Monthly Archives: December 2013

U.S. beef exports gradually expand after mad cow scare

U.S. beef exports gradually expand after mad cow scare

MEGAN PAULY

KANSAS CITY STAR

Beef has long been a quintessential American staple, captured decades ago in the marketing slogan “Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner.”

These days, however, more and more of the red meat is making its way from farms in the United States to tables in numerous countries abroad, where many diets are incorporating more beef.

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Lost hooves, dead cattle before Merck halted Zilmax sales

Lost hooves, dead cattle before Merck halted Zilmax sales

BY P.J. HUFFSTUTTER AND TOM POLANSEK

Reuters

The U.S. beef industry’s dependence on the muscle-building drug Zilmax began unraveling here, on a sweltering summer day, in the dusty cattle pens outside a Tyson Foods Inc slaughterhouse in southeastern Washington state.

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Protein supplementation for beef cows

Protein supplementation for beef cows

Kevin Gould

Michigan State University

With 2013 corn harvest prices approximately half of those in 2012, cow-calf producers may choose corn for supplementation again. It’s probably the cheapest source of energy on the market if you can feasibly deliver it to the cow herd.

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Mineral supplements for stockers grazing small grains pasture

Mineral supplements for stockers grazing small grains pasture

Gary Cross

MyPlainview.com

Gazing out across a field of green wheat or rye or triticale forage, one might assume the nutritional needs of stocker cattle are being adequately supplied by the forage. However, concentrations of macro- and trace minerals can range from deficient to adequate in these forages.

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Suspended drug sales focus attention on cattle feed additives

Suspended drug sales focus attention on cattle feed additives

Iowa Public Radio

When the people from the drug company came out to visit Tyler Karney at Ordway Feedyard here on Colorado’s eastern plains, he was a little skeptical. They said their product, Zilmax, could put another 30 pounds on an animal in the last days before slaughter. Then he started blending it into the feed for the 6,500 head of Holsteins at this huge feedlot.

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Risk management important to cattle industry in coming years

Risk management important to cattle industry in coming years

Jennifer Carrico

High Plains Journal

Lance Zimmerman, an analyst with CattleFax, told attendees to the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association convention that many emotions have been covered over the past year regarding the cattle market.

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KOMA Beef Conference scheduled for Jan. 14 at Joplin Regional Stockyards

KOMA Beef Conference scheduled for Jan. 14 at Joplin Regional Stockyards

Joplin Globe

The 2014 KOMA Beef Conference begins at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the Joplin Regional Stockyards on Interstate 44 east of Joplin. The keynote presenter for the evening is Dave Rethorst, Beef Cattle Institute Director of Outreach at Kansas State University, whose topic will be, “Animal Welfare, BQA (Beef Quality Assurance) and Beef Production — How It All Fits Together.”

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