BeefTalk: Calf Growth Observations of May vs. March Calving
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
In an effort to evaluate this change in management, a review was conducted comparing overall performance of the center’s herd for the years 2009, 2010 and 2011(mid-March calving) to the years 2012, 2013 and 2014 (mid-May calving). In the perfect world, the center would have conducted a study with both calving seasons occurring in the same year for several years, but labor, land and facilities do not allow a study of that magnitude.
K-State and Texas Tech to collaborate on feedyard research
Beef cattle research faculty from Kansas State University’s Department of Animal Sciences and Industry and the College of Veterinary Medicine with faculty from the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at Texas Tech University will embark on a feedlot cattle production and health research program to provide beef industry outreach.
NCBA, Public Lands Council oppose BLM land management plans
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council along with the Idaho Cattle Association, American Farm Bureau Federation, and Idaho Farm Bureau Federation filed an amicus brief on March 8 regarding the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service’s restrictive land management plans regarding the Sage Grouse.
Buying Bulls by Value
Matt Stockton, Roger Wilson
University of Nebraska
Selecting and buying the right bull for your herd is a complex question involving many factors including who you are, the type of cows in your herd, and the type of calves you are marketing. If you are only interested in producing terminal market animals you would likely select a herd sire strictly for growth and carcass qualities.
State, national meat producers look to grab worries about ‘sustainable beef’ by the horns
Major beef sellers including McDonald’s and Walmart are pledging to use “sustainable beef” — a promise that holds risks and rewards for Nebraska, the nation’s leader in feeding and slaughtering cattle.
New vaccine targets cattle fever ticks
The war against cattle fever ticks in South Texas just escalated. It appears a new vaccine developed by federal scientists in Kerrville may significantly reduce cattle fever ticks in South Texas, officials say.
John Stewart Indiana Agriculture Icon Passes
John Arthur Stewart, 96, died in Greensburg, IN on March 5, 2016 he was a Christian, farmer, seedsman and purebred livestock breeder. After three and one-half years of military service in the U.S. Coast Guard in the Pacific Theatre during WWII, he went into partnership with his brother, Gilman, and father, Arthur, in the family farming business now known as Stewart Seeds.