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Determinants Of Prices For Purebred Beef Bulls, D.D. Simms, R.P. Jr. Bolze, J. Geske, Kevin C. Dhuyvetter, Ted C. Schroeder Jan 1997

Determinants Of Prices For Purebred Beef Bulls, D.D. Simms, R.P. Jr. Bolze, J. Geske, Kevin C. Dhuyvetter, Ted C. Schroeder

Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports

Animal characteristics and sale price data for 1651 bulls sold at 26 Kansas purebred beef sales during 1993 were collected and analyzed to determine which factors affected price differentials for beef bulls. Bull sale price varied, from $650 to $20,000 per head. Regression analysis was used to determine the price differential associated with bull traits and marketing factors. Black bulls in the Simmental, Gelbvieh, and Limousin breeds brought premium s of 15% to 53% compared to their nonblack peers. Conformation, disposition , and muscling affected sell prices. Bulls with lower birth weights and birth weight expected progeny differences (EPD) brought ...


Protein Requirements Of Growing Steers Limit-Fed Corn-Based Diets, R.H. Wessels, Evan C. Titgemeyer Jan 1997

Protein Requirements Of Growing Steers Limit-Fed Corn-Based Diets, R.H. Wessels, Evan C. Titgemeyer

Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports

Seven steers (513 lb) were used in an experiment to investigate optimal levels and sources of protein in diets limit-fed to allow gain of 2.2 lb/day. Treatments were: a negative-control diet (urea; supplemented, 11.7% crude protein) and six diets containing either 13.5, 15.4, or 17.2% crude protein with either solvent-extracted (SSBM) or expeller-processed (ESBM) soybean meal, in which the soybean meal replaced corn in the control diet. Diets provided 75, 87.5, 100, or 112.5% of estimated crude protein requirement for a gain of 2.2 lb/day. The basal diet contained 83 ...


Evaluation Of The Protein Characteristics Of Four Diverse Grasses, C.P. Mathis, I.E.O. Abdelgadir, R.C. Cochran, J.S. Heldt, B.C. Woods, E.S. Vanzant, K. C. Olson, Evan C. Titgemeyer Jan 1997

Evaluation Of The Protein Characteristics Of Four Diverse Grasses, C.P. Mathis, I.E.O. Abdelgadir, R.C. Cochran, J.S. Heldt, B.C. Woods, E.S. Vanzant, K. C. Olson, Evan C. Titgemeyer

Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports

Forage protein characteristics in four grasses were evaluated by the nylon bag method. All of the forages used (Bermudagrass hay, brome hay, forage sorghum hay, and prairie hay) were of relatively low quality, except the Bermudagrass, which was of average quality. The forages differed in the size of different protein fractions and in the rate and extent of protein degradation. Predicted extent of ruminal protein degradation (i.e., ruminal protein availability) was lowest for prairie hay, intermediate for Bermudagrass and forage sorghum hay, and highest for the brome hay.


Effects Of Supplemental Degradable Intake Protein On Intake And Digestibility Of Forage Sorghum Hay, C.P. Mathis, R.C. Cochran, B.C. Woods, J.S. Heldt, Gerald L. Stokka, E.S. Vanzant, K. C. Olson, Evan C. Titgemeyer Jan 1997

Effects Of Supplemental Degradable Intake Protein On Intake And Digestibility Of Forage Sorghum Hay, C.P. Mathis, R.C. Cochran, B.C. Woods, J.S. Heldt, Gerald L. Stokka, E.S. Vanzant, K. C. Olson, Evan C. Titgemeyer

Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports

Sixteen ruminally fistulated beef steers with ad libitum access to forage sorghum hay were used to evaluate the effect of increasing level of degradable intake protein (DIP) on forage intake and digestion. Forage OM intake and total OM intake were enhanced with increasing level of DIP supplementation. Similarly, increases in total OM digestibility and total digestible OM intake (TDOMI) were evident. Compared with the negative control, TDOMI was approximately doubled at the highest level of DIP supplementation.


