Daily Archives: May 10, 2010

Tennessee Floods Swamp Cattle and Crops

Tennessee Floods Swamp Cattle and Crops

Charles Johnson

Beef Today

Muddy waters from this past weekend’s storms flushed newly planted corn and cotton from fields and threatened livestock across the western two-thirds of Tennessee.

Officials hampered by washed-out roads are still assessing the damage. It is obvious, however, that many thousands of acres of farmland are affected.

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Having a Cow About Steak Quality

Having a Cow About Steak Quality

Wall Street Journal

Let’s talk about steak for a moment. Was the last one you ate good? How about the one before that? Be honest.

The first bite, in all probability, was juicy and tender. Not bad. A brief hit of beefiness, enough to spur you on to bite No. 2. But by bite No. 4, there was a problem: grease. The tongue gets entirely coated in it. It is at this point that many hands reach for that terrible abomination called steak sauce. It’s acidic and zingy and cuts through grease, but it blots out the weak flavor of the steak.

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Can Feeding DDGS Maximize Livestock Profitability?

Can Feeding DDGS Maximize Livestock Profitability?

The Farm Gate

Pork producers and cattle feeders are making their first profits in many years, thanks to lower numbers of livestock and a growing domestic and export demand for US beef and pork products. Both hogs and cattle are expected to be in the black for the balance of the year, but economists are warning producers not to expand in an effort to take advantage of the profitability. As an alternative to expansion, some producers may want to increase their profits with operational changes, and here is an idea that may work for some.

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UNL: Ethanol byproducts are good mix in cow feed

UNL: Ethanol byproducts are good mix in cow feed

North Platte Bulletin

University of Nebraska-Lincoln research finds feeding reproducing cows "corn coproducts" such as distillers grains is beneficial to post-calving gain and reproduction.

Dried distillers grains plus solubles, or wet corn gluten feed, are co-produced during the fermentation process of ethanol or corn sweetener, so they are readily available and an economical feed choice for Nebraska cattle producers.

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Beef As A Byproduct Of Ranching

Beef As A Byproduct Of Ranching

Troy Marshall

Beef Magazine

I love cows. I love the challenge of making genetic improvement and efficiently feeding our consumers.

I understand the point others are making when they say they are grass farmers rather than beef producers, but it’s always offended me a bit because my focus will always be on the cow and on the consumer’s eating satisfaction.

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Colorado State University to host ‘Beef University’ June 3 to 4

Colorado State University to host ‘Beef University’ June 3 to 4

High Plains Journal

Colorado State University will be offering a "Beef University" hands-on workshop on June 3 and 4 at CSU’s ARDEC facility, located north of Fort Collins. This day and a half workshop will educate cattle producers about topics including beef quality, cattle production and handling, consumer demand, and methods to increase profitability.

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Flood recovery concerns for beef cattle producers

Flood recovery concerns for beef cattle producers

Rusty Evans

The Leaf Chronicle

Justin Rhinehart, assistant professor and Extension beef cattle specialist with The University of Tennessee, shares some information on beef cattle concerns from the flood.

Recent flooding in Middle Tennessee may have caused immediate problems for beef cattle producers and might still lead to long-term issues in areas where infrastructure has been damaged.

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