BeefTalk: Grazing Systems Combine MLRAs and Ecological Sites
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
As grazing systems are discussed, the complexity of the systems actually can hide the simplicity. As an animal breeder, whenever I move into different disciplines, I find myself needing to review information that has changed. Actually, in the beef industry, implementation and refinement of technology is often the point of interest.
Mark Parker: The Top 10 memorable events in county fair history
10. County 4-H agent has breakdown; joins carnival; never heard from again.
Value of Gain Made Simple
It is simple to figure out the economics of preconditioning, right? If a 400-pound steer brings $2.91 per pound, but a 450-pound steer sells for $2.81 per pound, all you have to do is multiply that extra 50 pounds times $2.81 for $140.50, right? Wrong. Clemson Extension area livestock specialist Brian Beer says every pound of gain is not worth $2.81.
Estimating Cattle Age With Dentition
Did you know that cattle don’t get all their permanent teeth until they’re 5 years old? The lower front teeth, known as incisors, come in over a period of years, 2 pair at a time, starting with the two center teeth. This means that you can tell the age of your animals by how many of the front incisors they have.
Survey shows good support for beef checkoff
Three out of four cattle and dairy producers—76 percent—continue to support the beef checkoff program. “And 81 percent of the people says the beef checkoff has helped contribute to a positive trend in beef demand,” says California cattleman Jimmy Maxey, chairman of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board.
TPP Deal Must Work for Beef Industry
The Cattle Site
The Five Nations Beef Alliance (FNBA) has said a comprehensive, trade liberalising deal is “vital” and pledged to help the beef industry to “reap the maximum benefits” of future tariff cuts.
Designing a Bud Box
University of Illinois
It is often said "If you can work cattle together, you can do anything together." We have all had a stressful chuteside experience, but have you investigated ways to better handle your cattle?
Shrink and its meaning to cattlemen
The Richmond Register
I believe that shrink is a concept that isn’t fully understood by many people in the cattle industry. Simply put, shrink refers to weight loss during transport. However, how it occurs, what it does to cattle and the effect it has at the feedlot isn’t so simple.
Supplemental Forage Options for Late Summer to Early Autumn Planting
The Ohio State University
This has obviously been a difficult year for mechanically harvested forages. Not only has it been nearly impossible to harvest dry forage, but reports are becoming more numerous of damaged forage stands due to the excessive rainfall we’ve experienced.
Shade Options for Open Lots
Heat stress in cattle due to elevated temperature and humidity in the summer months is documented to reduce productivity in dairy cattle. In beef production the losses of production have been slight or imperceptible to most studies.
K-State veterinary researchers attack antibiotic resistance
Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine researchers are looking at the growing problem of antibiotic resistance and are helping shape public policy on the issue to keep humans and animals healthy.
Aug. 4 deadline for 10th Feeding Quality Forum
As cattle feeders aim to make the most of premiums for quality, align with market expectations and make ready for industry changes in the wind, they can find insight and answers at an annual forum at two locations on the Great Plains.
Rising temperatures concern for beef producers
Cedar Valley Business
The dog days of summer apply to cattle, as well as people. Indeed, bovine experts at Iowa State University recently sent out a warning to producers to keep cool heads during the Iowa hot spells.
Beef industry wrestles with sustainability
LaJunta Tribune Democrat
When asked to define what sustainable beef production looks like, Bob Patterson lifts his cowboy hat and points to his gray hair. Patterson is the third generation on his ranch near Kim, with his family’s fifth generation already becoming engaged in the operation. He’s also the current president of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association.
Halter Training Cattle Requires Good “Coaching”
There are a large number of sports and projects for youth and adults alike to focus their attention toward. Whichever activities people choose, it is eventually understood that there are some proven methods for success.
Immunity boosted with proper minerals
Grazing livestock require many different nutrients to support growth, milk production, and body tissue maintenance. Often minerals are separated into two categories.
Beef cattle health concerns during and after flooding conditions
Dr. Tom R. Troxel
During a major flood, soil particles and trash can be moved for miles. Listed below are some diseases a cattle producer may be concerned with due to exceptional flooding conditions. Because of this unique situation, working with your veterinarian is very important.
The Colossal Hoax Of Organic Agriculture
Henry I. Miller and Drew L. Kershen
Consumers of organic foods are getting both more and less than they bargained for. On both counts, it’s not good. Many people who pay the huge premium—often more than a hundred percent–for organic foods do so because they’re afraid of pesticides. If that’s their rationale, they misunderstand the nuances of organic agriculture.
TPP Must Deliver Say Beef Producers
Farm and Ranch Guide
Beef producers from five Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) member countries are calling for a high-quality market access deal on beef to be secured at the TPP ministerial meeting in Hawaii this month.
Grassley: Canada ‘intellectually dishonest’ over COOL
Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley isn’t buying Canada’s objection to establishing a voluntary country of origin labeling (COOL) program in the U.S. It seems to me they’re being intellectually dishonest,” Grassley says. “When we do exactly what they’re doing, why wouldn’t that satisfy them?”