Daily Archives: December 19, 2011

How Does Cold Stress Affect the Energy Needs of a Beef Cow?

How Does Cold Stress Affect the Energy Needs of a Beef Cow?

Warren Rusche

South Dakota State University

Most beef producers know intuitively that when the weather gets colder their cows need more energy to maintain their condition and productivity.  The questions are when do cows start experiencing cold stress and then how much more energy do they need?

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Winter Tetany Prevention

Winter Tetany Prevention

Randy Kuhn

Beef Today

Grass tetany is a nutrition-related health condition that generally occurs when cows are grazing cool-season grasses in early spring or wheat pasture in the fall.  In all actuality, tetany can occur in some form at any time of the year.

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Solving the efficiency puzzle: Are we missing something?

Solving the efficiency puzzle: Are we missing something?

SCOTT LAKE and GARY MOSS

The Prairie Star

There has been a tremendous buzz throughout the beef industry the last few years and the buzz is “efficiency”.

Almost every symposium and popular press publication has at least one talk or article about efficiency.

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Future Shortage of DDGs

Future Shortage of DDGs

Linda H. Smith

DTN

According to two USDA economists, the U.S. could have fed as much as an average 62 million metric tons (mmt) of distillers’ grains (DGs) a year during the past five years, compared with production of 37 mmt last year.

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Willie Nelson:  Occupy the Food System

Willie Nelson:  Occupy the Food System

Huff Post

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.

No one knows this better than family farmers, whose struggle to make a living on the land has gotten far more difficult since corporations came to dominate our farm and food system. We saw signs of it when Farm Aid started in 1985, but corporate control of our food system has since exploded.

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Using beef cow leasing as a transition planning tool

Using beef cow leasing as a transition planning tool

 High Plains Journal

According to John Forshee, director, River Valley Extension District, individuals trying to work into farming, those looking to grow their business, and those looking to transition into retirement might find beef cow leasing a useful tool.

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More muscling reduces dark cutting

More muscling reduces dark cutting

Stock & Land (AU)

NEW Beef CRC-funded research conducted by Western Australia’s Murdoch University has shown that increased muscularity is a factor associated with lower ultimate carcase pH, leading to a reduced incidence of dark cutting.

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10 cow-calf winter preparation tips

10 cow-calf winter preparation tips

Drovers

Now is the perfect time for beef producers to make management decisions that will affect the health, productivity and profitability of the herd over the next production cycle. The following are tips and guidelines to consider.

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Livestock Leaders Concerned with Dwindling Cow Numbers

Livestock Leaders Concerned with Dwindling Cow Numbers

WDAY

North Dakota livestock leaders are concerned about the dwindling beef cow numbers. The lowest since the 1950′s.

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Texas Drought Takes Cow Numbers Down By 600K

Texas Drought Takes Cow Numbers Down By 600K

CBS DFW

The worst drought in Texas’ history has led to the largest-ever one-year decline in the leading cattle-state’s cow herd, raising the likelihood of increased beef prices as the number of animals decline and demand remains strong.

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