BeefTalk: Reproductive Performance in Commercial Beef Herds is Remarkable

BeefTalk: Reproductive Performance in Commercial Beef Herds is Remarkable

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Producers may experience occasional issues, but as a whole, today’s cattle reproduce very well, which is indicated by the CHAPS data collection and analysis. Reproduction is measured by looking at the absolute values of a cow attaining a successful pregnancy and subsequent outcome, as well as the distribution of when a cow calves.

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Mark McCully of Certified Angus Beef, Connecting the Dots Between Producers and Profitability

Mark McCully of Certified Angus Beef, Connecting the Dots Between Producers and Profitability

Oklahoma Farm Report

As consumers signal more and more demand for Certified Angus Beef in the marketplace, Mark McCully’s job as vice president, overseeing CAB’s supply development, packing, and industry information divisions, is keeping him busier these days as he works with producers to keep a steady chain of high quality beef rolling through the pipeline.

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First-class feeder cattle marketing

First-class feeder cattle marketing

Steve Suther

Progressive Cattleman

Growing up on a Colorado cattle ranch, earning an animal science degree and riding for the Certified Angus Beef (CAB) brand for nearly 16 years, Paul Dykstra has learned a thing or two about “First-class feeder cattle marketing.”

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Do You Have Enough Winter Feed and Are You Feeding the Right

Do You Have Enough Winter Feed and Are You Feeding the Right Animals?

Victor Shelton

On Pasture

I often talk about taking inventory of winter feedstuff.  I’m primarily measuring dry matter, e.g. hay, pasture, stockpile, crop residue, and grazeable annuals still left.  Fall rains certainly helped to green things up and provide some new growth, but that won’t last much longer and real growth is about done and dormancy of perennials is not far off.  Three or four nights in a row in the 20’s is usually enough to stop and/or kill top growth and force dormancy.

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What You Can’t Do With a VFD

What You Can’t Do With a VFD

Russ Daly, DVM

Drovers

For some time now, livestock producers and veterinarians have been gaining an understanding of the new Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) rules. These rules went into effect on January 1, 2017, and as the year progressed, livestock producers have been confronting what those rule changes mean for their own operations.

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She’s Been A Good ‘Un

She’s Been A Good ‘Un

Dr. Roy Burris

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

I mentioned in last month’s article that picking a time to cull cows could be tricky. It is usually a straightforward decision in cases of open cows, lame cows or those with bad dispositions. However, culling old cows that have been “good ones” and are still producing can be a difficult decision. Despite all the “chatter” from our critics, we are the ultimate animal welfare people! We want to treat animals humanely but still be economically responsible. So culling cows while they are still healthy and have value but before they suffer the ill effects of old age is a part of good management.

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Veterinarians may be the biggest advocates in explaining how food is produced

Veterinarians may be the biggest advocates in explaining how food is produced

Teresa Clark

The Fence Post

With the problems in animal agriculture today, veterinarians may be the most important advocate for the beef industry and food animal production. Dan Thomson, DVM, spoke to producers about how the industry is changing during “The U.S. beef cattle production journey: The destination is up to us” program in Curtis, Neb.

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