Argentine, Brazilian beef rules released by APHIS
Western Livestock Journal
The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) sent two major final rules to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) May 22 that would open up imports of fresh beef products from Brazil and Argentina.
Grass Tetany Risks
Dr. Ken McMillan
DTN/The Progressive Farmer
The risk factor for grass tetany in spring-calvers is higher, but can be offset with minerals.
Get pasture water tested this year
The Cattle Business Weekly
Limited snowmelt and rainfall could affect the quality of water in pastures.
Limited snowmelt and the lack of rainfall this spring means producers should have the water quality in their pastures tested before turning their livestock out to pasture, North Dakota State University Extension Service specialists advise.
Avoiding the summer pasture slump
Morning AG Clips
The sight of fresh, green pastures as the summer months approach can be a welcome sight for many cattle producers, especially after feeding costly forages throughout the winter. But just as quickly as that green grass comes, the pasture quality can diminish leaving both pasture and cows’ nutrient deficient.
When May hay won’t dry, wrap it up to make baleage
“I’m seeing more baleage being made than ever before,” says Rob Kallenbach, University of Missouri Extension forage specialist. May is the best month for making high-quality forage. Also, May is the wettest month of the year in most parts of Missouri. “Making dry hay gets difficult,” Kallenbach says.
Cattle business mourns the loss of Richard Gebhart
His was a life well lived. And, to the loss of everyone in the beef business, it was a life lived too short. Richard Gebhart, a fourth generation cattlemen from Claremore, Okla., and an Oklahoma and national beef industry leader, died May 30 after a short illness. He was 58.
Texas Floods Will Bring Cheaper Beef
In the heart of U.S. cattle country, a four-year drought got so bad that Jim Sartwelle’s east Texas ranches looked more like dirt parking lots than pastures. At one point, to keep the animals fed, he bought two truckloads of grass cut from the side of a road in Louisiana, about 200 miles away.
America’s Elite Cows Don’t Give Birth — Their Surrogates Do
Tri States Public Radio
Normally, a cow would only carry a single embryo at a time. However, cows that undergo ET hormone therapy typically produce about six or seven usable embryos — though some can produce as many as 80 or 90 embryos at once.
University of Nebraska – Lincoln breaks ground on new veterinary diagnostic center
The new center is part of the University of Nebraska’s Building a Healthier Nebraska Initiative. In 2012, the Nebraska Unicameral approved legislation to build a new center. Total cost of the project is $44.7 million, of which $4.1 million is funded with private donations.
White House holds Antibiotic Stewardship Forum
In another step to combat antibiotic resistant bacteria, President Obama has signed a memorandum declaring the role the federal government will have in the responsible use of medically important antibiotics in the meat and poultry supply chain.