Daily Archives: September 22, 2010

The Truth About Grass-Fed Beef: NPR’s Tiny Desk Kitchen

NPR

A decade ago, there were fewer than 50 grass-fed cattle operations in the U.S. Now there are thousands. Clearly people are eating this meat. Trendiness aside, NPR’s Allison Aubrey asks: Is grass-fed beef more nutritional than standard, corn-fed beef? And NPR’s Susan Stamberg and Ari Shapiro weigh in on the taste.

Cattle Producer’s Role In Animal Welfare

Cattle Producer’s Role In Animal Welfare

AG Network

Animal welfare is the basis of sound animal husbandry. Beef cattle ranchers should consider themselves stewards of a valuable resource that provides high quality protein products to many people throughout the world. By engaging in beef cattle production, the producer agrees to an unwritten set of guidelines for ensuring that they provide the basic requirements to the cattle they own or manage.

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Replacement heifer management

Replacement heifer management

Ken Olson

Tri State Livestock News

Simply stated, cow depreciation is the cost of developing a heifer to replace the cow amortized over the life of the cow. This includes the value of the heifer calf that can’t be sold, and also includes feed, veterinary, breeding and other costs of owning the heifer from weaning until she produces a calf as a two-year-old.

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Researchers look at value-added ways to compost large, dead ruminant animals

Researchers look at value-added ways to compost large, dead ruminant animals

University of Missouri

A challenge for farmers is the proper disposal of large, dead ruminant animals.

The state of Missouri requires that all dead animal carcasses be properly disposed of within 24 hours. Five acceptable options are rendering, composting disposal in approved landfills, incineration and burial.

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Cattle Thefts Increasing Across the Country

Cattle Thefts Increasing Across the Country

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

It’s a happy ending for black Brahman bulls, Antonio and Arnold. With their first calf crop on the ground this fall, you’d never know these two distinctive, humpbacked fellows took quite the ride this past spring.

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More cattle producers adopting precision agriculture 

More cattle producers adopting precision agriculture 

Southern States

A growing number of beef producers want what many row-crop farmers already have: the convenience, versatility and cost savings of precision farming.

Now a few of them have it, thanks to the work of two Alabama Extension educators.

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Feeding Vinegar

Feeding Vinegar

Ki Fanning

Beef Today

Apple cider vinegar would mainly be comprised of acetic acid which is one of the main volatile fatty acids (VFAs) produced by rumen bacteria.  VFA’s are the energy source that ruminants live on compared with monogastrics using glucose.

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Is grass-fed beef healthier than grain-fed?

Is grass-fed beef healthier than grain-fed?

Cecil Adams

Connect Savannah

First a note about the terms grass-fed and grain-fed. As a rule, beef cattle are raised on mother’s milk, then on pasture grass for the first couple years. After that, most grass-fed cattle keep on grazing, but grain-fed cattle are sent to a feedlot to stuff themselves for a couple months prior to slaughter, a process called "finishing."

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Avoid petroleum poisoning in cattle

Avoid petroleum poisoning in cattle

Jane Parish, Mississippi State University

Drovers

Petroleum fractions have been used alone or as part of external parasite control product mixtures to combat flies and ticks in cattle for many years. In appropriate applications, they may be applied to the skin with few or no harmful efforts on the animals.

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Max Thornsberry:  I Love Cows

Max Thornsberry:  I Love Cows

Beef Today

One of the first things I actually remember, which occurred in about 1957, is standing behind a woven wire fence, with my mother holding my new baby brother, watching my Dad sort some calves off a set of stock cows. I was hooked.

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