The 2011 National Beef Quality Audit: Sharing Our Story of Continuous Improvement in Product Integrity and Eating Satisfaction Pillars of Beef Chain Success.
Initiated in 1991, the National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA) since its inception has provided the industry a meaningful set of guideposts and measurements relative to the quality conformance of the U.S. beef supply.
The NBQA is more than just an exercise to assess where our industry stands on beef quality. It’s a roadmap to help drive all sectors of the industry forward and create more opportunities for all of its members. The five audits completed over the past 20 years paint a clear picture: We’ve come a long way as an industry in terms of improving beef quality. Changes suggested by the audit are significant. But while unobstructed progress may not be easy to achieve, the opportunities for further improvement — and success — are unmistakable.
Cattle Feeder shares thoughts on feeding early weaned calves
B. Lynn Gordon
The nation’s drought is pushing cattle producers to make decisions about the management of this year’s calf crop that many producers have not had to experience for a number of years. Craig Uden of Darr Feedlot, Cozad, Neb., is not only an experienced cattle feeder but also is a cow/calf operator who understands the many decisions cow/calf producers are facing going into the fall.
Three Easily Manipulatable Factors Maximize Profits From Replacement Heifers
Oklahoma Farm Report
Rick Funston from the University of Nebraska, talks more about the role proper nutrition plays in replacement heifers. He says lower quality forages are fine because the goal is not maximum weight gain. And, he says, studies show that lighter weight heifers are more successfully bred when it’s time to turn them in with the bulls.
Angus Beef Bulletin
As the golden colors of fall take over the green grass of summer, many producers are likely thinking about the optimum time to wean their 2012 calf crop. Weaning management decisions are often market-based, premeditated and include a preconditioning program.
Weaning and receiving calf management
Charolais calvesGeni WrenCalves that know how to eat and drink are less likely to get sick when they enter the feedlot. The nutritionists and consultants at Great Plains Livestock Consulting, Inc., Eagle, Neb., offer these recommendations for weaning and receiving calves.
Gambling on Retained Ownership This Year
Victoria G. Myers
If you can feed weaned calves this winter, it may pay to hold onto them. But don’t underestimate the risk.
Feeding Corn Silage to Growing and Finishing Cattle
This year the drought has put a lot of stress on cattle feeders. Because of low yields, many cornfields were harvested as silage for cattle feed. The current question is, how can silage be used best to keep costs down?
Mycotoxins and silage
Tri-State Livestock News
What a strange summer. After a dry winter and spring we went into drought. The small grain was OK, but the row crops were severely affected. About half the corn in our area has been cut for silage, but some fields have some ears and may yield 30-40 bushel per acre. Now we are told the corn may be extremely high in mycotoxins.
Producers must corral the quality thieves
Here’s a quick feedlot riddle: They’re tiny, relatively easy to control and can affect cattle health, performance and carcass quality in a serious way.
Lean finely textured beef sales remain the same
Months after the controversy surrounding lean finely textured beef caused a South Dakota company to shutter several plants, one regional grocer said sales of the product have been largely unaffected.