BeefTalk: Grass Tetany
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Lush grass in the spring is something everyone dreams about. However, there is a dark side: grass tetany. Last year, the Dickinson Research Extension Center had all the right conditions for the onset of grass tetany and, sure enough, it was found.
Creep-feeding calves this summer
The price of feeder calves is high because of the low cow inventory; there will likely be a lot of competition for calves this fall. Producers are contemplating whether creep-feeding might be economical this year as a management strategy.
60th Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course scheduled Aug. 4-6
A look at the past and future aspects of beef cattle production in Texas will be one of the highlights at the 60th Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course scheduled Aug. 4-6 at Texas A&M University in College Station.
‘Waters of the U.S.’ Proposal Likely to Spur Litigation
Oklahoma Farm Report
The National Cattlemens Beef Association is very worried about ‘clean waters of the US proposal’ from Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers. NCBA Environmental Counsel Ashley McDonald says this proposal would expand the government’s authority to regulate all waters in the country, regardless of size or continuity of flow.
FDA addresses concerns over proposed spent-grains rule
Brewers’ grains and distillers’ grains have become important, high-quality feed commodities in cattle operations, and cattle provide an excellent option for utilizing these byproducts, turning what otherwise could be waste into wholesome and nutritious food.
Research Review Looks at Beef Productivity in Relation to Selecting for Marbling
A new research paper debunks the myth the carcass quality must come at the expense of maternal function. Virginia animal scientists reviewed nearly seventy individual studies in an effort to answer the question: has selection for marbling hurt cow herd productivity?
Patent Suit: Leachman and Verified Beef Clarify Statements Regarding Reputation Feeder Cattle Program
A Steak in Genomics
The complete patent is available on Google. Leachman clarified that they did not attempt to patent selection indexes, but stated, "Rather, we patented the determination of market price of a group of feeder calves."
Extension specialist offers suggestions for management of calves at weaning time
David L. Burton
It is weaning time for fall calves, which means local livestock specialists with University of Missouri Extension are getting questions about proper pre- and post-weaning management.
Texas ranchers to vote on beef marketing program
Texas ranchers will vote on whether to establish a state-level program to promote and market beef in the nation’s leading cattle-producing state.
Breeding for productivity or animal welfare?
The Western Producer
Breeding programs that boost productivity traits such as milk production in dairy cattle, speedier growth or carcass quality in beef cattle or litter size and meat production in swine have economic benefits. A research scientist wonders if those benefits have come at a cost to animal welfare.