Video Feature: Genetic Selection in Beef Cattle
Austin Moore talks with Extension beef cattle specialist, Dave Lalman about how genetic selection can impact the economics of beef production and how to select for cattle that best fit your production system.
Q&A: Do you recommend blood tests for pregnancy testing beef cattle? If so, which ones?
There are blood tests out there for pregnancy testing in cattle and the common test is progesterone levels. A pregnant cow level will be >3.0 ng/ml.
John Harrington: Is That Barbecue Sauce On Your Shirt Or Just Red Ink?
London can have its Wimbledon and Paris its Tour de France. But true thrill seekers always set their calendars by Bassett’s annual barbecue sales in early July. Reviewing the red-hot price summary Friday morning, I can quickly tell that the special auction once again lived up to its reckless reputation.
Commingling When Selling Calves Is Growing
Every cattleman doesn’t always have enough calves to fill a trailer. But that shouldn’t mean he gets paid less for good, healthy, preconditioned animals. That’s where commingling works best.
Cattle producers at drought’s door need a plan
University of Arkansas
Arkansas’ cattle producers need to be ready with a drought management plan in the face of a forecast that’s promising less rain and higher temperatures, said Dr. Tom Troxel, associate department head for Animal Science for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.
Feeding Wheat Grain to Livestock? Get it Tested for Vomitoxin First
The Ohio State University
In a year when overly wet conditions and a head scab outbreak are significantly impacting Ohio’s wheat crop, there is no room for assumptions that grain is toxin-free and safe to feed to livestock.
The Eyes Have It: Cattle Producers Battling Eye Irritations in Herds this Summer
University of Missouri
Most Missouri cattle producers are doing battle this summer with eye irritations in their herds according to Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension. The source of the irritations likely is the pinkeye bacteria, Moraxella bovis.
Clover-linked condition killing cattle across Bluegrass
Lexingron Herald Leader
It’s been a tough year so far for Central Kentucky’s cattle producers as they struggle to contain a potentially fatal condition called "frothy bloat" that has taken a toll on herds.
The damage has become so severe that state officials have petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture to include the condition in a program that allows farmers to request federal reimbursement for losses.
Living History: Good fences, good neighbors
EILEEN HALLET STONE
The Salt Lake Tribune
Over an early-morning cup of joe in the backyard of my Sugar House home, I waited for Western Fence Co. to put up a stronger wooden replica of what had recently been torn down. For a moment, it was refreshing to be living without boundaries and enjoying neighborly landscapes, decks and flowerpots. Then I felt ambivalent.
Extension Sought For Comments On GIPSA Rules
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has requested a 120-day extension to the public comment period for USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration’s proposed rule on livestock marketing. The proposed rule suggests major changes to the way producers can market their cattle.
Spotlight on organically raised beef
For years there has been a debate over whether organically raised animals are healthier options than those conventionally raised. Despite the different views taken by our nation’s residents, organic products are becoming more and more popular. Further, buying ‘local’ has become a hot topic among the current generation.
Locally raised meat is a natural choice
‘Where’s the beef?” an old TV commercial queried.
If you’re looking for hormone-free, grass-fed beef (or poultry), it’s right here in Central Massachusetts.
A number of local farms produce natural, grass-fed meats and poultry, which is sold on the Internet, at farmers markets and co-ops, or Community Supported Agriculture programs.
Don’t Forget to Look at Your Cattle This Summer
University of Missouri
Summer schedules on the farm are busy and can be even more hectic if a producer has employment off the farm. But sometime between putting up hay, clipping pastures and combining fescue or wheat, checking the cattle needs to be high on the priority list.
Researchers Create Model for Integrated Beef, Corn, Ethanol Production Systems
A new model created by South Dakota State University researchers outlines how the beef, corn and ethanol industries can work together in an integrated system.
The research team found possible economic benefits for corn farmers who could background beef calves, according to Dr. Cody Wright, extension beef specialist at the SDSU Department of Animal and Range Sciences.
Meatpacking plant eyes $60M expansion
A proposal totaling more than $60 million calls for expanding the JBS slaughterhouse and meatpacking plant in Gun Plain Township, south of Plainwell, according to state and local officials.