Video Feature: Dr. John Miller, Governors Award winner for Excellence in Agriculture
Originally the meat lab here on campus was strictly for research and so we would slaughter animals for research and then would sell out from this place to local people and they would process it themselves. So one of the things we instituted was retail area so we could show students, who were our main bread and butter, the whole process. All the way from the feedlot through the slaughter process through the retailing process and out to the consumer that really broadened their aspect of agriculture.
Repetitive Cattle Deworming May Cause Drug Resistant Worms
Amy Radunz, Beef Cattle Extension Specialist, UW-Madison
Dewormers have provided effective parasite control, which has resulted in returns to farmers between $20 to $200/hd. The cost of these products is reasonable when compared to potential productions gains provided. Sheep and goat farmers have long battled with drug resistant worms, however until recently there has not been evidence of this is occurring in beef cattle.
Beef Quality and Yield Grades
Dan S. Hale, Kyla Goodson, and Jeff W. Savell, Department of Animal Science, Texas Agricultural Extension Service.
A quality grade is a composite evaluation of factors that affect palatability of meat (tenderness, juiciness, and flavor). These factors include carcass maturity, firmness, texture, and color of lean, and the amount and distribution of marbling within the lean. Beef carcass quality grading is based on (1) degree of marbling and (2) degree of maturity.
As we’ve all been told by our mothers, and as any veterinarian will tell you, prevention is the best of all medicines. As cattle producers, we spend billions to prevent diseases from infecting our livestock through vaccination programs and good husbandry practices.
Can We Pasteurize Colostrum?
Controlling bacteria levels in colostrum is an important aspect of managing this important first feed for calves. Once it is collected, colostrum can be refrigerated, frozen, or have potassium sorbate added to control bacterial growth (though the latter is seldom used).
Is It Just Me?
J. Neil Orth
Many, not involved in production agriculture, have decided our food system is flawed. Anyone with a Twitter account, blog, Facebook page or a microphone can say whatever necessary to further a cause. They can write books, make movies and raise massive amounts of money to promote their beliefs. Their rhetoric makes for good interviews on network morning shows or 3 part series on the evening news. It doesn’t have to be truthful, factual or logical. It doesn’t even have to be possible. But make no mistake, it is loud and it is gaining momentum fast!
Producers see value in Livestock Grazing School
Livestock producers who have turned to an Ohio State University Extension forage management school that teaches the basics of rotational livestock grazing have increased their profits, improved production practices and extended their grazing season, according to a recent survey.
Grass Tetany Can Cut Herd Down Quickly
Grass tetany is one of those things that can hit when a producer least expects it—which is exactly what happened to Bobby Miller.
"I guess we’d been lucky until this past winter," says Miller. "But then we lost five cows—three in one day."
"Suddenly, owning cattle looks like a stroke of genius."
In a few short months, cattle prices have staged a seemingly miraculous comeback. In December, finished cattle were $80 per hundredweight, now they are $100 per hundredweight. Calves were $1.05 per pound, now they are over $1.30 per pound.
“Suddenly, owning cattle looks like a stroke of genius,” said Purdue University Extension economist Chris Hurt.
Beef Demand and Prices May Set Record This summer
Hoosier AG Today
Cattle prices are on the rise; and, soon, retail beef prices may be, too. Retailers have reduced their margins to keep beef prices low so far this year. While retail beef prices were down 10 cents per pound in the first quarter, retail margins dropped by 20 cents per pound.
Back to Basics: Docility
Ron Torell, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Livestock Specialist
The older I get the more I enjoy being around docile people and cattle. Life is easier that way. For example, my wife of thirty-five years is generally a docile, calm and collected person. By her own admission, however, she can get worked up and on the hook. She insists it’s her Italian heritage but it may be I just know which buttons to push and how / when to push those buttons.
Bovine Trichomoniasis Update Talk to Your Veterinarian, Test Your Herd
“Testing and monitoring herds for trichomoniasis is the best method of controlling this infection, ” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr. “Cattle owners should talk to their veterinarian to determine the best management practices for their herd. ”
Injuries from livestock are no laughing matter
Stay calm. When you’ve got a 1,000-pound cow running around loose in a public place, that’s the best advice that Ohio State University Extension ag safety professional Kent McGuire can offer.
Protecting More Calves from Respiratory Diseases
It soon will be time to "work" the spring-born calves. New research is available that suggests that the young calves may be vaccinated with products used for protection against the respiratory diseases (IBR and BVDV).
Proper Animal Handling Helps Everyone
If you’ve yet to consider ways to improve animal handling in your operation, consider this:
“Prey animals have survived in nature, aware that predators select the lame, depressed and weak,” explains Tom Noffsinger, DVM, a cattle handling expert. “If caretakers behave like predators, cattle will hide signs of depression and disease from these people as long as possible. Understanding more about the visual, auditory and sensory abilities of cattle encourages handlers to override their predator tendencies, such as to chase and yell.”