Producers can earn a premium by enrolling calves in verification programs
Tri State Livestock News
As consumers become more aware of where the beef they eat comes from, they are also becoming more interested in the history of that animal. Because of the growing interest in animal traceability, government programs are being developed for ranchers who are willing to keep better records on their animals and manage them to meet program requirements. Those producers can earn a premium when they market their calves.
Match cow herd to available forage by rolling back calving season
High Plains Journal
When most people think about animal welfare, they do not picture cows and calves grazing contentedly on a lush green pasture. But animal welfare is an issue for the cow-calf segment of the beef industry, also.
Abundant clover causing bloat problems
University of Kentucky, Southeast Farm Press
“We have heard about and seen an over-abundance of white clover in many pastures this year. This has raised concerns about bloat, and a number of producers have experienced death losses due to bloat in their cattle herds.”
Reported cases of frothy bloat in cattle are up quite a bit in 2010 compared to recent years.
As demand grows for locally raised meat, farmers turn to mobile slaughterhouses
When Kathryn Thomas wanted to turn her sheep into lamb chops, the federal government required her to haul them across Puget Sound on a ferry and then drive three hours to reach a suitable slaughterhouse.
Not anymore. These days, the slaughterhouse — and the feds — come to her.
Leon Metz: Irishman built empire on rustling of cattle
Pat Coghlan, an Irish immigrant who reached American shores in 1845, enlisted in the U.S. Army and was discharged in 1852 at San Antonio, Texas. By 1873, he had migrated to New Mexico territory, settling in Tularosa.
Many cattle farmers return to tradition of grass-fed beef
About 250 head of cattle followed Will Clark as he drove an old white pickup truck across a 1,300-acre farm his family owns between Saltville and Hungry Mother State Park.
Like father, like daughter
Ukiah Daily Journal
For the Magruder family, fifth-generation Potter Valley ranchers, the transference of responsibility for a 2,400-acre cattle ranch is passing from father to daughter.