Effect Of Urea Level In Protein Supplements On Performance By Beef Cows Consuming Low-Quality, Tallgrass-Prairie Forage, B.C. Woods, R.C. Cochran, C.P. Mathis, J.S. Heldt, K. C. Olson, Evan C. Titgemeyer, David M. Grieger Jan 1997

Effect Of Urea Level In Protein Supplements On Performance By Beef Cows Consuming Low-Quality, Tallgrass-Prairie Forage, B.C. Woods, R.C. Cochran, C.P. Mathis, J.S. Heldt, K. C. Olson, Evan C. Titgemeyer, David M. Grieger

Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports

One hundred thirty two Hereford x Angus cows grazing tallgrass-prairie range during winter were used to evaluate the effects of varying the amount of supplemental degradable intake protein (DIP) derived from urea on cow and calf performance. Treatment groups were: 0, 15, 30, and 45% of the supplemental DIP from urea. Supplements were formulated to contain 30% crude protein (CP), with approximately 70% of the CP being DIP. Palatability was not a significant problem within the range of urea inclusion tested. In general, prepartum weight and condition losses were greater with increasing levels of urea, although the magnitude of condition ...


Economics Of Sealing Horizontal Silos, G.L. Huck, J.E. Turner, M.K. Siefers, B.E. Brent, K.K. Bolsen, Matthew A. Young, Ronald V. Pope Jan 1997

Economics Of Sealing Horizontal Silos, G.L. Huck, J.E. Turner, M.K. Siefers, B.E. Brent, K.K. Bolsen, Matthew A. Young, Ronald V. Pope

Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports

Determining the value of silage saved by effectively sealing a horizontal silo requires only a few simple calculations, but it is still a concept that is often overlooked by many livestock producers who store large amounts of silage in that manner. Kansas produces about 3.0 million tons of silage annually, primarily from corn and sorghum. A majority of this silage is made and stored in either bunker, trench, or "drive-over" pile silos . Only 20 to 30% of these silos are sealed after filling. Producers who do not seal need to take a second look at the economics of this ...


Rapid Nutrient Evaluation Of Sorghum Silages Using Two Types Of Near-Infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy, K.J. Budiongo, L.H. Harbers, B.W. Seabourn, K.K. Bolsen, B.E. Brent Jan 1997

Rapid Nutrient Evaluation Of Sorghum Silages Using Two Types Of Near-Infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy, K.J. Budiongo, L.H. Harbers, B.W. Seabourn, K.K. Bolsen, B.E. Brent

Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports

This research was designed to develop a set of prediction equations to measure nutrient composition of Kansas sorghum silages using both a portable and a research type near-infrared spectrometer (NIRS). A robust set of equations for dry matter, crude protein, neutral detergent fiber, and acid detergent fiber was developed for a wide range of sorghum phenotypes . NIRS analysis of sorghum silages is feasible with both a tilting filter (portable) and research instrument with a grating monochrometer.


A Novel Estrus-Synchronization Program For Anestrous And Cycling, Suckled, Beef Cows, W.L. Forbes, L.R. Corah, K. E. Thompson, G.C. Lamb, David M. Grieger, Jeffrey S. Stevenson Jan 1997

A Novel Estrus-Synchronization Program For Anestrous And Cycling, Suckled, Beef Cows, W.L. Forbes, L.R. Corah, K. E. Thompson, G.C. Lamb, David M. Grieger, Jeffrey S. Stevenson

Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports

We used four herds at three Kansas ranches to evaluate the potential of two new estrus synchronization strategies to increase estrus expression and fertility of 911 crossbred suckled beef cows. The treatments included: 1) 100 μg of GnRH and a 6-mg norgestomet ear implant on day -7 and 25 mg of PG F2" and implant removal on day 0 (GnRH+NORG+PG F2"); 2) 100 μg of GnRH on day - 7 and 25 mg of PGF 2" on day 0 (GnRH+PG F2"); and 3 ) (control) 25- mg injections of PG F2" on days -14 and 0; (2xPGF2" control) . The ...


Summary Of Kansas State University Swine Enterprise Record 1997, Michael R. Langemeier, Robert D. Goodband, Michael D. Tokach, Jim L. Nelssen Jan 1997

Summary Of Kansas State University Swine Enterprise Record 1997, Michael R. Langemeier, Robert D. Goodband, Michael D. Tokach, Jim L. Nelssen

Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports

The Kansas Swine Enterprise Record Program evaluates biological and economic performance and is part of a cooperative record- keeping project with Extension personnel and swine producers in Kansas. Nebraska, and South Dakota. From January 1 to December 31, 1996, profit per cwt of pork produced by these producers (13 semiannual and 18 annual data) averaged $10.62 for the last 6 months of 1996 and $8.08 for the entire year. Producers in the top one-third in terms of profitability had average profits of $15.11 per cwt, whereas producers in the bottom one-third had average profits of $.73 per ...


