Daily Archives: March 16, 2011

Q&A: Do you have to hang a beef carcass before processing it?

Q&A: Do you have to hang a beef carcass before processing it?

Dr. Dennis Burson, Professor of Animal Science, Animal Science, University of Nebraska

Hanging beef in a cooler (at about 38 F) for at least 10 days is recommended to improve tenderness. This process is called aging. This allows the enzymes in the meat to break down the proteins and improve eating quality.

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Benefits of Clover

Benefits of Clover

Dr. Ken McMillan

Clover is one way to cut down on fertilizer costs, but is it worth the hassle and the expense?

QUESTION: I’m thinking about planting clover to try to cut down on fertilizer costs. Is it worth the hassle and the expense?

ANSWER: I think it is, and I’m glad you realize that there is some hassle and expense to establishing clovers in your pastures.

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Manure Composting

Manure Composting

Kim Watson Potts

Beef Today

As fertilizer costs move higher, livestock producers may be sitting on an opportunity. If you feed cattle, it’s definitely in abundance…yes, it’s manure.

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Feedlot capacity and long-term profitability

Feedlot capacity and long-term profitability

Dillon M. Feuz

Tri State Livestock News

I have been making a presentation to cattlemen over the last year, raising concern that as the size of the national cowherd continues to decrease, there may be more difficult financial times ahead for the cattle feeding industry.

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How to Cull Cattle

How to Cull Cattle


Culling cattle is very important in any cattle operation because a producer gets rid of those animals that are inferior to the genetic qualities of the herd, those that are no longer productive, and those that have no value being in the cowherd any more.

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Agriculture Scientists Building Better Beef

Agriculture Scientists Building Better Beef

Innovations Report

It is a lesson taught in every school: Quality can be judged by one¡¯s grade, and scientists with Oklahoma State University’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources are working to help beef producers get the best meat grade possible.

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16 Cows Missing from Va. Stockyard

16 Cows Missing from Va. Stockyard


The Bedford County Sheriff’s Department says 16 cows turned up missing from a stockyard in Moneta.

Deputies say a worker at the Springlake Stockyard came in Sunday and discovered the animals were missing. The animals include beef cows, milkers and a newborn calf.

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Advanced DNA testing can help jump start genetic progress in cattle herd

Advanced DNA testing can help jump start genetic progress in cattle herd


Prairie Star

Cattle producers have a new tool to use when planning the genetics of their herd, according to information from Pfizer Animal Genetics. A special gene testing procedure was first developed for the Angus breeders about a year ago and now a similar service is being offered to those raising Shorthorn cattle.

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Beef Cattle EPD Resource App a free tool for busy ranchers

Beef Cattle EPD Resource App a free tool for busy ranchers

Amanda Radke

Tri State Livestock News

Cell phones and cowboys go hand-in-hand these days. With modern technology, the information a rancher needs to do their job is just a quick click away. Things are about to get a lot easier, too, with the “Beef Cattle EPD Resource” application for iPhones and Androids.

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Camp Cooley Ranch Holds “Final Page” Sale

Camp Cooley Ranch Holds “Final Page” Sale

Cattle Today

The Final Page Sale is the final liquidation of the mighty Camp Cooley Ranch cowherd. Females sold were pregnancies and embryos retained in 2008. In addition the semen, partial interests in herd sires and embryos on hand were liquidated.

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