Daily Archives: May 9, 2016

Will consumers pay the price for Certified Humane beef?

Will consumers pay the price for Certified Humane beef?

ELLEN GODDARD

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.

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Genex Introduces RumiLife Electrolyte M Supplement for Mature Cattle

Genex Introduces RumiLife Electrolyte M Supplement for Mature Cattle

Southern Livestock

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.

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The cheapest method to control pasture weeds

The cheapest method to control pasture weeds

Doug Mayo, Jay Ferrell

Drovers

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.

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Identify Your Pasture Grasses

Identify Your Pasture Grasses

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

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. 

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Distiller grains: Production and utilization within beef feedlot rations

Distiller grains: Production and utilization within beef feedlot rations

Megan Nelson

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.

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Veterinarian offers tips to keep first-calf heifers productive in the herd.

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.

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Breeding and Hay Season

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.

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Managing the Spring Flush

Managing the Spring Flush

Chris Penrose

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.

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University of Missouri Awarded $2M to Study Cattle Genetics

University of Missouri Awarded $2M to Study Cattle Genetics

KBIA

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.

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Stocker Cattle Initiative to Beef Up Southern Tier Ag

Stocker Cattle Initiative to Beef Up Southern Tier Ag

Mike Baker

Lancaster Farming

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.

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