Daily Archives: April 1, 2015

Beef Sire Selection

Beef Sire Selection

Brett Barham

University of Arkansas

Selecting a herd sire is one of the most important decisions a cow­calf producer makes. A herd bull contributes half the genetic makeup of his calves and plays an essential role in herd genetic improvement

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New tech monitors cow movement for estrus

New tech monitors cow movement for estrus

Amber Selman

IowaFarmer Today

“For many years, there have been items to help us detect estrus like the pedometer,” Fricke said. “But those are like the first cell phones, and the accelerometer technology is like a smartphone. It is able to gather so much more information and is more accurate.”

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Manure Happens: How to Use it to Your Advantage

Manure Happens: How to Use it to Your Advantage

Russ Quinn

DTN

For thousands of years, farmers used livestock manure as a beneficial crop nutrient. Even with modern agriculture methods, manure can be an effective fertilizer option with several advantages over commercial fertilizer, but it takes some additional effort and time.

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Effective treatment of Bovine Respiratory Disease Complex essential for profit

Effective treatment of Bovine Respiratory Disease Complex essential for profit

Laura Fagen

Bovine Veterinarian

When considering profit, it is much easier for producers to sell calves that have always been healthy rather than those treated for disease, reported Washington State University Extension.

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Global Interest in Producing Sustainable Beef

Global Interest in Producing Sustainable Beef

Oklahoma Farm Report

Global Interest in Producing Sustainable Beef The U.S. cattle industry has a great sustainability story to tell. A key player in helping measure sustainability and tell the story is Kim Stackhouse-Lawson. She is the Director of Sustainability Research for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

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Why do animals do what they do?

Why do animals do what they do?

Melissa Elischer

Michigan State University

No matter what purpose these species have, they share one very important social characteristic – they are herd animals! The herds may take on species-specific names, such as a “flock” for sheep or “clutch” for chicks. No matter what their herd is called, they are still a group of the same animals existing together as a cohesive unit.

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PLC: Senate budget votes good news for beef producers

PLC: Senate budget votes good news for beef producers

Beef Producer

A variety of provisions passed by the Senate during the FY 2016 budget talks last week could be good news for beef producers, Executive Director of the Public Lands Council Dustin Van Liew said in a National Cattlemen’s Beef Association audio report on Monday.

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Many producers and lawmakers are asking, “Where’s the beef?” in proposed dietary guidelines

Many producers and lawmakers are asking, "Where’s the beef?" in proposed dietary guidelines

Sarah Te Slaa

KTIV

There could be some changes in the government’s guidelines for what we eat and how much we need, but not everyone is happy about it. We all know the basics of a good healthy diet… fruits, vegetables, and lean protein. But the protein part in the new proposed dietary guidelines is what’s causing an uproar among many producers and lawmakers.

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This drug, banned in Europe, Russia and China, may be in your lunch

This drug, banned in Europe, Russia and China, may be in your lunch

Reuters

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

If you eat meat in any country in the European Union, or even in China or Russia, you don’t have to worry about getting a dash of ractopamine with your pork or beef. All these nations ban the use of the growth-promoting drug.

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Ground beef has health benefits

Ground beef has health benefits

Blair Fannin

Southwest Farm Press

Ground beef is actually a healthy choice. “We can increase the fat and marbling throughout the production cycle, but for many years there’s been this perception among consumers that too much fat in ground beef isn’t a good thing.

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