WHAT IF? Would the big picture be better or worse if we all did things differently?
Dr. Jude Capper with Tim O’Byrne
We’ve got a great beef industry going, Mother Nature’s crankiness aside. It’s evolved so much from the days after the buffalo that those ol’ cattle barons wouldn’t even recognize it. Sure, we have some hurdles to overcome; everyone’s lane has a few.
BeefTalk: Understanding Culling and Replacement Rates Critical
Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Culling and replacement rates are the two numbers that will impact the base cow herd. These numbers are shifted as managers determine how to fit cattle to given resources. The rates are the foundation to expanding and contracting cattle numbers.
Plan ahead when Cattle prices are good
Dr. Jane Parish
When cattle prices are high, producers must decide whether to pocket or spend those extra proceeds. The list of choices for spending these funds is often long. So, where should producers start when money is burning a hole in their pockets?
Challenges and opportunities abound in the beef industry
Tri State Livestock News
As the old saying goes, ‘Is your glass half full or half empty?’ The perspective we have on life has a lot to do with how we answer this question.
It is no secret that the beef industry faces many challenges as we move forward. However, there are many opportunities out there as well. Here are a few for you to consider.
Start beef reproductive momentum
Bovine Veterinarian Magazine
There are factors we can’t control in beef cattle reproduction, so we need to pay attention to the factors we can control.
Reason for optimism for U.S. beef exports
Increased access to Japan is one reason Erin Borror, U.S. Meat Export Federation, is optimistic about beef. Also, Taiwan has agreed to a “science-based protocol for beef additives, opening up a $200-million market.”
Drought crushes local beef industry in Hawaii
National interest in locally grown food and grass-fed beef are catching on in Hawaii, offering ranchers an opportunity to sell cattle in the islands and send fewer of them to states like California and Kansas.
Keystone International Livestock Exposition shows the connection ‘between the farm gate and the dinner plate’
Think of this week’s Keystone International Livestock Exposition as a mini-Farm Show, except this expo focuses solely on the animals.
It’s the largest livestock show on the East Coast, with 1,300 beef cattle, 500 horses, 1,200 sheep and 500 swine from 31 states
Rebuilding the herd: Survival of the fittest, feed alternatives
The U.S. beef cow numbers are at their lowest level in more than 50 years. Beef prices are at historical highs, and yet demand remains strong having continued to increase over the past three years. It sounds like the recipe for sustained profitability in the beef cattle industry for years to come.
Scientists say cattle shots, cleaner feed and radiation would make meat safer
The Winnipeg Free Press
Researchers believe shooting an E. coli vaccine into cattle, mixing probiotics into feed and zapping boxes of ground beef with radiation are preventative methods the industry should be using to keep the bacteria out of the food chain.