Fenceline Weaning Works
Keep Cows, Calves Just a Nose Apart for Easier Preconditioning
By Rhonda Brooks
Weaning stress can take valuable weight off calves quickly. But Thad Padon says fenceline weaning helps his calves move from losing weight to gaining pounds in a matter of days.
Management Factors Affecting Fertility
The cow-calf business is really all about reproduction. The goal of any serious cow-calf producer is to maximize the number of cows and heifers that become pregnant. So fertility is pretty important. During the Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle (ARSBC) workshop hosted in conjunction with the 2010 Cattle Industry Annual Convention, South Dakota State University (SDSU) reproductive physiologist George Perry talked about factors influencing fertility. He also offered up a number of managerial considerations for maximizing pregnancy rates for breeding programs utilizing natural service or artificial insemination (AI).
Vance Uden honored by UNL Block and Bridle
The Cattle Business Weekly
University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Block and Bridle will posthumously honor Vance Uden as the 76th member of its Hall of Fame.
The Franklin native will be honored April 23 at the Department of Animal Science and Block and Bridle annual honors banquet at 6:30 p.m. at the Nebraska East Union on UNL’s East Campus.
Richard C. Anderson, Noted Belted Galloway Breeder Passes
Richard Charles Anderson died peacefully on March 26th, 2010, at his farm in Chippenhook, Vermont. He is survived by his son, Cass, and loyal Black Lab, Ace. . . . Dick and Ingrid retired to their farm in Vermont in 1993 where they developed a herd of award-winning Belted Galloway cattle. He taught others to look for the Big Idea in everything they did, and he led by example.
Too Much Grade?
“Too much fun – what’s that mean?
It’s like too much money; there’s no such thing.
It’s like a girl too pretty, with too much class;
Being too lucky, or a car too fast.
No matter what they say I’ve done, well I ain’t never had too much fun.”
Country music fans know that comes from a song popular in the mid-1990s, but it seems the lyrics could be altered to fit today’s beef business.
“Too much quality – what’s that mean?
New, Young Leaders Serve Beef Cattle Group
Indiana Prairie Farmer
Faces have changed at the Indiana Beef Cattle Association. But those in charge insist that the organization will still move only one direction- forward.
Starr Valley Farm
Pittsburgh City Paper
Starr Valley is grass-only and certified organic — shunning artificial fertilizer and other adulterations. It’s also a boutique operation, with a herd of just 40 animals. Customers get a 40-pound box — which consists of one-eighth of a steer and costs roughly $400 — with cuts ranging from Delmonico to ground beef. Starr says the boxes sell out six to nine months in advance.
A tip for getting into vet school
Want an edge to get into veterinary school? Tell the committee (hopefully with some honesty) that you want to work with large animals, particularly cattle, hogs and other future entrees. Your chances increase slightly because you’ll actually be considered a plus for diversity.
Cattle Capital Cattlemen Foundation scholarship
The Cattle Capital Cattlemen Foundation is offering a $500 scholarship for the 2010-2011 academic year, CCC President Wayne Crawford of Alliance announced this week.
The CCCF was formed by the Cattle Capital Cattlemen affiliate of the Nebraska Cattlemen to provide scholarships for students pursuing higher and extended educational opportunities benefiting the beef industry of Nebraska.
Arizona Ranchers to Be More Cautious
After one of their own was killed while riding the range, many ranchers in southeastern Arizona say they will be more cautious.
Cochise County rancher Robert Krentz was killed last Saturday on his 35,000 acre ranch north of Douglas.
Rancher Glenn Spencer said he is "taking extra precautions." Spencer did not elaborate, except to say he is deploying some additional technology.
Dexter couple balances full-time jobs with small-town farming
Austin Daily Herald
Along with raising cattle and growing food, a pair of area farmers are looking to share their farming methods.
"Our goal on our farm is also to educate people," Mark Schulz said.
Schulz and his wife, Jamie, wanted their farm, called Flatland Farm, to be an example of the sustainable methods that can be used on a small farm.
The importance of eating fresh, Virginia farmer puts focus on sustainable, local food production
Ironically, even as I am thinking about food and nutrition and wholesome health, I am snacking on "organic butter-flavored popcorn." According to the ingredient list, that salty richness I taste doesn’t come from any type of dairy at all, but rather from "butter flavor."
Ethics of Factory Farms
The Cornell Daily Sun
From Food, Inc. to Michael Pollan’s novels, in recent years, the public at large has criticized agriculture. Often, the public portrays farmers as villains. Busy farmers frequently remain unheard in the media. Recently, ABC ran a special with the headline, “Got Milk? Got Ethics? Animal Rights v. U.S. Dairy Industry.”
US Beef Campaign In Korea Getting Results
The US beef industry imaging campaign launched late last year is finding a receptive audience among consumers and retailers in South Korea, helping to improve perceptions of our products while leading to increased sales.
Miles City man trampled at auction barn
Mike McKenzie, 63, was killed at the Miles City Livestock Commission reports The Miles City Star. The incidient occurred on Tuesday, March 23 shortly before 6:30 p.m., according to Custer County Deputy Coroner Ben LeBrun.