Daily Archives: February 25, 2010

Video Feature: Drovers TV

– Jackie Moore from Joplin Regioinal Stockyards on Marketing Your Cattle,
– Blake Angell on the Importance of Quality Beef,
– Top industry news and much more!

Using Live Animal Carcass Ultrasound in Beef Cattle

Using Live Animal Carcass Ultrasound in Beef Cattle

Carole H. Brannen, Extension Animal Scientist – Beef Cattle, University of Georgia

The beef industry has begun using a value-based marketing system, where cattlemen are rewarded for producing a high quality, consistent end-product that meets the demands of consumers. One tool that aids producers in the efficient and profitable production of beef cattle is live animal carcass ultrasound. The use of carcass ultrasound is an economical way cattlemen can make genetic improvements in carcass traits, which will, in turn, put profits in their pockets.

Full Story

Weighing Feed With Front End Loaders

Weighing Feed With Front End Loaders

Vern Hofman, Agriculture Engineer, Wayne Boland, Veterinarian,  North Dakota State University

Weighing feed is basic to feeding livestock a balanced ration, which is essential to animal performance, animal health, and even optimal response to vaccinations or treatments, resulting in reduced animal health care costs. Knowing the amount of feed livestock are receiving is also necessary in determining feed conversion rates and feed costs.

Full Story

Nebraska expert suggests cattle for late harvest

Nebraska expert suggests cattle for late harvest

Capital AG Press

Farmers or cattle producers who have unharvested corn standing in the way of their planting preparations for 2010 may consider letting animals do the work.

Bruce Anderson is a University of Nebraska-Lincoln forage specialist. He says cattle can get into a snow-covered field much earlier than large harvest equipment.

Full Story

Consumer Group To New York Times Readers: “Shouldn’t The ‘Humane Society’ Do Better?”

Consumer Group To New York Times Readers: “Shouldn’t The ‘Humane Society’ Do Better?”

Bovine Veterinarian

A full-page ad from the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) appears in today’s New York Times, highlighting the failure of the Humane Society of the United States to devote a significant amount of money to supporting America’s underfunded pet shelters.

Full Story

Grass Fed Beef

Grass Fed Beef

Gary DiGiuseppe

American Cattlemen

They still represent a tiny share of the overall beef market, but the number of grass fed cattle producers has been steadily increasing. One of the reasons consumer demand for grass fed beef has been growing has been the nutritional component; on its web site, the American Grass fed Association boasts, “Meat, dairy products, poultry and eggs from animals fed grass diets, rather than grain-based diets, are higher in beta carotene (Vitamin A), conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), and Omega-3 fatty acids.”

Full Story

SDCA Young Producers’ Council, ‘Cattlemen at the Capitol’

SDCA Young Producers’ Council, ‘Cattlemen at the Capitol’

Amanda Nolz

Tri State Livestock News

According to the latest Census of Agriculture, there are twice as many farmers over the age of 65 as under the age of 35, and half of agriculture land is owned by ranchers older than 75. Although extremely outnumbered, young people in agriculture refuse to be counted out, and they are working hard to impact the future of beef production through promotion and lobbying efforts.

Full Story

Home-butchered meat is “safer”? Really?

Home-butchered meat is “safer”? Really?

Penn State University blog

The article states that this group butchers its own meat because they find it more economical (OK, I get that) and believe the meat to be safer than commercial meat (keyword: believe).  Yes, this is a church group and they say that their home-butchering practices are not related to their religious beliefs.

Full Story

Ag Groups to Educate Lawmakers on Humane Society’s Impact

Ag Groups to Educate Lawmakers on Humane Society’s Impact

Wisconsin Ag Connection

Several Wisconsin farm organizations are going on the offense against animal rights groups by meeting personally with state legislators to talk about the negative impact the Humane Society of the United States has on production agriculture.

Full Story

Yellow Tail Says No To Future HSUS Donations

Yellow Tail Says No To Future HSUS Donations

Advocates For Agriculture

The Animal Agriculture Alliance commends Casella Wines, the Australian producers of [yellow tail] on their commitment to support farmers and ranchers around the world.

Full Story

The impact of disease on carcass traits

The impact of disease on carcass traits

John Maday


Several earlier research trials have indicated that sickness in cattle can affect carcass quality and value, and a new report from the USDA’s Meat Animal Research Center, Clay Center, Nebraska supports those findings.

Full Story

Moore Named IBCA Executive VP

Moore Named IBCA Executive VP

Andy Eubank

Hoosier AG Today

The Indiana Beef Cattle Association has named its permanent Executive Vice President and he is no stranger to the IBCA. Joe Moore started with the association in 2006, following 25 years in the retail meat business. Last June he went from handling marketing and consumer education to the interim replacement for Julia Wickard, now the Indiana FSA Executive Director.

Full Story

Groups Defend Drug Use In Food Animals

Groups Defend Drug Use In Food Animals

Southern Livestock Standard

  Livestock and poultry groups hosted educational briefings on Capitol Hill Tuesday to share the facts about the importance of tools like antibiotics in raising healthy food animals. 

Full Story

Are parasites becoming resistant to dewormers?

Are parasites becoming resistant to dewormers?

West Virginia University

The damaging impact of internal parasites on beef cattle productivity and beef performance is well documented. Internal parasites reduce feed intake and efficiency, decrease weight gain, and reduce the animal’s ability to ward off disease because of impaired immune function.

Full Story

Increased Retention Of Cattle Breeding Heifers May Not Translate Into Herd Expansion

Increased Retention Of Cattle Breeding Heifers May Not Translate Into Herd Expansion


USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released its Cattle inventory report on January 29. Changes in inventories of replacement heifers were mixed, but  were net up only 1/10th of 1 percent. Both beef and dairy replacement heifers expected to calve in 2010 were up 1 percent, but total inventories of replacement  heifers were down 2 percent for beef, while up just over 2 percent for dairy.

Full Story