BeefTalk: Vaccinate and Prepare Valuable Calves for Market
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Vaccinate calves now in anticipation of weaning and preparation for sending the calves to market. I hope the calves already have had some vaccinations during branding or early summer cattle work, so now would be a good time to do booster vaccinations.
Modified-Live vs. Killed Vaccine Debate Continues
If you thought the debate was over, think again. Disagreement remains regarding whether an inactivated (killed) or modified‑live virus vaccine should be used when immunizing pregnant cows and heifers. The discussion was rekindled recently after a vaccine manufacturer issued a press release citing instances where reproductive failures followed use of modified‑live virus vaccine to immunize herds against infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR).
The truth about undercover videos
Despite undercover videos showing footage of disturbing animal abuse, it is not a normal or acceptable occurrence. The beef industry does not condone any mishandling of livestock on the farm or ranch or in the packing facility.
Now’s the time to start thinking about fall pasture management
Although it’s still the dog days of summer, producers wanting to promote a healthier pasture next spring might want to take steps now to prevent overgrazing their pastures in fall, said a forage expert from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
Market impact of Zilmax ban
Without Zilmax, the fed cattle population would likely need to be 2.3% larger to produce the same volume of beef, based on cocktail napkin economics.
How Red Meat Affects Your Health: 7 Reasons To Avoid Beef
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.
Most of us have (or know) some crazy uncle who smokes, drinks, and eats hamburgers daily and he just turned 95 and still there’s no sign of dementia, heart disease, cancer — nothing. (Why researchers don’t do studies on people like him, instead of the ones who get sick, I’ll never know.)
Animal welfare consultant Grandin on Zilmax, beta-agonists
Merck & Co. recruited Temple Grandin, an advocate for the humane treatment of livestock, to be on a board that will consult on the company’s Zilmax feed additive, which has been temporarily taken off the U.S. and Canadian markets following animal welfare concerns.
Cattle ranching moves north, west amid drought
The severe drought that scorched pastures across the Southern Plains last summer helped shrink the nation’s herd to its smallest size in more than six decades and encouraged the movement of animals to lusher fields in the northern and western parts of the U.S., a new report shows.
You Would be Crazy Not to Test!
A Steak in Genomics
If we think back a few years, we can identify a bull that sold for six figures at a national sale. At the time this bull was marketed, his parent average EPDs put him in the top 25% of his breed for an important trait. But, several calf crops later and a much more reliable estimate of his EPDs, this bull is now in the bottom 25% for that important trait.
The American Cattle Industry Is Far From Doomed
Listen to some of the pundits and you likely could be convinced that the American cattle industry is in trouble. First off, I’ll admit there are conditions that make it possible to paint a bleak picture, as essentially 30 years of falling demand have helped shrink, consolidate and contract the industry.