China buys a big hunk of U.S. beef
Des Moines Register
China, a good customer of U.S. pork but seldom a factor in beef purchases, showed up as a big buyer of beef at the very end of the 2011 marketing year in the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture weekly export summary.
Cross named department head for Texas A&M animal science
Dr. H. Russell Cross has been named department head of animal science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University in College Station.
Exploring What Cattle Eat
The beef checkoff recently launched “Cow Chow,” an online game and video series designed to answer common questions about cattle diets.
Bill Seeks Permanent Ban on Downer Slaughter at Meat Plants
Food Safety News
Congressman Gary Ackerman, D-NY, this week reintroduced a bill to permanently prohibit the slaughter at meat plants of unhealthy livestock that cannot walk because they are diseased, injured or ill, and to require that these animals be humanely euthanized.
Optimizing beef carcass weight through understanding carcass cost of gain
Minnesota Farm Guide
Rising prices for cattle, along with high costs-of-gain (CoG) for feeding, force producers to routinely analyze the optimum time, or end point, for selling fed cattle.
The logical end point to maximize return per animal is to feed cattle until the selling price matches the CoG for feeding.
Ranching in Russia
Great Falls Tribune
Darrell Stevenson knew it would take more than rugged Montana cowboys, horses and cattle to create a ranching way of life in Russia, and the Hobson-area Angus breeder figures he’s made a good start. Russian youth might help show the way.
Where is the legal line drawn in animal rights activism?
San Luis Obispo Tribune
A federal courthouse in Boston and a ranch in California’s San Joaquin Valley present competing faces of the animal rights movement.
One side is peaceful. The other, decidedly, is not. Both can feel the weight of the law and the sting of being called a terrorist.
New Online Cattle Buying/Selling Tool
Cattle-Exchange.com, a new website connecting cattle buyers and sellers launched by Beef Today magazine, allows sellers to input free listings, or pay and post enhanced listings.
Forage systems to reduce the winter feeding period
Gerald W. Evers
North Texas E-News
Livestock require some form of feed every day. Growing or stored forages (grasses, legumes, forbs, and browse) are used to support livestock throughout the year.
Getting her bred again
Tri State Livestock News
Getting every first-calf heifer to breed back is a critical step in transitioning her from an investment to a source of income for any operation.