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.
COOL retaliation threat against U.S. real
The Chronicle Journal
Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says it’s time for the United States to come to terms with country-of-origin labelling rules. The World Trade Organization ruled Monday that the U.S. labelling requirement, known as COOL, violates that country’s trade obligations. It said the labels put Canadian and Mexican livestock at a disadvantage and rejected a U.S. appeal following a similar ruling last year.
Planning and Building Hay Barns that Work
Erin G. Wilkerson, Ph.D., P.E..
University of Kentucky
Hay is an important investment for all livestock operations and should be made and stored in a way that maximizes the amount of available feedstuff, nutritional quality, and palatability. Storing hay inside a permanent shelter is considered to be an excellent option for many livestock and commercial hay operations.
EPA releases final Clean Water Act rule
Brownfield AG Network
The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released the finalized Clean Water Rule this morning. The EPA stresses the rule does not create any new permitting requirements for agriculture and maintains all previous exemptions and exclusions.