Daily Archives: November 7, 2014

Baxter Black, DVM: The Coyote

Baxter Black, DVM:  The Coyote

Take him for what he’s worth, nothing more, nothing less.

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BeefTalk: Cull Deep Enough to Find Those Freeloaders

BeefTalk: Cull Deep Enough to Find Those Freeloaders

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Today, with an aggressive bidding for weigh-up cows and market bulls, why take the risk of pushing a cow an extra year? As condition and body weight decline, so does value, but managerial inputs and labor increase.

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With Mineral Supplements You Get What You Pay For

With Mineral Supplements You Get What You Pay For

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D.

Supplement Formulation –Understanding Costs

In the last part of this series we began a discussion on the various factors that influence costs. As we continue this discussion it is important to remember that as with anything: You get what you pay for.

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Beef Advocacy Program Recruits FFA Members to Engage with Consumers

Beef Advocacy Program Recruits FFA Members to Engage with Consumers

Oklahoma Farm Report

Consumers have a lot of questions about where their food comes from, meat in particular and beef especially.   One program is targeting FFA members to take a larger role in agricultural advocacy. At this year’s National FFA Convention and Expo in Louisville, Kentucky, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association spokesperson Daren Williams was recruiting FFA members to go through the Masters of Beef Advocacy (MBA) program.

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Proper Disposal of Dead Livestock is Producer’s Responsibility

Proper Disposal of Dead Livestock is Producer’s Responsibility

Beef Today

David Fernandez, Cooperative Extension Program livestock specialist at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, reminds producers to be prepared to properly dispose of animals that die on their farms. Disposing of carcasses in locations where they might contaminate surface water or wells is illegal in Arkansas.

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Nonprofits Sue FDA Claiming Agency Hasn’t Proven Safety of Animal Growth Drug

Nonprofits Sue FDA Claiming Agency Hasn’t Proven Safety of Animal Growth Drug

Gretchen Goetz

Food Safety News

A trio of food safety and environmental advocacy groups Thursday filed suit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, saying the agency has not sufficiently proven that ractopamine, a drug fed to pigs, cattle and turkey, is safe for animals, humans who eat them, or the environment.

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Tax Issues, Section 179 First Priority for Cattlemen in Lame Duck

Tax Issues, Section 179 First Priority for Cattlemen in Lame Duck

Janell Thomas

Beef Producer

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association policy division vice chair says tax issues are first on the priority list for beef producers before the 114th Congress comes in Legislative action on tax extenders, IRS section 179 and bonus depreciation is on the priority list for cattlemen as the 113th Congress finishes out the year post-election, says Kevin Kester, California cattleman and NCBA Policy Division vice chair.

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Using wheat as an energy source for beef cattle

Using wheat as an energy source for beef cattle

Kim Schoonmaker

Eureka Alert

Wheat, along with corn and barley, is one of the three major feed grains used in North America. Most of the feed-class wheat is fed to poultry and swine. Beef producers are reluctant to use large quantities of wheat in diets of feedlot cattle because wheat ferments considerably more rapidly in the rumen than corn or barley and increases the risk of ruminal acidosis, which can compromise the health, wellbeing, and productivity of cattle.

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Has the king of meats forfeited its crown?

Has the king of meats forfeited its crown?

Chuck Jolley

Drovers

On October 23, the American Farm Bureau’s Newsline ran a story that suggests a slight but significant change in American meat consumption is about to take place. Beef, the once mighty king of meats, which has already lost its top spot in the meat case to chicken, might soon stumble to third place behind pork.

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Feeding rained-on hay

Feeding rained-on hay

Bruce Anderson

Progressive Forage Grower

Rained-on hay – nearly everyone has to feed it sometime. How should feeding practices be adjusted, though, to account for any damage caused by the rain?

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