Veterinary feed directive countdown is on
The goal is to reduce antimicrobial resistance through increased oversight of antibiotics deemed medically important. The process has included the removal of growth promotion labels from medically important antibiotics and the transition of all feed-additive antibiotics from over-the-counter drugs to VFD drugs.
Future of Beef Industry Relies on International Trade
Austin Brown III
The Gilmer Mirror
In 1924, my great grandfather established a cattle operation north of Beeville, Texas. Over the years, the ranch has been passed down from generation to generation, and today I work alongside my wife, children and parents to keep the family ranching tradition going strong.
Producers focus on replacement heifer selection
High Plains Journal
As the air turns crisp, replacement heifer selection begins to weigh on cattle producers’ minds. The process can be confusing and stressful for producers, as the decisions made can directly impact the future of their program. Kansas State University animal scientist Bob Weaber offers tips to aid producers in selecting heifers with the best likelihood of becoming productive and efficient cows for years to come.
How to Start up a Beef Cow Calf Operation
A beef cow-calf operation is an operation on a farm or ranch where you have cows and bulls that are bred together to produce calves. Calves are often sold to the market to be grown into beefers. Note that there are two types of cow-calf operations: commercial and seedstock.
Skeletal muscle growth and selecting, finishing of cattle
The National Provisioner
As beef producers continue to improve efficiency, understanding the process of growth and development is crucial as cellular skeletal muscle characteristics, such as tenderness, can ultimately have an impact on consumer acceptance of meat products.
COOL tariffs could cost beef big
Unless the U.S. Senate repeals mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) within the next week or so, Canada and Mexico will likely begin tacking retaliatory tariffs on a host of U.S. goods before the end of the year. Odds favor the target list including beef.
Improve Grazing Distribution Without Fences
Every cattle producer wants to get all they can from their land and cattle. Some times that means running a temporary fence to keep cattle in certain areas they just don’t care to go. What if there was a way to lure cattle to the other end without having to get out the T-posts and post driver? Why not use the supplement you already have to move your cattle around the pasture?
A Day with Nebraska’s Imperial Wagyu Beef
It was a Japanese military leader who predicted that Wagyu beef would power soldiers through war, and give them vital energy to fight for hours. An animal that once was utilized to tend rice fields and serve as an agricultural asset slowly became the key in sustaining farmers and soldiers alike with their healthy and delicious meat.
Time to Change Directions
Growing piles of evidence show we’ve created an unsustainable and less-profitable or unprofitable cow herd in this nation. Statistics from several states show calf weaning weights, on the average, haven’t gone up in more than 20 years, despite steady selection for bigger weaned calves.
Dewormed calves get head start in the feedlot
Cow-calf producers that are considering retained ownership of the calves through the feedlot may wish to consider deworming the calves before shipping.