Monthly Archives: August 2013

BeefTalk: Making a “Premium” Calf

BeefTalk: Making a “Premium” Calf

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

What makes a premium calf? There are six steps to placing premium calves that excel on the market: superior genetics, sound management, preconditioning, tag identification and certification, plus a good marketing strategy. The order of the steps is not as important as doing the steps.

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Cattle ranchers hope South Dakota beef plant will reopen

Cattle ranchers hope South Dakota beef plant will reopen

Dirk Lammers

Grand Forks Herald

North Dakota feedlot operator Jeff Kvamme finishes loading cattle onto a truck and bemoans the animals’ 450-mile one-way commute to Dakota City in Nebraska.

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Beef Quality vs. Economy Isn’t The Real Question

Beef Quality vs. Economy Isn’t The Real Question

Troy Marshall

BEEF

. . . There are a lot of factors contributing to this debate, and every sector of the industry seems to be weighing in on the issue, with each having a little different take on the situation. But I think the question is a bit nonsensical in that it’s really a backwards way of talking about other serious issues.

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Management Changes Can Keep Embryonic Losses Down

Management Changes Can Keep Embryonic Losses Down

Beef Producer

Transporting bred cows and heifers, heat stress can contribute to profit-siphoning embryonic losses.

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Value-added program improves cattle sales price

Value-added program improves cattle sales price

Vic Schoonover         

Southwest Farm Press

Gant Mourer, working with Oklahoma State University animal scientists and the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, is helping state cattle producers get more money for their cattle when they go to market.

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USDA Study Shows Benefits of Weaning Calves Early

USDA Study Shows Benefits of Weaning Calves Early

Sandra Avant

It pays to wean calves early when severe weather conditions like drought hinder beef cattle production, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) studies confirm.

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Salmonella Could Be Beef Industry’s New Biggest Challenge

Salmonella Could Be Beef Industry’s New Biggest Challenge

SAM ROBINSON

Food Safety News

Scientists have realized they may have misidentified the source of Salmonella in beef cattle. They now realize it may be in the lymphatic system of cattle, making it harder to prevent than E. coli.

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Beef or bull? What Zilmax teaches us about Industry Science

Beef or bull? What Zilmax teaches us about Industry Science

Tim Schwab

Food & Water Watch

Over the last few weeks, the largest corporate meatpackers shocked beef markets by announcing they would no longer accept cattle treated with the widely used drug Zilmax.

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The Science of Beef Quality

The Science of Beef Quality

GANADERIA MEXICO

A great steak doesn’t just happen. A long list of factors ranging from genetics to aging and cooking techniques influence the beef-eating experience, and as a meat scientist at Colorado State University, Dale Woerner, PhD, devotes considerable study to those factors.

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Diseases Affecting Reproduction in Beef Cattle

Diseases Affecting Reproduction in Beef Cattle

Ron Parker

New Mexico State University

Infertility and abortions in cattle are two of the greatest problems the cattle breeder faces. The causes are complex and difficult to identify.

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Do livestock feed additives, like beta-agonists, cause animal welfare problems?

Do livestock feed additives, like beta-agonists, cause animal welfare problems?

factsaboutbeef

We understand how people may have questions about animal welfare, particularly with recent media coverage about the use of Zilmax, an animal feed ingredient. Like consumers, the beef community wants to do everything possible to assure animal welfare and determine the causes of recent reports of cattle lameness and other animal welfare questions

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Profit Robber

Profit Robber

Lauren Caggiano

Feedlot Magazine

Internal parasites cost money and reduce profits, but conversely parasite control pays dividends.. A recent study from Iowa State University identified parasite control as the single most important economic factor in producing beef efficiently.

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Types of Livestock Scales

Types of Livestock Scales

Sheza Naeem

American Cattlemen

Livestock scales are generally used in weighing large animals like cattle, horses and sheep, since these animals need to be held and weighed accurately. Weighing scales are particularly important to veterinarians specializing in farm animals because typical veterinary scales are unable to weigh large animals.

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Just whom are you calling an old-timer?

Just whom are you calling an old-timer?

Jennifer M. Latzke

High Plains Journal

Of course it had to be a black steer with an attitude. What else would be appropriate for me to haul through the show ring during the first ever Old-Timer’s Showmanship Contest at the fair back home?

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Producers Looking to Rebuild Forages Post Drought

Producers Looking to Rebuild Forages Post Drought

Barb Baylor Anderson

Progressive Farmer

In many parts of the country, cow/calf producers like Alan Adams know it’s time to hit the reset button on pastures. The Illinois producer says since his pastures were depleted following the 2012 drought, he has been rethinking how he will manage them going forward.

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Farming’s popularity among Americans gets political

Farming’s popularity among Americans gets political

Angela Bowman

Drovers

Regardless of political parties, most Americans – both Republicans and Democrats – share a generally positive view of farming and agriculture.

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Your Steak Is Addicted to Drugs

Your Steak Is Addicted to Drugs

Tom Philpott

Mother Jones

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.

Meatpacking giant Tyson recently grabbed headlines when it announced it would no longer buy and slaughter cows treated with a growth-enhancing drug called Zilmax, made by pharma behemoth Merck. Tyson made the move based on "animal well-being" concerns, it told its cattle suppliers in a letter, adding that "there have been recent instances of cattle delivered for processing that have difficulty walking or are unable to move."

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Rancher discusses bison production

Rancher discusses bison production

CATHY MOUNCE

Gainesville Daily Register

 Buffalo myths and misconceptions were dispelled at the Wednesday Rotary Club meeting as Gainesville residents and buffalo experts Tim and Rhonda Frasier spoke on the growing commerciality and resurgence of the legendary animal of the plains, which is also known as bison.

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Cattle producers getting help to get more money for their cattle

Cattle producers getting help to get more money for their cattle

Vic Schoonover         

Lawton Constitution

Gant Mourer, working with Oklahoma State University animal scientists and the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, is helping state cattle producers get more money for their cattle when they go to market.

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Feeder Cattle Imports From Mexico

Feeder Cattle Imports From Mexico

Nevil Speer

Beef

The flow of cattle from Mexico is a key component of the overall supply for the U.S. cattle marketing system. Ongoing feeder cattle supply decline within the U.S. has been partially offset by increasing imports from Mexico. The need to maintain feedyard occupancy levels has generated significant demand from the south.

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