Prevention Better Than a 50/50 Diagnosis
Dr. Ken McMillan
DTN/The Progressive Farmer
Diagnosing the cause of abortion in cows is always tough. Abortions can be caused by bacteria, viruses, protozoans, toxins in feed or pastures, genetic defects, heat and stress.
Brazil to double cattle on feedlots in response to rising global demand for beef
Rural financier Rabobank reports the world’s largest beef exporter Brazil could slaughter 9 million lot-fed cattle a year. That represents an investment of between $250-$570 million. Rabobank analyst Angus Gidley-Baird says the plan responds to the increasing demand for higher quality meat, using corn and soybean crops grown in western Brazil.
December genomics workshops scheduled in ID, WA, TX, and FL
A collaborative research and extension team, which includes faculty from Washington State University, University of Idaho, USDA-ARS, and University of Florida will be offering Dairy Cattle Genomics Workshops in December 2014.
Time to Beef Up Farm Safety
When raising livestock, even the most gentle cows may unintentionally cause injury to a handler. In fact, the National Agricultural Safety Database statistics show that one in three farm worker injuries involve handling animals.
All Breeds Cattle Tour exposes producers to quality genetics
Farm & Ranch Guide
Featuring an impressive line-up of eight area cattle producers, the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA) held its 28th Annual All Breeds Cattle Tour on Friday, Oct. 10.
Myoglobin is the iron-rich protein that gives meat its color.
Michigan State University
Color is used by consumers to determine if meat is fresh and safe to eat. It is the single most important driving factor in a consumer’s decision to purchase meat.
Producers Should Evaluate Mineral Supplements
Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D.
There are literally an infinite number of ways to formulate a mineral supplement. With hundreds of ingredients at our disposal and well as countless combinations of forage sources and cattle classifications on these forage bases the variations are mind boggling
Expand your Market with Stockmanship
University of Illinois
Classified ad, online sale, private treaty bid-off, live auction, and the list can go on and on. There are numerous ways to market your cattle, but have you thought about how to market yourself?
Genex’s Lorna Marshall praised Hereford breeders on improvement
Genex U.S. Beef Marketing Manager Lorna Marshall was at the last Hereford type conference 10 years ago, and she admitted at that time she wasn’t a big Hereford fan. The first thing she spoke about at the Hereford Genetic Summit Friday, Sept. 5, was how much progress the breed has made. It won her over.
Selk Recommends Using Ionophores in Replacement Heifer Diets
Oklahoma Farm Report
Interest in cow herd expansion has created added incentives to keep and breed replacement heifers. Some producers are attempting to rebuild their own herd that was downsized during drought. Others are attempting to meet the strong demand for bred heifers occurring at livestock markets in many parts of the country.