Adaptations help producers survive drought conditions
With drought conditions the worst since the 1930s, most farmers and ranchers are cutting back, tightening their belts, and looking at all possible ways to cut their costs.
Liver flukes are large flat worms that invade the liver of cattle. The USDA reports that about 5% of slaughtered cattle are infested, and their livers are condemned. Liver flukes cause economic loss through liver condemnation at slaughter, as well as decreased growth and reproductive efficiency.
BeefTalk: Am I Short of Feed or Short of Cash?
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Today, cattle producers market cows and bulls in much the same way they market the annual production of calves.
However, here is something to keep in mind: If a typical beef producer marketed all the cattle last week that normally would be sold off the operation, approximately 50 percent of the check would be from the value of steer calves, 30 percent from the value of heifer calves and 20 percent from the value of market cows and bulls.
Still educating consumers about implants
Consumer concerns about growth-promoting hormones used in beef have been around a long time but a beef specialist tells Brownfield growth promotants continue to be safe. Dan Loy, with Iowa State University Extension, says there has been intense government scrutiny on new compounds developed since DES was banned from use in humans and livestock in 1979, after it was found to be a carcinogen.
U.S. could face severe shortage of farmers in the next decade as older farmers begin to retire
Universtiy of Missouri
In a recent survey published by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), officials reported that more than one-third of U.S. farmers are 65 years old or older, and half of current farmers plan to retire in the next decade.
Brangus to be Featured on the American Rancher Sep 19
Brangus will be featured on the popular show The American Rancher on RFD-TV throughout next week. Geared toward and widely viewed by a true ranching audience of more than 100,000 weekly viewers, The American Rancher is a half-hour television series enjoying its eighth year of being included in the RFD-TV lineup.
A new generation of producers taking the reins
Beef Issues Quarterly
The recent focus for many in the cattle industry has been the drought and the resulting lack of grass, water and hay. Grain prices have gone through the roof which has damaged feeder and calf prices, although they remain historically high.