Daily Archives: November 25, 2015

Mark Parker:   The Top 10 issues with having a vegan at Thanksgiving dinner

Mark Parker:   The Top 10 issues with having a vegan at Thanksgiving dinner

10. If you really are what you eat, this guy is a glazed meatless nut roast.

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Cover Crops and Legumes Provide Quality Alternatives

Cover Crops and Legumes Provide Quality Alternatives

Clifford Mitchell

Cattle Today

Managing forage systems is a vital part of most beef operations. High feed and fuel costs coupled with the lack of experienced labor continue to push the envelope for operations looking to save dollars and maintain profitability.

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Rumen microbes and bloat in cattle

Rumen microbes and bloat in cattle

Elnaz Azad

Canadian Cattlemen

Bloat is marked by impairment in the ability of cattle to expel gas from the rumen, a process known as eructation. Gases including carbon dioxide and methane are produced during normal fermentation and their accumulation in the rumen causes severe distention of the first two compartments of a cow’s stomach, compressing the lungs and heart and causing respiratory failure.

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Measuring the impact of estrous synchronization

Measuring the impact of estrous synchronization

John Maday

Bovine Veterinarian

With proper planning and execution, using estrous synchronization and timed artificial insemination (TAI) can result in tighter calving seasons and higher returns to a cow-calf operation. To illustrate the concept, University of Florida researcher Cliff Lamb recently presented a real-world case study, and related research, during the 2016 Range Beef Cow Symposium in Colorado.

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Producers should have a plan as beef prices fall

Producers should have a plan as beef prices fall

Beef Producer

Record-setting returns for herd owners in 2014 went above $500 per cow, topping previous-year returns. As recently as 2008 and 2009, returns over annual cash costs, including pasture rent, were below zero.

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World’s biggest animal clone factory raises fears in China

World’s biggest animal clone factory raises fears in China

Channel NewsAsia

The factory in the northern port of Tianjin is set to start production next year, with initial capacity of 100,000 cattle embryos a year, growing to one million, Xinhua cited Boyalife chairman Xu Xiaochun as saying. "Chinese farmers are struggling to produce enough beef cattle to meet market demand," he said.

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Consumers want transparency. Are you ready?

Consumers want transparency. Are you ready?

Wes Ishmael

BEEF

If you’re growing weary of hearing about the need for further transparency in this age of consumer inquisitiveness and activism, then consider the implications of recent research from the Center for Food Integrity (CFI).

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Replacement Heifers, How many should I breed, and what are they worth?

Replacement Heifers, How many should I breed, and what are they worth?

Troy Smith

Range Beef Cow Symposium XXIV

According to Lemenager, one of the biggest challenges to making herd expansion decisions is accurately estimating future prices, not on the average, but on the day an input is purchased or an output is sold. It would take a magic crystal ball to reveal what prices will be for the next eight to 10 years for all feed resources, feeder calves, cull cows, equipment replacement and interest rates.

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Texas rancher Rader uses land as a habitat legacy

Texas rancher Rader uses land as a habitat legacy

Quenna Terry

Progressive Cattleman

Farmer and rancher Steve Rader will tell you the drought of 2011 is over. He will also tell you the countryside where he resides and makes a living is consistently a dry country – slow to recover and heal. A Texas native, Rader is the third generation on the land he owns and manages in the Panhandle region near Follett.

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Cattleman wants small business size standards to rest with agency

Cattleman wants small business size standards to rest with agency

Tom Steever

Brownfield News

Cattle producer Jeff Beasley says Small Business Administration (SBA) size standards for farms need to be updated to reflect the volume of business done on today’s operations.  Beasley, who raises cattle in southern Illinois, tells Brownfield any farm doing more than $750,000 in gross receipts annually does not qualify for SBA loans.

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