Low-stress cattle handling tips from Curt Pate
B. Lynn Gordon
Cattle and horse handling expert Curt Pate, from Helena, Mont., demonstrated low-stress cattle handling techniques at the recent AgXchange Conference jointly sponsored by SDSU Extension held near Pierre, S.D.
Drought Forces Move to Emergency Haying, Grazing
USDA authorized emergency grazing and haying of eligible Conservation Reserve Program land in 11 states, but that won’t solve all of livestock producers’ woes.
Feedlot ruling pulled by EPA
The Cattle Business Weekly
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has withdrawn its proposed Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 308 CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) Reporting Rule
2011 Beef Quality Audit Documents Improvement
The 2011 NBQA results show that the industry has made significant improvements in producing safe and wholesome beef that is consistently higher in quality, as proven by several measurable standards.
Beef Demand is Still the Key
Derrell S. Peel
The continued worsening of the drought has cattle markets on the defensive in just about every respect. Loss of forage and reduced hay production is causing early feeder cattle sales and additional cow culling. The signs of additional beef herd liquidation are everywhere; the mid-year total cattle inventory is down 2 percent while the beef cow herd is down 3 percent.
Take Precautions When Feeding Drought Damaged Corn as Silage
Iowa State University
When a corn plant is stunted, or not growing normally, nitrates can build up in the plant. Typically, nitrogen that is taken up by the corn plant is converted to amino acids ― the building blocks of protein ― but in the stressed plant this conversion does not occur.
Indiana farmers get tips on surviving drought
Drop by drop, animal nutrition consultant Bill Doig dripped a solution of sulfuric acid onto a longitudinal cross-section of a corn stalk. The acid-covered areas immediately turned midnight blue — a sign, Doig said, that corn stalks from the same field could kill cattle that eat too much of it.
New breed of ranchers shapes a sustainable West
The Christian Science Monitor
Zachary Jones is a saddle-hardened fifth-generation rancher even though, on the surface, he may not look like one. As he threads his pickup truck through the back pasture of a quintessential Western expanse – one carpeted in flaxen-colored grass in the shadow of Montana’s Crazy Mountains – he bears little resemblance to the stereotype of the Stetson-wearing cowboy.
US researchers claim angus cattle on the way out
ABC Rural (AU)
The angus breed is becoming a "terminal breed", according to the US Meat Animal Research Centre.
Australian beef breeding consultant Dick Wale has returned from a study tour of the centre with a wake-up call for Australian breeders.
“Veggie” diet blamed for poor performance of China’s women volleyball team
Fearing tainted meat, China’s women’s volleyball team has stuck to a strict vegetarian diet for the last three weeks, which the team’s coach is now blaming for his athletes’ abysmal performance.