Daily Archives: March 26, 2015

Where Do Consumers Get Beef Info?

Where Do Consumers Get Beef Info?

Kindra Gordon

Angus Journal

Where do South Dakotans turn for recommendations on meat purchasing? That’s the question assistant professor Kuo-Liang “Matt” Chang and a team of South Dakota State University (SDSU) researchers sought to answer when trying to determine the best way to use social media to encourage beef consumption.

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Enhance Calf Performance Through Strategic Maternal Nutrition

Enhance Calf Performance Through Strategic Maternal Nutrition

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS

Cattle Today

A very basic result of improved nutrition for the pregnant cow is an overall increase in live calves born. In today’s market, the loss of even one calf has significant implications on operation revenues, even larger operations.

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What’s An Akaushi?

What’s An Akaushi?

Clay Coppedge

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

The cows at HeartBrand Ranch might look conventional enough to the casual observer, but a livestock producer will notice one thing right away — they’re red, not the usual black. The differences are more than hide-deep at this ranch, near Harwood, Texas.

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Calf Losses Before Birth a Concern

Calf Losses Before Birth a Concern

Beef Today

Abortions can be a major concern for cattle producers. An “abortion” is the discharge of the fetus prior to the end of the normal gestation period, according to Gerald Stokka, North Dakota State University Extension Service veterinarian and livestock stewardship specialist. Many abortions occur in the first 45 days of conception (called early embryonic death), and the embryos or fetuses are so small that they may not be seen.

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Focus on Getting Cows Bred Early in the Breeding Season

Focus on Getting Cows Bred Early in the Breeding Season

Travis Meteer

University of Illinois

I was speaking at a meeting one evening and I was talking about how nutrition affects reproduction. I got to the portion of the talk discussing how post-partum interval affects cows getting bred in a 60 day season. I asked the members of the crowd to raise their hand if they maintained a 60-day calving season.

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Improving the odds of successfully stockpiling fescue

Improving the odds of successfully stockpiling fescue

Chris Penrose


After feeding corn stalks, probably the lowest cost way to feed cattle in the fall and winter is to stockpile forages. Stockpiling means to make the last harvest by clipping or grazing of a hay field or pasture and then let it grow for grazing latter; in this situation, in the fall or winter.

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Sands Outlines Supply and Demand Uncertainty for Beef

Sands Outlines Supply and Demand Uncertainty for Beef

Oklahoma Farm Report

Herd rebuilding is underway in the United States. There were thousands of cows culled in the 2010 – 2012 timeframe because of significant drought. Informa Economics Senior Vice President Mike Sands said Texas and Oklahoma is at the epicenter rebuilding the herd.

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National Animal Disease Traceability requirements now in full effect

National Animal Disease Traceability requirements now in full effect

Beef Producer

A new animal identification numbering system took effect March 11, after a two-year grace period related to the National Animal Disease Traceability Program expired.

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App being developed for cattle producers

App being developed for cattle producers

Western Wheel

Have you ever been driving through a field, found a newborn calf and needed to write down its weight? There’s going to be an app for that. For cattle producers across the country, this is just one of the few pieces of information they need to track on a daily basis. Information like cattle records, supply logs and breeding dates all need to accounted for, and sometimes it’s just done by a rancher in a field scribbling something in a notebook.

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Retaliation considered in COOL case

Retaliation considered in COOL case

Julie Harker

Brownfield Network

Potential retaliation from Canada and Mexico against the U.S. was the focus of a House Ag subcommittee today. Chairman David Rouzer of North Carolina said the U.S. could lose its appeal with the WTO on its Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule and harmful retaliation could be the result.

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