Remember What Drives Profitability in the Cow-Calf Business
Dr. Mark A. McCann, Extension Animal Scientist, VA Tech
It is great to understand the connections among commodities and their impact on prices we receive. However, cow-calf producers do not need to lose sight of the management practices under their control which directly impact the profitability of their enterprise.
Ohio State University hosts second Animal Welfare Symposium
This year’s keynote speaker is Temple Grandin of Colorado State University. Grandin is internationally renowned for her work in animal welfare, particularly in regards to improving livestock and poultry handling practices.
GIPSA Rule Must Be Handled Professionally
Last week, the NCBA accused R-CALF USA of engaging in an effort to "undermine public confidence in the safety of beef." R-CALF CEO Bill Bullard adamantly denies this and criticizes the NCBA of deceit.
Sizing Up Brood Cows
Dr. Ken McMillan
QUESTION: Is there an optimal size for brood cows?
I think many producers have allowed cows to get too large for their production systems. By focusing on weaning weights in calves and utilizing cheap supplements, it seems they have selected for more growth in the heifers they retain.
Stocking Rate, Number of Cows Per Acre of Pasture, Requires Careful Figuring
Kansas City Infozine
My most frequently asked question is, ‘How many cows should I have?’" says Rob Kallenbach, University of Missouri Extension forage specialist.
Nothing artificial in new grass-fed beef pet food
LA Environmental Health Examiner
“With the sustainable, organic, grass-fed beef revolution well underway, we believe it’s high time for the same quality meats to make their way from the dinner plate to the pet bowl,” said Melissa McGinnis, the host of hit web series Greenopolis TVand founder of Original Pet Food Company.
Plant would use Ky. cattle to make jerky
A plan to build a slaughter house that produces beef jerky could keep Kentucky ranchers from shipping their cattle out of state.
Building the 245,000-square foot facility would cost $115 million and create 740 direct jobs, according to Texas consultant Rod Bowling. Bowling was speaking at a recent meeting of the state Agricultural Development Board.
NCBA Launches Last-Minute Campaign
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has launched a last minute campaign in rural America to support Congressional candidates who are working to sustain the U.S. beef cattle industry for future generations.
Are Specialty Beef Markets A Buffer Against Market Volatility?
Most American beef travels a familiar, traditional trail from pasture to plate. Here and there, though, some producers have chosen a road less traveled to meet the more specific needs and wants of consumers.
Beef cattle feed efficiency: why not?
David L. Morris, DVM, Ph.D.
The Fence Post
For those who have paid the feed bills for any class of cattle, feed efficiency makes sense, even if sense really means “cents.” If something measureable can reduce costs, and at the same time generate income, why not use it? Such is the case with feed efficiency in beef cattle.