Daily Archives: April 22, 2015

Self-fed salt supplement plus DDGs equals beef cattle gains

Self-fed salt supplement plus DDGs equals beef cattle gains

Beef Producer

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.

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Grain-fed beef uses 76% less water than grass-fed beef

Grain-fed beef uses 76% less water than grass-fed beef

Steve Kay

BEEF

Water is one of beef production’s many inputs being measured to assess the industry’s improvement in overall sustainability.

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Costs And Returns For Beef Producers

Costs And Returns For Beef Producers

Bradley L. Zwilling, Brandy M. Krapf, and Dwight D. Raab

Agri Marketing

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.

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Wyoming rancher beats odds to build sprawling operation

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.

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What’s the beef with red meat?

What’s the beef with red meat?

Hannah Thompson

Progressive Catleman

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.

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Three Steps to Add Value To Calves

Three Steps to Add Value To Calves

Responsible Beef

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.

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Mark Parker:   The Top Ten stress relief tips for farmers:

Mark Parker:   The Top Ten stress relief tips for farmers:

FarmTalk

10. Communication: Explain to the miracle product salesman where he can go and provide directions for getting there.

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