BeefTalk: Buy Wisely and Spend Thriftily
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension
The world would be a mess if everything were free, so everything has a cost. As the beef industry interacts with the market, individual producers must decide their approach to survival and meeting the family and operational goals.
Achieving genetic potential
We know the importance of colostrum at birth, good calf nutrition and sound weaning protocols in assuring calf health. We’re now learning more, however, about how the cow’s nutritional status during gestation can affect the expression of genes in the developing calf, influencing immunity, growth and reproduction over the calf’s entire lifetime.
Considerations for buying a bull during cattle markets’ high tide
With record highs in the cattle market, genetic decisions have never been more important, says South Dakota State University Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist Warren Rusche, and most beef can probably agree with that. But because of the "good time" cattle markets, the amount of capital at risk and the dollars at stake with every decision have never been higher.
Central Oklahoma Cattle Conference set Jan. 30
Stillwater News Press
The Payne County Extension office and the Oklahoma Cattleman’s Association will be sponsoring the Central Oklahoma Cattle Conference from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Payne County Expo Center. This program is open to the public and has $10 per individual fee.
It’s possible to pasture cattle without using fences
Heather Smith Thomas
It’s possible to rotationally graze cattle on large pastures or rangeland without using electric fence and without herders, says Bob Kinford. Billing himself as “the only person teaching how to instill herd instinct in cattle,” Kinford says low-stress stockmanship is the key.
Zoetis Announces Partnership to Help Boost Value of Feeder Cattle
Zoetis Inc. has partnered with Verified Beef, LLC, to support Reputation Feeder Cattle ®, a program for ranchers and cattle feeders that helps define feeder calf value by verifying industry-leading genetics and best practices.
Developing beef heifers for the long-haul
Julie Walker, Elaine Grings
A session addressing heifer development and management strategies is the second webinar in the five-part webinar series on Managing Replacement Heifers for the Future. An important component to profitability of a cow-calf operation is the cost of developing heifers.
Are Animal Rights Activists Making Our Food Cost More?
Pam Fretwell, host of Consumer Ag Connection, spoke with Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, about animal welfare/rights activists and how big of an impact they have on the animal ag industry.
Beef Quality Assurance Program Discussed at FDA Staff College
The Beef Quality Assurance program is an industry-initiated national standard for beef cattle production practices. This week, BQA representatives were invited to the Food and Drug Administration’s staff college to discuss long history of success of the program, building consumer confidence through producer education.
A New Day Dawns: Welcome to the North American Meat Institute
North American Meat Institute
A year and a half ago, it started as a simple idea from the executive boards of the American Meat Institute (AMI) and North American Meat Association (NAMA): join forces to create a single organization that represents the interests of the entire meat and poultry packing and processing industry.