BeefTalk: May Calving, January Weaning
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Winter weaning takes place this year at the Dickinson Research Extension Center. This concept is an outcome from the question, “When should I calve?” For the past four years, the center has calved on grass. Initially, the May- and June-born calves at the center were weaned at the traditional early November dates, held in confinement pens for up to a month and then put back out on winter paddocks and supplemented.
NCBA Prepares for Long Litigation Fight to Stop WOTUS
Oklahoma Farm Report
A court injunction has prevented the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from implementing the “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule. The rule was set to take effect at the end of August.
Safe cattle handling tips from Dr. Joe
Cattle handling equipment and systems have come a long way over the past few decades and vastly improved safety for ranchers and their cattle has been the result. When Joe Jeffrey, veterinarian from Lexington, Neb., finished veterinary school in 1960, cattle processing equipment was fairly primitive compared to modern working facilities.
Reasons for defined calving season
“Of all the management practices used to improve both the economic success and performance of cow-calf production, having a defined calving season is the most important” according to Justin Rhinehart, University of Tennessee Extension beef cattle specialist.
Consumer Reports releases antibiotics report
Dr. Richard Raymond
Consumer Reports has done it again, taken some facts and played loosely with the definitions and relevance when it comes to antibiotics used in animals raised for food. The release, titled Meats Produced without Antibiotics Harbor Fewer “Superbugs”, is misleading right from the title. But at least they put the word “Superbugs” in parenthesis, maybe leading one to believe they are playing with the definition of a superbug?
But I doubt most readers would pick up on that little nuance.
Consumer Reports: Meats Produced Without Antibiotics Harbor Fewer “Superbugs”
Imperial Valley News
Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.
A review of a series of in-depth studies conducted by Consumer Reports show that, in general, meat, poultry and shrimp from animals raised without antibiotics are less likely to harbor multidrug-resistant bacteria than conventionally-produced meat from animals that get the drugs routinely.
Colorado meteorologist warns farmers, ranchers to prepare for future drought years
When local weather guru Brian Bledsoe thinks of weather, he thinks of agriculture. Bledsoe, chief meteorologist at KKTV in Colorado Springs, presented a long-term outlook of weather patterns to beef producers from across the United States at the Range Beef Cow Symposium on Wednesday at The Ranch.