Feed conversions of creep feeds for nursing calves
The Cattle Business Weekly
Cows that give large amounts of milk to their calves will provide enough protein and energy to meet the growth potential of their calves. In that scenario, it is reasonable to assume that the feed conversion from creep feeding could be quite poor (10:1 or worse).
Hot Hay: How Hot is Too Hot?
Iowa Beef Center
Questions arise every year about heating in hay and the potential for hay and silo fires. Although the potential for spontaneous combustion in hay exists it is not common. While the risk of total loss from burning is minimal, there is still a great potential for nutritive loss in hay and silage due to excessive heating.
Various Feed Additives Useful to Nutrition Programs
Stephen B. Blezinger, PhD, PAS
Over the last few weeks we’ve been discussing many of the issues surrounding the use of antibiotics in feeding and managing cattle. Most producers, animal scientists and veterinarians will agree that there are significant benefits to the use of the various antibiotic compounds that are currently available for use in cattle feeding programs from both health and weight gain perspectives.
New Generation Marketing
The purple-and-white-striped tent is bustling with activity. Prospective buyers are lining up to get their buyer numbers and sale books. The tent billows in the breeze, and the sale participants crowd inside, packing the bleachers and the surrounding areas with a standing crowd.
Changing consumer perceptions
Tri State Livestock News
Dr. Ty Lawrence gave the keynote address at the 73rd Annual Sandhills Cattle Association Convention in Thedford, NE on May 23. The West Texas A&M University meat scientist and professor updated convention attendees on how the beef industry is tackling consumers’ food safety concerns.
New Markets, New Management, New Opportunities
The beef industry may have had a commodity mindset in the good old days, but things are definitely different today. New markets dictate more progressive management and record keeping practices from producers, while they add opportunities for practitioners to engage with clients.
Honoring dead cows
As far as tactics go, the latest idea from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is rather tame.
The group has asked the Kansas Department of Transportation to erect a memorial sign on Interstate 70 where dozens of cattle were killed in a recent accident.
Beef Cow Camp teaches art of showing livestock
It’s almost time for county fairs, and a longtime favorite at them is showing livestock.
Dallas County 4-H and the University of Missouri Extension office of Dallas County held a Beef Cow Camp in Buffalo Tuesday, teaching kids the finer art of showing livestock. For those who attended, it was hard work, but they also got to play hard.
FSIS Residue Prevention Compliance Guide
Dale A. Moore, DVM, PhD
In April, the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) published a compliance guide for residue prevention at slaughter establishments. In May, I discussed this with beef producers at the WSU Beef300 course and thought it would be worth sharing a summary in the newsletter.
JBS Buying Illegal Amazon Cattle, Greenpeace Says
JBS SA, the world’s largest beef producer, has failed to meet a commitment to stop buying cattle from farms accused of illegal logging in the Amazon, ranching in protected indigenous land or using slave-like labor, Greenpeace International said.