it will be a lot sooner than your neighbor’s cows who isn’t using VitaFerm!

Are you ready to add VitaFerm to your mineral program? We hope so! Not only will VitaFerm help with easy, effective breeding, it will also increase digestibility, helping keep your entire herd healthier. 

Not sure what product is right for your operation? Refer to the Concept•Aid Product Navigator to help you discover the product best for you.

Are you looking for a handy gestation calculator to help you determine the right time to breed back your cows based on when you want to calve? We’ve got you covered there too! Check out our automated Gestation Calculator.

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About BioZyme® Inc.

BioZyme Inc., founded in 1951, develops and manufactures natural, proprietary products focused on animal nutrition, health and microbiology. With a continued commitment to research, BioZyme offers a complete line of feed additives and high density, highly available vitamin, mineral, trace mineral and protein supplements for a variety of animals including cattle, pigs, poultry, sheep, goats, horses and dogs. BioZyme brands include AO-Biotics, VitaFerm®, Gain Smart®, Sure Champ®, Vitalize®, DuraFerm® and Backyard Boost®. With headquarters in St. Joseph, Missouri, the company reaches a global market of customers that stretches into countries across five continents. For more information about BioZyme, visit www.biozymeinc.com.

When the Worst Happens: Strategies for Managing Lost and Stolen Cattle

When the Worst Happens ~ Strategies for Managing Lost and Stolen Cattle

By: Jaclyn Krymowski

There are many issues that can arise on the ranch. If you’ve been in the business long enough, you are bound to run into common issues and likely will face rare ones too. However, it’s best to be as prepared as possible on both ends of the spectrum.

An uncommon but very real example is stolen and missing animals. Whether they become displaced due to a down fence, natural disasters or malicious interference, it’s best to ensure your cattle are properly identified and documented for smooth recovery.

The Case of Stolen and Missing Cattle

The loss of cattle isn’t just a financial setback; it’s a deep personal blow.  Ranchers pour countless hours of dedication, commitment, and passion into raising their herds. Stolen cattle represent not just a financial loss, but a loss of invested time and effort.

Financially, the impact can be significant. While the cost to replace cattle comes with a hefty price tag, the true loss goes beyond the immediate expense. Consider a bred heifer – all the work that went into raising her to this point is gone. Depending on her stage of pregnancy, this loss could mean the absence of a future replacement animal or marketing income. In essence, cattle theft strikes at the very heart of a rancher’s livelihood and future plans.

In the last decade, as with so many other types of crime, livestock theft has become more organized and more frequent. And this isn’t limited only to cattle. Behind livestock, high-value equipment is a prime target for many thieves.

Ranches are a particular risk because it is not always easy to spot a missing animal in a large group for days. As well, cattle are usually pastured in remote locations with little to no oversight making it very easy for thieves to quickly move in and out.

Reporting Incidents

The first step when you do notice any missing animals is to file a report with law enforcement and your livestock inspection program.

Remember that the more details you can include, the better. Besides brand, tattoo and ear tag information, list any other distinct marking or features such as approximate age and condition.

When any livestock is found, arrangements will be made for the owner to recover their animal(s). The person who files the “found livestock” is eligible to be reimbursed for any feed expenses. Or, they can ask for money to help with property damages, according to the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

Of course, be sure to familiarize yourself in advance with your own state’s unique law and protocol related to lost and stolen livestock. This is important because oftentimes there are other guidelines that the person who found the animal can follow. Being aware of some of the responsibilities you may have to the person who recovered  the animal is important to note so you are not blind sided.

Protecting Your Herd from the Worst

There are a few ways to ensure that your herd is protected and to deter potential threats from thieves or others intent on  messing with your livestock. This can include animal extremist groups who have been known to trespass and steal animals in the name of illegal “open rescue” efforts.

It’s a good practice to routinely count animals. This may be at feeding times and handling events or when inspecting fencing. If you have some pens or pastures that are alongside heavily traveled roadways, you will want to prioritize inspecting more often and have gates with robust locks.

In this same spirit, it’s important you and your entire team remain vigilant to any suspicious activity or persons entering your facilities. Have an open line of communication so that managers or supervisors are immediately aware of unusual happenings.

The same vigilance should go for onboarding new hires. Always ask for references and check their work histories. When possible, your manager should have a general awareness of where everyone on the team is expected to be during work hours. Don’t give out secure information or access to just anyone on the team.

For tracking and recording livestock, new technologies like GPS and satellite management are starting to enter the industry. These can provide remote visibility on the location and have  strong potential to prevent livestock theft.

It almost goes without saying, but every operation should be sure that all their cattle are marked with either registered brands, tattoos, tags or some form of permanent identification to help with the recovery process and provide proof of ownership. These should always be checked every time animals are handled as tattoos and ear tags can become difficult to read over time and may require redoing.

Finally, securing facilities on a routine basis is a must for every ranch. Security cameras and alarm systems are nice when feasible. But even a nightly plan for walking fencelines, checking spare buildings and locking up after work hours will go a long way in preventing crime.

Whenever there are suspicious vehicles or unwarranted visitors on your land, don’t react immediately. Instead take a moment to assess the situation and jot down general information such as license plate numbers, vehicle information and personal profiles.

If you have a good relationship with your local law enforcement – and you should – you can make them aware of this information even if no crime has taken place. This ensures they will be familiar and can react swiftly in the event they are criminal activities.

Even with money, good equipment and good employees, there’s no silver bullet to keep yourself from becoming a victim to cattle and other ranch theft. Animals do break loose from time to time and natural disasters wreak havoc on facilities. These problems are  as old as ranching itself, and not likely to cease. .

But advanced preparedness, knowing who and how to report missing or stolen cattle and a plan for being aware of cattle numbers and identities can help ease the panic and chaos in the moment. It also gives you the best shot to recover your losses.   

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