Evaluating muscle and marbling development in beef cattle
The Prairie Star
For those seedstock operations concerned with this year’s measurements, or those noticing year to year variation in group averages for carcass traits, I encourage everyone to not only evaluate weather, range conditions and management from birth to 12 months of age, but more importantly, what were the conditions in the fall prior to that calf’s birth?
Preventing Calf Scours is Difficult but Important to Herd Management
Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS
There are few herd health issues that create the level of problems and cause the degree of financial loss to the cow calf producer as that created by intestinal infections and the related scouring in calves.
Iowa Premium Beef looks to August start up in Tama
The Tama News Herald
“We’re out raising the second phase of the capital, $8 to $10 million,” Jeff Muchow, president of Iowa Premium Beef, told the Tama City Council Monday night. With that money, the Amber Capital group intends to reopen the closed beef packing plant on Tama’s east side, as early as August.
You get the picture: Not so happy to think where my Happy Meal comes from
The Sentinel Echo
Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.
Biting into a juicy steak or burger is just as American as apple pie. What’s the difference? Apple pie doesn’t jeopardize the environment, worker’s wages or the health of a nation.
Blach gives update on beef trade
Cattle and wholesale beef prices are in uncharted, record territory as tight supplies are squeezing the market and propelling prices skyward. Speaking to members of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Randy Blach with Cattlefax, pointed especially to cow and heifer prices- saying they are like a double edged sword. High prices are great when you get that check for those animals.
Can we prevent feedlot viral respiratory disease?
The feedlot industry still struggles with preventing and managing cases of bovine respiratory disease and the strategies for preventing or lessening viral diseases.
Success requires a system
The Cattle Business Weekly
All businesses from farms to small agribusinesses to Fortune 500 companies recognize that to operate successfully a system must be in place – for production, sales, marketing. Typically, for farms and ranches, the technical systems focuses on crop and livestock production.
BeefTalk: Excessive Calf Death Loss Is a Huge Warning Flag
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
The death of a calf always is a bummer. Producers live in the world of dollars and cents, income and expense and profit and loss. However, the need to remove a dead calf is never something a producer wants to do.
Beef producer’s tug-of-war: Maximize profit, minimize bacteria
The giant Cargill Beef slaughter plant on the east edge of the city is a factory — in reverse. It takes 6,000 cattle a day and within a few hours divides the carcasses into hundreds of cuts of meat and byproducts.
Embracing Identification Programs Opens Doors
Challenges bestowed upon the industry at some point made it clear a better identification and tracking system was needed. The initial mandatory claim set off cattlemen like a lynch mob.