Herd Health Depends on Mineral Nutrition
Stephen B Blezinger, Ph.D.
Cattlemen, researchers, veterinarians and nutritionists have known for years that the health of an animal is closely related to it’s nutritional status. Animals living with substandard nutrient intake are commonly seen to have any number of complications to overall healthfulness, having a greater problem with resistance to disease and in fact, simply maintaining a normal, productive existence.
EPD basics: Why use the EPDs?
Expected progeny differences (EPDs) are a beef-cattle selection tool for cow-calf and seedstock producers to rank or compare the relative genetic merit of animals. These tools are used to select sires for economically important traits that will leave future progeny meeting the desired characteristics for the producer’s breeding program.
Predator Protection for the Herd
Dr. Ken McMillan
Q&A: We are thinking about adding donkeys or llamas to our cattle herd for protection from predators. Do you think this helps? Is one better than the other?
Both donkeys and llamas have been used successfully for this purpose.
BeefTalk: How Much Should Bulls Weigh?
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
How much should mature bulls weigh? Bull nutritional requirements are based on the projected value at mature weight. This means we have to answer the question about how much our bull will weigh at maturity.
A cow’s not a Pet
CHARLOTTE J. MUENZENBERGER
Should either farmers or activists compare pets to farm animals when explaining animal care?
Wednesday, an animal care specialist panel addressed this and other questions posed by Wayne and Holmes County dairy farmers, at the annual Northeast Ohio Regional Dairy Conference in Dalton.
2011 Range Beef Cow Symposium dates and location announced
The Fence Post
The 23rd Range Beef Cow Symposium (RBCS) will be held Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2011, in Mitchell, Neb. This popular educational event for cattle producers started in 1969 at Chadron, Neb., and is held every other year.
Proposed regulations divide meat industry
The Wichita Eagle
Is more competition in business good or bad?
That question has raged through the meat industry since the federal government proposed regulations last year that could reshape the sector.
Monsanto’s Roundup-Ready Alfalfa = Goodbye Organic Beef
Environmental groups and organic farmers alike have slapped the USDA with a lawsuit for its greenlighting of Monsanto’s Roundup-Ready alfalfa grass earlier this year.
Company looks to develop ‘green’ feedlot, packing plant
Mason Valley News
A man who said he was present representing Nevada Beef, Inc., spoke to the Lyon County Commissioners last week about what he said were that firm’s plans to build a ‘green’ feedlot and packing plant in Lyon County.
Randy Blach: The cattle market situation and outlook
Tri State Livestock News
CattleFax is a resource many ranchers use to dissect the many market signals occurring around the world that impact the cattle business.