DNA-based selection and AI to proven sires produces elite calves
High Plains Journal
Talk is still cheap, but with the kind of dollars at risk in the cattle business today, the premium is on proof. That’s why Gardiner Angus Ranch, Ashland, Kansas, set out to demonstrate how fast and how much herd quality can improve using today’s DNA tests and highly proven sires concurrently.
Dairy Cattle Beef up Beef Industry
While dairy producers are seeing profitability from milk checks there is also a tremendous opportunity to market cattle into the beef supply thanks to record high beef prices.
Study supports inclusion of up to 60% distiller grains in cattle feed
New research suggests that the addition of small amounts of calcium oxide to neutralize the acidity of distiller grains could enable this corn alternative to be used at higher levels in livestock feed mixes.
Moving calves, managing stress
Humane transport of livestock is important for both carcass quality and animal welfare. However, it is difficult to mitigate stress for animals in-transit. During a typical journey, calves lose weight due to the stress of weaning and being withdrawn from feed and water during transport.
OSU expert: Corn stalks are an inexpensive feed source
Livestock producers looking for a relatively easy and inexpensive feed source can turn to harvested cornfields for the answer. The residue left on the field after harvesting corn can be used to meet the nutrient needs of ruminant livestock in early to mid-gestation, according to a forage expert from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
Dykes Joins Brangus Team as Commercial Marketing Coordinator
Kyle Dykes joined the staff at the International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. As the Commercial Marketing Coordinator, Dykes will oversee IBBA’s commercial marketing programs while engaging with members and Brangus producers across the country.
Department Seeks Public Comments on Crafting New Checkoff
Following through on Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s demands, USDA will post a notice in the Federal Register on Monday asking for public comments on creating a new beef checkoff.