Daily Archives: May 31, 2013

BeefTalk: Cow Diversity is a Good Thing and so is BIF

BeefTalk: Cow Diversity is a Good Thing and so is BIF

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Although uniformity is a tremendous asset in marketing, on the production side, uniformity brings challenges. In other words, the ability to produce uniform truckload lots of calves depends on producing and sorting the calves.

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There is More to Breeding Than Pregnancy Rates

There is More to Breeding Than Pregnancy Rates

Beef Today

Knowing the difference between conception rate and pregnancy rate has a big impact on cattle producer’s bottom line, says Kalyn Waters, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension cow-calf field specialist.

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Nontraditional Traditions

Nontraditional Traditions

Morgan Slaven

Angus Journal

A 13,000-acre Wyoming ranch could be a kind of island, where generations learn about self-reliance and love of the land. It could also be a unique, high-quality Angus cattle operation built up by a chain of relationships beyond family, over the many years since 1870.

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Beef Packers Stymied By Shortage Of Working Capital

Beef Packers Stymied By Shortage Of Working Capital

Steve Kay

Beef

Beef packing plants require an enormous amount of money to operate efficiently. Many small companies, especially family-owned beef processing operations, have succumbed because of this.

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Brewery mash makes for contented cows, farmers say

Brewery mash makes for contented cows, farmers say

Virginia Farm Bureau

It’s a happy marriage of recycling and animal husbandry for two beef cattle operations in Nelson County. Massie and Joyce Saunders feed spent mash from Blue Mountain Barrel House Brewery as a supplement to their herd at Rose Isle Farm.

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Meat Industry Hall of Fame Class of 2013 announced

Meat Industry Hall of Fame Class of 2013 announced

National Provisioner

The Meat Industry Hall of Fame has announced the results of voting by its more than 70 Members and Trustees, in which six new Inductees were named to the Class of 2013.

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Prevention is the best footrot medicine

Prevention is the best footrot medicine

AgCanada

Spring is barely here and many producers across the prairies are seeing an increased incidence of footrot in beef cowherds.

For some, this year’s footrot might be traced back to the harsh winter or compromised herd health status. Others have not seen much footrot for many years, and then all of a sudden it strikes with a vengeance.

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Farmer Is Told He Can’t Sell His Rocks… Without a Permit

Farmer Is Told He Can’t Sell His Rocks… Without a Permit

Valleynewslive.com

Collecting rocks out of your field in the spring is just part of the farming business. It’s routine for many ranchers so they don’t break their equipment. But one man in Hubbard county, near Bemidji says he was forced to halt operations and now he’s taking Helga township to court for his losses.

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Michigan Tracks Cattle From Birth To Plate

Michigan Tracks Cattle From Birth To Plate

Dan Charles

GPB News

When you pick up a cut of beef at the store,would you like to know that animal’s life history? The technology to do this does exist – at least in Michigan, where the state requires all cattle to carry electronic ear tags.

It’s the only state that requires such tags.

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Low Methane Producing Cows Could Be Created Through Breeding and Diet Change

Low Methane Producing Cows Could Be Created Through Breeding and Diet Change

Morgana Matus

Inhabitat

When looking into the big, docile eyes of the domestic cow, it is hard to imagine that something sinister lurks beneath the surface. That is, until they burp. Cows are prolific producers of methane, a greenhouse gas that is 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide at the same volume.

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