What are your culling criteria?
Clay Wright, Noble Foundation
The Cattle Business Weekly
As fall approaches and cow-calf pairs are sorted, vaccinated and weaned – it’s also an opportune time for selection and culling. Selection is the process of deciding which animals stay in the herd another year and is based on defined criteria for reproduction, functionality and production within the herd.
Cattlemen can help prevent dark cutters.
Ceritifed Angus Beef
In most situations, things go better when everyone remains calm. That’s true for cattle, too, including those about to enter the food chain.
Excited cattle can become “dark cutters,” lowering profit potential and causing beef demand challenges, says David O’Diam, brand extension manager for Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB).
John Harrington: Steering the Titanic?
The Cattlemen’s Beef Board unanimously approved a $40.6 million budget for Fiscal 2011, down 7.4 percent from the Fiscal 2010 budget and representing a decline of about 24 percent in the last five years.
OQBN Vac-45 Program Adds Value to Beef Cattle
David Cantrell OSU Extension Educator
Successful cow-calf producers strive to receive the highest possible value for their calves at sale date. The Oklahoma Quality Beef Network is a program which began in 2001 and is a joint effort by Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service and the Oklahoma Cattleman’s Association.
Senators support GIPSA competition rule
High Plains Journal
Twenty-one senators have signed a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture in support of the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration’s proposed livestock and poultry competition rule released in late June.
Angus breed has lowest incidence of bovine respiratory disease
Seasoned cattlemen have long suspected a link between calf genetics and health, and a mounting body of research is proving them right. Uncovering that connection might lead to new tools for managing disease resistance.
USDA and Department of Justice Announce Agenda for August 27 Livestock Workshop in Colorado
The workshop will be held in the main ballroom of the Lory Student Center, Colorado State University, 1101 Centre Avenue Mall, Fort Collins. Attendance is free and open to the public. The general public and media interested in attending the Colorado workshop should register at www.conferences.colostate.edu/LiveStockWorkshop.
Organic, grass-fed beef is good for you.
Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.
Conventionally raised cattle (as opposed to organically raised or grass-fed/free-range), grow bulky due to the use of steroids and hormones that, as a side effect, suppress the their immune response.
The Bottom Line In BQA
While the lessons learned through participation in beef quality assurance (BQA) programming help the cattle industry spread a good message to consumers about issues such as cattle care and antibiotic use, they can also help a rancher’s bottom line.
Fort Collins agriculture workshop will include top Obama administration officials
Thousands of ranchers from across the country are expected to descend on Fort Collins for a workshop next week that one cattlemen’s group is calling "the most important day in the history of our U.S. cattle industry."
Attorney General Eric Holder and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will attend the Aug. 27 public workshop at Colorado State University’s Lory Student Center, which will examine competition in the livestock industry. A detailed agenda and full list of participants is expected to be released today.