Do antimicrobial growth promoters for beef cattle really improve performance?
Ionophores (Rumensin, Bovatec, Posistac) are not medically important because the ionophores approved for use in cattle are not used in human medicine. Other antimicrobials used in livestock are medically important. Concerns around antimicrobial resistance in both human and veterinary medicine have led to increased scrutiny regarding how medically important antimicrobials are used in livestock production.
Beef Quality Assurance and reproduction protocols
Lauren Mabry at North Carolina State University conducted a study comparing estrous synchronization protocols in beef cattle regarding injection sites on cattle. Beef quality assurance protocols have been very important for improving the quality of beef that producers provide for consumers.
Copper Poisoning in Cattle
The Cattle Site
Acute or chronic copper poisoning is encountered in most parts of the world. Occasionally, cases copper poisoning has been associated with cattle eating pig feed or grazing pastures fertilised with pig manure.
A red cow and a newborn calf can solve the mind vs. eyesight question
They say the mind is the first thing to go. I have never been able to figure out who they are, but there are days when I think they might be right. My calving season is almost finished, but I’ve got a few stragglers that I have to check each morning before I begin my day’s regular activities.
High prices and heavier weights bolster beef output
USDA forecasts the 2015 annual average five-area fed steer price in the $157 to $167 range, up from last year’s $154.56 and almost 70% higher than the $98.35 average just five years ago in 2010.
Mark Parker: The Top 10 ecologically sensitive practices in my yard:
10. Miles and miles of mole trails loosen topsoil.
Beef cattle like baleage, but it takes proper planning and storage
More beef producers are making baleage as hay is sometimes difficult to dry down in May, according to Rob Kallenbach, University of Missouri Extension forage specialist.
In U.S., More Say Animals Should Have Same Rights as People
Almost a third of Americans, 32%, believe animals should be given the same rights as people, while 62% say they deserve some protection but can still be used for the benefit of humans. The strong animal rights view is up from 2008 when 25% thought animals’ rights should be on par with humans’.
Pressed by activists, agri-business alters care for livestock
The Wichita Eagle
In a pasture north of Elbing, the cattle wander amid the damp, bright green grass. The cattle are watchful, a little skittish around humans, but Oeding walks close, holds out his hand to one of the herd matriarchs, an 8-year-old.
Drenching rains green cattle-grazing pastures, bode well for herd expansion across US
Drenching rains that recently soaked the Great Plains have brought welcomed moisture to areas still recovering from droughts, greening pastures as ranchers begin the annual rite of moving cattle to the nation’s summer grazing lands.