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.