Beef Quality Assurance: Reducing Disease Transmission
Kansas State University
Beef cattle are more likely to be infested with disease by a human handler, than another animal. K-State Research and Extension beef veterinarian Dr. Larry Hollis says it’s both easy and relatively inexpensive to reduce disease transmission to animals during vaccinations, ear tagging, and other invasive procedures.
Designing a Bud Box
Drs. Ron Gill and Rich Machen
There is nothing magical or mystical about a Bud Box. It is a facility design that allows the handler to be positioned correctly to facilitate cattle flow out of the box into either the crowd alley leading to a chute, or to a trailer load out.
Internet Sales Offer Advantages to Buyers and Sellers
Technology has certainly changed the lifestyle of most Americans. E-mail transmissions and texting have almost made the personal phone call obsolete.
E. Coli and the Misuse of Antibiotics
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.
When it comes to food and farming, unfortunately it often takes a major public health scare to bring about necessary changes in policy and practice. Unless you have been on another planet you will have no doubt heard the news of the horrific food poisoning outbreak in Europe which has killed 24 people and left almost 2,500 sick.
What’s in Your Beef?
I’m sure we’ve all heard of people eating strange things before; grown men eat rats, squirrels, goldfish…. (We could provide YouTube links, but you know what? We’re not gonna.)
But now people are eating grass… well sort of.
Area ranchers, farmers fear overregulation
Abilene Reporter News
The first White House Rural Council was recently created by executive order from President Barack Obama. The new federal interagency council will coordinate and promote outdoor recreation opportunities on public lands in partnership with federal, state and tribal agencies.
Scientists working on ‘test-tube’ beef
Dutch scientists say a time will come when there will not be enough livestock to feed the population. Consequently, lab-grown beef, chicken and lamb could become the norm.
Genetic relationships between marbling score and fertility
David L. Morris, DVM, Ph.D.
The Fence Post
Cattlemen recognize that getting a live calf on the ground is the basis for most all other performance traits. For seedstock suppliers, buyer inquiries concerning other economic traits beyond reproduction have become increasingly more frequent. No matter the genetic traits, is it possible that selecting for one compromises selection for another? What about marbling score and reproductive traits in beef cattle?
UNL Beef Specialist Warns About Cattle Heat Stress
A University of Nebraska-Lincoln beef specialist is warning cattle producers to watch for signs of heat stress in their herds.
Beef specialist Terry Mader says current moisture levels in the Central and Northern Plains will contribute to high humidity in the near future, which can be disastrous to cattle which have not adapted.
57th Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course Aug 1-3
North Texas e-News
The short course features numerous educational sessions and workshops. These sessions will include information covering cattle production, forage management, nutrition, reproduction, record keeping, brush busting, cattle handling, landowner issues, and much more.
Senate Bill Takes Another Swipe At Animal Antibiotics
Hoosier AG Today
A re-introduced Senate bill seeking to limit use of antibiotics in food animal feed and a USDA report summarizing dozens of reports that claim a link between overuse of antibiotics and accelerated antibiotic resistance in humans has given critics fresh momentum in the ongoing debate.
Beyond good looks
Records should confirm those mature-weight guesses and, factoring in average weaning weights, point out the most and least efficient cows. Ear tag numbers should convey age at a glance, and the oldest cows have made us the most money. That’s unless, again, we manage as if money is not important and let them stay regardless of whether they wean a calf each year.
Raising Grass-fed beef meets aerospace tech manufacturing in rural Illinois
The cattle munching on the tall, lush grass of this 500-acre farm possess no aerodynamic features.
Still, the bovine animals play a significant — yet separate — role in a unique, small business that is well known to NASA and other segments of the aerospace industry.
Bovine Respiratory Disease: Multi-institutional project underway to reduce BRD in cattle
Tri State Livestock News
A multi-institutional project is underway to develop cost-effective genomic and management approaches to reduce bovine respiratory disease (BRD) in beef and dairy cattle, according to information presented at the 2011 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) 43rd Annual Research Symposium and Annual Meeting.
Steer Clear Of Foot Rot
Dr. Ken McMillan
Drought conditions can set the stage for foot rot, especially as wet and muddy conditions set in later in the season.
Are you a Red Angus GridMaster? Submit carcass data now
The Fence Post
Spring and early summer is harvest season for a majority of the nation’s fed cattle, and cattlemen and feeders are now reflecting on the carcass data from this year’s crop. Producers who utilize the Red Angus Feeder Calf Certification Program (FCCP) tag may submit their carcass data to be considered for the distinguished GridMaster award.
Look at Farming in 2020
A look into the ten-year crystal ball by one agriculture economist shows large acreage crop farmers with even larger operations in 2020. Purdue University’s Mike Boehlje will present a variety of predictions at the upcoming Indiana Certified Crop Advisor Conference.
Next Few Months Critical in Beef Operations
The next several months are crucial in securing potential profits in a majority of beef operations throughout the U.S.
“The No. 1 indicator of potential profits is the birth of a live calf, and to have a live calf next year, the cows need to become pregnant,” says Carl Dahlen, North Dakota State University Extension Service beef cattle specialist.
Does 4-H create cold-blooded killers?
You know there’s disconnect between rural and urban folks when the local 4-H kids come under fire as desensitized to the suffering of animals. Agriculture may believe 4-H, FFA and the Boy Scouts are wholesome efforts to educate our children, but there’s apparently more than a few misguided souls who think otherwise.
NDSU dedicates beef research center
"The facility will allow NDSU to accomplish the vast array of research needed to meet the challenges of 21st century beef cattle production," says D.C. Coston, NDSU vice president for Agriculture and University Extension