Is Sexed Semen Worth the Extra Expense?
As beef cattle producers move into the expansion phase, interest in artificial insemination with sexed semen is increasing. Many ranchers want to see if sexed semen is a profitable way of developing additional high-value replacement heifers.
Getting prepared for the winter feeding program
Producers want to meet their cows’ nutrient requirements, but they sure don’t want to overfeed expensive forages. Forages continue to be expensive in many locations. With harvested forages being expensive, closely estimating the amount of feed needed to get through the winter will be important to contain cost.
New meat labels tell consumers more, but at what cost?
ABBIE FENTRESS SWANSON
Kansas City Star
Take a close look at the label on the meat you buy at the grocery store these days, and you might just learn something. Specifically, how that cut of meat actually travelled through the supply chain.
Beef Cattle Industry Supportive of Judicious Use of Antibiotics in Cattle
Oklahoma Farm Report
“It is certainly important with the antimicrobials. You want to have an informed use of antimicrobials to avoid the resistance problem. I think your veterinarian can help you in consultation on nutrition issues, in some of the production and husbandry issues that are basic. Many times we do know these things and it helps to have another viewpoint.”
Groups respond to FDA antibiotics guidance
In an effort to help address potential antimicrobial resistance concerns in humans, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued guidelines to extend veterinary oversight and phase out the sub-therapeutic use of antibiotics that are important to human medicine in food producing animals for growth promotion purposes.
Unpredictable Weather Underscores Ranch Prep
Winter temps and snowfall may be easier to predict with new technology, but making feeding decisions based on what’s expected isn’t always easy. You feed too much hay, some is wasted. You feed too little and cows don’t have enough to stay warm.
Expert Panel Defines the Need to Harmonize Trichomoniasis Regulation and Testing Procedures
Life Technologies Corporation assembled a cross-section of industry stakeholder experts to discuss with state veterinarians the need for consensus on standardization of regulations and diagnostic laboratory testing methodology for trichomoniasis (trich) at the 2013 USAHA Annual Meeting in San Diego.