Beef Cattle Industry Sustainability Provides Balance in Environmental, Social and Economic Arenas
Oklahoma Farm report
In many cases, sustainability is all about things that the beef cattle industry already does in caring for animals, the land and those who are involved in the production of beef- but Cameron Bruett with JBS-USA says that we often fail in really explaining what we do to those that are not on the ranch on a daily basis.
A clean, safe water supply
Of all the nutrients listed for livestock, water is most critical. The minimum requirement of water for cattle is a reflection of that needed for body growth.
Beef herd expansion: How fast and how much?
Derrell S. Peel
The dramatic rise in calf prices in 2014 and the corresponding increase in cow-calf returns highlight the growing market incentives to rebuild the beef cow herd. As the primary supply source for the beef industry, cow-calf producers will, by their decisions in the next two to four years, determine the inventory of cattle and the overall level of beef production in the U.S. for the remainder of the decade.
Wet fields expose cattle to foot rot, pinkeye
Iowa Farmer Today
Cattle grazing for prolonged periods in flooded or muddy pastures are at greater risk for foot rot and pinkeye, two bacterial infections that thrive in wet conditions, a Purdue Extension veterinary specialist says.
Cautionary Tale of a Corkscrew Claw
Dr. Ken McMillan
DTN/The Progressive Farmer
I would advise having a complete examination done by a veterinarian with expertise in foot care or returning this bull to the breeder. To fully evaluate the condition, the bull may need to be restrained on a tilt table or chute, and radiographs may also be indicated. I would need to be very convinced that this was not corkscrew claw before I would use him even for one season.
What to do about ringworm
As many 4-H and FFA exhibitors have experienced, nothing puts a damper on a livestock project like a crusty patch of ringworm. While nearly impossible to completely eliminate, there are some effective methods of prevention and treatment.
Save the dung beetles: They could pay in beef pasture systems
Dung beetles accelerating cow patties’ decomposing process are beneficial to beef producers, allowing nutrients to return to the soil sooner than would happen without them.
Symposium focuses on keeping beef in the center of the plate
The United States’ cow herd saw its highest numbers — 132 million head — in 1975. During the last 40 years, those numbers have diminished, with the USDA reporting 89.8 million cattle within the country at the beginning of 2015.
Game Changing Advancements in Semen Sex Sorting Tech
The technology to produce sexed semen has been around for decades. But, it was not until recently that commercial application became a reality. With recent advancements in sexed sorting technology the market viability as well as the usage has greatly increased.
The Last Word with Animal Behaviorist Temple Grandin
She earned Claire Danes a Golden Globe, helped to change the makeup of McDonald’s burgers, and altered public perception about autism. Here’s what the world’s coolest animal behaviorist wants you to know now.