Proper Bull Management Vital to Bull’s Longevity
Matt Hersom and Todd Thrift
University of Florida
Bulls, purchased or home raised, are large capital investments that need to guarantee a return on the investment. However, the bull is often the nutritionally forgotten or most marginalized component of the beef cattle enterprise. This is unfortunate because proper bull management, particularly nutrition, is vital to ensure the long term viability of the beef cattle enterprise.
The bull contributes one half of the genetics to each calf crop; without a functional bull that contribution and an adequate calf crop is not realized. Therefore, proper and adequate nutritional management of the herd bulls is paramount to the breeding season success and economic viability of the beef enterprise.
General public is more and more removed from production agriculture
According to a couple recent statistics, a little less than 2 percent of the U.S. population is involved in production agriculture.
Genetics, nutrition, horticulture, marketing, chemistry, biology, marketing, economics and more are all critical parts of food, agricultural and environmental sciences. Those who are involved in contributing to the world’s food supply and educating the public about their efforts constantly strive to inform those who are not involved in raising crops and livestock about their efforts in ensuring a safe, secure, nutritious supply of food for the rest of the world. This happens locally and across the globe.
Study Suggests Gene Mutation Underlies Some Mad Cow Disease
U.S. researchers reported on Friday that a rare genetic mutation may underlie some cases of mad cow disease in cattle and its discovery may help shed light on where the epidemic started.
They believe BSE may sometimes arise spontaneously in cattle, as the mutation, in an Alabama cow that tested positive in 2006 for bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE, is identical to one that causes a related brain-wasting disease in humans.
Board of Livestock adds cattle origin to sale bill
The Prairie Star
The Montana Cattlemen’s Association (MCA) has been successful in requesting the Board of Livestock add language to their Bill of Sale form to allow producers to identify the origin of their cattle.
The form will allow producers to verify the origin of their cattle by simply checking a box. The option is completely voluntary.
Area research farm to celebrate milestone
By Mark C. Johnson
Sioux City Journal
Iowa State University and the Newell Historical Society will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Iowa State University Allee Research and Demonstration Farm just outside Newell on Sept. 16 The day’s events will be free and open to the public.
At his death in 1958, George Allee donated the 160-acre farm and the family home to Iowa State University.
Our island’s natural, forage-raised beef is tops
Hawaii Tribune Herald
Big Isle pastures are made up of much more than backyard grass
The wonderful pasture lands of our island produce some of the healthiest beef around — all natural, forage-raised beef.
It begins with the grass itself and, in fact, you could say our best cattle ranchers are really the best grass farmers around. From the road, you’d never know that those pasture lands are not just plain backyard grass. Different varieties of grass offer different nutrients to cattle and nutrient quality in grasses differ from mauka to makai. While green pastures may have been the norm in the past throughout the island, climate changes are affecting grass replenishment as beef cattle are moved from pasture to pasture. Optimizing the amount of grass available for their herd is a primary responsibility for ranchers.
Couple raises high-quality beef
When some think of Kobe beef, they may think of pampered cows, drinking beer and getting daily massages.
They may also think about the price of the meat, prized for its marbling, texture and taste, which can run about $300 a steak.
When Bill and Judi Carrier think about Kobe beef, their thoughts go straight to the more than 300-acre farm in Windber where they are raising American Kobe cattle.