Daily Archives: January 29, 2009

Factors Affecting Calving Difficulty

Factors Affecting Calving Difficulty

Timothy W. Wilson, Extension Animal Scientist – Beef

Johnny Rossi, Extension Animal Scientist – Beef

Calving difficulty, otherwise known as dystocia, may result in reduced calf performance, delayed estrus and, in some cases, loss of the calf and/or dam. This publication discusses several factors affecting calving difficulty and provides management suggestions that may be useful to prevent its occurrence.


Infrared Technology Eyes Real Tenderness

Infrared Technology Eyes Real Tenderness


Cutting edge technology that can accurately and rapidly measure the tenderness of meat has been demonstrated in Scotland for the first time.

Last week, delegates at Quality Meat Scotland’s annual Research & Development conference in Perth saw samples of beef and lamb tested for sensory characteristics using Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIR). This follows a series of pilot trials of the tool on Scotch Beef over the past year.


Night Time versus Day Time Feeding Influences Time of Calving

Night Time versus Day Time Feeding Influences Time of Calving

Dr. Glenn Selk, Extension Cattle Specialist, Oklahoma State University

It is generally accepted that adequate supervision at calving has a significant impact on reducing calf mortality. Adequate supervision has been of increasing importance with the use of larger beef breeds and cattle with larger birth weights. On most ranching operations, supervision of the first calf heifers will be best accomplished in daylight hours and the poorest observation takes place in the middle of the night.  


Hoosier cattlemen in Phoenix for NCBA annual meeting

Hoosier cattlemen in Phoenix for NCBA annual meeting

Dave Russell

Cattlemen from across the country are in Phoenix, Arizona for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) annual meeting. Joining cattlemen from Indiana is Julia Wickard, Exec. V.P. of the Indiana Beef Cattle Association (IBCA), she says of particular interest this year for Indiana is having a finalist in the Environmental Stewardship program.


Instrument Assessment Of Beef Makes Major Strides In 10 Years

Instrument Assessment Of Beef Makes Major Strides In 10 Years


Beef grading has been a vital marketing service provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) since the 1920s. Consumers, through retail, restaurant, and commercial food service buyers, have come to rely on USDA Prime, Choice, and Select as symbols of quality. Much of the U.S. beef supply chain depends on official USDA beef grades as the underlying basis for carcass value and for negotiating product price.


Payment would show gov’t believes in beef industry

Payment would show gov’t believes in beef industry

Kevin Hursh,

The Star Phoenix

Are beleaguered cattle producers going to receive any support from the federal budget? The information released pre-budget sounded hopeful, but it remains to be seen if any dollars will actually end up in the pockets of cow-calf producers.


PETA to Put on Sexy “Human Barbeque” at Phoenix Convention Center

PETA to Put on Sexy “Human Barbeque” at Phoenix Convention Center

Ray Stern

Phoenix New Times

A female PETA volunteer will strip to almost nothing but body paint and lie on a pretend barbecue grill on Thursday for a protest at the cattle industry’s Phoenix convention.


New Trend Growing Among Ranchers: Mini-cattle

New Trend Growing Among Ranchers: Mini-cattle


For generations, western ranchers have worked to beef up their cows. As a result, most cattle headed for slaughter these days are big . . . walking–slabs–of–meat big. Now, an opposite trend is taking hold in the cattle industry:


2009 Tennessee Nutrition Conference

2009 Tennessee Nutrition Conference

Nutrition During Challenging Times

This conference promises to bring the latest in nutritional information for producers of beef cattle, dairy cattle, horses and small ruminants (goats and sheep).  The primary focus in 2009 will be “Nutrition During Challenging Times”, but there will be topics covering a wide range of interests.


Economy tops discussion for cattlemen

Economy tops discussion for cattlemen

Tom Steever

Brownfield Network

The Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show is open Wednesday in Phoenix. One of the top items of discussion during the convention is the economy, says Daren Williams, executive director of communications for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.


Tips to get herd ready for breeding season

Tips to get herd ready for breeding season

Beef Today

While you may just be starting calving season, now is the time to start thinking about breeding season. “Sixty to 90 days prior to the breeding season is a critical time to focus on herd health and cow nutrition strategies that can boost cowherd reproduction,” says Carole Hicks Brannen, University of Georgia Extension beef specialist. “It is important to pay particularly close attention to replacement heifers.”


Cattlemen’s Association Adopts New Policies

Cattlemen’s Association Adopts New Policies

Charles Brady

Monett Times

New policies were adopted for the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association (MCA) at the 41st annual Missouri Cattle Industry Convention in Springfield.

The policies of the association will drive the political agenda for the next year.


Idaho Humane Society investigates death of as many as 30 cows at Ada County farm

Idaho Humane Society investigates death of as many as 30 cows at Ada County farm

Idaho Statesman

About 30 cows were found dead on the property of a south Ada County farm Wednesday, according to the Idaho Humane Society.


NCBA Confront Congress on Dairy Buyout Package

NCBA Confront Congress on Dairy Buyout Package


The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) sent a letter to members of the U.S. Senate today opposing an effort to include a dairy buyout in the stimulus package.

According to the NCBA, the proposal would use taxpayer dollars to raise dairy prices by buying older dairy cows from farmers, taking approximately 6.5 billion pounds of milk off the market. This would result in nearly 320,000 additional head of cattle entering the beef market, which could drastically reduce the price of beef cattle.


Report looks at transformations in the U.S. livestock industry

Report looks at transformations in the U.S. livestock industry

Beef Today

USDA’s Economic Research Service just released a report on the transformation of the livestock industry. Livestock agriculture has undergone a series of striking transformations, according to the report.