The Economics of Creep Feeding – Does it Pay?
In severe drought conditions, creep feeding can be used to offset declining forage quality and quantity. However, creep feeding will not replace or decrease the calf’s milk intake. Thus, creep feeding calves in drought conditions does not result in lowered nutrient requirements for the dam and may exacerbate the loss of forage due to drought on the cowherd
New State Program Creates Markets for Meat Products
Angus Beef Bulletin
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has applied for a Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS) agreement with the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The program will allow participating state-inspected meat and poultry processors to distribute their products across state lines.
Whisper Makes Noise
The Whisper digital auscultation (stethoscope) system, introduced in 2014, initially found use in feedlot hospitals, as a tool for assessing severity of respiratory cases and helping guide treatment decisions. Since then, Merck Animal Health purchased the technology from Geissler Corporation and has invested heavily in refining the system and expanding its capabilities.
Meat may be the next target for luxury taxation
Do you enjoy a grilled hamburger on a summer day? Or how about a juicy steak on Sunday night? If so, you better start pinching pennies. Red meat could be the next product in line for a special luxury tax.
Research offers new insight into bacterial infections found in the noses of healthy cattle
New research led by academics at the University of Bristol Veterinary and Medical Schools used the ‘One Health’ approach to study three bacterial species in the noses of young cattle and found the carriage of the bacteria was surprisingly different. The findings which combined ideas and methods from both animal and human health research could help prevent and control respiratory diseases.
Internal parasites limit cattle feed intake, daily gains
“The infestation of brown stomach worm and other internal parasites can suppress appetite and reduce feed intake, resulting in disappointing average daily gains and weaning weights. It can also lead to problems with reproduction in cows and heifers,” said Dr. Joe Gillespie with Boehringer Ingelheim. “Controlling these parasites is a proven practice to improve performance in all stages of cattle production while also giving you a significant return on investment.”
Expensive beef, cheap cattle
Expensive beef and cheap cattle seem to be the rule these days, why? Why has the producer share of the food dollar fallen to historic lows? Does this have implications for not just producers of ag products, but the rural communities they depend on and support?