Daily Archives: February 24, 2014

Raising versus buying heifers for beef cow replacement

Raising versus buying heifers for beef cow replacement

Patrick Gunn, Lee Schulz, Iowa Beef Center

A major cost for cow-calf producers is obtaining an adequate supply of acceptable heifers for replacements in the herd. Although most producers raise their own, purchasing replacements sometimes can be an attractive alternative.

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8 Steps For Stress-Free Handling Of Cattle On The Range

8 Steps For Stress-Free Handling Of Cattle On The Range

Temple Grandin

BEEF

On western ranges under drought conditions, ranchers and range managers are becoming increasingly interested in placing groups of cattle away from riparian areas and inducing them to stay without the use of fences. Bud Williams and other skilled stock people are successful at placing cattle, but it requires a high degree of skill to successfully get cattle to stay where they are placed.

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New guide to low body condition

New guide to low body condition

Beef Central

A new guide to help producers assess beef cattle in low body condition is now available. Published by MLA and Cattle Council of Australia, the national guide provides an objective description system to assess beef cattle in low body condition and provides a timely tool to assist producers in managing drought-affected stock.

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Modified Sand Hills Calving System

Modified Sand Hills Calving System

Grant Dewell, Iowa Beef Center

The Sand Hills Calving System has demonstrated an effective way to reduce calf diarrhea by decreasing the buildup of pathogens in the environment and breaking the transfer of pathogens from older calves to young susceptible calves.

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Agriculture Needs A Safety Net to Protect US From the Government

Agriculture Needs A Safety Net to Protect US From the Government

Gary Truitt

Hoosier AG Today

Cash accounting has been used for decades, but now meddling minions on Capitol Hill want to force farmers to switch to accrual accounting.

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Organic grass fed cows may provide healthier beef, but consumers are not keen on taste

Organic grass fed cows may provide healthier beef, but consumers are not keen on taste

Nathan Gray

Food Navigator-Usa

Meat from grass-fed organic dairy steers may be of greater nutritional quality than conventionally raised steers, but falls below standard in overall consumer liking and flavour tests, according to research.

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California drought: Grass-fed beef industry reeling

California drought: Grass-fed beef industry reeling

Stacy Finz

San Francisco Chronicle

California’s devastating drought is taking a toll on the state’s grass-fed beef industry, forcing at least one large-scale producer to switch to grain feed.

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Copper deficiency a common issue

Copper deficiency a common issue

The Western Producer

Copper deficiency in cattle has been associated with a range of problems. They include poor growth, loss in milk production, changes in hair colour, anemia and nervous disease symptoms such as falling down and stumbling.

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Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle

Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle

Troy Smith

Angus Journal

Cow-calf producers who utilize artificial insemination (AI) often assume that females found open at pregnancy-testing time failed to conceive — that fertilization of an egg did not take place.

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Preparing youth for a meat judging contest

Preparing youth for a meat judging contest

Julie Thelen

Michigan State University

According to Michigan State University Extension specialist Sarah Wells, being able to identify meat products and their quality differences are important skills people will utilize throughout their entire life as they prepare meals or shop for groceries.

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New use for ultrasound technology could lower beef prices

New use for ultrasound technology could lower beef prices

Shelby Fenster

KHAS

It’s no secret it costs a pretty penny to feed a thousand pound cattle. "Last year it was five dollars a day about," said Richard Hollman with Hollman Angus out of Hallam, Nebraska. "This year we figured it was about a thousand dollars a cow calf pair," said Melissa Buehler with Valley Creek Ranch out of Fairbury, Nebraska.

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