Daily Archives: October 28, 2008

Consumers Willing to Spend More on Premium Meats

Consumers Willing to Spend More on Premium Meats

BEEF Magazine

Though consumers are spending less on dining out, foodservice consultants at Technomic say that many are willing to spend more on “higher quality” menu items if they include premium ingredients.

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The livestock industry and rural veterinarians are becoming resigned to the lack of newly graduated vet students interested in practicing food animal medicine. FACT: only 5% of DVMs graduating from U.S. vet schools in 2007 entered predominantly large animal practices.

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“Think Tank” Looks At Beef Consumer Priorities

“Think Tank” Looks At Beef Consumer Priorities


A beef industry group met in Denver, Colo., last month to find ways to better link producers to consumers. Consumer First Beef Partners brought leaders together Sept. 18-19 for a round-table discussion on beef quality issues.

By identifying obstacles to consumer satisfaction, the leaders from each segment of the beef supply chain aim to help producers focus.

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BQA educates producers about premises registration

BQA educates producers about premises registration

Brad Schneider, Manager, Beef Quality Assurance – NCBA


The goal of premises registration is to protect the health of U.S. livestock and the economic wellbeing of the livestock industry. In an effort to promote premises registration, the National Cattlemen’s Foundation entered into a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Nov. 20, 2007. The agreement calls for a multi-segmented approach to increase premises registration utilizing Producer Education, Producer Outreach and Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) initiatives. By providing U.S. cattle farmers and ranchers with factual information related to premises registration, and by furthering their education about the importance of having a premises identification number as part of a herd biosecurity plan, BQA provides U.S. beef producers with practical ideas for responding to challenges.

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Q&A: How much nutrition would be lost from hay stored for year?

Q&A:   How much nutrition would be lost from hay stored for year?

Dr. Jerry Volesky, Associate Professor of Agronomy, West Central Research & Extension Center – North Platte, North Platte, NE

A:   There are losses in both dry matter and quality as hay is stored over the course of a year. These losses come from weathering, plant respiration and microbial activity. Packaging and protection can go a long way in reducing these losses.

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Laying out curved cattle handling facilities

Laying out curved cattle handling facilities


Some cattle handling systems work like well-oiled machines. Others bog down with cattle that constantly balk and turn around. This excerpt from the July 2008 National Cattlemen magazine explains the best way to fix common problems.

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Using Sire EPDs In Cow-Calf Production

Using Sire EPDs In Cow-Calf Production


A large segment of the beef cattle industry is adopting expected progeny differences (EPDs) as a valuable selection tool in improving calf productivity. EPD is the difference in performance (measured in pounds, percent, inches, etc.) expected in progeny, or offspring, of individual sires. Calf weaning weight is greatly influenced by genetic potential for growth; therefore, verification of how reliable weaning weight EPDs are on commercial cow herds needs to be studied.

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