Daily Archives: July 29, 2013

Understand Genetics to Manage Your Livestock

Understand Genetics to Manage Your Livestock

American Cattleman

To manage the genetics of beef cow herds, producers should consider several factors in a logical sequence. These factors are production conditions and markets, types of cattle, breeding systems, breeds, and selection of individual breeding animals.

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Factual communication needed to build good neighbor policy between livestock industry and communities

Factual communication needed to build good neighbor policy between livestock industry and communities

University of Illinois

Economist Peter Goldsmith has extensively studied the economic benefits of the livestock industry in Illinois, but it wasn’t until he attended a public hearing proposing the siting of a large livestock facility and heard the comments from members of the community, that he realized the need for new strategies that would elevate the conversation and meet the needs of everyone involved.

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Hold On to the Factory

Hold On to the Factory

Ellen H. Brisendine

The Cattleman

Wayne Geistweidt and his family at Gillespie Livestock Company, Fredericksburg, have been helping ranchers market their calves for more than 60 years, adapting to the conditions of the cattle market and serving as a source of advice for the ranching community.

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Drought accelerates use of drugs to beef up cattle

Drought accelerates use of drugs to beef up cattle


Cattle feeders in the U.S. are coping with reduced herds and high corn costs in part by increasing their use of growth-inducing drugs designed to bulk up animals, get more pounds of beef from each carcass and circumvent the drought’s withering effects on the food cycle.

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Offal Meats as Good As Gold For U.S. Beef Market

Offal Meats as Good As Gold For U.S. Beef Market

Beef Producer

Rarely found on menus in the U.S., variety meat – also called offal or fancy meat – takes many forms: kidneys, livers, stomachs, tendons, aortas, cheek meat, oxtails and more. And because it’s highly sought after in key export markets of Egypt, Japan, Peru and Mexico, variety meat is gold to the U.S. beef industry.

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Size Up Your Herd Performance With These Benchmarks

Size Up Your Herd Performance With These Benchmarks

Harlan Hughes


This month, I’ll expand on the Northern Plains benchmark data I presented last month. I’ve stratified the data by net income per cow into the average of all the herds, as well as the averages of the low-profit 20% herds, and the high-profit 20% herds.

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A Heifer Pro

A Heifer Pro

Troy Smith

Angus Journal

Plenty of people worry that the U.S. beef cow herd is too small. Liquidation has continued for two to three years in key cattle-producing states, despite economic signals that typically trigger expansion of the nation’s herd. The problem is the weather. In much of cow country, persistent drought has preempted herd rebuilding and fostered a very limited total cattle inventory.

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Study examines heifer breeding

Study examines heifer breeding

The Western Producer

Producers raising replacement heifers should carefully monitor their weight before entering them into a breeding program.

As a key factor that influences when an animal reaches puberty and can begin breeding, the message was emphasized to producers at a recent field day at the Western Beef Development Centre near Lanigan.

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Antibiotics in the meat supply: Residues vs. Resistance

Antibiotics in the meat supply: Residues vs. Resistance

Mom at the Meat Counter

There has been a lot of news coverage and proposed legislation lately calling for the banning of antibiotic use in farm animals. People can get very frightened when we talk about antibiotic resistant bacteria or antibiotics in the meat supply.

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