Tips to Help Cattle Make the Grade
Mark Sebranek and Jerry Jackson of Irsik & Doll Feed Yard, Garden City, Kan., discuss how ranchers can manage their cattle to improve final quality grade. This video news is provided by Certified Angus Beef and the American Angus Association.
Beef Cow Mineral – Vitamin Nutrition
Michigan State University
Where do you start when it comes to minerals and vitamins for your cows?
Where do you start when it comes to minerals and vitamins for your cows? What minerals and vitamins should I be feeding to my cattle? How much are they consuming?
BeefTalk: Understanding and Controlling Cost Is Critical
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
The beef business hit some positive returns, according to the North Dakota Farm and Ranch Business Management Education Program (www.ndfarmmanagement.com) and FINBIN (www.finbin.umn.edu/) farm financial database from the Center for Farm Financial Management at the University of Minnesota.
NCBA Calls for Opportunity to Comment on GIPSA
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack continues to review comments made during the GIPSA Rule comment period that ended in November as USDA conducts an economic analysis. Vilsack says he intends to finalize the rule.
Callicrate is bringing the beef with mobile meat packing
The Colorado Springs Gazette
Trucking cattle to a meat processing plant is hard on the animals and a waste of fuel, says Mike Callicrate, owner of Ranch Foods Direct in Colorado Springs. Far better, he says, to bring the processing plant to the cattle.
Cattlemen challenged to protect herds during flood
Mississippi Business Journal
As the Mississippi River continues to rise, those who keep cattle in Delta floodplains need to prepare to move them to higher ground.
Before evacuating, owners need to ensure their cattle are uniquely and permanently identified. Proper identification will be needed to prove ownership and to reclaim cattle before returning home.
Feed Ingredient’s Effects on Levels of E. Coli O157:H7 in Cattle
After corn is processed to make ethanol, what’s left of the corn looks something like slightly dampened cornmeal, though a somewhat darker yellow, and not as finely ground. Known as "wet distiller’s grains with solubles" (WDGS), this byproduct is sometimes used as a cattle feed ingredient.
USDA studies to further examine e.coli in cattle fed wet distillers grains
Last year Michigan produced 749,000 metric tons of dried distillers grains as a byproduct of ethanol production — up from 490,000 metric tons in 2008, according to Theresa Sisung, spokesperson at Michigan Corn.
Cost Impedes Use of New E. coli Vaccine
Food Safety News
In January, Pfizer Animal Health began marketing a new vaccine with the power to reduce the prevalence of E. coli O157:H7 in beef cows by 85 percent. One would think that such a miracle drug would be quickly and widely adopted by the meat industry, but so far only a handful of cattle farms are using it.
Dr. Ken McMillan
There are several diseases that can create nervous behavior. Grass tetany, caused by low magnesium, is common in cows on winter grazing. They can be very excitable and even aggressive in the early stages of this disease.