California drought will impact beef prices, ranchers say
California’s historic drought is taking a toll on farmers and ranchers in the state. And beef ranchers say they are being hit especially hard. The dry conditions are killing off the grass their cattle eat, and buying food for the animals is costly. It’s calf weigh-in and ultra sound testing at a valley ranch.
The Fight Against Factory Farm Meat
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.
For the first time since the advent of industrial agriculture, the federal government is considering advising Americans to eat “less red and processed meat.” That advice is the outcome of studies conducted by an independent panel of “experts” which was asked by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for recommended changes to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines.
Beef demand vs. cattle demand
Western Livestock Journal
Conversations about demand often devolve into arguments about proverbial apples and oranges. This happens on the topics of beef demand and cattle demand quite frequently. One party is talking about bad (beef) demand while the other party scratches their head, thinking about the record high prices they just got for their calves. Both bad beef demand and good calf demand—for example—can exist side by side, but there are subtleties to be considered.
Anthrax: Vaccination considerations
Russ Daly, DVM
Tri State Livestock News
Nearly every summer, cases of anthrax in cattle are reported from pastures in South Dakota. Anthrax is a disease that can strike quickly, usually causing death losses without prior noticeable clinical signs in the animals. Anthrax is caused by bacteria, Bacillus anthracis, which has the ability to form very resistant spores in the soil.
Branding / Pre-Breeding … Calf and Cow Management Activities to Consider
University of Nebraska
Branding season has typically been about managing calves; identifying, castration, dehorning, and black leg shots. In this BeefWatch article we would like for you to considered visiting with your veterinarian about adding a few more management activities to the list.
Scientists dispute study on antibiotic residues in feedyard dust
In January, we covered a report from Texas Tech University’s Institute of Environmental and Human Health, outlining a study in which researchers detected antibiotic residues, bacteria and genetic material related to antibiotic resistance in particulate matter downwind of Texas feedyards.
Combining Classes of Cattle Dewormers Can Help Reduce Parasite Pressure in Your Herd
Oklahoma Farm Reort
The annual springtime battle of reducing internal parasites in your beef cattle herd is underway- and Dr. Harold Newcomb, Technical Services Manager of Merck Animal Health says that best piece of advice that he can give any cattle producer at this time of year is "that whatever dewormer program you are using- you need to check and make sure it is working.
Learn how cover crops can produce Nitrogen for your fields.
Michigan State University
Cover Crops can be used to produce Nitrogen. The following charts rates legumes as a nitrogen source and gives nitrogen production from common cover crop species.
How America’s most famous farmer can appeal to left, right and center
You’ve heard of Joel Salatin, right? The self-proclaimed heretic who runs Polyface Farm in the Shenandoah Valley? The eco-friendly, avant-garde Old MacDonald featured in Michael Pollan’s 2006 bestseller, “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” and the 2008 documentary “Food, Inc.”?
Beef herd rebuilding: What’s next?
According to Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist, the long-awaited end to beef cow herd liquidation happened in 2014 as the industry abruptly switched to expansion.