Do livestock feed additives, like beta-agonists, cause animal welfare problems?
We understand how people may have questions about animal welfare, particularly with recent media coverage about the use of Zilmax, an animal feed ingredient. Like consumers, the beef community wants to do everything possible to assure animal welfare and determine the causes of recent reports of cattle lameness and other animal welfare questions
Internal parasites cost money and reduce profits, but conversely parasite control pays dividends.. A recent study from Iowa State University identified parasite control as the single most important economic factor in producing beef efficiently.
Types of Livestock Scales
Livestock scales are generally used in weighing large animals like cattle, horses and sheep, since these animals need to be held and weighed accurately. Weighing scales are particularly important to veterinarians specializing in farm animals because typical veterinary scales are unable to weigh large animals.
Just whom are you calling an old-timer?
Jennifer M. Latzke
High Plains Journal
Of course it had to be a black steer with an attitude. What else would be appropriate for me to haul through the show ring during the first ever Old-Timer’s Showmanship Contest at the fair back home?
Producers Looking to Rebuild Forages Post Drought
Barb Baylor Anderson
In many parts of the country, cow/calf producers like Alan Adams know it’s time to hit the reset button on pastures. The Illinois producer says since his pastures were depleted following the 2012 drought, he has been rethinking how he will manage them going forward.
Farming’s popularity among Americans gets political
Regardless of political parties, most Americans – both Republicans and Democrats – share a generally positive view of farming and agriculture.
Your Steak Is Addicted to Drugs
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.
Meatpacking giant Tyson recently grabbed headlines when it announced it would no longer buy and slaughter cows treated with a growth-enhancing drug called Zilmax, made by pharma behemoth Merck. Tyson made the move based on "animal well-being" concerns, it told its cattle suppliers in a letter, adding that "there have been recent instances of cattle delivered for processing that have difficulty walking or are unable to move."
Rancher discusses bison production
Gainesville Daily Register
Buffalo myths and misconceptions were dispelled at the Wednesday Rotary Club meeting as Gainesville residents and buffalo experts Tim and Rhonda Frasier spoke on the growing commerciality and resurgence of the legendary animal of the plains, which is also known as bison.
Cattle producers getting help to get more money for their cattle
Gant Mourer, working with Oklahoma State University animal scientists and the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, is helping state cattle producers get more money for their cattle when they go to market.
Feeder Cattle Imports From Mexico
The flow of cattle from Mexico is a key component of the overall supply for the U.S. cattle marketing system. Ongoing feeder cattle supply decline within the U.S. has been partially offset by increasing imports from Mexico. The need to maintain feedyard occupancy levels has generated significant demand from the south.