Field Day 1997, Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station And Cooperative Extension Service Jan 1997

Field Day 1997, Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station And Cooperative Extension Service

Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports

Each Field Day report consists of individual research reports on topics specific to the region, including cultural methods for most of the major crops grown in Kansas, mitigating the effects of weeds, insects, and disease associated with those crops, and irrigation. Research is conducted and reports written by staff of the K-State Research and Extension Southwest Research Extension Center.


Field Research 1997, Dale L. Fjell Jan 1997

Field Research 1997, Dale L. Fjell

Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports

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Atp Bioluminescence Can Evaluate Cleaning And Sanitizing Effectiveness In The Milking Parlor, M. J. Meyer, Karen A. Schmidt Jan 1997

Atp Bioluminescence Can Evaluate Cleaning And Sanitizing Effectiveness In The Milking Parlor, M. J. Meyer, Karen A. Schmidt

Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports

Four areas of the milking parlor were evaluated for effective cleaning and sanitation using total aerobic counts (standard plate count) and ATP bioluminescence (ATPB) techniques. Whereas the plate counts only monitor bacterial numbers, the ATPB results (reported as relative light units, RLU) also indicate residual soil or food residue on the surface. Results showed little correlation between the RLU values and the aerobic plate count data; however, the ATP bioluminescence system is a fast (<2 min) and simple method that evaluates the effectiveness of cleaning and sanitation procedures employed.; Dairy Day, 1997, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, 1997;


Biosecurity In The Dairy, Gerald L. Stokka, Thomas R. Falkner, Patrick Bierman Jan 1997

Biosecurity In The Dairy, Gerald L. Stokka, Thomas R. Falkner, Patrick Bierman

Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports

Three strategies exist to control unwanted disease in a livestock operation: 1) prevent the douintroduction of infected cattle, 2) raise the overall level of resistance and specific resistance to infectious disease, and 3) minimize herd exposure to infectious disease. In addition, if unwanted disease exists in the herd, then a plan to eliminate the disease should be implemented. Maintenance of closed herds, testing procedures, vaccination schedules, sanitation, and good husbandry practices are integral parts of biosecurity procedures. The procedures in place should produce a benefit in terms of both economics and public perception that the quality and safety of our ...


Managing The Nutrition Program For Cow Comfort, James R. Dunham Jan 1997

Managing The Nutrition Program For Cow Comfort, James R. Dunham

Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports

Comfortable cows are contented cows. However, cows may be comfortable in their environment but also experience some discomfort because of the nutrition program. A good nutritional management program will improve desircow comfort by providing: 1) the proper balance of nutrients for efficient production; 2) buffers for high energy rations to prevent acidosis and consore feet; 3) rations in which grain cannot be consumed too rapidly; 4) rations with proper amounts of nonfiber carbohydrate; 5) highest quality forages during hot weather; 6) additional moisture in total mixed rations during hot weather; 7) a readily available water source; and 8) a bunk ...


Expeller Soybean Meal As A Source Of Rumen Undegradable Protein For Lactating Dairy Cows, John E. Shirley, D. Piehl, Evan C. Titgemeyer, Michael V. Scheffel Jan 1997

Expeller Soybean Meal As A Source Of Rumen Undegradable Protein For Lactating Dairy Cows, John E. Shirley, D. Piehl, Evan C. Titgemeyer, Michael V. Scheffel

Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports

The loss of meat and bone meal as a source of high quality protein for lactating cows creates an increased need for nonanimal sources. Fifty six Holstein cows were used to evaluate expeller soybean meal as a source of rumen undegradable intake (by-pass) protein for high producing cows. Expeller soybean meal tended to improve 3.5% contain fat-corrected milk yield and increased milk fat percentage relative to diets containing either solvent soybean meal or a meat and bone meal:blood meal mixture. In contrast, the protein percentage in milk was depressed significantly when cows were fed expeller soybean meal compared ...


