Will consumers pay the price for Certified Humane beef?
The Globe and Mail
Humane beef has been in the news recently – but what has not been the prime focus is the economics of that product. Meat sold as certified by a particular system (Certified Humane, Canada Organic, SPCA Certified) is not necessarily produced from animals treated more humanely than those whose meat comes without a certification.
Genex Introduces RumiLife Electrolyte M Supplement for Mature Cattle
This product helps maintain normal hydration, electrolyte balance and dry matter intake during periods of stress. Designed to drive water intake, the potassium-packed electrolyte will help cattle stay on track to beat the heat or other stress-induced situations. The product is highly palatable and includes dextrose, sucrose and lactose for added energy.
The cheapest method to control pasture weeds
Doug Mayo, Jay Ferrell
From time to time people ask, “What is the cheapest way to control weeds in pastures?” A healthy, vigorous pasture grass will choke out most weeds that try to get established. Even so, the very best pasture managers have to deal with weeds of some sort because Florida’s climate provides an ideal habitat for weed establishment and growth.
Identify Your Pasture Grasses
A number of On Pasture readers have asked for help identifying what they’ve got growing in their pastures. Finding resources for all of you is a little challenging because you’re all over the globe, and while there are some similarities, there are also a lot of differences. With that in mind, here are some resources you can check out to get you started.
Distiller grains: Production and utilization within beef feedlot rations
Farm and Ranch Guide
There are a number of feed alternatives that are utilized when formulating beef feedlot rations which range from bread co-product to potato silage and more. A common feed alternative utilized in the Midwestern region is corn distillers grains. Feed alternatives enable producers to decrease cost of production while still meeting the animal’s energy demands.
Veterinarian offers tips to keep first-calf heifers productive in the herd.
Heather Smith Thomas
Angus Beef Bulletin Extra
It can be a challenge to get first calvers rebred without losing ground. All too often they calve later the next year or come up open. The 2-year-old is nursing her first calf, still growing, and needs good nutrition and body condition to cycle on schedule after calving.
Breeding and Hay Season
Dr. Andrew Griffith
University of Tennessee
Hay season is around the corner for most cattle producers while breeding season has already begun or about to start for spring calving cattle herds. These two aspects of cattle production are major contributors to the overall profitability of most operations.
Managing the Spring Flush
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
For most of us, forage growth is here and we are in the spring “flush” of growth. For pasture and hay fields that are primarily grass based, we may get up to 70% of our growth in the next month or so. One reason we have so much growth now is that we generally have ideal growing conditions and our forages are in the reproductive stage of growth.
University of Missouri Awarded $2M to Study Cattle Genetics
The University of Missouri has received a $2 million grant to study cattle genetics. The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the grant is part of $16.5 million in federal funding meant to increase food availability, safety and sustainability.
Stocker Cattle Initiative to Beef Up Southern Tier Ag
Recently awarded a $627,000 grant as part of the $5 million Southern Tier Agricultural Industry Enhancement Program, Cornell is looking to bring an emerging livestock market known as “stocker” beef cattle to the Southern Tier.