Rotating Chemicals Lowers Risk of Parasite Resistance
Parasite control or maintenance is just one of the many tools managers have to improve performance in the beef herd. Internal and external parasites impact production goals.
Looking down the road: Megatrends and beef industry shifts
Dr. Tom Troxel; Dr. Michael L. Looper
University of Arkansas
The beef industry has undergone significant change in the past few years. On the production side, severe drought has caused structural changes in the industry. Herd size has dramatically diminished, input costs are high and some cattlemen are exiting the business instead of taking on herd rebuilding.
Bill would require copy of undercover livestock videos sent to law enforcement
A House panel has approved a bill that requires people making undercover videos of livestock operations to turn an unedited copy over to law enforcement officers within 24 hours.
Ten ideas to improve your cattle’s health this year
Dr. W. Dee Whittier
Southeast Farm Press
Applying good health management practices in our herds help insure a profit, make cattle production more satisfying and help out the whole beef industry by maintaining our image as responsible keepers of cattle.
TSCRA Special Rangers Recover Millions in Stolen Livestock and Equipment
Stolen livestock and ranch equipment worth more than $4.4 million were recovered or accounted for in 2012 by the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Rangers.
Nebraska’s checkoff doubters
Nebraska Cattlemen continues its series of meetings aimed at gauging the interest in an added checkoff for the state. They are running into doubters.
Cattle on U.S. feedlots down 7% from last year
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday that the number of cattle on the nation’s commercial feedlots on March 1 was 7 percent below that date last year, a further indication of tight cattle supplies.
Cattlemen’s misguided bill could hurt efforts to stop animal abuse
Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.
Many in the California cattle industry were outraged by the footage, obtained through an investigation conducted by the Humane Society of the United States. The California Cattlemen’s Association condemned the practices at Hallmark/Westland and supported legislation to outlaw the slaughter and transportation of non-ambulatory cattle.
More Climate Change Coming
Barb Baylor Anderson
Global climate change talk has been around for years, but the 2012 drought may have provided just enough traction for producers to pay closer attention to what experts are saying: Without changes in human behavior, agriculture faces additional stress that may require a shift in management practices.
Farmers find value in brewer’s grain
Asheville Citizen Times
Martin Morgan’s cows go crazy for craft beer.
More to the point, Morgan’s herd of Red Angus cattle can’t get enough of a major craft beer byproduct -— the spent grain that’s left after the beer is brewed. Morgan has been feeding cows — first dairy cows, and now beef cattle — spent grain from Asheville Pizza & Brewing’s brewery for 15 years.