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.
Referendum initiated for Ohio beef checkoff
The Ohio beef checkoff program was started in 1985 to increase the demand for beef. This has been done in key areas including promotion, research, consumer information, industry information, and foreign marketing. For 25 years, $1 has been collected per head of cattle with 50 cents remaining in Ohio with the Ohio Beef Council and 50 cents going to national efforts.
Heavy carcass weights mean more beef
High Plains Journal
"How big is too big?" is the question on the minds of cattle feeders. Shawn Walter, owner and president of Professional Cattle Consultants in Hydro, Okla., said carcass weights continue to climb.
Quick-Acting Treatment Necessary For Drought-Stressed Calves
Oklahoma Farm Report
With a second year of drought behind us, its effects continue to linger. One of the areas in which that stress is most pronounced is in cattle. Ed Richards spoke with Dr. Mark Campbell, veterinary services manager for Merial Animal Health.