Importance for crossbreeding in beef industry stressed
Farm and Ranch Guide
Many are just finishing their calving season and will soon be changing over to breeding season mode looking to answer that question of what sire to breed my cows to this year. Well, this year I ask you to consider what heterosis could do for your operation.
Nominate Your Fellow Cattlemen for the National BQA Award
Applications for the third annual National Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Award are now being accepted. The National BQA Award will recognize one outstanding beef and dairy producer that best demonstrate animal care and handling principles as part of the day-to-day activities on their respective operations. A common trait among all contest entrants must be a strong desire to continually improve BQA on their operations while encouraging others to implement the producer education program.
BeefTalk: New Things Are Happening, So Stay Tuned
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Trying to eyeball a set of previously owned cattle among a sea of predominately black or red cattle is impossible.
Is the subject of animal identification still relevant? The thought behind the comment was the news that the U.S. Department of Agriculture was not going to pursue an animal identification system.
Help Heifers Adapt
Cattle Business Weekly
If you AI heifers, George Perry, a beef reproduction specialist at South Dakota State University, has an important management reminder. Perry reports that how heifers are managed after they are artificially inseminated (AI’d) can have a significant impact on pregnancy success.
Wal-Mart to tighten beef safety measures
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. announced that it will implement additional beef safety measures designed to further protect customers against foodborne illnesses. The new process controls standards and goals are additions to a food safety program that already requires ground beef suppliers to test for E. coli O157:H7 and achieve prevention-based certification against one of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) internationally recognized standards.
AgrAbility finds good neighbor in local rancher/school teacher
Agriculture in today’s world is a complicated business. It requires participants in production, marketing, regulation, education and support to constantly be aware of the influence of global markets, climate and weather, land and natural resource use issues, government initiatives and regulations, and the influence of larger society on consumer preference.
Bleeding Calf Syndrome baffles scientists
VETS and livestock researchers remain baffled by a disease first reported three years ago in mainland Europe which causes internal and external bleeding in young calves.
It has been suggested Bleeding Calf Syndrome is linked to Pregsure, a vaccine used to control bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD). However, both the Scottish Agricultural College and NFU Scotland this week cautioned against making this connection.