Monthly Archives: September 2012

Texas longhorns beef up Vermont farm

Texas longhorns beef up Vermont farm

Judy Simpson

WCAX

No, you are not seeing things. There are Texas longhorns, right here in Milton, Vermont.

"Got about 10 Texas longhorns five years ago out of Ohio and brought them up to Vermont," said Shaun Brooks of Vermont Longhorns. "I have been growing the herd ever since."

Full Story

Are cattle heading for a repeat of 2009?

Are cattle heading for a repeat of 2009?

Chris Lehner

AgriView

Cattle feeders may be their worst enemy. With the high cost of feeder cattle it appears that cattle producers are keeping cattle on feed longer and because of it, dressed weights are moving higher. Have the high prices of the past two years erased the memories of 2009?

Full Story

Ammoniation and adding hydrated lime can improve low-quality forages.

Ammoniation and adding hydrated lime can improve low-quality forages.

J.W. Schroeder

NDSU Extension Service

With tight hay supplies and escalating prices, producers are scrounging for every bit of possible forage they can find. Given the extended drought, good or medium-quality hay may not be available or has been sold to others buying existing supplies.

Full Story

National Beef Quality Audit – Phase 2 validates industry trends

National Beef Quality Audit – Phase 2 validates industry trends

B. Lynn Gordon

iGrow

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.

Full Story

Cutting Winter Hay-Feeding Costs

Cutting Winter Hay-Feeding Costs

Wes Ishmael

BEEF

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.

Full Story

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.

Full Story

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.

Full Story