Baxter Black, DVM: Federal Department of Whimsy
April 1, 2025 Headline: Wine and Cheese Banned from American Diets
The presidentially appointed Director of Taste has declared the selling and/or dispensing of all fermented beverages derived from the fruit of the vine is to be prohibited in the United States.
Cattle Identification Tattooing Tips
Dr. Ken McMillan
DTN/The Progressive Farmer
Many producers use tattooing as a means to ID cattle. Here’s how veterinarian Ken McMillan uses the technique.
What We (Still) Have Here is a Failure to Communicate
USDA’s out with a latest update from its ongoing series of health and management surveys, this time drawing on results from the 2011 survey of large and small feedlots.
Craig County Cattle farm run by all women
There’s a business in Craig County that raises one hundred percent, all natural, grass fed beef cattle, AND it’s a farm run by all women.
Sinking Creek Grass Fed Beef’s been in business for about seven years now.
Cost of feed, average daily gain and days on feed
Beef cattle production in Arkansas, like other states in the Southeast, is predominately recognized as cow-calf. Yet, many calves remain in Arkansas or calves originating from other southeastern states are assembled in Arkansas for post-weaning development before placement in a finishing yard.
Meat inspectors may be missing deadly contamination, audit warns
The Kansas City Star
Despite numerous illnesses among consumers, federal meat inspectors fail to test steaks and other mechanically tenderized beef products for a dangerous strain of E. coli, according to a newly released federal audit.
Beef criticism was offensive: Modern methods produce safe, profitable meat.
As a beef producer, I am offended by outdoor columnist Roger Wiltz’s March 20 article implying science-based advancements in beef production are in some way responsible for the health problems of his hunting friends.
BRD Risk Categorization for Feeder Calves: Part 1
Roger Ellis, DVM
Morbidity and mortality in newly weaned/received feeder cattle from Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) continues to be the most significant health problem facing the feeding industry. BRD accounts for well over 50% of all cattle treated for sickness with reported average incidence rates in groups of calves at 14% (Loneragan, 2001).
Extension Service, Farm Bureau initiate new “beefSD” program for new beef producers
South Dakota State University
The South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service has started a new training program, “beefSD,” designed specifically for beginning beef producers.
New building designed to boost beef performance
Two Iowa-based companies recently announced a new design in beef building construction they say will improve animal performance and producer profitability.