Beef Checkoff: The Price of Cattle Advertising
The future of the National Beef Checkoff program, right now, is up in the air. The funds from ranchers to promote the cattle industry hasn’t increased in over forty years, so ranchers and beef industry workers are saying, maybe its time that cost goes up.
No Easy Fix for COOL
There doesn’t seem to be an easy fix for the U.S. in getting around its Country-of-Origin Labeling problem with Canada. Canadian Cattlemen’s Association President Dave Solverson, a rancher and feeder from Alberta, was at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting this week along with John Masswohl, CCA’s director of international relations.
Cow leasing, if done properly, can be advantageous to both parties in the agreement.
Today’s record-high market prices are renewing interest in leasing beef cows. Doing so allows a rancher to run more cows without the added capital investment. Meanwhile, outside investors can gain a potential return on investment capital plus a tax advantage from the cow depreciation. Cow leasing, if done properly, can be advantageous to both parties
Virginia Tech to host beef cattle health conference in Blacksburg, Jan. 31
The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and Virginia Cooperative Extension are hosting the Virginia Tech Beef Cattle Health Conference on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Beef economy and antibiotics topic of Beef Cattle School
Crawford County Now
The OSU Extension Beef Team has announced the details for the 2015 Ohio Beef Cattle School webinars. The school begins on January 27 at 7 p.m. in the Crawford County Courthouse lower level conference room by addressing a pair of topics in the thoughts of many beef producers today.
Calving Emergencies in Beef Cattle: Identification and Prevention
W. Dee Whittier, D.V.M., Nancy M. Currin, D.V.M., John F. Currin, D.V.M., John B. Hall
Virginia Cooperative Extension
Calving difficulty, technically called dystocia, is a major cause of death loss in cow-calf herds. CHAPA (Cow-calf Health and Productivity Audit) studies indicate that dystocia is responsible for 33 percent of all calf losses and 15.4 percent of beef cattle breeding losses. Dystocia can have a large economic impact on producers due to calf death, veterinary costs, decreased rebreeding efficiency, and injury or death to the cow.
Cold Stress: What is cold to a cow?
“The general rule of thumb (for a cow in good body condition, BCS = 5 or greater) is to increase the energy density of the ration by 1% for each degree (Fahrenheit) below the lower critical temperature.“
Ranchers wary of proposed BLM handbook
Cattle industry leaders fear ranches throughout the West stand to lose value and access to potential rangeland if the Bureau of Land Management implements a proposed change to its grazing handbook.
Cow-Calf Conference keynote to discuss farm bill specifics
Iowa Farmer Today
The Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference has provided timely information to Iowa’s beef cattle industry for more than 40 years. Now, producers can get that information for free, according to Iowa State University Extension beef program specialist Patrick Wall.
New, multi-pathogen test being developed for beef cattle
Work is underway to create a new multi-pathogen test for respiratory and enteric diseases, the most common and costly diseases in beef cattle. Both involve several viruses and bacteria, but current tests only target a single pathogen at a time.