Steve Cornett: Time to Discuss Issues
Typically, when you gather at the annual convention of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the mood depends on cattle markets. Good markets equal good moods. Bad markets—especially markets like we’ve had the last years, with cattle feeders so bled down they have to beg beer off those few of us with expense accounts—equal bad moods.
SDSU research focuses on how people cook beef
How to cook beef will be a topic for researchers at South Dakota State University this spring.
A project funded by the Beef Industry Council and SDSU will offer a series of classes on campus about cooking beef. A second group will view the classes online, and a control group will receive no instruction.
Shock & Awe Named Supreme Hereford; Champions Selected at 2010 National Western Hereford Show
Hereford excitement abounded from the Yards to the Hill at the National Western Stock Show Jan. 13-16 in Denver. A total of 647 head were exhibited throughout the four-day event. There were 342 head in the open show, 89 in the junior show, 34 pens of bulls, 18 heifer pens and six carloads.
Safety Around Livestock Is Imperative
Kansas State University animal scientist Chris Reinhardt has a saying: “The good ol´ days never were.”
“What I mean is, when we start to get a little more salt than pepper in our hair, we start to reminisce about how good things used to be,”
said Reinhardt, who is the feedlot Extension specialist with K-State Research and Extension. “The problem is we almost always put on rose- colored glasses in that process.”
Watch for Molds and Mycotoxins
The 2009 harvest season has proven to be one of the most difficult in recent memory and we will have to deal with the results for the next 12 months. The wet corn left in the fields would seem to be a good feed source.
Perfect Storm Forming For Global Food, Agriculture
Numerous factors are converging to create ‘the perfect storm’ for global food and agriculture, conclude the authors of CAST’s newest Issue Paper, Agricultural Productivity Strategies for the Future: Addressing U.S. and Global Challenges. Prepared as an update of CAST’s first publication written in 1973 by Dr Norman E. Borlaug (Agricultural Science and the Public, CAST Paper No. 1), the newly released paper is dedicated to Dr Borlaug and features a Preface written by him shortly before his death in September 2009. Dr Borlaug, credited with saving more lives than any other person who has ever lived through his development of high-yielding grains, was a lifelong promoter and advocate for CAST.
The Fight Over COOL
It is no secret that producers and governments in Canada and Mexico oppose the U.S. country-of-origin labeling requirements. They believe it discriminates against their products and therefore violates the U.S. agreement under the World Trade Organization. Both countries have begun a case against the program and the long, complicated process of WTO reviews is now under way.
Beef production seminar rescheduled
The South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service has rescheduled a beef production seminar for Feb. 19 in Redfield.
The seminar takes place from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Leo’s Good Food restaurant, 602 N. Main St., Redfield. Listen to WNAX AM 570 for weather-related cancellations. Poor weather forced a new date for the event that was originally set for Friday
Nutrition for the beef cow before calving
Heather Smith Thomas
Tri State Livestock News
Dr. Dick Fredrickson, a veterinarian at Simplot ranches and feedlots of Grandview, ID, says protein deficiency in cows can be a big factor in whether or not their calves do well. If cows don’t have adequate protein, they cannot produce adequate colostrum. “This is the key to a healthy calf, all the way through,” says Fredrickson. “This is assuming cows have adequate forage, to supply enough energy. They can utilize low quality forage for energy, if they have enough protein to supplement it, so they can digest it.”