No Silver Lining in the Drought for Livestock Producers
While the drought has created hardship for farmers across the spectrum, it’s more difficult to find a silver lining if you’re a livestock producer. Crop insurance doesn’t help livestock producers, and the high corn prices will only make it more expensive for producers to feed or supplement their herds.
Weaning reduces pasture loss, cow stress heading into winter
Now is the time for beef producers with spring-calving herds to complete weaning and consider calf marketing options, a Purdue Extension beef specialist says.
BeefTalk: Bigger Is Not Always Better
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Perhaps the beef business is not unique. However, each year, when the students gather to study beef production, they are geared to determine what is right. Many think they already know. This bull or that bull, this steer or that steer, this cow or that cow.
Controversies in animal welfare
Bovine Veterinarian Magazine
Animal welfare and improving, monitoring and evaluating it are a high priority for the American Meat Institute and its members. But animal welfare, specifically for cattle and swine, is a complex subject not without its own controversies.
Proposed Trich and traceability rules are changing Jan. 1
Southwest Farm Press
A pair of Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) rule changes will address new traceability requirements for livestock in Texas and will alter “Trich” testing rules for bulls beginning Jan. 1.
Working Ranch Blog
Now as summer winds down, haying is done and water is about off, we start to work the heifers, calves and cows as we go into fall. With the extreme drought taking over most of the state, our grass is crunchy under our horses’ hooves.
The Ever-Growing Price of E-Coli
XL Foods announced this week that it had entered into an agreement with JBS for the option to purchase its two XL Foods plants in Canada, a 70,000-head-capacity feedlot, and two plants in the U.S.