National Beef Quality Audit – Phase 1 identifies quality attributes of beef
B. Lynn Gordon
The 2011 National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA) results have been tallied and recently released providing the beef industry sectors with the latest data on this benchmark study which is conducted every five years. Dr. Keith Belk, professor of animal science with Colorado State University was the lead researcher on Phase 1 of the three phase audit.
Is it legal to use a cover crop as a forage crop?
The drought of 2012 has caused havoc on crops during the summer and into the fall, prompting many growers to consider the harvesting cover crops such as rye or wheat or even buckwheat as an emergency forage crop.
Rethinking Growth Enhancements
I don’t like technology for the sake of technology,” says South Dakota State University distinguished professor Robbi Pritchard. The well-known ruminant nutritionist labels himself a Luddite (someone who does not relish technology) and admits he does not have voicemail or the Internet in his home.
Minimize stressful conditions during weaning
Ted G. Dyer
When using the recommended 60-day or less breeding season, all calves in the herd should be weaned at the same time. Under this management, weaning, or removal of the calf from the cow and terminating lactation, should occur when the calf is approximately seven to eight months of age.
Effingham teen turns to cattle after cancer diagnosis
Ann Marie and Anthony S. Bush
The Topeka Capital Journal
One would never guess the 16-year-old Atchison County Community High School junior was diagnosed with a brain tumor eight months ago.
“I’ve been showing (cattle) since I was 7,” Banks says. “I started showing with a bucket calf.”
Candy, cereal, cookies: Farmers keep cows going on creative feed alternatives
Christian Science Monitor
With the worst drought in recent memory driving corn prices up, farmers have been forced to buy what they can to feed their cows cheaply. Alternatives could be anything from orange peels to marshmallows.
Brahman percentage females offer maximum hybrid vigor, profit
The American Brahman Breeders Association (ABBA) is not only the organization that registers and promotes the country’s purebred Brahman herd, it also boasts two percentage female programs that may be the solution to many cattlemen’s drought-centered issues.