During drought conditions, the shortage of water for beef cattle can become a problem.Water is one of the most important nutrients required by animals and must be provided on a daily basis. Dr. Clyde Lane University Tennessee Beef Extension Specialist is featured
OSU Animal Science Extension offers Cattle Software
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Managing and Developing Young Beef Bulls
Dr. Rick Rasby, Professor of Animal Science, Animal Science, University of Nebraska
There are as many ways to feed and develop young beef bulls as there are seedstock producers. There are many and varied reasons that bulls are managed and fed the way they are. Whether bulls are developed on the ranch, in a commercial facility, or at a central bull test, they are usually fed to gain 2.8 to 4.0 pounds daily from weaning to one year of age.
National groups ask EPA to look at CAFOs
Magic Valley Times News
A coalition led by the Humane Society of the United States has asked the U.S. Environmental Pro-tection Agency to start regulating confined-animal feeding operations under the Clean Air Act, curbing emissions of hydrogen sulfide, ammonia and two greenhouse gases.
The petition, which would also target methane and nitrous oxide, comes as the EPA is close to wrapping up a study of emissions at 24 U.S. CAFOs. The agency says it does not yet have enough information to determine whether such facilities deserve more regulation; industry groups argue their overall contributions are small and that the petitioners are simply attacking animal agriculture.
Rotational Grazing Management Prevents Overgrazing
Heather Smith Thomas
Rotational grazing systems are generally the most efficient way to get the best utilization of pastures and maximum beef production per acre, as well as being healthier for the land and forage plants, in many instances. When done properly, pasture rotation can prevent overgrazing, aid optimal regrowth of plants, and allow the same piece of ground to be grazed several times during a growing season.
La Cense Beef First to Receive Rigorous USDA "Grass Fed" Certification
La Cense Beef ("La Cense"), the leader in the grass fed beef industry, selling exclusively from its Montana ranch direct to consumers, announced today that the United States Department of Agriculture ("USDA") has named it the first beef producer "Grass Fed Beef" standard. The first certification of its kind, the move promotes higher and healthier standards for the beef industry, and gives consumers a reason to be confident in the grass fed beef they are buying and consuming.
Feedout a good way for beef producers to improve herds
Springfield News Leader
Rather than gripe about poor prices paid for their calves, beef producers should find the value of their calves by feeding them out, according to Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.
At the end of a feedout, the calves are sold to packers based on carcass value.
"This allows you to evaluate the calves you produce to see how they perform for the next guy down the value chain," said Cole.