Daily Archives: August 12, 2013

Selecting Replacement Heifers

Selecting Replacement Heifers

Heather Smith Thomas

Hereford World

Most producers keep heifer calves as replacements, usually selecting heifers from some of their best cows sired by bulls that pass good maternal traits to daughters. There are many criteria for making final decisions regarding which heifers to keep and which ones to sell, and various breeders have different goals.

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Far-fetched food science

Far-fetched food science

Kindra Gordon

The Cattle Business Weekly

Can 3-D printing be used to create a steak in the future? Will consumers really buy "breathable" supplements and foods? It may sound far-fetched, but both ideas are being explored and could soon be reality.

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Alfalfa: Can it replace commodity feeds?

Alfalfa: Can it replace commodity feeds?

by Chris Milam

News Democrat Leader

Tired of watching feed commodity prices take $100/ton swings as it has this year and is shown in the first figure below? Prices this year for soyhulls at ADM plants in IL started off the year around $220/ton FOB.

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Tyson Has a Beef With Industry’s Doping Problem

Tyson Has a Beef With Industry’s Doping Problem

Rich Duprey

The Motley Fool

No longer wanting to be the A-Rod of the cattle industry, meat processor Tyson Foods  said beginning next month it will stop buying cattle that were fed the performance-enhancing drug Zilmax, which allows ranchers to feed their cows less but still puts on the pounds.

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Ohio Beef Quality Assurance program certification available through new OSU website

Ohio Beef Quality Assurance program certification available through new OSU website

Tracy Turner

AG Answers

Ohio cattle producers looking to earn Beef Quality Assurance certifications or those looking to become re-certified can take advantage of a new online course and exam offered by experts from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

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Mob Grazing: A Tool And Not A Master Plan

Mob Grazing: A Tool And Not A Master Plan

Fae Holin       

Hay & Forage Grower

It’s been touted as an efficient way to use all available forage while evenly distributing nutrients, controlling weeds and improving soil health. High-profile producers are holding seminars and taking speaking engagements to tell how they’re using mob grazing, also called ultra-high stock density grazing or tall grazing.

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Nat’l Cattlemen’s Beef Foundation Announces W.D. Farr Scholarship Winners

Nat’l Cattlemen’s Beef Foundation Announces W.D. Farr Scholarship Winners


One MS-MBA student studying Food and Agribusiness Management, and a PhD student studying Biological Sciences are the recipients of the 2013 W.D. Farr Scholarship from the National Cattlemen’s Foundation.

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Water Requirements for Beef Cattle

Water Requirements for Beef Cattle

Rick J. Rasby, Troy M. Walz

University of Nebraska

Many times the importance of water to beef cattle is overlooked. Diets are balanced for carbohydrate (energy), protein, vitamins, and minerals so cattle can achieve a desired level of performance, but cattle have a requirement for water too, and animal performance can be affected by water intake. In fact, of these nutrients, water is most critical.

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The Drugs in Our Beef: Bigger Cows, More Worries

The Drugs in Our Beef: Bigger Cows, More Worries

Kelsey Gee

Wall Street Journal

Cattle prices rose sharply on Thursday after America’s largest meat producer, Tyson Foods, said it would stop using cattle feed containing Zilmax, an additive that speeds weight gain in animals. Dropping the additive will reduce the amount of beef produced by each animal, tightening overall supplies.

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Did Tyson Ban Doping Cows With Zilmax To Boost Foreign Sales?

Did Tyson Ban Doping Cows With Zilmax To Boost Foreign Sales?

Peggy Lowe


Tyson Foods Inc. announced this week that it would soon suspend purchases of cattle that had been treated with a controversial drug, citing animal welfare concerns.

But many in the industry wonder if the real reason is the battle for sales in other countries, where certain drugs that make livestock grow faster are banned.

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