Preparing Cows for Breeding
Cattlemen can impact rebreeding efficiency by focusing on body condition score (BCS), early assistance during calving difficulty, scheduling a breeding soundness exam for the herd sires, planning their herd reproductive health program, and developing a plan to regulate estrus in their first-calf heifers and late-calving cows.
New DNA profiling option tailored to beef seedstock producers’ needs
Neogen on Wednesday released its new GeneSeek Genomic Profiler, the GGP HD-150K. The tool screens cattle DNA for about 150,000 gene-marker variations linked to important traits that beef producers consider when selecting, managing and marketing cattle breeding stock.
Genomics And Its Role in Efficient, Sustainable Beef
The Cattle Site
Dr Matt Spangler, University of Nebraska, said that the benefits of heterosis have not gone away. Using good decisions in genomic selection have resulted in “huge leaps” in feed efficiency and heat stress, as well as 35 per cent of iron content variability in beef, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association conference heard in San Antonio.
Improving feedlot efficiency through feed resource optimization
Farm and Ranch Guide
Although the U.S. cowherd is at its lowest since the1950s, there remains a focus on increasing the efficiency of production rather than maximizing total output.
K-State’s 102nd Annual Cattlemen’s Day planned for March 6
Mary Lou Peter
Kansas State University’s 102nd Annual Cattlemen’s Day will be held Friday, March 6 in Weber Hall in Manhattan. The day will feature presentations, breakout sessions, a commercial trade show and educational exhibits, plus morning refreshments.
Increase in U.S. packing capacity is good news for the beef business
USDA’s recent Cattle Inventory report verified what just about everyone in the beef business strongly suspects—the cattle herd is on the rebound. We saw strong indications all last year, with fewer heifer placements in feedyards and a sharp reduction in cull cow slaughter.
U.S. Pork to Surpass Beef for First Time Since ’52: Commodities
For the past two decades, chicken has outranked beef as the most produced meat, and now pork is about to surpass it as well. Hog herds have rebounded from a deadly virus last year, while record-high meat prices and cheaper feed led to breeding of more sows and bigger pigs.
The Political Battle Over Red Meat
There’s a real food fight happening in Washington. Green groups want the government to tell Americans that eating less meat benefits the earth. And environmentalists are lobbying to add what amounts to a climate-change warning to federal dietary guidelines.
Farming Innovations Allow Beef Industry To Freeze Carbon Footprint, Save Resources
Growth of the world population and new entrants to the middle class will cause demand for meat, milk and eggs to increase worldwide. By 2050, average per capita beef consumption will increase slightly from 182 grams (6.4 ounces) per week to 194 grams (6.8 ounces). To meet this increased demand, global beef production will need to increase by 43 percent.
Grandin pushes for transparency in Agriculture
High Plains Journal
As urban consumers demand to know more about where there food is coming from, it will be up to farmers and ranchers to educate them, according to Temple Grandin, PhD., professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University.