Using drought corn silage in beef cow diets
Drought reared its ugly head in a wide area of the United States, and a large portion of the nation’s cow herd was located in the drought-stricken area. Low productivity of pasture and rangeland poses many challenges, including how to best manage cattle in these difficult times and source feeds for the winter.
NCBA Vet Dr. Kathy Simmons Looks at Final ADT Rule
Oklahoma Farm Report
With the publication of the final Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) rule in the Federal Register, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) compliments the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) on creating a final rule that includes many of the comments submitted by NCBA on behalf of cattle producers across the country.
Beef plant secures financing for full production
A beef-processing plant in northern South Dakota that has been operating on a limited basis since it opened last fall has raised enough money to enter into full production.
Current and Projected Growth Leads Nolan Ryan’s All-Natural Beef to Strengthen Staff
Nolan Ryan’s All-Natural Beef kicks off the New Year by adding a new position to the staff structure and welcoming Paul Stroade as the company’s first controller.
Feedlot, Beef Industry Efficiency Not The Same
Oklahoma State University
For many years, cheap grain meant almost anything that enhanced grain use and feedlot measures of technical efficiency were consistent with beef industry efficiency. This is no longer true.
Animal Disease Traceability Rule Nearly Locked In
With its publication in the Jan. 9 Federal Register, it’s simply a matter of counting the days until USDA’s revamped and repurposed animal disease traceability rule becomes final. Now that it has been published, the rule becomes effective March 11, 2013.
Beef Cowherd Expansion Decisions: Is Bigger Always Better?
Iowa State University
While a traditional cowherd strategy for expansion such as buying cows will work for many producers, there are alternatives that may be more appropriate for some people.
Hurricane Preparedness for Livestock
Joe C. Paschal, Ph.D
Texas A&M University
Livestock owners should “hurricane-ize” their livestock each year prior to hurricane season. This would include making sure their livestock are current on their vaccinations (blackleg, leptospirosis, tetanus, encephalitis). Additional feed, hay and water supplies should be purchased several days prior to landfall and stored in case these are not available following the hurricane.
Beef Industry, Consumers to Be Affected by Cattle Production Decreases in 2013
Beef production in the United States is expected to decrease 4.8 percent in 2013, the second largest year-over-year decrease in 35 years, trailing only the 6.4 percent drop in 2004.
UN admits flaw in report on meat and climate change
The UN has admitted a report linking livestock to global warming exaggerated the impact of eating meat on climate change.