Daily Archives: September 13, 2012

2011 National Beef Quality Audit

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

Cattle Feeder shares thoughts on feeding early weaned calves

B. Lynn Gordon

iGrow

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. 

Full Story

Three Easily Manipulable Factors Maximize Profits From Replacement Heifers

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.

Full Story

Preconditioning Standard

Preconditioning Standard

Micky Burch

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.

Full Story

Weaning and receiving calf management

Weaning and receiving calf management

Bovine Veterinarian

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.

Full Story

Gambling on Retained Ownership This Year

Gambling on Retained Ownership This Year

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

If you can feed weaned calves this winter, it may pay to hold onto them. But don’t underestimate the risk.

Full Story

Feeding Corn Silage to Growing and Finishing Cattle

Feeding Corn Silage to Growing and Finishing Cattle

Thecattlesite.com

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?

Full Story

Mycotoxins and silage

Mycotoxins and silage

Dave Barz

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.

Full Story

Producers must corral the quality thieves

Producers must corral the quality thieves

Cattle Today

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.

Full Story

Lean finely textured beef sales remain the same

Lean finely textured beef sales remain the same

Kelly Thurman

Argus Leader

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.

Full Story