Fleshing Out the Incredibly Vague Concept of ‘Sustainable Beef’
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.
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.
Calving-Ease Traits Tie to the Bull
Victoria G. Myers
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.
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.
365 sunrises and 7 billion mouths to feed – Ag Day 2014
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.
Cattlemen make boy’s wish come true
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.
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.
Testing and Vaccination Closing In On Bovine TB And Johne’s
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.
Skipping The Basics Can Carry A Big Bottom-Line Penalty
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.
Total confinement of beef cows is expensive
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.