Monthly Archives: June 2014

Three Truths about Public’s Perception of Genetic Modification

Three Truths about Public’s Perception of Genetic Modification

The Beef Site

Garret Higgins

American consumers are largely wary of GMO. Many state legislatures are deliberating bills that would mandate labeling. Multiple polling studies show popular opinion is in favor of labeling based on beliefs about GE-caused health risks.

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Economic considerations for profitable cow herds

Economic considerations for profitable cow herds

Kasey Brown

The Cattle Business Weekly

"Most people don’t get into the cattle business because they have a passion for accounting, but it is still needed," observed Clay Mathis, director and endowed chair of the King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management. He addressed the 2014 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Annual Meeting and Research Symposium in Lincoln, Neb., June 18-21.

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And the Survey Says

And the Survey Says

John F. Grimes

Beef2Live

The United States Department of Agriculture recently released the results of the 2012 Census of Agriculture. This survey is a comprehensive summary of agricultural activity for the United States and for each state.

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Brahman F1 Is a Good Solution for the South

Brahman F1 Is a Good Solution for the South

Matt Woolfolk and David Riley

Cattle Today

Across the United States, the makeup of commercial cow herds varies to fit various environments. In the South, increased heat and humidity require cattle that are able to perform in these conditions.

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Nebraska’s ‘Beef State’ plate is back

Nebraska’s ‘Beef State’ plate is back

Ken Anderson

Brownfield Network

After a nearly 50-year hiatus, “The Beef State” license plate is back in Nebraska. The phrase “The Beef State” was on all Nebraska license plates from 1956 to 1965.

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Hereford Genetic Summit

Hereford Genetic Summit

The American Hereford Association (AHA) is committed to providing the tools Hereford producers need to supply better genetics to the beef industry, as well as to help Hereford seedstock producers meet the needs of their commercial customers.

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Beef producers’ conundrum: Research doesn’t solve problems

Beef producers’ conundrum: Research doesn’t solve problems

Walt Davis

Beef Producer

Too often, we wholly apply the simple answers from ag research to solve the complex problems we face as beef producers. When it comes to managing a grazing program, we can be our own worst enemies.

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Predicting Cow Efficiency

Predicting Cow Efficiency

Troy Smith

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

For the last several years, the beef industry has been abuzz about feed efficiency. According to University of Illinois animal scientist Dan Shike, the reason is fairly obvious. It’s because the industry now operates in a new era of feed prices, with increased price volatility. Feed costs are a big deal, considering that expenditures for feed represent 50%-70% of a cow-calf operation’s total production costs.

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Newly received calves: Dietary energy vs acidosis, do we have to compromise?

Newly received calves: Dietary energy vs acidosis, do we have to compromise?

The Stock Exchange

The stress of transportation, commingling, feed and water deprivation and an array of other factors have compromised the immune system and disrupted the digestive and metabolic function of your calves.  What do you need to do to get these calves off to a good start and keep them going?

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Ireland to Assist Red Angus Members

Ireland to Assist Red Angus Members

The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) is pleased to welcome the addition of its new registry specialist, Lori Ireland. A recent graduate from North Central Texas College (NCTC), Ireland began her role full-time with the Association on June 1.

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Can storage of vaccine affect its efficacy?

Can storage of vaccine affect its efficacy?

Gant Mourer

Drovers

Respiratory disease in cattle also known as BRD, shipping fever or pneumonia may cost the U.S. cattle industry over $2 billion annually (Powell 2013). Management techniques can offset much of this cost and having a good vaccination program can maintain the health of a calf all the way through the production system.

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Protein Offers Animal Deworming Properties

Protein Offers Animal Deworming Properties

Beef Producer

A team of USDA and university researchers has demonstrated that when a bacteria-derived protein was fed to worm-infected swine, the infection was nearly completely eliminated.

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Reduce excessive pressure on cows’ feet to prevent lameness

Reduce excessive pressure on cows’ feet to prevent lameness

Mara Budde

Farm and Ranch Guide

Sixty percent of cows can be classified as lame on at least one occasion during the year. Lameness is not just a production concern, it’s an animal welfare issue. Cows that are lame do not move around as much, making eating or drinking more difficult, and experience foot pain. Like many other diseases or concerns in the herd, prevention is best.

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Good Mineral Program Important for Bulls Too

Good Mineral Program Important for Bulls Too

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS

Cattle Today

Most cattle producers will tell you they have some type of mineral program. This might range from a “white salt block and a yellow salt block” on to a full blown, custom-designed mineral with all the bells and whistles and then some. In general, when selecting a mineral program the typical producer does so with the cow in mind.

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Agriculture commissioner to Chipotle: What’s wrong with Texas beef?

Agriculture commissioner to Chipotle: What’s wrong with Texas beef?

Josie Musico

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

How would you like your steak — imported or local? Chipotle Mexican Grill recently switched to the former, a move that frustrated supporters of an industry they say offers just as fine a product here at home.

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Researchers create better methods to detect E. coli

Researchers create better methods to detect E. coli

Kansas State University

Kansas State University diagnosticians are helping the cattle industry save millions of dollars each year by developing earlier and accurate detection of E. coli.

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Larson Ranch LLC: Five generations working together

Larson Ranch LLC: Five generations working together

Kendra Paulton

The Cattle Business Weekly

Audie Larson and his family are no strangers to the hard work, dedication, and teamwork it takes to operate a ranch on the rolling prairies and river breaks of south central South Dakota. Audie is a fourth generation cattle and horse rancher, raising a fifth generation close behind.

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Vitamin A: What You Need to Know

Vitamin A: What You Need to Know

Paige Nelson

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

Successfully incorporating mineral and vitamin supplementation into your nutrition program stems from understanding why cattle need those nutrients in the first place.

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When making hay becomes challenging

When making hay becomes challenging

Dave Russell

Brownfield Network

Weather conditions in many areas have caused hay-making to be a challenge this year. Rory Lewandowski, Extension educator in Wayne County Ohio says hay could mold if put up wet.

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Cattle have a dual purpose: To make money and improve the land.    

Cattle have a dual purpose: To make money and improve the land.    

Profitable Ranching

Johann Zietsman and Jaime (Jim) Elizondo Braun have taken this dual purpose premise to the logical extreme. Their selection methods utilizing the best adapted genetics with ultra high density grazing has resulted in much higher profitability per acre while greatly improving the land.

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