Expanding In Today’s Cattle Business
People get sick of hearing this, but don’t buy a bigger truck unless you’re already making money,” says Kevin Dhuyvetter, Kansas State University (KSU) agricultural economist. “Know you’re doing a better job than the average; if you’re not, don’t expand.”
Media Attention to Animal Welfare Has Negative Impact on Meat Demand
American Meat Institute
As a whole, media attention to animal welfare has significant, negative effects on U.S. meat demand, according to a new analysis by Kansas State University.
The study’s results are based on an extensive search of top U.S. newspapers and magazines used to develop indices reflecting public information on animal welfare that U.S. consumers received from 1982 to 2008.
Bull nutrition key for successful breeding
Much focus is placed on the importance of proper cow nutrition for successful breeding, but too often the needs of the bull are ignored. The bull stands in the unique position of being responsible for 50 percent of the reproductive success of your herd. Think about it. The nutrition of this one animal can affect the conception rate of your entire herd
BeefTalk: Managers Need High Goals for Cow Reproductive Rates
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Producers utilizing the CHAPS (cow herd appraisal of herd performance) recordkeeping program through the North Dakota Beef Cattle Improvement Association (NDBCIA) have a cow pregnancy rate of 93.5 percent and will follow through in the spring by calving out 92.9 percent of them.
How is this done? That is a good question. I would speculate that producers are learning to keep some condition on their cows.
Mineral Intake Variability a Critical Issue
by: Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS
Over the years we have discussed minerals and mineral programs at length in these articles. Mineral nutrition, in general, has been studied at great length and for the most part a great deal is known about the importance of minerals in cattle nutritional programs.
The All-Around Feedlot Gal
Rachel Smith is a good hand around a feedyard. She can wash tanks and work in the mill. She knows how to doctor cattle, process arrivals and read bunks.
She puts all that experience to work at Thomas County Feeders, Colby, Kan., where her actual position is full-time cattle clerk. That means she also handles all of the “natural” paperwork and deals in customer service, too.
Livestock producers concerned about rising feed prices
Illinois Farm Bureau
Not all farmers were overjoyed this week when corn futures cracked $5 per bushel.
Some livestock producers are concerned higher feed costs could erode their margins.
“It’s a concern but it’s not something we haven’t had to deal with before,” said Trevor Toland, a beef producer from Macomb and president of the Illinois Beef Association (IBA).
Ranchers react to ruling on grazing permits
Idaho ranchers expressed disappointment with Monday’s U.S. District Court ruling requiring the Bureau of Land Management to release the names and addresses of grazing permit holders. “We see this as an invasion of privacy,” said Wyatt Prescott, executive vice president of the Idaho Cattlemen’s Association.
Consumers Spend Less On Meat When Livestock Is In The Media.
The Farm Gate
Before recent years the only time a consumer would come in contact with livestock was in the meat counter. But now consumers are more familiar with meat animals, livestock production practices, and are even voting in referenda how eggs should be laid, cows should be milked, and protein foods should be produced. What influence has that had on the consumer demand for meat?
Pfizer seeking to expand animal health business
LINDA A. JOHNSON
Pfizer Inc., the world’s biggest seller of drugs for people, now is looking to make more bucks from Fido, Fifi and farm animals.
The company is developing drugs for new animal diseases, pushing into the growing market for pet medicine in emerging markets and working with livestock farmers to use its genetic tests to reduce costs and produce top-quality meat.