Trends In The Swine Industry: Productivity Measures, Kevin C. Dhuyvetter, J L. Parcell Jan 1997

Trends In The Swine Industry: Productivity Measures, Kevin C. Dhuyvetter, J L. Parcell

Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports

Productivity has been trending up in the swine industry over the last 15 years. Much of the increased productivity is due to increased pigs/litter and increased market weights. The efficiency of the breeding herd (litters/sow/year) has been trending up in the U.S. but has remained relatively constant in Kansas.; Swine Day, Manhattan, KS, November 20, 1997


The Effect Of Vitamin E, Selenium, And Copper Supplementation Preweaning On The Performance And Immune Response Of Beef Calves, C.L. Wright, L.R. Corah, Gerald L. Stokka, Frank Blecha, G. Lynch Jan 1997

The Effect Of Vitamin E, Selenium, And Copper Supplementation Preweaning On The Performance And Immune Response Of Beef Calves, C.L. Wright, L.R. Corah, Gerald L. Stokka, Frank Blecha, G. Lynch

Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports

Two experiments were conducted to determine the effect of vitamin E, selenium, and copper supplementation on the pre- and postweaning performance, immune responses, and serum metabolites o f crossbred beef calves. In experiment 1, 71 calves were blocked by weight and allotted to one of four individually fed treatments: 1) control supplement (2 lb grain creep ) (CS), 2) CS + .27 mg selenium + 500 IU vitamin E, 3) CS + 9.1 mg copper, and 4) combination of treatments 2 and 3. In experiment 2, 80 crossbred beef calves were blocked by weight and allotted to 5 individually fed treatments: 1) control ...


Explaining Differences In Efficiency Among Dairy Operations, P. T. Berends, Michael R. Langemeier, Allen M. Featherstone Jan 1997

Explaining Differences In Efficiency Among Dairy Operations, P. T. Berends, Michael R. Langemeier, Allen M. Featherstone

Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports

To remain competitive, dairy operatoins need to continue to improve production efficiency and manage costs. Kansas Farm Management Association data from 1991 to 1995 were used to measure technical, economic, and overall efficiencies for 50 dairy operations in Kansas. On average, the farms showed .87 technical, .71 economic, and .67 overall efficiency. The latter was related negatively to labor, capital, feed, and fuel and utility expenses per cow. Veterinarian expenses were related positively to overall efficiency. Overall efficiency was the most sensitive to changes in feed expenses per cow, emphasizing the importance of controlling this cost. Results also indicated that ...


The Effects Of Rbst (Posilac®) On Heat Stressed, Lactating, Dairy Cows, John F. Smith, John E. Shirley, Evan C. Titgemeyer Jan 1997

The Effects Of Rbst (Posilac®) On Heat Stressed, Lactating, Dairy Cows, John F. Smith, John E. Shirley, Evan C. Titgemeyer

Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports

Two hundred cows located on a commercial dairy in Mesquite, NM were used to evaluate response to rbST (POSILAC®) during heat stress in the summer of 1996. Cows were paired by days in milk (average = 153 d at initiation of experiment), parity, and milk yield (average = 92 lb at start of experiment). Prior to initiation of the experiment, all cows received rbST, then rbST treatment was discontinued for one cow from each pair. Milk production was monitored for 4 months. No interactions were detected between lactation number and treatment. Cows maintained on rbST gained .09 of a score (1 to ...


Roundup 1997, Kansas State University. Agricultural Research Southeast Agricultural Research Center Center--Hays Jan 1997

Roundup 1997, Kansas State University. Agricultural Research Southeast Agricultural Research Center Center--Hays

Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports

Roundup is the major beef cattle education and outreach event sponsored by the Agricultural Research Center-Hays. The purpose is to communicate timely, applicable research information to producers and extension personnel. The research program of the Agricultural Research Southeast Agricultural Research Center Center-Hays is dedicated to serving the people of Kansas by developing new knowledge and technology to stabilize and sustain long-term production of food and fiber in a manner consistent with conservation of natural resources, protection of the environment, and assurance of food safety. Primary emphasis is on production efficiency through optimization of inputs in order to increase profit margins ...


Effects Of Poultry Fat And Choice White Grease On Finishing Pig Growth Performance, General Carcass Characteristics, And Pork Longissimus Muscle Quality, J J. Engel, J W. Smith Ii, Robert D. Goodband, John A. Unruh, Michael D. Tokach, Jim L. Nelssen Jan 1997

Effects Of Poultry Fat And Choice White Grease On Finishing Pig Growth Performance, General Carcass Characteristics, And Pork Longissimus Muscle Quality, J J. Engel, J W. Smith Ii, Robert D. Goodband, John A. Unruh, Michael D. Tokach, Jim L. Nelssen

Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports

Eighty-four crossbred gilts were used to exan1ine the effects of increasing dietary additions of poultry fat (PF) or choice white grease (CWG) on finishing pig growth performance, standard carcass characteristics, and longissimus muscle quality. Increasing CWG or PF improved feed efficiency. Increasing CWG tended to increase then decrease longissimus muscle visual color compared with longissimus muscles from those animals fed PF. Pigs fed CWG had firmer, less exudative, and more purplish-red (measured by a Minolta chronometer) longissimus muscles compared with pigs fed PF. Feeding CWG or PF did not affect standard carcass traits and had minimal effects on longissimus muscle ...


