Record-setting NCBA Trade Show draws crowd to Reno
High Plains Journal
The 2008 National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade Show, scheduled for Feb. 6 to 8 in Reno, Nev., will feature more than 270 exhibiting companies displaying the latest cattle industry equipment, products and services over a 200,000 square-foot exhibition hall. The cattle industry’s largest-ever trade show is being held in conjunction with the 2008 Cattle Industry Annual Convention.
A new feature of this year’s trade show will be a demonstration area featuring hands-on techniques in the use of border collies in cattle handling, cattle dog training, chute-side manners and ranch horsemanship.
What does advancing technology mean next to beef industry?
By Ron Torell, University of Nevada Extension, Livestock Specialist and Lori Weddle-Schott, University of Minnesota Beef Center
Technology and products we now take for granted were fascinating to generations gone by.
Imagine the amazement of the cave man as the first wheel rolled off the assembly line. The wheel led to the human drawn pull cart which led to the horse drawn cart which led to the motorized vehicle.
Age Determination in Beef Cattle
Beef cattle depend on forages as their major source of nutrients. To be able to graze and physically break the roughage down into small particles, the animals teeth must be in good condition. The age of a beef animal has a direct effect on the animal’s teeth and subsequent productivity.
Being able to estimate an animal’s age is an important factor in making management decisions. The animal’s teeth are generally used as an indicator of age when actual birth dates are not available.
The Battle Creek Enquirer
The word “organic” once might have conjured images of enlightened hippies working barefoot on farms for the good of nature and humankind.
These days, the word has come to represent something very different — a global industrial food system often operating behind closed doors unfriendly to the individual consumer’s queries about safety and quality.
Out to pasture
Hundreds of acres used for livestock, hay operation By Jenni Glenn The Journal Gazette
The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Even when the mercury plunges, farm chores still need to be done.
That’s why I was climbing through piled hay in Seven Sons Meat Co.’s southwestern Allen County barn – to experience what it’s like to feed the cattle on a cold winter morning. And this day was so cold I couldn’t feel my toes.
I felt pretty wimpy next to the cattle. They were eating without a care in the world, even though their breath was visible and the temperature had dropped to minus 5 degrees that morning. I eyed their shaggy red and brown coats enviously.
Congress may need to intervene on behalf of beef producers
The Prairie Star
Beef producers have been riding a wave of profitability the last few years. Prices were good and demand was rising. But things have become a bit more challenging of late. Prices are not as good as they have been and feed costs are on the rise, making it more difficult to show a profit, or at least the kind of profit they’ve been seeing.
Things may be becoming even more challenging as the U.S. Department of Agriculture is currently considering a plan to import animal products from selected regions in Argentina.
School farm shifts focus of research
Southeast trying out new ag technologies.
Southeast Missouri State University has owned a farm for years, but not like the one the school is preparing to start operating this spring just south of Gordonville.
Where the old farm was devoted almost exclusively to research and hands-on experience with beef cattle, the new farm will research technology and practices to help improve not only cattle operations but row-crop farming as well.
Research in both areas “will be a permanent aspect” of the farm, said Michael Aide, chairman of Southeast’s Department of Agriculture. However, that research will change over time.