American Royal wins court case involving vanishing steer
The Kansas City Star
After a three-year legal beef culminating in a two-week jury trial, a court has sided with the American Royal in the case of Friction, the vanishing steer.
Cattle Carbon Footprint
In 2006, a report by the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization claimed domesticated livestock produces 18% of the world’s anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. Animal scientists—and the FAO itself—have been trying to clean up the damage ever since.
BeefTalk: Can Do, Must Do and Need To
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Agriculture is a fast-moving, high-technology business. The production and processing of agricultural products for our consumption is demanding. These demands are not getting easier as consumers increasingly become distant from production.
Summertime stock trailer inspection
The Cattle Business Weekly
Branding season throughout the region is at its end and stock trailers are busy hauling cow/calf pairs to far-off grasslands.
"Because the safety of the cattle and of the producers is at stake, it is important to take a few minutes to inspect the trailer and look for potential problems before loading cattle," North Dakota State University Extension Service beef cattle specialist Carl Dahlen says.
Tips on how to prepare for CAFO inspections by the EPA
Iowa Farmer Today
Producers who own a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO), probably have heard about the EPA’s inspections and enforcement.
These activities are part of an increased emphasis aimed at ending harmful discharges of pollutants from CAFOs into rivers and streams, according to an EPA news release.
We Must Diffuse The Emotional Appeal Of Our Enemies
I was inundated this week with people putting out positive messages for our industry – which, of course, is a great thing. I heard several bright, articulate young ladies address nutritional concerns, animal welfare concerns, and environmental concerns regarding beef production with sound, solid scientific facts.
Bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) was first recognized as a severe disease of cattle in 1946. Since that time veterinarians and cattle producers have learned a lot about the negative effects of this disease, as well as methods for its control.
SDSU research explores integrated beef, ethanol production systems
The Prairie Star
South Dakota State University research suggests there’s an economic opportunity for corn producers willing to explore integrated production systems that will background beef calves while producing corn to supply ethanol plants.
Ranchers turn to natural security vs. wolves
Many cattle ranchers in this area have suffered livestock significant losses due to predation by wolves, so they are turning to what could be called a “natural” security system: guard donkeys.
Lady rancher keeps farm going
Delta Farm Press
The success of a farm or ranch is often measured in acreage, the size of a herd, or an above average crop yield. But for Hilda and Eddie Ashe, being the biggest or the best never mattered much.
Preg Check and Cull Replacement Heifers Early
Many Oklahoma ranchers choose to breed their replacement heifers about a month ahead of the mature cows. They also like to use a shortened 45- to 60-day breeding season for the replacement heifers. The next logical step is to determine which of these heifers failed to conceive in their first breeding season. This is more important today than ever before.
Animal-disease response hinges on preparedness
Iowa Farmer Today
The thought of a foreign animal disease, such as foot and mouth disease (FMD), hitting U.S. soil is terrifying, says Patrick Webb.
But, being prepared for the worst-possible scenario should help minimize the spread of the disease and soothe a concerned U.S. consumer base, he explains.
Aubrac beef breed making headway in the industry
The Cattle Business Weekly
The Aubrac cattle breed is an option for beef cattle producers in North America as this moderated-framed, highly maternal breed from southern France was developed centuries ago for production of forage-based beef.
American Hereford Association
The top brands in the beef industry are teaming up with top Hereford breeders for a one-of-a-kind fund-raiser auction to benefit the Hereford Research Foundation. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity July 13 at BuyHereford.com to bid on everything from Gallagher products to state of the art reproductive services, semen and embryos from top Hereford seedstock to unique hunting and fishing trips.
Understanding a ‘good’ fat
The Calgary Herald
CLA, or conjugated linoleic acid, is a fatty acid that is related to omega-6, one of two types of essential fatty acids. CLA is a naturally occurring trans fat, and is a "good" or benefi cial trans fat. Its unique structure provides a variety of health benefits.