Assist or Resist?
Dystocia causes a myriad of problems. Not only are the cow and calf more likely to become injured, ill or even die during a difficult delivery, but pulling calves means more time spent on individual animals that could be spent tending to the whole herd.
Nutritional Management of the Calf After Weaning The first 30-45 days after a calf is weaned is perhaps the most stressful period of its life. Good performance and health during this time can set the stage for an efficient and profitable feedout, or a long and productive life in the cow herd. On the other hand, most of the sickness and death loss due to respiratory disease happens at this time.
Crossbreeding – Its Cool Again!: Part 3
Dr. Scott P. Greiner, Extension Animal Scientist, VA Tech
The fundamentals concerning the basic advantages of crossbreeding were outlined in Part 1 of this series. The primary advantages of crossbreeding include capturing heterosis (hybrid vigor) and breed complimentarity. Part 2 focused on the design and management of crossbreeding systems, with specific attention on the application for small herds.
Spring breeding decisions can influence marketing opportunities
As beef producers consider their breeding decisions this spring, one factor that should weigh into those decisions are the marketing opportunities for those calves next fall. While it is difficult to predict where the market will end up in 2011, producers can look at current beef industry trends and breed association sponsored marketing programs to help decide what direction to take this breeding season.
K-State Gears Up for Cattlemen’s Day March 7
Cattlemen’s Day will begin at 8 a.m. in Weber Arena with a commercial trade show and exhibits of cutting edge beef research. Presentations by featured speakers will begin at 10 a.m., and breakout sessions encompassing several timely and important production topics will be led by K-State scientists following the noon meal.
Cassady Featured Speaker at Beef Convention for Virginia BCIA Educational Program February 12
Dr. Scott P. Greiner, Extension Animal Scientist, VA Tech
Dr. Joe Cassady from North Carolina State University will be the featured speaker for the Virginia BCIA Educational Program and Annual Meeting to be held in conjunction with the Virginia Beef Industry Convention at The Hotel Roanoke on February 12 at 4:00 p.m. As faculty member in the Department of Animal Science at NCSU, Cassady teaches courses in genetics and conducts beef cattle feed efficiency research. Dr. Cassady is also Executive Director of the Beef Improvement Federation.
6 Maui ranches join forces to sell grass-fed beef
Wanda A. Adams
Alex Franco has been in ranching all his life, for many years at Maui’s Kaupo Ranch and now as president of Maui Cattle Co., a partnership that markets the products of the Valley Isle’s six largest ranches under a single label.
His perspective is long and informed. And he is hopeful that, despite many roadblocks, the industry can band together to assure that Island-raised, grass-fed, natural beef will be available to consumers who want it, and that ranching will be a commercially viable business.
Greenhouse surprise for red meat
Beef produced in feedlots has a smaller carbon footprint than meat raised exclusively on pastures, according to the surprise results of a UNSW study of the environmental impacts of red meat production.
Workshop for livestock
The Holyoke Enterprise
Colorado State University Extension will host a two-part workshop to help Colorado’s livestock producers better manage the production, financial and human risks faced by their operations. Day one of the workshop will be held Feb. 11 at the Burlington Community and Education Center. The second half of the workshop will be held Feb. 18 at WRAC in Wray. Both sessions will begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude by 3:30 p.m.
Farming community expresses concern over animal ethics course
Matthew Frierdich and Greta Brown
The Daily Mirror
In the December 7, 2009 issue of Ozarks Farm and Neighbor, an article appeared titled, "A Closer Look at Drury’s Study of Animal Rights." The article expressed concern over the core purpose of the course and examined Drury’s approach to studying the issue of animal ethics with the realization that focused study in this field directly impacts the farming and agricultural communities.
Indiana Beef now Accepting Scholarship Program Applications
Hoosier AG Today
The Indiana Beef Cattle Association (IBCA) is now accepting applications for the 2nd annual Sennett Farms Cattle Company Scholarship. The $500 scholarship is being made possible through the generous donation of Clark Sennett, owner of Sennett Farms Cattle Company in Waynetown, IN. It will be available to residents of Indiana who plan to attend a two or four year college or university.
Red Meat Carcinogenicity Examined
Food Product Design
The hypothesis arose in the 1960s, when certain studies correlated per capita intake levels of animal fat with cancer rates, particularly colorectal cancer and breast cancer. Last year, the Archives of Internal Medicine published a study whose researchers concluded “red and processed meat intakes were associated with modest increases in total mortality, cancer mortality, and cardiovascular disease mortality.”
Russia to focus on beef development
According to Russia’s President, Dmitry Medvedev, despite the fact that the Russian meat industry posted a substantial growth in 2009 there is a need to continue its development, especially domestic beef cattle.
Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued two Humane Interactive Knowledge Exchange (HIKE) scenarios to provide workers with tips for the humane handling and slaughtering of animals.
Brazilian genetics industry to keep growing
Meat Trade News
The Brazilian cattle genetics industry is forecast to maintain its growing pace, with an expected five percentage point increase in the use of artificial insemination (AI) techniques by 2013 (to be used on 12% of the total female cattle herd).