Daily Archives: July 19, 2007

Beef Ration Rules of Thumb

Beef Ration Rules of Thumb

Ropin’ the Web

This factsheet can both guide producers through a feed test and help them understand the results.

With a feed test in front of you, look at the following rules and compare them to the feed test. Remember, these are rules of thumb, which means they hold true most of the time, but variations in management and cow type will affect the end result.

These rules of thumb should not be considered a replacement for balancing rations with proven software, but rather an aid to understand the feed and where it fits in the management.


Organic = Irresponsible

Organic = Irresponsible

MFA Health Track

I still have not gotten off of my soapbox from Monday yet. The national media continues to how organic foods are ‘healthier to the consumer’ and ‘friendlier to the environment’. Monday’s post more or less addressed concerns about the safety of beef raised using traditional management strategies. But what are the implications related to responsible resource usage and management if US animal agriculture abandoned the technology that has been developed in the last 45 years? Or in other words how would our food supply be affected by switching to organic production?


Forage Focus: Drought-Stressed Corn For Silage

Forage Focus: Drought-Stressed Corn For Silage


The dry conditions in many parts of the state have greatly reduced hay and hay silage yields which has reduced forage inventory on many dairy farms. In addition, corn plants are becoming stunted and grains yields are likely to be poor. Low forage inventory and the desire to salvage some value from corn fields means that much of the droughtstressed corn in the state will be chopped for silage. Drought-stressed corn silage can be a good feed for dairy cows and other ruminants if some guidelines are followed.


Farmers Issued Call To “Arms” To Defeat Kind Flake Farm Bill Amendment

Farmers Issued Call To “Arms” To Defeat Kind Flake Farm Bill Amendment


WASHINGTON, July 18, 2007—As the House of Representatives moves closer to voting on the 2007 Farm Bill, Farm Policy Facts, a non-profit coalition of farmers and commodity groups, today unveiled an online petition to enable farmers from across the nation to speak directly with Capitol Hill.  Since its launch earlier this year, members and their staffs are turning to FarmPolicyFacts.org for unfiltered news and information about America’s farmers and the need to maintain a strong farm policy.

The online petition calls for rejecting any attempts to destroy current farm policies or raid the safety net for farmers and ranchers, and specifically proposals offered by Reps. Kind and Flake.  Their proposal seeks to repeal and cut holes in the farm safety net—a disastrous proposition for America’s farmers and our nation’s food security.


The Mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling Law is imminent…

The Mandatory Country-of-Origin Labeling Law is imminent…

TOP SEVEN REASONS WHY the current law doesn’t work, and MUST be fixed now!

The current mandatory law will damage our livelihood. Cattlemen are a proud lot, and we are proud of the beef we produce. Labeling our products, especially U.S. beef, helps to strengthen consumer demand. We support a marketing program to promote American beef. But the current mandatory labeling law forces additional burdens on us, and doesn’t achieve the program’s intent.


Inaugural W.D. Farr Scholarships Awarded at Cattle Industry Summer Conference

Inaugural W.D. Farr Scholarships Awarded at Cattle Industry Summer Conference

DENVER (July 18, 2007) – The academic careers of two outstanding animal science graduate students were given a lift today with scholarships awarded in honor of one of the cattle industry’s greatest pioneers. The National Cattlemen’s Foundation (NCF) honored W.D. Farr, 97, of Greeley, Colo., through two annual $12,000 graduate scholarships bearing his name.

Sandra Gruber is currently working on her Ph.D. program at the Department of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University, where she also received her master’s degree. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from The Ohio State University. Sandra’s research focuses on identifying factors that influence beef tenderness. Following completion of her graduate program, her goal is to actively contribute to the improvement of the beef industry by establishing an industry-recognized research program and have meaningful interaction with undergraduate students.


Center for Profitable Agriculture Welcomes New Marketing Specialist

Center for Profitable Agriculture Welcomes New Marketing Specialist

Cattle Today

Jennifer Dutton has been welcomed as the newest marketing specialist for the University of Tennessee and the Center for Profitable Agriculture (CPA). The CPA is a partnership educational outreach program between UT Extension and the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation and is the state’s flagship program for value-added agriculture.

As the newest member of the Center’s staff, Dutton will be involved with various value-added farm projects and will provide leadership to value-added meat and livestock initiatives. She recently completed her Master’s degree at Oklahoma State University (OSU) in Agricultural Economics. While at OSU she focused her research on the value that consumers place on brands and product attributes for fresh beef products at the retail level.