Alternative Winter Nutritional Management Strategies – Part 1
“Producers have a variety of management alternatives to consider as they develop economical alternatives to feeding harvested forages.”
By Janna Kincheloe, Extension Agent, Montana State University and Ron Hathaway, Extension Agent, Oregon State University
One of the main challenges to beef producers in the western U.S. is to develop a cost-effective winter feeding program while still maintaining acceptable levels of beef cattle production. Many producers in the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West feed between two and four tons of hay to their mature cows during the winter feeding period. Feed and supplement costs account for an estimated 50 to 70 percent of total production costs. Therefore, a producer’s ability to compete with other regions depends in large part on his or her ability to reduce these costs. Producers have a variety of management alternatives to consider as they develop economical alternatives to feeding harvested forages.
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Beef Checkoff: Cutout Calculator – Searching For Yield Signs
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Nov. 21, 2006) – Beef producers now have an online calculator to help estimate subprimal yields and their approximate values, based on current market prices, before their cattle go to market. The new resource, called the Beef Cutout Calculator (a featured link at http://www.beefresearch.org), is funded by the beef checkoff and designed by faculty and graduate students at Colorado State University (CSU).
By plugging a few numbers into this interactive tool, users can generate a
report that estimates cutout weights for individual animals, differentiated by USDA yield grade, cutting style, external fat trim level and initial live animal or carcass weight. Additionally, the report reflects current market values since the software uses the prior week’s USDA-AMS National Weekly Beef Prices for Boxed Beef Cutouts & Cuts in its calculations. New USDA-AMS information is uploaded to the system every Friday.
By-product or bonus?
Food System Insider
Quick, name the top five breeds of beef cattle.
You probably thought of Angus and Hereford, perhaps added Limousin, Charolais, Gelbvieh or Brahman. You might, however, have missed the Holstein, which accounts for as much as 20 percent of U.S. beef production.
Just as in beef operations, the dairy industry produces two types of beef animals. One category is culled cows and bulls, which typically go to slaughter without grain finishing. Dairy’s other beef-production chain involves the “other half” of their calf crop. Dairies typically remove male calves from their dams shortly after birth, often selling them at one day of age. The calves then spend a few months in a growing program before moving to a feedlot. Weighing 350 to 400 pounds on arrival, many Holstein steers will spend close to a year in the feedlot, although in some cases owners background them longer and place them on feed at heavier weights.
U.S.-Based Cattle at Agribition Again
Canadian Press, mycattle.com
REGINA (CP) – For the first time since mad cow disease was found in Canada, cattle from the United States will be shown this week at the country’s largest agricultural marketplace.
Two U.S. producers are bringing animals across the border for the Canadian Western Agribition in Regina.
Two exhibitors out of more than 400 may not sound like much, said Agribition general manager Leon Brinn, but it’s still significant.
“This represents a major move on the part of American producers to recognize the strength of the Canadian show,” said Brinn.
“We believe that it has to do with the fact that they recognize the strength of the North American market lies in the full North American market, and the fact that they need to be active in Canada.”
American Angus AssociationSM Elects Leadership at 123rd Annual Meeting
American Angus Association
Jot Hartley, Vinita, Okla., was elected president of the American Angus AssociationSM at the group’s 123rd annual convention of delegates, November 13 in Louisville, Ky. He follows Ben Eggers, Mexico, Mo.
More than 350 delegates who were elected to represent American Angus Association members from more than 40 states conducted the business of the Association during the annual meeting and election. The meeting was at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) Super Point Roll of Victory (ROV) Angus Show.
Paul Hill, Bidwell, Ohio, was chosen by the delegates to serve as vice president of the Association, and five individuals were elected to the Association’s board of directors. Jay King, Rock Falls, Ill., will serve as treasurer for the year.