The Economics of Gene Testing Cattle
Eric A. DeVuyst
Oklahoma State University
here is a great deal of buzz in the cattle industry regarding genetic testing of bulls, beef cows, and even feeder calves. Several companies offer testing services, including MMI (www. mmigenomics.com), Igenity (www.igenity.com) and Bovigen (www.bovigen.com). Services include parentage testing and testing for markers associated with economically relevant traits.
A Few Reminders for Cattle Producers Facing Their First Winter Weather Threat of the 2013-14 Season
University of Arkansas
Winter storm and ice warnings are in effect for much of Arkansas and precipitation is expected through Friday and to resume Sunday with highs in the low 30′s through the middle of next week. In Arkansas, winter temperatures can vary from week to week which makes the need to adjust feeding difficult to predict. Keep the following points in mind while caring for cattle during this first threat of winter weather.
A look at beef herd management
Winter months are some of the most difficult for beef cattle management. Moisture, early darkness and freezing temperatures make work difficult and can result in herd health challenges.
Merck updates veterinarians on Zilmax
At the Academy of Veterinary Consultants (AVC) conference this week in Denver, representatives from Merck Animal Health updated veterinarians and answered questions about their beta agonist product ZIlmax.
Beef Continues Export Surge
Beef exports continued an upward trend in October, according to statistics released by the USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation.
New owners reopen Gordon beef plant
Area livestock owners have a new option for beef packing in western Nebraska.
After months of planning and renovation, Open Range Beef launched a new meat processing operation near the center of the Gordon community Wednesday.
New meat regulations could spark a trade war with Canada and Mexico and will raise costs
Scott George and Randy Spronk
Right before Thanksgiving, while Congress was on break, federal meat labeling regulations took effect that could result in Americans paying higher prices on everything from beef and pork to apples and maple syrup. While legislators, as part of the continuing farm bill negotiations, are considering a fix to the Country of Origin Labeling (Cool) statute, the regulations implementing it went into effect Nov. 23.
Range Beef Cow Symposium brings Producers to the Black Hills
Cattle producers from across the U.S. have gathered in Rapid City, S.D. for the 23rd Range Beef Cow Symposium (RBCS). This year’s conference is taking place from Dec. 3-5.
Cattle Industry Convention Approaching
Believe it or not 2014 is rapidly approaching bringing with it the 116th Annual Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade show which will happen February 4th through the 7th in Nashville.
Ranchers to see good times ahead, say forecasters
The Wichita Eagle
Kansas ranchers will see a golden age in 2014, while feedlots and packing plants will remain deep in gloom.