Find the Balance when Feeding Coproducts
One of the key factors affecting the bottom line for cattle feeders is the increased price of corn. As the cattle industry faces higher input costs, distillers grains are becoming a standard feed ingredient in cattle diets. Distillers grains, corn gluten feed or a combination of both coproducts offer alternatives in pasture and feedlot diets formulated to effectively improve cattle performance and operation profitability.
New Chino slaughterhouse promises humane handling of cows
The new owners of a Chino meatpacking plant that was at the center of the largest beef recall in U.S. history say they have taken steps to ensure there is no repeat of the animal abuse and rule violations that forced their predecessors to shut down.
Officials with American Beef Packers Inc. flew in a Chicago-based consultant this week to train employees on humane animal-handling techniques and they have contracted with a New York-based video-monitoring service to audit operations around the clock.
Higher risk could mean greater reward
Farm & Ranch Guide
Feed costs will continue to drive the livestock market for the foreseeable future, a group of analysts said at a recent livestock risk conference here.
But, with that higher risk could come greater reward.
“We have an opportunity to build on the feeding advantage we have had in the past,” said John Lawrence, director of the Iowa Beef Center and Extension livestock marketing economist at Iowa State University.
OSU’s Wagner inducted into Higher Ed Hall of Fame
High Plains Journal
Recently retired Oklahoma State University animal science department head Donald G. Wagner’s resumé has yet another prestigious award.
A 2007 Fellow of the American Society of Animal Science, Wagner was inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame. Under his direction since 1990, the department emerged as the largest undergraduate major and scholarship program at OSU and developed state-of-the-art beef cattle and swine research facilities.
“I think there is no question that Dr. Wagner has helped bring animal science at OSU into a new era,” said Ron Kensinger, current department head. “He really provided very effective leadership.”
Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium convenes in mid-November
A mid-November symposium in Lincoln will introduce high school students to careers in the state’s beef industry and issues facing the state’s cattle producers.
The sixth annual Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium is set for Nov. 15 through Nov. 17 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
The symposium will feature presentations on goal setting, leadership development, food safety and international beef promotions.
Peas in feedlot ration improve carcass traits
Researchers have known that adding peas to a feedlot ration increases the efficiency of those animals being fed, but there was a question on what happened to carcass traits such as tenderness and juiciness when peas were added as a feed ingredient. Well, the results are in and the news is good n adding peas to a feedlot diet improves tenderness and juiciness, according to a study recently published by the North Dakota State University Agricultural Experiment Station.
Prison farms a world apart from ‘outside’ agriculture
Brian Campbell grew up on a dairy farm and worked as a herdsman before becoming a corrections officer.
In 2004, after rising through the Lebanon Correctional Institution’s ranks, he became manager of its farm.