Daily Archives: March 25, 2014

Fleshing Out the Incredibly Vague Concept of ‘Sustainable Beef’

Fleshing Out the Incredibly Vague Concept of ‘Sustainable Beef’

Venessa Wong

Businessweek

Should “sustainable beef” mean organic? Locally sourced? Grass-fed? It’s still all up in the air, even as McDonald’s (MCD) and others commit to serving such beef in the foreseeable future. Alas, the answer to the sustainable meat mystery likely won’t be that specific.

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Is the Tennessee Beef Cattle Herd Growing?

Is the Tennessee Beef Cattle Herd Growing?

Andrew P. Griffith

University of Tennessee

The January 1 cattle inventory report was released January 31, 2014. It was a much anticipated report since the July 1 inventory report was not released in 2013 due to budgetary issues.

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Calving-Ease Traits Tie to the Bull

Calving-Ease Traits Tie to the Bull

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

Data is plentiful in the cattle business these days. Breed associations carry, and regularly update, EPDs (expected progeny differences) on an ever increasing number of traits. Want to see EPDs on marbling? Feed efficiency? Yearling weights? It’s all a mouse click away.

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Feeding Alfalfa Hay, Are you getting full value?

Feeding Alfalfa Hay, Are you getting full value?

Heather Smith Thomas

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

Many beef producers stretch hay supplies by feeding straw or some other low-quality forage, balancing the diet with high-quality alfalfa hay. However, if alfalfa leaves are too dry and shatter, falling off the stems, cattle won’t get much benefit from them even if the leaves are still in the bale.

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365 sunrises and 7 billion mouths to feed – Ag Day 2014

365 sunrises and 7 billion mouths to feed – Ag Day 2014

Mary Dunckel

Michigan State University

This year’s celebration will mark the 41st anniversary of National Ag Day sponsored by the Agriculture Council of America (ACA). On this day, members of the agriculture industry join forces to promote agriculture and to help educate millions of consumers about the importance of agriculture in their daily lives.

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Cattlemen make boy’s wish come true

Cattlemen make boy’s wish come true

AgriNews

In advance of the 2013 Hoosier Beef Congress, the Indiana Beef Cattle Association held an online auction for the first 30 spots in stalling line. Each year, proceeds from that auction are directed by the show’s committee to a charity. For the second year in a row, the committee designated that the funds go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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OYE Steer Judge Jack Ward Talks The Right Kind of Steer and the Right Kind of Kids at 2014 OYE

OYE Steer Judge Jack Ward Talks The Right Kind of Steer and the Right Kind of Kids at 2014 OYE

Oklahoma Farm Report

Jack Ward has a day job- serving as the COO and the Director for Breed Improvement for the American Hereford Association. However, he also has a passion that he gets to do on a regular basis as well- serving as a judge for many of the major junior livestock shows around the country.

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Testing and Vaccination Closing In On Bovine TB And Johne’s

Testing and Vaccination Closing In On Bovine TB And Johne’s

Beef Producer

Bovine tuberculosis and Johne’s disease are both are caused by mycobacteria and progress is being made toward better testing for and control of both. The pathogen responsible for Johne’s disease is M. avium, subspecies paratuberculosis, and the cause of bovine TB is M. bovis.

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Skipping The Basics Can Carry A Big Bottom-Line Penalty

Skipping The Basics Can Carry A Big Bottom-Line Penalty

Joe Roybal

BEEF

A breeding soundness exam (BSE) is a fertility exam performed on bulls by a veterinarian; ideally it’s performed annually. It consists of three components – scrotal circumference, a physical exam, and a semen evaluation, and it typically costs between $50 and $150/bull.

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Total confinement of beef cows is expensive

Total confinement of beef cows is expensive

Rick Rasby

Angus Journal

The dynamics in the beef-cattle industry remain volatile, with wide swings in the price of grains and forages. The high price of corn in 2012 and 2013 led to non-cropland being converted to cropland.

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