Beef producers can develop economical feeding programs when they have their forages tested. The forage test can be used to determine if additional protein or energy should be fed to their animals. The testing of forages is necessary because there can be considerable variability due to fertilization, maturity, harvesting conditions and other factors.
BeefTalk: Understanding and Proactive Is Better Than Defensive and Average
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist NDSU Extension Service
One could conclude that given the extreme amount of variation within beef prices, it is futile to try to make sense of it. That would be wrong.
Tracking the value of beef is interesting. No matter where one turns, there is considerable variation that results in a value spread.
This occurs to feeder calves, backgrounded calves or at harvest. On the rail, similar variations occur all the way to the box.
Three finalists named for SDSU Ag Dean
The Cattle Business Weekly
Three South Dakota State University alumni have been named finalists for the next dean of the SDSU College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences.
Foot Rot in Grazing Cattle
John G. Kirkpatrick, DVM, Associate Professor Medicine and Surgery, Dr. David Lalman Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, Oklahoma State University
Foot rot is a subacute or acute necrotic (decaying) infectious disease of cattle causing swelling and lameness in one or more feet. The disease can become chronic with a poorer prognosis for recovery if treatment is delayed, allowing deeper structures of the toe to become affected.
Delay-plagued Aberdeen beef plant will be built
A state official who spent three days with investors and potential investors in the oft-delayed Northern Beef Packers plant says the Aberdeen plant will be built.
The secretary of the South Dakota Department of Tourism and State Development, Richard Benda, says cattle now have to be shipped out of the state to be processed.
He says that won’t be necessary with the beef plant.
House Passes Permanent Estate Tax Relief Bill
Hoosier AG Today
H.R. 4154, the Permanent Estate Tax Relief for Families, Farmers, and Small Businesses Act of 2009, passed in the House of Representatives Thursday by a vote of 225 – 200. Introduced by North Dakota Representative Earl Pomeroy, the bill would permanently extend the death tax.
Genetics, management lead to higher quality beef
High Plains Journal
Through genetics and management, beef producers have moved toward producing higher quality beef, but continual decisions have to be made to continue on that path, according to Mark McCully, assistant vice president of production for Certified Angus Beef.