Milk EPD and Calf Performance in Beef Cattle
In a long-term study, Oklahoma State Univ. researchers bred crossbred cows to Angus or Hereford bulls that were either very high or very low for milk expected progeny differences (EPDs). The difference in High and Low Milk EPDs for Angus sires was 27.3 lb. Heifers from these matings were born over a 5-year period (1989 through 1993). When the heifers were 6, 7, and 8 years old, milk production was measured, and weaning weights of their calves were compared.
Land O’Lakes Announces Executive Changes in its Purina AG Business Units
Land O’Lakes President and CEO Chris Policinski today announced a number of management changes taking place within his Senior Strategy Team.
Illinois firm takes e-coli precautions
While lawmakers prepare to introduce legislation to mandate greater E. coli inspections of ground beef and national media fuels the debate on the need for greater testing and safety procedures, one regional Illinois-based processor, Valley Meats, has taken a major pre-emptive move and has instituted a series of state-of-the-art testing and treatment technologies to eradicate harmful pathogens into their product stream.
Cattle feed: What do those vitamins, minerals and additives really do?
The Prairie Star
If cattle are not eating enough, what ingredient can a producer add to their diet to stimulate appetite?
One answer is salt. Salt acts as an appetite enhancer at low levels of inclusion. It is also an appetite suppressant at higher levels.
Options vary when marketing cattle
Livestock producers have many options when it comes to selling cattle, but a Texas AgriLife Extension beef specialist suggests that producers start at the beginning, by producing a good animal.
"You don’t have a lot of options if you don’t first produce a quality animal," Texas AgriLife Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Jason Cleere said. "Once you get a good animal, then you can look at the next step."
A Different Kind of Feedlot
Angus Beef Bulletin
Certainly, no two cattle feeding operations are alike. Most of them, however, are similar in appearance. Most of them, and especially the bigger operations, have that typical feedlot “look.” When describing it, people might mention a feedmill and stores of feedstuffs. They’re likely to mention rows of cattle pens divided by alleys from which feed is delivered to fenceline bunks.
Manage calving season for optimal results
Providing sound management during the calving season can mean more live calves. Excessive losses can mean the difference between a year’s profit or loss for a beef producer.
Dry-Aged, Wet-Aged Beef :: What’s the Difference?
Christopher R. Raines
Pennsylvania State University
In the simplest terms, dry-ageing of beef is the refrigerated, open-air storage of beef and is typically reserved for the rib and loin sections. Alternatively, wet-ageing is the refrigerated storage of beef in vacuum-sealed plastic bags and is generally applied to a broader variety of beef cuts.
What Is the Matter with M-COOL?
Country-of-origin labeling (COOL) for meat has become the law of the land, and you would think a pig had been stuck with a sharp butcher’s knife considering all the squealing coming from the beef packing industry and its trade associations.
Producers may want to reconsider heifer breeding weight targets
The Prairie Star
How big should replacement heifers be at breeding time?
The rate of postweaning growth among heifer calves has long been considered an important factor affecting age at puberty.
Research conducted during the late 1960s and through the early 1980s indicated puberty occurs at a genetically predetermined size, and only when heifers reached an appropriate weight could high pregnancy rates by achieved.
Greenhorns get a lesson in herding cows
Winston Salem Journal
Cow wrangling at the Children’s Home yesterday took an exciting turn when some of the cows took detours.
"I have learned that cows have their own mind," volunteer wrangler Dallas Brewer said. "It’s like herding cats."
John Harrington: It’s Raining Feeder Cattle
Between on feed data, cold storage inventories and livestock slaughter totals released on Friday, it was very easy to overlook an extraordinary statistical picture painted by the National Feeder Cattle Summary.