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.
Ranch begins direct-to-home deliveries of grass-fed beef
Lahontan Valley News
The 450 pounds of frozen beef in Christie Casey-Braun’s garage represent the modest start of a home-delivery service for her family’s grass-fed beef.
Plan to sell Plum Island questioned in NY, Conn.
The second hearing in as many days on the proposed sale of a New York island that is home to the country’s only laboratory that studies infectious animal diseases again drew criticism from environmentalists and local elected officials on Thursday.
The federal government plans to sell the 840-acre island and move research operations to a $1.14 billion laboratory in Kansas.
Fall calving used to increase beef production
The Terry Tribune
Fall calving is a new endeavor for Jay and Cherié Taylor of Fallon. The husband and wife and owners of Montaylor Farms included August through September calving this year for one primary reason: to have year-round, all-natural beef production.