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.

Full Story

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.

Full Story

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.

Full Story

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.

Full Story

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.

Full Story

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.

Full Story

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.

Full Story