Daily Archives: March 21, 2012

Thumb Rule for Water Needs for Cattle

Thumb Rule for Water Needs for Cattle

Dr. Rick Rasby, Professor of Animal Science, Animal Science, University of Nebraska

Water requirements for beef cattle depend on weight, stage of production (such as lactation), and temperature. As you increase weight, the amount of water needed also increases. Same holds true for temperature, as temperatures increase, so does water intake.

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Joe Epperly:  Cowboy Commandments to Air Travel

Joe Epperly:  Cowboy Commandments to Air Travel

For those of you that are regular readers, I will warn you that this is not my normal beef industry related post. But more of an open letter to the thousands of people at airports who cause my blood pressure to rise on a regular basis and have threatened my faith in humanity. To the rest of you, I hope you can still enjoy and maybe learn something.

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Public Perception is Biggest Hurdle Industry Faces

Public Perception is Biggest Hurdle Industry Faces

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS

Cattle Today

Before I even begin this article I want to qualify the fact that a certain amount of what you will read here is my opinion. I generally compile these articles based on referenced facts or extensive experience as related to a given topic.

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Three Keys That Consumers Demand of a Beef Eating Experience- Taste, Tenderness and Consistency

Three Keys That Consumers Demand of a Beef Eating Experience- Taste, Tenderness and Consistency

Oklahoma Farm Report

Bridget Wasser, senior director of meat science technology for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, contractor to the Beef Checkoff Program, says the industry has been tracking beef tenderness for 20 years.

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Can grass-based ranching be scaled up sustainably?

Can grass-based ranching be scaled up sustainably?

Grist.com

You’ve probably never heard of Frank Stronach. Sure, he’s a Canadian billionaire — yes, they have them there! — and an auto-parts cum horseracing magnate. But rather than hanging up his wrench spurs retiring, he’s decided to try his hand at turning grass-fed beef back into a mass-market product.

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Correct Dose Critical For Pinkeye Problems

Correct Dose Critical For Pinkeye Problems

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Underdosing is as bad as overdosing when it comes time to treat pinkeye.

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U.S. beef herd expansion in early stages

U.S. beef herd expansion in early stages

Jennifer Stewart

Southeast Farm Press

U.S. beef producers have started the early stages of herd expansion as beef supplies remain very short, says Purdue Extension agricultural economist Chris Hurt.

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Plan now for next winter’s beef pasture feeding

Plan now for next winter’s beef pasture feeding

Andrea Johnson

Prairie Star

As the growing season approaches, the timing is right for planning next winter’s beef feeding program.

“The bottom line when raising beef cattle is to treat the whole farm as a pasture resource,” said Jeff Duchene, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Central Minnesota regional grazing specialist. “I want to challenge all of you to look at your current pasture management and winter feeding programs.

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Special Diets Boost Growth of Stocker Calves

Special Diets Boost Growth of Stocker Calves

D.L. Rankins, Jr., S.E. Peacock and J.T. Eason

Auburn University

Each year, thousands of calves are purchased from sale bams during the fall and fed or grazed throughout the winter as stocker cattle to sell in the spring. Often these calves lose weight or make slow gains during the first month after purchase, but AAES research indicates that feeding them specially formulated diets can provide a boost in growth.

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Beef cows vs. gold: Identifying the better investment

Beef cows vs. gold: Identifying the better investment

Tom Brink

Drovers

Nearly a decade ago, my brother, Phil, told me to buy gold.  “Tom,” he said in his naturally confident demeanor, “you need to own gold right now. It’s going to go a lot higher.”  Boy, do wish I had listened.

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