BeefTalk: Annual Forages Make Choice Yearling Steers
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
The beef industry has been a site/sight-specific industry for a long time. However, these words can have two meanings. Site-specific is relative to location, while sight-specific is the need to physically see what is going on. In reality, both are right. Beef production is site-specific and beef producers like to see what is going on, so all are invited.
Stockpiled bermuda grass can reduce winter feed costs
Harvested forage costs are a large part of the production costs associated with cow-calf enterprises. For the first time in two years, producers in the eastern two-thirds of Oklahoma will have enough Bermuda grass to consider stockpiling some of the forage for winter feed.
‘Shock wave’ follows change in Tyson’s beef policy
The meat producer decides to stop buying animals receiving a drug that helps cattle bulk up in the last weeks of their lives.
Derrell Peel Weighs in on Beta Agonists and Market Impacts
Oklahoma Farm Report
There have been market impacts internationally for feedlot cattle that are fed Ractopamine- and Extension Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel says that the industry will have to weigh the value of the product and its ability to convert lean muscle from body fat in the final days of feeding for cattle being readied for market.
Shifts in Beef Production Practices Translate Into Better Sustainability
Beef checkoff report finds improvements in crop yields, packing innovations drive beef sustainability
Distillers Grains Partially Responsible for Growth in Neb. Cattle Feeding
Livestock analysts at the University of Nebraska estimate that Nebraska could be on its way to displace Texas as the largest cattle-feeding state in the U.S. And part of the reason for Nebraska growth in cattle feeding numbers is the availability of distillers grains, according to an article in the Lincoln Journal-Star
Beef Plant Looking For Buyer, Not Reorganization
A state-of-the-art South Dakota beef packing plant that has lacked the money to ramp up to full production is set on finding a buyer rather than reorganizing.
Northern Beef Packers in Aberdeen filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month.
Plush Pastures, Falling Feed Prices Lead to Heifer Retention
More favorable weather bringing more normal forage and grain production should result in more producers keeping replacement heifers.
Korean Students Study Missouri Beef Industry, Tour Crooked Farm
When the U.S. Meat Export Federation asked the Missouri Beef Industry Council to arrange for a group of agriculture students from Korea to tour a Missouri beef cow farm, the office contacted Crooked Creek Farm in Pacific — the closest cattle to St. Louis, according to owner Bill McLaren.
New beef educator guides available
The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has released two new educational guides to accompany the books “Beef in the Story of Agriculture” and “Beef an A-Z Book.” Both guides are developed for elementary grade classrooms and follow common core and national standards for education.