Jerry Wulf of Morris, MN, discusses managing costs and product quality in relation to his family’s business – which encompasses a seedstock, stocker and feedlot operation, with natural components. Recorded a the 2008 Beef Quality Summit, November 2008, Colorado Springs, CO. This Recording is a production of the Animal Sciences Department, Purdue University.
California will host BIF symposium
Angus Beef Bulletin
Registration opens at noon Wednesday, April 29.
Events Thursday include the East Tour, the opening reception and the biennial National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB) Symposium.
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Water Quality is Important to Livestock Health
Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D, PAS
Of all the nutrients, water is the most important. And often the most overlooked. It is the most abundant component in all living organisms with the body of the typical adult mammal composed of about 60 percent water. Its importance is emphasized in that of all the nutrients, water is needed on the most regular basis and in the highest volume.
No more antibiotic use in California?
A California state legislator has introduced a bill that would practically end the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture. The bill would, as of January 1, 2012, prohibit schools from serving poultry and meat products which have been treated with antibiotics for non-therapeutic and prophylactic purposes.
UW-Madison program gives high school students a dose of animal medicine
ANN MARIE AMES
Clearly, some kids had never been in a dairy barn before.
They stood ready to spring out of the way of a flying cow pie.
They watched, astonished, as Dr. Harry Momont’s arm disappeared into the rear end of a cow.
Conditional OK given for E. coli cattle vaccine
Federal regulators have conditionally approved the sale of a vaccine designed to reduce E. coli O157 in cattle, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Officials from Epitopix claim theirs is the first animal vaccine in the United States targeted against E. coli O157 bacteria and according to the report, the start-up company has been granted conditional license from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to start selling the vaccine to cattle producers and beef processors.
NCBA Launches Robust Spring Roundup Membership Drive
This year, the U.S. Congress will address many legislative issues that directly affect cattlemen’s bottom line – including property rights and environmental regulations. “The industry needs a stronger voice that represents the forceful, unified influence of America’s beef producers,” said Forrest Roberts, NCBA’s chief executive officer, when announcing the new “Spring Roundup” membership campaign.
Cattle Feeding: Getting The Moisture Out
Recently I have had the opportunity to be involved with discussions on alternative feeds in which protein levels were discussed. It was evident that the concept of Dry Matter (DM) was not well understood. This is not surprising as when I was a teaching assistant in graduate school it took some students nearly half the semester before they grasped the concept. Yet, when we discuss pricing alternative feeds, this simple concept is very important to understand.
Management Practices to Improve Marbling & Beef Quality – Frequently Asked Questions
Ropin’ the Web
How is intramuscular fat different from subcutaneous fat?
Subcutaneous fat is laid down on the outside of the carcass, while intramuscular fat is laid down within the muscle. As the amount intramuscular fat increases the quality of the beef improves. As the amount of subcutaneous fat increases the quality beef goes down. An excessive amount of external fat reduces the value of the beef.
Local ranchers work on their image
Feeling misunderstood, cattlemen come together to educate the public
Jolene Moxon grew up in a ranching family. Her grandparents ran cattle in Trinity County, and her father worked in the dairy industry in Arcata. She remembers showing cattle at the Humboldt County Fair, proudly sporting her blue-and-gold Future Farmers of America jacket as she led her steer around the woodchip-filled ring.
Indiana Beef Cattle Association announces new Scholarship
Hoosier AG Today
The Indiana Beef Cattle Association (IBCA) announced the creation of a new annual college scholarship program during their annual business meeting in Indianapolis. The $500 scholarship is being made possible through the generous donation of Clark Sennett, owner of Sennett Farms Cattle Company in Waynetown, IN.
Free online Johne’s course available
Michael Carter, National Johne’s Disease Control Program coordinator at the National Center for Animal Health Programs, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service-Veterinary Service (USDA-APHIS-VS), points out that the National Animal Health Monitoring Systems (NAHMS) “Beef 1996” study estimated that eight out of 100 U.S. herds may be infected with the bacteria that causes Johne’s disease. Infected beef herds usually experience lighter calves at weaning and cows tend to be slower to breed back.
IMI Global launches VerifiedGreen(TM) to certify ag operations as ‘green’
Integrated Management Information has launched VerifiedGreen(TM), a new verification program that caters to agricultural producers and consumers who are committed to reducing their carbon footprint.
Continuing the family tradition
Tri State Livestock News
It all started in Russia – the Schrag family tradition of raising Shorthorn cattle. Fourth generation cattle breeders, Cory and Melissa Schrag of Marion, SD are continuing the tradition Cory’s father and grandfather practiced there. They say their appreciation for livestock in general has motivated them to continue the Schrag family’s tradition.
First TB Tests in Dakota Prove Negative
No sign of bovine tuberculosis has been found in the first round of testing a herd of cattle from southwestern North Dakota. All 28 samples submitted for culture tested negative for the disease.
The tests, conducted by the National Veterinary Service Laboratory at Ames, IA, were ordered after a cow from the herd was found to have a TB lesion during a routine inspection at a meat processing plant in Long Prairie, MN, late last year.