Effects Of Sorghum Genotype And Processing Method On Production Characteristics And Growth Performance Of Nursery Pigs, J R. Froeschner, Z J. Cheng, Joe D. Hancock, Keith C. Behnke Jan 1997

Effects Of Sorghum Genotype And Processing Method On Production Characteristics And Growth Performance Of Nursery Pigs, J R. Froeschner, Z J. Cheng, Joe D. Hancock, Keith C. Behnke

Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports

Three sorghum varieties that varied in starch composition were fed to Phase II and Phase III pigs to determine if feeding sorghum high in waxiness provided a benefit. In addition, each variety was fed as a meal, standard pellet, and an expanded pellet. As level of waxiness increased, pellet durability index increased numerically and the amount of fines produced decreased numerically. In addition, thermal processing of the diets increased the feeding value. Sorghum genotype had little effect on pig performance.; Swine Day, Manhattan, KS, November 20, 1997


Pyridoxine, But Not Thiamin, Improves Growth Performance Of Weanling Pigs, J C. Woodworth, R E. Musser, J A. Loughmiller, S A. Moser, G S. Grinstead, P R. O'Quinn, Robert D. Goodband, Jim L. Nelssen, Michael D. Tokach Jan 1997

Pyridoxine, But Not Thiamin, Improves Growth Performance Of Weanling Pigs, J C. Woodworth, R E. Musser, J A. Loughmiller, S A. Moser, G S. Grinstead, P R. O'Quinn, Robert D. Goodband, Jim L. Nelssen, Michael D. Tokach

Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports

Two trials were conducted to determine whether pyridoxine or thiamine needs to be added to the diet for weanling pigs. In the first trial, weanling pigs were fed either a control diet or diets containing added thiamin (2.5 or 5.0 g/ton) or pyridoxine (3.5 or 7.0 g/ton). From d 0 to 14 after weaning, pigs fed added pyridoxine had increased ADG and ADFI, with pigs fed 3.5 g/ton of added pyridoxine having the greatest response. Growth performance was not improved by added thiamin. In a second trial, weanling pigs were fed a ...


Effects Of Tetracycline On Shedding Of Susceptible And Resistant Salmonella Spp. Experimentally Inoculated Into Pigs, K M. Claussen, D R. Hyatt, J C. Galland, Jerome C. Nietfeld, J M. Sargeant, Steven S. Dritz Jan 1997

Effects Of Tetracycline On Shedding Of Susceptible And Resistant Salmonella Spp. Experimentally Inoculated Into Pigs, K M. Claussen, D R. Hyatt, J C. Galland, Jerome C. Nietfeld, J M. Sargeant, Steven S. Dritz

Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports

The objective of this experiment was to study the influence of tetracycline on the transfer of antibiotic resistance in an in vivo swine model experimentally infected with antibiotic-resistant and antibiotic susceptible Salmonella spp. Tetracycline reduced the amount and duration of shedding of tetracycline- susceptible Salmonella. However, tetracycline had no effect on shedding of resistant Salmonella. We also have evidence that resistance was transferred from the resistant to the susceptible strain of Salmonella.; Swine Day, Manhattan, KS, November 20, 1997


Influence Of Dietary Tryptophan Levels On The Growth Performance Of Segregated Early-Weaned Pigs (10 To 20 Lb), J A. Loughmiller, D A. Knabe, K Hongtrakul, P R. O'Quinn, S Moser, J W. Smith Ii, Jim L. Nelssen, Robert D. Goodband, Michael D. Tokach Jan 1997

Influence Of Dietary Tryptophan Levels On The Growth Performance Of Segregated Early-Weaned Pigs (10 To 20 Lb), J A. Loughmiller, D A. Knabe, K Hongtrakul, P R. O'Quinn, S Moser, J W. Smith Ii, Jim L. Nelssen, Robert D. Goodband, Michael D. Tokach

Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports

A total of 360 pigs (averaging 13 d of age and 9.4 lb) was used to determine the effects of increasing dietary tryptophan:lysine ratio on the growth performance of segregated early-weaned (SEW) pigs. Two apparent digestible lysine levels (1. 15 and 1.50 %) and six apparent digestible tryptophan: lysine ratios (12.5, 15, 17.5, 20, 22.5 and 25%) were fed from d 0 to 16 after weaning. Lysine x tryptophan interactions were observed for ADG and F/G. Increasing the tryptophan: lysine ratio in the low lysine diets improved ADG and F/G in a quadratic ...


