Daily Archives: November 19, 2009

Video Feature: ID downer cows

Dr. Clyde Lane University of Tennessee, Beef Extension Specialist, discusses this important topic.

Relationship of Cow Size to Nutrient Requirements and Production Management Issues

Relationship of Cow Size to Nutrient Requirements and Production Management Issues

Matt Hersom, University of Florida

Proper nutritional status is critical for optimal production efficiency in the beef cow herd. Meeting the nutrient requirements of the productive cow is a prime factor in reproductive success and overall herd profitability. However, beef producers often take a “one size fits all” approach when feeding the cow herd.

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Re-evaluating Replacements

Re-evaluating Replacements

Kindra Gordon

Angus Journal

Savvy managers know that re-evaluating

strategies can often add efficiency — and enhance profitability. One case in point that deserves for beef producers to do some number crunching in today’s altered economy is replacement heifers.

Livestock specialist Sandy Johnson with Kansas State (K-State) Research and Extension at Colby, Kan., says, “It probably goes without saying that anytime you are not making money, and you intend to, is probably a good time to evaluate strategies.

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Testing Forages for Quality Makes Cents

Testing Forages for Quality Makes Cents

Dr. Rick Rasby, Professor of Animal Science, Animal Science, University of Nebraska

Forages are the primary energy source for beef cows. From a forage standpoint, as plants mature, fiber increases. Fiber is less digestible than other plant parts and fiber digestibility declines as plants mature. These factors cause the concentration of energy in plants to decline as maturity advances.

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Tips Offered to Prevent Manure Pit Explosions

Tips Offered to Prevent Manure Pit Explosions

Thebeefsite.com

So far, the explosions have resulted in building damage with few animal losses and no personal injuries or fatalities, said Rick Stowell, extension engineer in the university’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

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Climate breakthrough: cattle carbon neutral

Climate breakthrough: cattle carbon neutral

MARK PHELPS

Queensland Coutnry Life (AU)

A NEW report which shows that Queensland’s cattle grazing industry is already all but carbon neutral and could provide a solution in addressing the State’s overall carbon liability has been buried by the Bligh Government.

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Senate Bill Would Require E. Coli Testing

Senate Bill Would Require E. Coli Testing

Michael Moss

New York Times

Citing public concern that meat companies and federal regulators are not doing enough to make ground beef safe, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat of New York, has introduced legislation that would require companies to test for a deadly E. coli strain.

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Beef conference controversy: Grass vs. corn debate is well done

Beef conference controversy: Grass vs. corn debate is well done

Monica Eng

Newstimes.com

Food enthusiasts brought their curiosity — and some beefs about the cattle industry — to the recent Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance conference on “Beef, From Plains to the Plate” in Chicago.

 

The three-day conference offered demonstrations and field trips, but it hit a full sizzle when a panel of representatives from the mainstream beef industry opened up a session to questions in a Kendall College auditorium.

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Can We Feed and Save the Planet?

Can We Feed and Save the Planet?

Jeffrey D. Sachs

Scientific American

We are eating ourselves out of house and home. Recently, in the September 24 issue of Nature, Johan Rockström and his colleagues proposed 10 “planetary boundaries” to define safe limits of human activity. (Scientific American is part of the Nature Publishing Group.) Those limits include caps on greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity loss, the global conversion of land cover to cropland, and other mega-impacts on the earth’s ecosystems.

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Breed registry formed for American Akaushi Cattle

Breed registry formed for American Akaushi Cattle

High Plains Journal

American breeders of Akaushi cattle (Japanese Red) are pleased to announce the formation of an association and breed registry. The American Akaushi Association is headquartered in Yoakum, Texas and will register cattle that are Fullblood Akaushi, as well as commercial cattle that are bred to Akaushi sires through AI or natural service.

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Rancher to head U.S. Meat Export Federation

Rancher to head U.S. Meat Export Federation

Great Falls Tribune

Montana rancher Jim Peterson was elected U.S. Meat Export Federation chairman for the coming year at the organization’s conference in Denver. He succeeds Iowa pork producer Jon Caspers.

In addition to his ranching operation near Buffalo, Peterson is the majority leader of the Montana State Senate and associate dean of agriculture at Montana State University.

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Cattle Feeders Day Dec. 7 in Morris

Cattle Feeders Day Dec. 7 in Morris

Morris Sun Tribune

The University of Minnesota Extension Beef Team is proud to announce this year’s Minnesota Cattle Feeder Days to be held Dec. 7-10 at five sites in southern Minnesota. This year’s program will focus on management strategies to improve feedlot profitability.

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Have Your Meat and Sustain It, Too

Have Your Meat and Sustain It, Too

Jonathan Kauffman

Seattle Weekly

A forest of good intentions surrounds the realm of sustainable, local, pasture-raised meat. Readers steeped in the canon of sustainable-food lit are looking for it. Farmers, seeing the price per pound that it commands, want to sell it. Chefs want to advertise it on their menus—and a certain kind of diner, in fact, demands it.

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Can SNP Panels Lead the Beef Industry Forward?

Can SNP Panels Lead the Beef Industry Forward?

Thebeefsite.com

Bull breeders have been anxious to use gene markers to spring their breeding programs forward at a faster pace since these tools were released a few years ago.

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Farmers should test corn for high mold levels

Farmers should test corn for high mold levels

High Plains Journal

 

Not testing this year’s corn crop could be risky for hog farmers. This fall’s wet weather has spurred mold growth, which can lead to toxin buildup in feed, said University of Missouri Extension specialists.

 

“Our concern is directed at most people who haven’t harvested their corn yet because they are busy getting beans out of the field,” said Marcia Shannon, MU Extension swine nutrition specialist. “We want to give farmers a heads-up that they need to get their grain tested.”

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Farmers should test corn for high mold levels

Farmers should test corn for high mold levels

High Plains Journal

 

Not testing this year’s corn crop could be risky for hog farmers. This fall’s wet weather has spurred mold growth, which can lead to toxin buildup in feed, said University of Missouri Extension specialists.

 

“Our concern is directed at most people who haven’t harvested their corn yet because they are busy getting beans out of the field,” said Marcia Shannon, MU Extension swine nutrition specialist. “We want to give farmers a heads-up that they need to get their grain tested.”

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