Seven Steps To Fewer Weeds
Victoria G. Myers
Remove a pound of weeds from your pasture and in most cases you’ve just added a pound of forage. That’s the best argument for doing away with pasture weeds you’ll ever hear.
It’s simple, says Eddie Funderburg. "The No. 1 reason to control [weeds] is loss of grazing."
Consumer Video On Salt’s Role In Meat Products
The American Meat Institute (AMI) yesterday (20 April) released a new educational video on salt’s role in meat and poultry products, featuring meat scientist Betsy Booren, PhD, director of scientific affairs of the American Meat Institute Foundation.
Fight brewing over proposed new USDA HACCP validation guidelines
Fourteen years ago, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service completely revised its meat and poultry inspection requirements, mandating that meat and poultry plants use a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) system to ensure its products were safe for people to eat. Since then, for the most part, the government inspection agency has dictated minor changes in the way the food safety system should be carried out.
Selection Made Simple in the Midwest
American Angus Association
Doug Rueber was 12 years old when his father first bought a few Angus cows in 1962. Back then, the Ruebers were impressed with the docile Angus breed and its ability to deliver growth, carcass and maternal results — so much so, Doug and his wife, Marcia, continue to raise Angus cattle nearly 48 years later.
Limit Risk On Stockers
From 2002 to 2006, cow–calf producers were the one profitable segment in the cattle industry, according to data from CattleFax. That trend, however, is taking a turn. Cow–calf producers no longer have an automatic advantage when marketing calves.
Chuck Roll Cuts
Penn State Dairy and Animal Science Blog
This is a fantastic video about cutting various steaks and roasts from the beef chuck roll. Many farmers in our area are interested in “direct marketing,” including selling beef at farmers’ markets. Cutting beef a little bit differently may help you produce more steaks (vs. lower-value roasts and ground beef), and thus, generate a greater return to you, the beef producer.
K-State To Host Cattle Feeders College In Two Locations
Kansas State University will host the first-ever K-State Cattle Feeders College in two locations – May 12 in Cimarron, Kan. and May 13 in Scott City, Kan.
The program at both locations will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will feature the same schedule. Attendance is free and a complimentary meal, sponsored by Intervet Schering Plough Animal Health and Walco International, Inc., will be provided but participants must register by May 7.
USDA Suspends Federal Rule Requiring Cattle to be TB-tested Prior to Movement in Some Areas
USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) issued a Federal Order modifying certain elements of the bovine tuberculosis (TB) eradication program. The changes will better allow the program to meet the circumstances and needs of today’s producers.
Heartland Flyer to receive horsepower from cattle
The Journal Record
Texas beef cattle are helping provide the horsepower for Amtrak’s Heartland Flyer passenger train between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth. A one-year test started Tuesday using a renewable biodiesel fuel blend for the Heartland Flyer’s 3,200-horsepower General Electric locomotive.
Feeder cattle on a year-long upswing
Culpeper Star Exponent
If you sold feeder cattle one month ago when the cattle market reached a year-long peak, you are now wondering if this was the right move as the market has continued upwards since then.
Good decision at the time, don’t look back, keep moving forward to the new information ahead. Economists suggest we learn to recognize a high price when it is offered.
Japan Suspends Beef Exports Over Foot-And-Mouth
Japan suspended beef exports Tuesday after detecting suspected cases of foot-and-mouth disease in several cows in the south of the country, officials said.
Three of 16 beef cows raised at a farm in Miyazaki developed mouth ulcers — a typical early symptom of the disease — earlier this month, prompting authorities to impose a ban that will last at least three months, said Agriculture Minister Hirotaka Akamatsu.
Washington Winery Gets Into The Beef Business
The owners of the acclaimed Leonetti Cellar winery in Washington have announced plans to get into the cattle business. Although wine and beef may sound like completely opposite pursuits Chris Figgins, CEO and winemaker for Leonetti Cellar, says "The whole idea is contrary to modern beef production. We’re taking the estate winery model and applying it to beef."
Effects of transport stress on early pregnancy in cattle
David L. Morris, DVM, Ph.D.
The Fence Post
How soon after breeding can one haul cows or heifers to avoid negatively impacting pregnancy rates? It is a frequent question and many times, producers have to move their animals unavoidably. Minimizing stress is standard practice when managing cattle, and it includes transport stress.
Stop Stuffing Your Heifers
A day doesn’t go by when we are not subjected to another news item on how calorie-restricted diets dramatically increase the longevity of laboratory mice. The relevance of this story is greatly enhanced by the tantalizing speculation that switching our intake from fries to lettuce can help us delay meeting the grim reaper by a decade or two.
Food Vs. Fuel: Growing Grain for Food Is More Energy Efficient
Using productive farmland to grow crops for food instead of fuel is more energy efficient, Michigan State University scientists concluded, after analyzing 17 years’ worth of data to help settle the food versus fuel debate.