Select Sires Announces Dairy and Beef Photo Contest
Customer success is the passion of every employee within the Select Sires federation. Select Sires would like to celebrate this success by offering for the first time a Select Sires photo contest. Select Sires is looking for new, exciting photos of Select-sired offspring and customers to use in promotions such as calendars, posters, brochures, on the website and much more.
Intro To Calving
Montana Cowboy College
To understand my life you must understand calving, as calving season is the peak season in a ranch cowboy’s life.
In Montana, most ranches are termed cow/calf operations – the herd of cows is maintained year-round to produce a new crop of calves every year.
Dystocia: The Challenge
Alright, today I started to write this long, informative post about dystocia in livestock and how much livestock producers dread these problems during birthing seasons. Instead, I will spare you the details and share with you why I find calving season such a challenge.
Do you know your unit cost of production?
Tri State Livestock News
When University of Nebraska Extension Educator Aaron Berger asked a group of cow-calf producers if they knew their cost of production, there was total silence in the room.
Bud Box Bonanza
Cattle handling is steadily changing as the old ideas of driving animals with shouts and hotshots gives way to low-stress techniques using animal behavior to quietly move animals.
Cattle Vaccine Could Reduce E. Coli Outbreaks
The battle against E. coli contamination in the nation’s food supply has a new weapon, but consumers are not likely to see its benefit anytime soon.
Epitopix, a Minnesota-based veterinary vaccine company, recently released a vaccine that promises to help prevent cattle from carrying E. coli O157 — a bacteria strain that, although harmless to livestock, can be deadly to humans.
Cattle’s traditional and natural diet is grass, not grain. Consuming grass-fed instead of grain-fed beef can have significant effects on overall health. Unfortunately, in recent years large agricultural corporations have diverged from feeding cattle a natural diet of grass to unnatural grain.
Study shows costly consequences of regulating dust
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is concerned that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) current review of National Ambient Air Quality Standards of the Clean Air Act could result in the regulation of coarse particulate matter (dust) at levels as low as 65-85 µg/m3, or twice as stringent as the current standard.
UT Extension offices face more budget cuts
State lawmakers made serious cuts last year to agricultural programs in the state.
More than $5 million was cut from University of Tennessee Extension offices. Eighteen positions were eliminated in East Tennessee offices.
To make matters worse, federal money is expected to be taken away next month.
New tool now available for beef producers
Fort Scott Tribune
Thanks to financial support from the Beef Reproductive Task Force, a multi-state extension group, beef producers are now able to access the Bovine Estrus Synchronization Planner on the Web at no charge.
A farm-to-table story starring Oak Steakhouse and Yon Family Farms
Charleston City Paper
The purpose of this field trip is educational. The destination: Yon Family Farms. Bacon, Jacobson, and Palmer want to meet the farmers who raise Certified Angus Beef cattle. They want to witness firsthand the care that goes into the cows that become their steaks.
Baxter Black, DVM: CHEER FOR HORSES
As we horse owners and lovers struggle to find some middle ground in the tragic abandoned horse issue, maybe we need to look “outside the box.”
Pre-Planning is Key to Successful A.I.
Synchronization programs, for artificial insemination (AI), have changed a little over the years. Experience and improvements to the synchronization technology probably have modified these programs enough to where almost any outfit can adapt to a protocol depending on time and labor resources
Whole Foods adopts new system that rates how the meat was treated
Adopting the meat rating principles set forth by the Global Animal Partnership, Whole Foods rolled out a program this month that lets shoppers know how the animals that became their beef, chicken, and pork products were treated during their lives.
Beef cattle numbers decreasing as producers back out of the business
Farm and Dairy
A smaller beef herd reported in USDA‘s Jan. 1 cattle inventory estimates has provided the cattle markets with even more bullish news. Beef cow numbers continue to fall as producers seem to want out of the business, said Purdue University Extension economist Chris Hurt.
Premiums for non-hormone treated cattle available
Tri State Livestock News
“There’s no telling how long demand will remain this strong,” Price said. “Right now I have orders I can’t fill because I haven’t located enough of this type of cattle.”
Although I usually emphasize energy and protein intake when planning winter cow nutrition, ensuring adequate vitamin A intake is also important. Vitamin A is the vitamin most likely to be deficient in cattle diets and is the only vitamin with a well-defined requirement. It is important for vision, bone formation, growth, reproduction, and skin and other tissue health.
No More Feed Store Antibiotics?
Victoria G. Myers
Mike Apley doesn’t have a problem with taking antibiotics off the shelves of local feed stores. He says there are uses today he hopes would be different if a veterinarian were involved. It’s a position he’s taken heat on from some in the cattle industry.
Love Meat Tender :: The 10 Most Tender Beef Muscles
Pennsylvania State University
Twice in the last 24 hours I have encountered some misunderstanding about the relative tenderness ranking of beef muscles. In one case, someone asked about the teres major (petite tender, and thank you for asking}
Earth gets spoils of animal composting
Andrea Uhde Shepherd and Jessie Halladay
When an electrical wire fell on her Springfield, Ky., farm last April and killed 20 beef cattle, Frances Medley figured she would have to bury the animals — the remains had been left too long to be butchered, and her livestock pickup service had closed.