BeefTalk: Prepare for the Unexpected, Live the Expected
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Spring showers should bring spring flowers and it will. However, the concern for moisture always is present and foremost in most producer discussions. We anticipate rain but that does not mean it will.
Fewer cows are becoming beef
Western Livestock Journal
There are fewer cows going to slaughter and more meat in the bank, so to speak. Monthly USDA reports released last week are a glimpse at the changing scenery of the current market; fewer, heavier animals are going to slaughter and increasingly more of them are steers than females, and the strong U.S. economy coupled with weak seasonal consumer beef demand has stores of beef building up in freezers.
Understanding grass tetany
Middlesboro Daily News
Spring in the bluegrass is a great time of greening and warming, but it’s also a time when livestock producers need to watch out for grass tetany, also called spring tetany or grass staggers. Some people also refer to it as wheat pasture poisoning, winter tetany or lactation tetany. Regardless, it’s a condition caused by an abnormally low level of magnesium in the blood of livestock.
Fly control for beef cattle
My position allows me to work with a variety of producers. All of them have their own philosophy on how to raise cattle. No matter how different these may be they all ask some of the same questions. One of these is, “What is the best thing for flies?” I have had this question quite a bit this year, as the flies seem to be worse than normal.
Saddle and Sirloin to Honor Iowa’s Dave Nichols
Dave Nichols of Bridgewater, Iowa, has been selected as the 2015 inductee into the Saddle and Sirloin Portrait Gallery, largely considered the highest honor in the livestock industry. The Saddle and Sirloin Gallery was established in 1903, and recognizes one individual each year for their lifetime of exceptional service to the livestock business, both nationally and internationally.
Cattle health should remain top priority for ranchers
Bandera County Courier
As the State of Texas continues dealing with violence and other critical issues along the Texas-Mexico border, the threat of an animal disease and parasite outbreak continues to grow. Cattle are constantly being transported into Texas, and the lack of proper border security creates health inspection challenges along the border region of Texas and Mexico. This is of grave concern to me as a cattle rancher.
Beef herd is rebuilding, but what’s next?
Derrell S. Peel
The long-awaited end to beef cow herd liquidation happened in 2014 as the industry abruptly switched to expansion. The 2.1 percent increase in beef cow numbers in 2014 was more than generally expected but not a big surprise as the conditions were right for such a turnaround.