Bale Grazing to Cut Costs
North Dakota State University
Prior to the run up in cattle prices in the winter of 2010-2011, cattle producers found their margins shrinking. First land, feed, fuel, and labor costs escalated associated with rising grain and oil markets. Then cattle prices fell with a global recession and loss of demand.
Steve Cornett: Put E. coli Risk in Perspective
Without having read this book "Eat like a Man" let me suggest it looks like one we need to read. For a couple of reasons: I like the cover – it shows real meat with all that sizzle.
Early Born Calves Have An Advantage
Early-born calves have a better chance than the later born of making a profit for their owners.
That’s what a 2010 study of Iowa Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity (TCSCF) data helped confirm. The analysis looked at birth date and age of Angus-Simmental rotational crossbred calves, compared to their feedlot performance and carcass traits.
Use Caution if Feeding Wheat Hay to Livestock
Kansas State University
With wheat fields struggling amid drought conditions through parts of the High Plains, some producers may be considering cutting and baling their crops for hay. If so, a Kansas State University veterinarian says, “the sooner, the better.”
More Resistance, More Flies, Less Money
Victoria G. Myers
Reduced weaning weights for calves, lower weight gains on yearlings, summer mastitis and pinkeye—they’re all key management points that can mean the difference between a year that ends in the black and one that bleeds red. And at the center of that balance sheet is the lowly fly.
Flighty cattle trample profits
Ranchers know that excitable, hard-to-handle cattle increase their work load and potentially create safety hazards. But the problem can extend even further, as research increasingly shows a relationship between cattle temperament, health, performance and meat quality.
Feeding the hungry, healing the sick at heart of livestock feed debate
Should feeding the world’s hungry take a back seat to the possibility of harming our ability to heal the sick in years to come?
Does Grass Fed Beef Taste Different?
After a dinner over steak on Friday night, the conversation turned to the difference in taste between Grass Fed and Grain Fed cattle. This was brought on by the waitress telling us of the delights of eating "hop fed" beef, an idea that many of us at the dinner table found silly.
A New (Old) Way to Raise Meat
Over the last 70 years, the beef industry has changed considerably, evolving into an intense, industrial enterprise designed to put as much weight on as many cattle as fast as possible and get the resulting meat to market as quickly as possible.
Much of Mexican Meat Tainted With Steroids
Positive drug tests for five standout members of Mexico’s national soccer team have forced Mexican officials to acknowledge a problem that goes far beyond sports: Much of Mexico’s beef is so tainted with the steroid clenbuterol that it sickens hundreds of people each year