Beef Checkoff talks begin
Tri State Livestock news
Groups quietly look at what changes are possible
Talks are starting among cattle and meatpacker groups over possible changes to the beef checkoff.
The American Farm Bureau Federation hosted a meeting Tuesday in Washington for several groups to explain their individual policies and review recommendations laid out in January to the U.S. secretary of agriculture by the Cattlemen’s Beef Board to change the Beef Promotion and Research Act. Most of the changes proposed by the CBB would require an act of Congress to alter the law.
Virtual’ fence replaces real thing
30-year-old idea becomes reality with help of technological advances
At first blush, the concept of strapping electronic headsets to cattle and controlling their behavior remotely via satellite seems like something out of a science fiction movie.
Perhaps even a low-budget science fiction movie.
When you consider how far USDA researcher Dean Anderson has taken the idea, though, the technology begins to seem a lot more realistic – and useful.
PETA: People Exploiting Tragic Acts?
Following this week’s murder of an abortion doctor in Wichita, Kan., PETA is moving quickly to exploit the emotional and divisive issue of abortion. Always eager for easy publicity regardless of taste, the group is erecting billboards in Wichita, long a hotbed of abortion debate, urging people on both sides of the issue to go vegetarian.
BeefTalk: Small Cattle Need Muscle
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Sometimes big surprises come in smaller packages.
Do you know your cows? Do you have medium-framed, medium-sized cows or smaller- framed, medium-sized cows or smaller-framed, small-sized cows?
The answers to these questions will impact management decisions. The Dickinson Research Extension Center has sorted the main brood cows into two distinct types of cows.
High Pressure Grazing
Dr. Bruce Anderson, Professor of Agronomy, Agronomy & Horticulture, University of Nebraska
A big pasture management challenge is keeping grass from heading out, becoming less palatable and low quality. This spring I didn’t do to good. So now I’m going to change how I graze the rest of the year.
Cattle Nutrition Decision Tools
Several extension Web sites offer tools that you can download to determine mineral, feed and other supplement needs in your herd.
Condition Score Cows Early
Rick Rasby Beef Specialist, Cow/Calf Management and Reproduction University of Nebraska
Introduction Body condition scores (BCS) describe the relative fatness of a cow through the use of a nine-point scale and is an effective management tool to evaluate nutritional status of the herd. The body condition scoring system allows producers to visually assess their cow herd using a number system that objectively describes the amount of condition or fat reserve of an animal.