Heifer breeding considerations
Dave Barz, DVM
Tri State Livestock News
Estrous synchronization programs offer a good way to achieve a high percentage of pregnant females with less labor. The success of heifer genetics and breeding can affect the herd’s profitability for eight to fourteen years.
Exports matter more than ever. They account for almost 13 percent of all U.S. output–the highest rate of productivity since the government started keeping track during Herbert Hoover’s administration.
Environmental Influences on Reproduction
Dr. Terry Mader
In general, we are usually not concerned about heat or cold influences on conception rate in beef cattle. However, heat stress can impact on fertility. Heat stress is known to affect oocyte viability and fertilization rate.
Where’s the (Drug-Free) Beef?
Chemical and Engineering News
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.
Detecting growth promoters in meat isn’t easy, says Giancarlo Biancotto, an analytical chemist at the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie in Legnaro, Italy, because "classical analytical techniques often aren’t sensitive enough."
NCBA makes statement on APHIS appointments
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Chief Veterinarian Elizabeth Parker made the following statement regarding recent appointments made at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).
Organic food claims of superiority prove unsubstantiated
Anymore, it seems that everyone who thinks they are someone is out promoting organic food. They all claim organic food is supposed to save us from the evil, antibiotic-pumping, corporate farms that are killing our children
How to Choose Cattle for a Foundation Herd
You can’t start a cow-calf herd without having some good quality animals from the outset. Knowing which cattle to look for, where to find them, and what to do with them is all important.
Cattle Rustlers Hear The Call Of High Beef Prices
Ranchers and livestock producers are on guard against a modern-day version on an Old-West crime. Stolen cattle are a hot ticket at the sale barn these days, and Gail Banzet of member station KOSU reports why.
Embryo Transfer: The Winning Ticket
Christy Couch Lee
The possibilities are enticing. With the advancements of modern technology, you can produce dozens of calves from your best cows each year. Yes, embryo transfer (ET) can appear to be the golden ticket for your operation.
Understanding Cattle & Women?
Understanding why cattle select certain forage species or certain plants/weeds within a given species is about as well understood as why women need so many shoes when they only have two feet and why they need company to go to the ladies room when out with friends?!