Lagoon Seepage Through Soil Liners, James P. Murphy, Joseph P. Harner Jan 1997

Lagoon Seepage Through Soil Liners, James P. Murphy, Joseph P. Harner

Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports

Most compacted soils can be used for lagoon liners to achieve seepage guidelines established by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.; Swine Day, Manhattan, KS, November 20, 1997


Summary Of Grazing Research On Kansas Crp Land, Michael R. Langemeier, P.D. Ohlenbusch, R.D. Jones Jan 1997

Summary Of Grazing Research On Kansas Crp Land, Michael R. Langemeier, P.D. Ohlenbusch, R.D. Jones

Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports

Animal performance and n et return per acre were examined for four CRP research sites in Kansas in 1 994, 1995, and 1996. Both mowing and prescribed burning increased animal performance in 1994. Mowing was economically feasible on one of the four sites. Prescribed burning was economically feasible on three of four sites. Mowing and burning treatments were not repeated i n 1995 or 1996. Net returns per acre for the site that was grazed with cowcalf pairs ranged from -$8.55 to -$25.54. For the sites grazed with stockers, net returns per acre varied from -$18.67 to ...


Failure Of Precalving Supplementation Of Vitamin E And Dietary Fat To Alter Reproductive Performance Of First Lactation Cows Or The Health Of Their Calves, J.L. Coalson, L.R. Corah, Gerald L. Stokka, Frank Blecha Jan 1997

Failure Of Precalving Supplementation Of Vitamin E And Dietary Fat To Alter Reproductive Performance Of First Lactation Cows Or The Health Of Their Calves, J.L. Coalson, L.R. Corah, Gerald L. Stokka, Frank Blecha

Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports

A study was conducted to determine the effect of precalving supplementation with vitamin E and fat on the reproductive performance of first lactation cows and the health of their calves. Approximately 50 days before the first expected calving, 48 crossbred heifers were allotted to four treatments: 1) basal diet that consisted of 13 lb of prairie hay, 7.3 lb of milo, and 1 lb of supplement per heifer per day; 2) basal diet+supplement bringing the diet to 4% fat; 3) basal diet+supplement providing 1000 IU supplemental vitamin E/day; and 4) basal diet plus both fat and ...


Effect Of Heifer Source On Reproductive Performance, Culling, Marketing And Profitability For A Commercial Heifer Development Program, J.M. Lynch, G.C. Lamb, L.R. Corah, David M. Grieger Jan 1997

Effect Of Heifer Source On Reproductive Performance, Culling, Marketing And Profitability For A Commercial Heifer Development Program, J.M. Lynch, G.C. Lamb, L.R. Corah, David M. Grieger

Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports

A commercial heifer development operation purchased 483 weanling Angus x Hereford heifers from 11 sources. Heifers were fed a common silage-based diet through an initial developmental period and retained or culled based on average daily gain, pelvic area, and disposition . The percentage of heifers culled from each source ranged from 18.1% to 94.7% and were either sold directly through a local sale barn or sent to a feedlot with retained ownership . Estrus was synchronized, and heifers were artificially inseminated (AI) for 30 days followed by 15 days of natural mating. First service conception rates for each source ranged ...


Planning A Dairy Expansion, John F. Smith Jan 1997

Planning A Dairy Expansion, John F. Smith

Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports

Dairy farm size is increasing in all regions of the United States. In two of the largest dairy states, California and Wisconsin, mean herd sizes have increased 950% and 250%, respectively, since 1950. Dairy herds of 500 cows are common in all areas of the United States, and herds over 1,500 cows are common in the West producand Southeast. Many dairy operations are considering expansion of existing facilities or construction of new facilities to increase efficiencyor profitability. Before adding cows or facilities, dairy producers may want to answer the following questions: 1) How can I improve the efficiency of ...