Self-fed salt supplement plus DDGs equals beef cattle gains
Providing grazed cattle with a self-fed salt supplement plus dried distillers grain can add to cattle gains while limiting beef producers’ indirect expenses linked to daily delivery, such as fuel and labor, a new Kansas State study finds.
Grain-fed beef uses 76% less water than grass-fed beef
Water is one of beef production’s many inputs being measured to assess the industry’s improvement in overall sustainability.
Costs And Returns For Beef Producers
Bradley L. Zwilling, Brandy M. Krapf, and Dwight D. Raab
Total economic costs in 2013 for Illinois beef feeding enterprises exceeded total returns by $15.60 per 100 pounds of beef produced on beef feeding farms enrolled in Illinois Farm Business Farm Management . The 2013 returns were higher than the 2012 returns, where total costs exceeded total returns by $21.24 per 100 pounds produced.
Wyoming rancher beats odds to build sprawling operation
Tri State Livestock News
Travis Krein recalls that as a youth cattle and horses were about his only interests. He didn’t participate in sports or many other activities in high school. He just wanted to be a rancher.
What’s the beef with red meat?
Among the myriad of hot topics swirling in the animal agriculture industry right now (including antibiotic usage, food labeling and continued activist activity), one area of particular concern for the beef industry (and for beef eaters like me) is the Dietary Guidelines update set for later this year.
Three Steps to Add Value To Calves
To increase the value of calves entering a feedyard, experts recommend preconditioning — the practice of prepping calves for optimal performance after weaning. Kevin Hill, D.V.M., technical services with Merck Animal Health, says choosing a comprehensive preconditioning program can add up to $100 per head, depending on investments.
Mark Parker: The Top Ten stress relief tips for farmers:
10. Communication: Explain to the miracle product salesman where he can go and provide directions for getting there.