Daily Archives: November 3, 2010

Remember What Drives Profitability in the Cow-Calf Business

Remember What Drives Profitability in the Cow-Calf Business

Dr. Mark A. McCann, Extension Animal Scientist, VA Tech

It is great to understand the connections among commodities and their impact on prices we receive. However, cow-calf producers do not need to lose sight of the management practices under their control which directly impact the profitability of their enterprise.

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Ohio State University hosts second Animal Welfare Symposium

Ohio State University hosts second Animal Welfare Symposium

AG Answers

This year’s keynote speaker is Temple Grandin of Colorado State University. Grandin is internationally renowned for her work in animal welfare, particularly in regards to improving livestock and poultry handling practices.

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GIPSA Rule Must Be Handled Professionally

GIPSA Rule Must Be Handled Professionally

Thebeefsite.com

Last week, the NCBA accused R-CALF USA of engaging in an effort to "undermine public confidence in the safety of beef." R-CALF CEO Bill Bullard adamantly denies this and criticizes the NCBA of deceit.

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Sizing Up Brood Cows

Sizing Up Brood Cows

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/Progressive Farmer

QUESTION: Is there an optimal size for brood cows?

I think many producers have allowed cows to get too large for their production systems. By focusing on weaning weights in calves and utilizing cheap supplements, it seems they have selected for more growth in the heifers they retain.

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Stocking Rate, Number of Cows Per Acre of Pasture, Requires Careful Figuring

Stocking Rate, Number of Cows Per Acre of Pasture, Requires Careful Figuring

Kansas City Infozine

My most frequently asked question is, ‘How many cows should I have?’" says Rob Kallenbach, University of Missouri Extension forage specialist.

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Nothing artificial in new grass-fed beef pet food

Nothing artificial in new grass-fed beef pet food

NJ Jaeger

LA Environmental Health Examiner

“With the sustainable, organic, grass-fed beef revolution well underway, we believe it’s high time for the same quality meats to make their way from the dinner plate to the pet bowl,” said Melissa McGinnis, the host of hit web series Greenopolis TVand founder of Original Pet Food Company.

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Plant would use Ky. cattle to make jerky

Plant would use Ky. cattle to make jerky

Victoria Advocate

A plan to build a slaughter house that produces beef jerky could keep Kentucky ranchers from shipping their cattle out of state.

Building the 245,000-square foot facility would cost $115 million and create 740 direct jobs, according to Texas consultant Rod Bowling. Bowling was speaking at a recent meeting of the state Agricultural Development Board.

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