Daily Archives: May 4, 2010

Video Feature: Estrous Detection

Dr. Allen Bridges details methods for detection of estrus in beef cattle, part of an efficient breeding program.

Grass-Fed vs. Grain-Fed

Grass-Fed vs. Grain-Fed

Fred Minnick

Calf News

Grass-fed beef has long appealed to niche markets across the country, but now mainstream consumers are consciously purchasing grass-fed over grain-fed beef.

Grass-fed hamburger and steak take up chunks of meat-case real estate at the likes of Costco and Wal-Mart. Some analysts say the grass-fed market has surpassed $1 billion in sales, prompting hundreds of producers to switch their grain-fed herds to pasture grazing.

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Neb. beef conference focusing on DNA technology

Neb. beef conference focusing on DNA technology


Next month’s beef cattle technology conference in Clay Center will address DNA technology’s uses now and in the future.

Matt Spangler is an expert in beef genetics for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension. He says the June 7 conference at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center will cover recent advances in DNA technology with respect to beef cattle decisions faced by producers.

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Cattle Insecticide Ear Tag Recommendations

Cattle Insecticide Ear Tag Recommendations

Lee Townsend, extension entomologist, University of Kentucky

Southern Livestock Standard

Insecticide impregnated cattle ear tags have been a popular means of pasture fly (horn fly and face fly) control for over 20 years. The insecticide in them is transferred to the animal’s hair coat as it grooms and rubs. Insecticide protection lasts for 12 to 16 weeks and the fly control program travels with the animal as it goes from pasture to pasture.

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Take a Fresh Look at Rotational Grazing

Take a Fresh Look at Rotational Grazing

Pat Hill DTN

If high fertilizer prices and hay costs are getting you down, it might be time to take a fresh look at rotational grazing. Rethink everything you thought you knew and try something completely different. That’s what Greg Wade did.

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The Next Big Food Scare

The Next Big Food Scare

Gary Truitt

Hoosier AG Today

It is as predictable as ants at a 4th of July picnic: a food-related scare that dominates the headlines and the television news. Last summer, it was H1N1 or, as uninformed called it, “swine flu.” The year before that it was food vs. fuel, where the fear mongers had the world worried we were going to run out of food because we had turned it all into ethanol.

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The beef with producer groups

The beef with producer groups

AG Week

Fuel, to a seemingly eternal fire, between producers and producer groups has been added recently with a proposal to changes in the structure of the Federation of State Beef Councils. The group making the proposal, The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, which has housed the federation since the merger of the National Cattlemen’s Association and The National Livestock and Meat Board/Beef Industry Council in 1996, seems to think it should be business as usual.

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