BeefTalk: It’s Time to Buy That New Recliner
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
What does $2,017.31 mean? Last year, I was elated when the steer with identification No. 0982000128138758, a high choice, visual yield grade 3 carcass, brought more than $206 per hundredweight on the rail. With a hot carcass weight of 977 pounds, the total value of the steer was $2,017.31.
Forty-five cattlemens’ associations tell USDA: Don’t hijack the checkoff.
Angus Beef Bulletin Extra
On Oct. 14, 45 state cattlemens’ associations representing more than 170,000 cattle breeders, producers and feeders sent a letter to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, urging him not to issue an order for a supplemental beef checkoff under the 1996 General Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act.
Innovator Mary Garst Dies
Mary Garst, daughter-in-law to the legendary Roswell Garst, died at her home Sunday (Oct 19th). Like her famous father-in-law, Mary Garst was an innovator. She was the manager of the 6000-head Garst Company breeding herd, one of the first to be computerized, when she began working for the Coon Rapids, Iowa company in 1974. She insisted on performance testing, not show rings, as the basis for genetic selections.
Left uncontrolled, cattle parasites can eat into profits
It’s a sight every cattle producer loves—green pastures, slick cattle with shiny coats and heads down in the green grass. But that green grass can harbor the larvae of internal parasites. And that means deworming your cattle is a management necessity.
Beef cow culling: An opportunity
Is your herd on the natural culling cycle (i.e. animals dying of old age)? Is that old beef cow a “hard keeper” over winter and you just cannot keep weight on her? What do you do with those cows still open after breeding season? Now is a good time to be considering thinning the herd down before winter, especially if you have open cows.
New Digital Photography Book Features Ladies of Montana Ranching
“Women are often described as the ‘backbone’ to the ranch and we want to capture what that means in this book,” said Lauren Chase, author and photographer.
Ohio State Fair to require DNA submission and electronic ID for all market beef animals
Ohio’s Country Journal
The Ohio State Fair Beef Department has adopted new protocols for identifying market beef animals beginning with the 2015 Fair, July 29 through August 9. These protocols include the use of an electronic identification (EID) ear tag that has a unique 15-digit number and a DNA sample that will be submitted for all market beef animals that exhibitors plan to enter in the 2015 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Beef show.