Daily Archives: November 14, 2011

Beef Checkoff: A Major Success Has a Bumpy History

Beef Checkoff: A Major Success Has a Bumpy History

Larry Stalcup

Calf News

Nothing in the cattle business seems to come easily. Drought – and then more of it, high feed prices, volatile cattle markets, animal rights activist lies and other pressures are more common than not. Initial passage of the $1 per head beef checkoff was no exception. And keeping it intact for nearly 25 years has certainly been a chore.


Alfalfa hay as a protein supplement

Alfalfa hay as a protein supplement

Ken Olson

Tri State Livestock News

Ample numbers of stories in the ag press lately have been dedicated to protein supplementation with low-quality forages or winter grazing. An overriding issue is that protein supplements are typically expensive and should be avoided if they are not needed.


USDA Working to Promote Pre-Harvest Meat Safety

USDA Working to Promote Pre-Harvest Meat Safety

Food Safety News

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is trying to facilitate education and collaboration regarding pre-harvest food safety interventions


Man gets 9 years for bank fraud involving cattle

Man gets 9 years for bank fraud involving cattle



An Amarillo federal judge sentenced a Hereford cattle owner Thursday to nine years in prison and five years of supervised release for making false statements on loan applications.


3 reasons we use antibiotics in livestock

3 reasons we use antibiotics in livestock

Geni Wren

Bovine Veterinarian Magazine

Last week, at the Meat and Poultry Research Conference in Kansas City, Mo., experts spoke about antibiotic use in livestock production.


How Much Should We Complain Or Applaud?

How Much Should We Complain Or Applaud?

Troy Marshall


After reading yet another article questioning whether Wal-Mart is losing its way by introducing organic products, Choice beef and higher-end products, I have to wonder about our arrogance.


Critical Mass

Critical Mass

Steve Suther

Cattle Today

It takes so many plants to make a stand, cows to make a herd and drops to make a rain. Before turning that herd out to pasture, you look for enough plant mass to support their grazing.