10 Greatest Beef Innovations
In the June issue of Beef Producer our readers chose the ten greatest innovations in the history of the beef industry. Because some of these stories had to be cut quite a bit to fit the magazine we’ve chosen to offer them in full length version here.
Bloat in Pastures
The bloat-causing potential is related to the rate of digestion by rumen microbes. The fine portions of bloat-causing forages are digested rapidly whereas bloat-safe forages are digested slower.
Outbreak in Europe May Revive Stalled U.S. Effort to Tighten Rules on Food Safety
New York Times
For now, the focus in this country is on beef, since E. coli lives in the guts of cows.
In January, the United States Department of Agriculture drafted a much-anticipated proposal to regulate six forms of toxic E. coli in meat, in addition to the most common form, O157:H7, which is already regulated.
ISU Beef Extension Veterinarian
Editors Note: PLEASE CONSULT YOUR VCPR VETERINARIAN BEFORE MAKING ANY JUDGEMENT ABOUT THIS PRODUCT
Several questions about estrus synchronization program called Super Sync. The promoter claims a legal product that does not use CIDRs. However, the product uses estradiol as primary component of program. There is not a legal source of estradiol in the US so this product is illegal.
On Target Tips
Jeff D. Wilkins D.V.M. – Elon Animal Hospital – Elon, North Carolina
Here is a program that I use on my herd of Red Poll cattle. We artificially inseminate most of the cows and I use a super clean up bull on them afterwards to keep a short calving season. My good friend and mentor Dr. Dan Schmiesing from St. Henry, Ohio helped me work out this program.
Penn State University
A recap and “high points” of our recent visit to Polyface Farms
It had been months in the making, our visit to Polyface, Inc. None of us can remember the exact details of how our group was formed, but it did, and we had the opportunity to get a private tour of this enterprise from Mr. Joel Salatin himself.
Beef Improvement Federation Honors Nebraska Producer
A Chadron cattle producer has been honored by the Beef Improvement Federation. The Quinn Cow Company has been honored with the BIF Outstanding Commercial Producer Award for their outstanding management practices and leadership within the beef industry.
BeefTalk: Beef Production of the Future
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
The future of beef starts with beef systems that generate a per-cow gross margin of $600 and hold direct costs to less than $400 and overhead to less than $100 per cow.
The Checkoff Saga
I was going to use the word “fiasco” in the title of this piece but I worried that such a word would imply that the good work of the checkoff has stopped, while all of the political infighting wages.
Hay storage can make a difference
Summer is a major hay production and harvest time, but how the hay is stored can make a big difference in the quality of hay at feeding time. A large number of cattle producers are feeding hay stored as large round bales.