Daily Archives: September 27, 2012

National Beef Quality Audit – Phase 2 validates industry trends

National Beef Quality Audit – Phase 2 validates industry trends

B. Lynn Gordon


The 2011 National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA) consisted of three research phases to determine the current status of the beef industry in regard to quality conformance of the U.S. beef supply. Dr. Jeff Savell, professor of Animal Science at Texas A&M University provided oversight to the second phase of this benchmark study. Phase 2 of the study focused on gathering data from packing plants nationwide to determine the characteristics of the beef supply entering the processing chain.

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Cutting Winter Hay-Feeding Costs

Cutting Winter Hay-Feeding Costs

Wes Ishmael


This fall is shaping up to be a tough one for producers, particularly in terms of hay prices. Simple management practices can save you plenty.

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Consider all factors when marketing cull cows

Consider all factors when marketing cull cows

Andrew P. Griffith

Cattle Today

There are physical conditions that producers should evaluate and use in making culling decisions. These include cancer eye, lumpy jaw, lameness, bad teeth, poor udders, poor body condition and docility of cows.

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Corral the Quality Thieves

Corral the Quality Thieves

Angus Journal

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. What are they? Parasites.

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Georgia Cattle Leader, Ted Dyer, Passes

Georgia Cattle Leader, Ted Dyer, Passes

Times Free Press

Ted G. Dyer, 52, died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Ted latest position was with the Department of Animal and Dairy Science as Extension Animal Scientist in Calhoun after serving for over two decades as UGA Cooperative County Extension Agent/Coordinator in Dade and Floyd counties. Ted set an example of leadership and touched many lives through the Georgia 4H program. He developed many young people through county, district, state, and national levels.

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Plan Ahead for this Fall’s Calf Crop

Plan Ahead for this Fall’s Calf Crop

Becky Mills

Progressive Farmer

In his 50 years of practice, veterinarian Fred Ingle has seen just about everything. Still, there is one bovine delivery complication that stands out. "I reached in and felt two heads," recalls the Clermont, Ga., practitioner. Not twins, but two heads on one calf.

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Fewer Calves, Fewer Imports Means Tighter Feeder Cattle Supplies

Fewer Calves, Fewer Imports Means Tighter Feeder Cattle Supplies


Drought conditions have had a significant effect on feeder cattle supplies, with feedlots expected to feel a noticeable pinch in the months ahead as they will be unable to maintain current inventories.

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Potatoes Possible Source of Cattle Feed

Potatoes Possible Source of Cattle Feed

North Dakota State University

Dry weather before and during the 2012 growing season led to poor forage yields and high hay and corn prices, so beef producers will be looking for other, lower-priced feed sources, says Carl Dahlen, North Dakota State University Extension Service beef cattle specialist. Byproduct feeds such as distillers grain may be limited and higher priced as well because many producers have secured contracts for byproducts, leaving processing plants with little surplus for other producers.

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Beef: bigger and bigger         

Beef: bigger and bigger                       


Cattle feeders don’t like $7 or $8 corn, but they know what to do at those higher prices. Most of them feed cattle longer to heavier weights and sort them to market on a grid.

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Cornstalk Residue An Opportunity For Corn And Beef Producers

Cornstalk Residue An Opportunity For Corn And Beef Producers


This year’s drought has taken a significant toll on grazing land and hay supplies, two critical feed sources for Nebraska’s beef producers. As of Sept. 23rd, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said 98 percent of Nebraska’s pasture and rangeland is in poor to very poor condition.

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