Utilizing scales in herd management is important to profit
In the cattle business, weight is important. The weight of a calf when it’s born through the weight when it’s processed are all values that help a producer to know more about a herd, and make management decisions.
A food entrepreneur offers a delicious—but pricey—solution for guilty pleasures.
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.
. . . More than any other food, meat focusses cultural anxieties. In the seventies, beef caused heart attacks; in the eighties and afterward it carried mad-cow. Recent decades have brought to light the dark side of industrial agriculture, with its hormone- and antibiotic-intensive confinement-feeding operations, food-safety scares, and torture-porn optics. The social and environmental costs, the moral burden, the threat to individual health—all seem increasingly hard to justify when weighed against a tenderloin.
Despite Struggles, Ranching Remains Traditional in Modern Era
The story of ranching in the American West is not just about settlement — it’s also about how a profession and industry drove a country from shore to shore. The prairies of the vast interiors of what would be the United States were suitable for ‘open range’ ranching, where cattle and sheep descended from European livestock cultivated by settlers were driven on long hauls.
The city boy & the farm girl
The Humboldt County Farm Bureau will present the 2014 "Agriculturalist of the Year" award to Herb and Jane Fraser at the bureau’s annual Meeting of Members tonight. The Frasers, lifelong Humboldt County residents, have operated an Angus cattle operation in the Arcata Bottom near West End Road since 1958.
Minimizing Storage Loss on Hay
South Dakota Ag Connection
Adequate hay storage is critical so livestock producers can minimize the loss in both value and nutrients of their hay, which makes up a large portion of their annual feed costs.
The Beef Business is in the Genes
When Marcus Harward asked his five young daughters which one wanted to go open gates while he fed cows, Catherine was always the first to volunteer.
Senators Request Withdrawal of Waters of the U.S. Interpretive Rule
The interpretive rule governing approved conservation practices as offered with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. EPA Waters of the U.S. proposal would alter farmer-government interaction, Republican members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture said last week.
USDA Moving Ahead with Beef Checkoff Plans
USDA is moving ahead with its plans to create a separate beef checkoff. A notice likely will appear sometime in early November informing cattle producers about the initiative.
Calving Cows will need More Nutrients than Regrowing Pastures Alone can Provide
University of Arkansas
Cooler weather and a resurgence in rain will be sparking regrowth in fescue pastures, but ranchers with fall calving cows may need more than grass to maintain good body condition for cows, said Tom Troxel, associate head-Animal Science, for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Vital Vitamin E
Angus Beef Bulletin Extra
When a newborn calf has trouble standing to nurse and, if it walks at all, it does so with a stiff or crooked gait, the first culprit that comes to mind is typically white-muscle disease. Bob Larson, veterinarian and professor of production medicine at Kansas State University (K-State), says the effects of white-muscle disease are seen primarily in skeletal and heart muscle tissue.
Florida rancher finds high-value niche with lean-beef and Wagyu breeds
Southeast Farm Press
A desire to capitalize on the lean-beef niche is what led George and Stacey Fisher to Parthenais cattle, which are known for lean and tender meat, and the formation of Arrowhead Beef. Success with the lean-beef market led to other high-value niches. F-1 Angus Wagyu crosses are also produced on G&S Farms.