The Value of Insemination
The Smithville Herald
Artificial insemination (AI) is one of the most effective tools available to cattle producers to improve productivity and profitability of their cattle operation. Artificial insemination has been commercially available for more than 65 years and utilized very effectively in the dairy industry.
Understanding controversial beef product’s role in meat industry
It’s fueled a frenzy and debate over what’s in the food being served in our schools. We’re talking about LFTB otherwise known as Lean, Finely Textured Beef.
Cattle slaughter mix changing
Western Livestock Journal
U.S. weekly harvest of cattle so far this year has averaged about 40,000 head (6 percent) below a year ago, mostly due to poor packer margins. So far this year, eight weeks of data have been reported by USDA on the mix of cattle slaughtered.
Signs of US herd rebuild pile pressure on feedlots
Feedlots, which have not achieved a profit on cattle bought since at least 2010, face further months in the red thanks to competition with breeders, who are showing increasing signs of restocking, the US Department of Agriculture said.
Nat’l Cattlemen’s Beef Assn Urges Reform In Checkoff Program
Yesterday, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) submitted comments on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service proposed rule pertaining to the Beef Checkoff Program.
BeefTalk: Carcass Merit Pays
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
At one time, the carcass that is on the rail had a home. At one point, a producer made the decision to mate cows to a particular bull. The steer calf that resulted from the mating spent his early life nursing on his mother and growing. Eventually, the calf was weaned, allowed to grow and moved through a feed yard to be finished.
Take Necessary Steps to Solve Bull Management Problems
A bull is kept around for one thing — to sire calves. For many producers, bulls also cause problems. They tear up equipment, fight, get in the way of your grazing system, get out and breed your neighbor’s heifers, etc.
Blogs, Twitter help stoke frenzy over ‘pink slime’
The Kansas City Star
Pink slime is, depending on your outlook, either something disgusting slipped into your child’s lunch or a fanatical food fright born of 21st-century media.
NCBA Statement on USDA Announcement on Lean Finely Textured Beef
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today, March 15, 2012, that school districts will have choice whether to include lean finely textured beef in purchases of ground beef for the National School Lunch Program. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President J.D. Alexander issued the following statement in response to the USDA announcement.