Fewer Cows’ Hides May Bear the Mark of Home
New York Times
In the half-light of a winter evening here, a tawny calf skitters across the pasture after its mother, a Lazy T brand visible on its right hip. The brand, used by the Tilton Ranch since Janet Burback’s parents settled on this land in 1917, appears on the ranchers’ shirts, their trucks and their business cards.
Water is the Most Important Nutrient for Cattle
Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS
Many producers take water for granted. They have ponds in many pastures or they make sure the float valve in the metal stock tank is working properly, keeping the tank full. But what happens if the pond is low or dry or if the flow to the stock tank is interrupted?
The New Cattle Drive
After 150 years, some of the last surviving Texas cattle ranches are pulling up stakes. Fighting the worst single-year drought in state history and wildfires that have claimed close to 4 million acres, Texas ranchers have begun selling off their herds or shipping them north to greener pastures, in numbers not seen since the Dust Bowl days.
Does grass-fed beef have any heart-health benefits that other types of beef don’t?
Martha Grogan, M.D.
Grass-fed beef typically comes from cattle that eat only grass and other foraged foods throughout their lives. Often, conventional beef and dairy cattle eat a diet that includes grains, such as corn, at some point.
Cattle Still King
Wet Mountain Tribune
Colorado’s economy is certainly showing signs of recovery, and not surprisingly, agriculture is strongly in the lead with robust gains in dairy, grain, wood product and beef exports.
Have Cattle Producers Been Romney-ed?
Did National Beef ‘s cattlemen owners just get "Romney-ed"?
John Miller, National Beef’s former CEO, now consultant and member of the Board of Managers, was a top fundraiser for Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign. He owns property next door to Romney in La Jolla, CA.
NCBA Responds to Legislation to Mandate On-Farm Production Practices
Southeast AG NET
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Bill Donald criticized legislation introduced by Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) that would codify an agreement between the Humane Society of the United States and the United Egg Producers establishing federally mandated egg production practices.
The Importance of the Castration Knife
Ruminations from the Road
At the January board meeting at NWSS, NALF’s genetic consultant Dr. Bob Weaber made the profound statement that the US beef industry is driven by seedstock producers’ selection of bulls at weaning.
ABS Global Names New Research Scientist
Dr. Katie Olson recently joined the ABS Global team as research scientist.
"Katie’s exceptional experience with genetic and genomic evaluations and her background in the dairy and beef industries will make her an asset to the ABS research team," stated Dr. Marj Faust, senior research director. "We look forward to having Katie work with ABS customers, independent representatives, and employees around the world."
Recipe for a federal takeover of farming
In today’s world, you respond by sneaking a camera on my property and filming my animals. You send the results to the media along with a call to ban the practice or practices you find offensive. If you can tie in the name of a well-known processor where I might send my pigs, so much the better. That’ll guarantee some dynamite media coverage.