BeefTalk: Pondering Grass
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
The Dickinson Research Extension Center had three pens of yearling steers. One pen (A) was harvested when the steers were 18.1 months old. The next pen (B) was harvested when the steers were 21.4 months old and the last pen (C) was harvested when they were 22.1 months old.
Worldwide aging and personalized medicine in the genomic era
Both human and animal science researchers are now exploring beyond the genes defined by our DNA and instead are increasing their focus on RNA, specifically the world of microRNAs. Regardless of our genetic makeup, these newly discovered, tiny pieces of RNA dictate how and when specific genes function throughout an animal’s or human’s lifespan.
Brangus Provides New Selection Tools
The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) continues to stay on the cutting edge of the latest technology by providing tools for commercial cattlemen to assist in comparing the expected performance of Brangus sired offspring to that of other breeds.
Tri-State Beef Conference offering new virtual tours
Southwest Times (VA)
This year’s Tri-State Beef Cattle Conference will feature, for the first time, virtual tours of four outstanding beef cattle operations.
The sixth annual event, which costs $25, will be held Thursday and Friday, Aug. 8-9, at Washington County Fairgrounds. Programs begin at 2 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 a.m. Friday. There will be an evening meal and evening speaker Thursday.
Utilizing growth-promoting technology to improve cattle performance
Devan M. P. Compart
Minnesota Farm Guide
A variety of FDA-approved growth-promoting technologies are available to producers. The most common growth-promoting technology utilized today are steroid implants. Additionally, beta-agonists provide producers with a great opportunity to add extra gain in the final days on feed before harvest.
Monitoring Herd Health, Feeding Behavior May Soon Be Easier
A new system that monitors livestock feeding behavior has been developed by U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists at the USDA Agricultural Research Service Roman L. Hruska U.S. Meat Animal Research Center.
K-State Hosts Beef Conference
Kansas State University will be hosting the 2013 Beef Conference called Strategic Cow Herd Management: Surviving and Rebuilding after Persistent Drought on Aug 6. in Frick Auditorium.
Beef Industry Faces A Dilemma Over Use Of Beta-Agonists
Most cattle producers can’t accurately describe what a beta-agonist is or does, but they can attest to the fact that they work at increasing efficiency and pounds – and at a rate simply short of amazing.
Tennessee sets workshops to market beef directly to consumers
Southeast Farm Press
Consumers are interested in buying food from local suppliers, including local beef producers. Since beef cattle is among the top commodities produced in Tennessee, with some 950,000 beef cattle in the state, the number of cattle producers interested in marketing beef directly to local consumers is on the rise.
Beef produces should strive to maintain proper levels of legumes in their forage stands
Michigan State University
Maintaining grass and legume pastures as well as hay fields are important management factors for feeding beef cattle. Many beef producers plant a mixture of grass and legumes during hayfield establishment – but over time legumes can die out and become a lower percentage of the forage stand.