Build a “Bud Box” to Make Livestock Handling a Breeze
Rick Machen and Ron Gill
The term “Bud Box” describes the kind of handling facility preferred by low-stress livestock handling expert Bud Williams. By moving animals quietly and standing in the right spot, you can quickly and easily move animals into a chute for treatment, weighing or loading. Here’s information on how to build your own, including a video showing how it works.
Disease transmission in livestock is not uniform
Dr. Ron Clarke
The unprecedented increase of emerging infectious diseases in wild and domestic animals and humans does not follow predictable patterns.
Early vaccination can help boost calf performance
By vaccinating calves at branding time or turnout, ranchers can help prevent bovine respiratory disease (BRD) – the No. 1 health and economic issue facing the beef industry today.
Lab-Grown Beef Is Becoming Dramatically More Affordable
Would you eat a test tube burger? Could beef created in a laboratory mean the end of traditional cattle farming as we know it? The scientist who unveiled the world’s first so-called "test tube beef" burger back in 2013 seems to think so.
Farm Bureau’s New ‘Grocery Grab’ Game Explores Cooking With Beef
"Grocery Grab," a new game aligned to national learning standards for third- to fifth-grade students, was recently launched on the My American Farm website. The free game focuses on nutrition and cooking with beef, as well as beef quality.
Assessing transportation stress
Farmers, ranchers and veterinarians have long known that transportation can induce stress in cattle, and have adopted practices intended to minimize that stress. Information is limited though, on the effects of specific stressors, the range of variables involved or even which types of practices are used in shipping cattle.
More lessons in beef demand
Derrell S. Peel
Choice retail beef prices jumped over 9 cents per pound in April to a new record level at $640.2 cents per pound, up 9 percent from one year ago and up 22.5 percent from April, 2013. Choice retail beef prices have averaged 12.4 percent higher for the first four months of 2015 compared to last year.