Size matters when buying replacements
When buying replacement heifers or cows, producers need to consider the relationship of their size preferences with cow performance and efficiency, says David Hoffman, University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist.
Recent Court Case Clarifies IRS Regulations
John Alan Cohan, Attorney at Law
Many people who own livestock farms are full-time professionals in non-farming fields. But another large segment of ranching consists of retired individuals who wish to supplement their retirement income with profits from ranching, farming or raising horses. The IRS often enough will assess deficiencies against these individuals based on the idea that the activity is simply a means of generating tax write-offs.
Cattle Sense: Efficiency In The Cowherd
When feed prices rise and margins tighten, feed efficiency is a hot topic. But how do we define, let alone manage, feed efficiency in beef cows? Do we want cows with low feed:gain ratios, so they can pass that trait on to their offspring?
NCBA Concerned by Feed Ban and Public Disregard
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) criticised a decision by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to proceed with implementation of a new feed ban on April 27, 2009, despite numerous objections from farmers, ranchers, states, and members of Congress.
An education on aging beef
Beef is big business in Chicago.
Aging is another important element to making great steak.
Steakhouse menus have become awfully wordy.
How about: Nebraska corn-fed, prime, dry-aged? Or Kansas grass-fed, choice, wet-aged? After the cattle is fed, processed and graded, it has to be aged a bit, to break down enzymes and make it more palatable. The industry has two methods for doing this. We spent some time in a few meat lockers to see for ourselves.
Downer Ban Has Taken Effect
Western Livestock Journal
The final rule, issued first by USDA during the Bush administration, amends the federal meat inspection regulation to require all cattle that become non-ambulatory at any time before harvest, including those that become non-ambulatory after passing ante-mortem inspection, be condemned and properly disposed of. As of April 17, these cattle will be tagged “U.S. Condemned”
Feedban implementation set, enforcement delayed
The Food and Drug Administration has delayedenforcement of its new restrictions to prevent the spread of BSE among U.S. cattle, according to Dow Jones newswires. The feedban starts on April 27th but enforcement has been moved to October 26th of this year. Earlier this month, the FDA said it would postpone until June 26th implementation of the new rule.
The new rule bans the inclusion of cattle brains and spinal cords in ALL animal feed which the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says will create needless expense and waste for the industry.