High-quality beef – what and why
Delta Farm Press
In the face of rising feed costs, American cattlemen are focused on high quality now more than ever before.
With rising feed costs, cattlemen are looking for ways to get the most from their calves. Genetics, management and marketing all play a role. In this Certified Angus Beef video, Brian Bertelsen, U.S. Premium Beef field operations vice president, and Paul Dykstra, CAB beef cattle specialist, discuss the importance of marbling and the reasons American cattle producers aim for high quality now more than ever.
A Good Offense Starts with a Good Defense
Over the years, cattle feeders have often found themselves in the crosshairs when it comes to consumer perception of the beef industry. If it isn’t the environment, it’s animal welfare. If it isn’t food safety, it’s feeding grain to cattle.
Cattle Body Condition Research Calls For Maintaining a 5-6 Score
Research suggests that feeding cows a ration that maintains a body condition score of five or six throughout gestation will help produce healthy calves.
Calves from cows that were not too fat or too thin throughout gestation – also appear to gain better than those calves from cows that were too fat or too thin.
USDA Predicts Cattle Numbers to Fall, Production Costs to Rise
Linda H. Smith
Production of most meats will be down this year as higher production costs more than outstrip relatively strong slaughter prices, speakers said at USDA’s Outlook forum here this week.
John Paterson: Increased animal welfare concerns here to stay
Tri State Livestock news
The concerns that consumers have today regarding animal welfare issues are here to stay according to Montana State University’s senior beef extension specialist John Paterson. He encouraged producers to take proactive actions to ward off the threat of increased government regulations.
Blood tests to check for pregnancy allows producers to better market open cows
The Fence Post
Commercial producers can sell open cows earlier generating more profit by using an inexpensive blood test to detect pregnancy. In fact, the test is so simple, producers can draw blood from the cows themselves, and send it to a laboratory for testing.
Grazing of cattle pastures can improve soil quality
A team of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists has given growers in the Piedmont guidance on how to restore degraded soils and make the land productive. Researchers with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) found that if cattle are managed so that they graze moderately, soil quality can be restored and emissions of carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas) can be reduced.
What’s the beef?
In an age where people are becoming increasingly interested in the origins of their food, however, there has been a growing trend toward eating beef that has not been raised on a diet of grain.
When Will She Calve?
I have been asked a few times, "how do you know when a cow is going to calve?" By now, "I just know." In reality, there is a whole cascade of events that lead up to parturition in cattle. I remember as a kid we had a crazy red cow behind the house that my dad kept waiting for her to calve.
BeefTalk: Plan Now for May and June Bull Turnout
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
It’s that time of year, which is bull time. Many producers are thinking it’s calving time, but calving time is a function of bull time. In other words, having healthy, good bulls ready for turnout in the spring is critical for next year’s calving time.