Appeals Court Won’t Tamper With COOL, But Keeping It Could Be Costly
Food Safety News
The latest is a decision by the U.S Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit not to rehear the dispute. That means, unless the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the issue, that domestic courts are fine with U.S. Department of Agriculture rules that require producers to keep track and report on the label on the birthplace, residence, and location at passing for each hunk of meat sold at retail in the U.S. regardless of the burden or cost.
Dangers With October Hay
University of Nebraska
Late summer rains and moderate temperatures have produced higher than usual fall alfalfa yields. Quite a bit has been harvested this October. Storage can be risky, though.
Why Genetic Credentials Matter In U.S. Beef Industry
Helping cow-calf clients sort through which cattle to add to their herds during this current period of industry expansion may be even more important than helping them figure out the most effective ways to expand.
Winter feed costs for the cow herd discussed
The Sedalia Weekly Observer
Winter feeding time is fast approaching for many beef producers. Hay supplies seem adequate and grain prices have fallen to levels not seen for several years. This should mean cheaper winter feeding costs for beef producers. Does hay quality and feed ingredient selection matter in this pricing environment?
Beef groups to block USDA’s plan for second checkoff
U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the inability of a working group to find ways to reform the Beef Checkoff program could lead the USDA to start a second checkoff program for research and marketing.
Ohio farmers worry about opening borders to a devastating cow disease
While Ohio communities have fretted about Ebola, Ohio beef farmers worry about a different kind of infectious disease, one that could weaken cattle severely and cripple farm economies if it reached the United States.
Calculators predict forage and hay reserves
The Noble Foundation
Have you ever wanted to predict the future? Now you can and, best of all, the tool to do so is free on the Noble Foundation website. Before you get too excited, the future I’m talking about only applies to your pasture and hay situation this fall and winter.
Colostrum – baby’s first defense
“Whether you’re in a fall or spring calving herd, making sure newborn calves receive colostrum is absolutely essential,” says University of Nebraska-Lincoln Professor and Extension Beef Specialist Rick Rasby.
Make Time to Body Condition Score Cows
Kansas State University
“Body condition scoring is looking into a cow’s gas tank to see how much energy reserve she has,” said Sandy Johnson, beef cattle specialist for K-State Research and Extension. “We need an idea of where she’s at as we manage her condition in relation to the quality of our forages.”
Nutritional Considerations for Fall-calving Herds
Patrick Gunn, Joe Sellers
Angus Beef Bulletin Extra
When is fall calving? As we talk to producers in Iowa, it seems some consider the fall-calving season to occur from Aug. 15-Oct. 31, while others assume Sept. 15-Nov. 1 is the right time frame. Hopefully, adding a fall-calving group is not just moving to a “continuous” calving season; this needs to be a separate management group.