Monthly Archives: August 2008

BeefTalk: Buy Feed by Value, Not Pounds

Kris Ringwall, NDSU Extension Beef Specialist

Shopping for Cattle Feed? Shopping for Cattle Feed?

A sound understanding of the nutritional requirements of cattle and the nutritional value of feed is needed.

Wintering cattle requires feed. The current tight inventories of feed suggest that cow culling should be deep.

Yet, once the culling is done, but the bales still don’t add up, the time is right to contact a good beef cattle nutritionist. The nutritionist can help develop a “least cost” ration.

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Effects of BRD Vaccines Studied

Ed Haag

Angus Beef Bulletin

Jason Sawyer, beef researcher with Texas A&M University’s (TAMU’s) Department of Animal Science, is well aware there is suspicion among some beef producers that vaccinating their cattle for bovine respiratory disease (BRD) before they enter the feedlot could cost them a whole lot more than the price of the shots.

“The premise behind our study was to try and address a concern that a lot of producers have expressed,” he says. “The concern is that by using the modified-live vaccine (MLV) on calves at weaning time, it might impair their performance in the feedlot.”

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Transitions – Part 2

Kindra Gordon

Cattle Business Weekly

So, how can ranch families move into the future with a transition plan in place? Kevin Spafford, a succession planning specialist, shares the following tactics that can be beneficial to the process.

Start communicating. Spafford – along with most succession planning experts – say the best way to resolve or minimize conflict is to keep all involved communicating and informed.

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Nutrition, genetics go hand in hand

Jeff DeYoung

Iowa Farmer Today

Ask Mason Fleenor for the best predictor of a quality beef carcass, and genetics is a quick answer.

However, it takes only a second or two before nutrition enters the conversation.

“When you are looking at how the cattle grade, I think it’s mostly genetics,” says Fleenor, who runs an Angus herd near here in Ida County.

“But I also think if you don’t feed them right, they aren’t going to grade for you.”

Genetics are a factor, but there is evidence nutrition may be just as important when it comes to quality cattle, says Larry Berger, an animal scientist at the University of Illinois.

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How Much Are Corn Stalks Worth In The Field?

A recently published NebGuide, Harvesting Crop Residues, G1846, addresses the question of how much value you lose when removing corn stalks from the field. It covers the implications of stover harvest for the value of nutrients removed, maintenance of soil organic matter and soil productivity, wind and water erosion, and runoff and evaporation. Tillage and cropping systems also are important considerations.

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Flatiron steaks get high marks for tenderness, flavor and price

Dallas News

The flatiron steak is a relatively new cut of beef popularized by chefs. Research from the universities of Florida and Nebraska uncovered a surprising fact: The flatiron cut is the second most tender cut of meat from a steer (after the tenderloin). What makes this noteworthy is its comparatively low price and great flavor.

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BEEF Completes Landmark Stocker Survey

Wes Ishmael

Beef Magazine

Results of first-ever National Stocker Survey to debut in BEEF next month

 “There’s a treasure trove of information here, some of it benchmarking what we’ve long believed about the stocker industry, and other data offering new perspectives,” says Dale Balsi, Kansas State University (KSU) Extension beef stocker specialist.

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