Tracking the Heredity of BRD
According to Iowa State University research published in the Journal of Animal Science, cattle treated one time for Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) weighed 24 pounds less at slaughter than healthy cattle, amounting to an average loss of $23.23 per head. With an estimated occurrence rate of more than eight percent, those numbers are staggering when applied industry wide.
Mycotoxins and Reproduction
By Don Lamb
Director of Sales, Feed Division, All-West/Select Sires Inc.
Feeds containing mold-produced spores are a growing concern for producers. Mold spores reduce the nutrient quality of grain and produce secondary metabolites, known as mycotoxins. These poisons affect the digestive, immune and reproductive functions of the dairy cow and can allow other diseases to invade from an already depleted immune system.
Would An Extra $50/Head Help?
With stress-limited preconditioning (PC) and value-added calf (VAC) programs, value-added returns approached $130/head this year for an Oklahoma operation that grows calves to near 900 lbs.
1st Major Decrease in Expenses for Farmers & Ranchers in Quarter Century
Hoosier AG Today
According to the Farm Production Expenditures 2009 summary released by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service Tuesday U.S. farm production expenses decreased by almost 20-billion dollars last year for the first time in nearly 25 years.
Vet’s Voice: Economics of preg checking
Dave Barz, DVM
Tri State Livestock News
This is the first year I can remember standing water in the bean fields the end of July. We have plenty of moisture in our area, but some areas are short of summer rains. Last week we had special yearling sale at the livestock market.
Illinois Researchers Identify Genetic Defect In Beef Cattle
University of Illinois researchers identified the mutation causing Contractural Arachnodactyly (CA; formerly Fawn Calf Syndrome), a genetic abnormality affecting Angus and Angus-derived cattle.
Feedlot school set for August 12 at Panhandle Center
The Fence Post
The 2010 Feedlot School sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is an educational opportunity for feedlot employees that is intended to increase efficiency and coordination and ultimately improve feed yard profitability.
The workshop is scheduled for Aug. 12 at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center at Scottsbluff. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program will conclude by 3:40 p.m.
Optimism abounds among cattle producers at 2010 Beef Cattle Short Course
North Texas E-News
Both experts and producers spoke positively about the future of the cattle business while attending the 56th annual Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course in College Station this week.
Misuse of funds a cruel cut for group
Pain and swelling from the U.S. beef industry’s self-inflicted black eye won’t require the raw steak remedy.
But an audit’s finding that the influential National Cattlemen’s Beef Association broke federal rules — funds collected from farmers and ranchers for marketing were used for lobbying — stings with embarrassment, said a Nebraska cattlewoman.
Texas Tech student receives W. D. Farr Scholarships
Southwest Farm Press
A Texas Tech University graduate student has been recognized with a scholarship awarded in honor of one the cattle industry’s greatest pioneers, the late W.D. Farr of Greeley, Colo.
Rebecca Tokach, a Texas Tech University graduate student completing a master’s degree with a specialization in muscle biology and meat science, has been recognized with a scholarship awarded in honor of one the cattle industry’s greatest pioneers, the late W.D. Farr of Greeley, Colo.
State Beef Councils, N.C.B.A. still ‘partners’
Last Saturday, the Federation of State Beef Councils passed a resolution to maintain its partnership with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association during the Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver, Colo. Members of the Federation voted to continue its current operating structure with N.C.B.A. according to Scott George, Federation division chair. He added greater independence is needed – but not separation.
Heat Index For Cattle
Heat and more importantly humidity can kill livestock as we saw in mid July with over 2000 cattle perishing in the state. Cattle, like humans feel much warmer when the humidity is high.
Cull Prices Hitting Record Highs
Victoria G. Myers
Culls haven’t looked so good for a long time. Both cull cow and cull bull prices have been butting up against record-high levels recently — an invitation to savvy managers who would like to get a genetic boost in their herds as economically as possible.
Packing plants install remote video auditing system
High Plains Journal
Cargill, which has 16 harvest plants in North America, began looking for a way to enhance their animal well-being program at the plant level over two years ago. The answer was third-party remote video auditing.
Plant Oats For Fall Forage
Hay and Forage Grower
Livestock producers who’ll need extra pasture or hay in late September or October might want to plant late-summer oats, suggests Bruce Anderson, University of Nebraska Extension forage agronomist.