Does 4-H desensitize kids to killing?
Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.
4-H stands for "Head, heart, hands, health" and apparently a fifth – for "haters."
To many, 4-H Clubs are all about nurturing sweet little calves, adorable children winning ribbons, urban garden patches and proud future farmers grooming prized pigs for show. To others, it’s a calculated system for turning the youth of America into cold, unfeeling animal killers.’
Producers Face Challenge of Keeping Cattle Productive
Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS
Every cattle operation is affected by sickness and or even death loss in some manner. At this time of the year, when many producers are weaning and “transitioning” large numbers of calves, this is especially true.
Market Calves as BVD-PI-free and Earn More
For the second consecutive year, research shows cattle buyers are paying a higher premium for calves that test negative for being persistently infected with bovine viral diarrhea.
Beef’s Bumper Bummer
. . . cattle feeders find themselves locked at the bottom of the production cycle. It will be years until they can significantly expand the bunk line population, cheap corn be damned.
Best Management Grazing Principles Boost Beef Returns
Hay and Forage Grower
The use of what University of Arkansas beef-cattle researchers call best management grazing principles (BMPs) can increase the carrying capacity of warm-season grass pastures and drastically reduce winter stored-feed requirements, they say.
Why Montana is doing beef right
The die-hard romantic’s image of Montana features a cowboy herding cattle across a wide-open prairie. In the age of industrial meat production and factory farms, this vision is less of a reality. But Garl Germann is trying to change that by fostering the growth of Montana’s organically raised, free-range beef industry.
Cattle at the Crossroads
University of Illinois
The year-long across-the-board rally in cattle prices has been driven by a combination of favorable supply and demand factors which have aligned to push prices to record levels. On the supply side, the starting point is cattle numbers. Beef cow numbers are the lowest since 1962, and last year’s calf crop was the smallest since 1949.
Highlights From Beef Today’s Inaugural Cowboy College
Nearly 140 beef producers from 17 states assembled in Omaha during the Beef Today Cowboy College held Sept. 9-10, 2014. Hosted by Farm Journal Media’s Beef Today magazine, the two-day educational program was designed specifically for feedlot cattle crews-processing teams, cowboy doctors and others involved in the day-to-day care and welfare of beef feedlot animals.
Feedyard placement weight affects production returns
Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
Stocker cattle production is a major component of the cattle business in Oklahoma and Texas. Stockers are weaned calves that are typically grazed on pasture to add 200 to 400 pounds of body weight and are then sold as a "feeder" to someone who puts the calf on feed in a feed yard.
Cattle prices hit record highs, but industry doesn’t see expansion
Helena Independent Record
Due to high demand and limited supply, cattle prices are the highest they’ve ever been. Montana’s livestock production industry, with roughly 1.5 million cows and 1.2 million calves statewide, is expected to bring in more than $1 billion in gross receipts this year, accounting for 40 percent of all agricultural sales.