BeefTalk: No Spirit, No Peace
Kris Ringwall Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Successful beef production begins with the identification of goals and objectives. Why am I doing what I am doing? Is it to support family, to fulfill my own needs, to help feed those who cannot produce food, to have camaraderie with others, to gain a place in life?
Grass-Fed Toy Cows?!?
The Feisty Farmwife
At the Toys ‘R’ Us in Columbia, Mo., there’s a cardboard bin filled with plastic toy cows for $7.99. Just above the pricing information on the Holstein and Hereford replicas was an interesting label reading “Grass-Fed Only Cows.”
Preparing for the Calving Season
Dr. Lew Strickland
University of Tennessee
Successful calving seasons are the result of good planning and hard work. Observation of cows and heifers before and during the calving season is necessary to ensure a good calf crop. Cows should be checked at least once daily during the calving season, and heifers should be checked more frequently, perhaps several times a day.
Bullish on Semen Sales
Victoria G. Myers
Historically less than 5% of commercial producers have used artificial insemination (AI) to bring genetic improvements to their herds, said Les Anderson, University of Kentucky beef specialist. But times are changing.
Economic impacts of ending performance uses of antibiotics
The livestock industry faces growing pressures to reduce antibiotic use, particularly the use of medically important drugs for production or performance purposes. In response, the FDA issued its Guidance for Industry 213, which directs companies to remove performance claims from antibiotic labels by December 2016.
Heifers Stay At Home
Rumors of beef herd expansion are no longer just rumors; they’re fact. While we might not know how many heifers entered cowherds in 2015 until the January inventory report, market experts are closely watching feedlot placements and slaughter percentages to gauge how much the U.S. beef herd is increasing.
3 reasons for minimizing price risk in cattle operations
"The last couple of months have served as a reminder of the need for price risk management in a cattle marketing plan. Price risk management, although related to marketing, has a different goal. Managing price risk is not the same as getting the highest market price," the two specialists say in a recent Growing Beef newsletter, provided by Iowa Beef Center.