FDA Won’t Act Against Ag Antibiotic Use
With no notice other than a holiday-eve posting in the Federal Register, the US Food and Drug Administration has reneged on its long-stated intention to compel large-scale agriculture to curb over-use of agricultural antibiotics, which it had planned to do by reversing its approval for putting penicillin and tetracyclines in feed.
Good nutrition boosts performance, increases profits from breeding bulls
It may seem obvious, but it’s a message that’s worth repeating: close monitoring of bulls can help cattle producers maximize profits.
Federal lab’s move to Kansas draws fire
A New York congressman wants to take the “For Sale” sign off Plum Island. In a letter this week, Rep. Timothy Bishop argues it is ludicrous for the federal government to be spending as much as $1 billion to construct a new laboratory in Manhattan, Kan., to study animal diseases that could devastate the country’s livestock industry when a “perfectly good” facility already exists off the tip of eastern Long Island.
Night Time versus Day Time Feeding Influences Time of Calving
Durant Daily Democrat
The spring calving season is rapidly approaching and adequate supervision at calving has a significant impact on reducing calf death. Adequate supervision has been of increasing importance with the use of larger beef breeds and cattle with larger birth weights.
Raymond Ansotegui and the art of artificially inseminating cattle
Seonaid B. Campbell
High Country News
Ansotegui, whose Basque name is pronounced an-SOH´-tuh-ghee, has been artificially inseminating cattle (AIing) for almost 45 years. An expert on bovines, he has a Ph.D. in ruminant nutrition and a minor in reproductive physiology.
Experts praise Walmart, other stores’ move to sell higher-grade meat
Tri State Livestock News
The world’s largest retailer – with more than half of its $260 billion in U.S. sales last year coming from groceries – confirmed last month that it’s now selling Choice-grade beef at all of its 3,800 U.S. locations after it started ramping up its selections this summer.
NCBA: Cattle producers need to continue to help grow beef demand
High Plains Journal
Protecting and growing the domestic beef demand, growing U.S. beef exports and building a favorable beef business climate are the main focuses of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.
Larger cows need better management
The Fence Post
Although the United States cow herd has decreased from nearly 45 million head in 1974 to 31 million head in 2011, the total pounds of beef produced annually has been maintained at nearly 50 billion pounds over that same time frame.
Using co-products in beef cattle rations
Farm & Ranch Guide
As more ag processing is done in the region, a whole new array of livestock feed is becoming available for producers in the region.
Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference to focus on efficiency
The Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference (CCCC) will be held Jan. 21 in Ottumwa. The conference has provided timely, accurate and important information to the state’s beef cattle industry for 40 years, and Iowa State University (ISU) Extension beef program specialist Byron Leu said this year’s conference will continue its successful traditions.