Daily Archives: May 25, 2010

Video Feature: Mobile Slaughter Units

Video Feature: Mobile Slaughter Units

Meat Science TV

Methods Available to Estimate Forage Quality

Methods Available to Estimate Forage Quality

North Dakota State University

Producers have ways to help them determine when to harvest alfalfa.

Neutral detergent fiber concentrations can help producers determine when to harvest alfalfa as feed for dairy cows, according to North Dakota State University Extension Service dairy specialist J.W. Schroeder.

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Feeding Beef Cattle: Tips for a Healthy, Pasture-Based Diet

Feeding Beef Cattle: Tips for a Healthy, Pasture-Based Diet

Mother Earth News

Forage (pasture, silage, hay) is the most natural feed for cattle. Ruminants do very well on forage but don’t grow quite as fast or get fat as quickly as when they are fed grain. Many young cattle are finished in feedlots on grain to save time and total feed.

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Big guys handling Kentucky’s beef aren’t so big

Big guys handling Kentucky’s beef aren’t so big

David Mudd

Southsider Magazine

Here’s a scene to get the blood pumping: I was in the office of two aggrieved meat cutters one day in late March, my back to the door, when even more people familiar with the business end of a butcher knife entered. And they, too, had bones to pick with me.

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Purdue’s Forage Field Guide revised to offer more information

Purdue’s Forage Field Guide revised to offer more information

AG Answers

The Purdue Extension Forage Field Guide has been revised to give producers better insight into current forage issues.

"The revised field guide has been enhanced and is more complete," said Keith Johnson, Purdue Extension forage specialist.

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Black Ink:  Time and money

Black Ink:  Time and money

Miranda Reiman

Certified Angus beef

Cutting back, lowering inputs, pinching pennies—they’ve all become catch phrases, a result of the recent recession. But before you tighten the belt on your cowherd or scale back on management, health or nutrition, be sure to weigh the impact.

Being cost conscious pays in any economic climate, but you can only cut so much across the board before you cause harm. The secret is to get the most out of all inputs.

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Pre-Harvest Management Controls and Interventions to Reduce E. coli O157:H7 Shedding in Cattle

Pre-Harvest Management Controls and Interventions to Reduce E. coli O157:H7 Shedding in Cattle

Thebeefsite.com/FSIS

A compliance guide has been published by the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) to provide beef slaughter establishments with an informational resource on pre-harvest management controls for reducing E. coli O157:H7 shedding in beef cattle.

The preharvest management practices and interventions are divided into the following general areas: (1) cattle water and feed, (2) live animal treatments, and (3) management practices and transportation.

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