Misconceptions of low-stress handling
Low-stress livestock handling (LSLH) suffers from many common misconceptions, mostly as a consequence of its name. Without knowing anything about it, as soon as people hear the term “low stress,” all kinds of unfounded notions come to mind. My purpose here is to identify and clarify some of these misconceptions before they become established, through shear force of repetition, as truth.
Better Understanding of the Gut Health Challenge
Dr. Max Hawkins & Dave Pfenninger
Each year, tens of thousands of young calves are received at feedlots and the challenges begin. Pre-receiving environment and management, health status, weather and feed quality can all influence on the calves’ start. Hospital pens are prepped, medical supplies ordered and pen riders are prepared to start working with calves that begin to have health issues and fall behind.
The future of a beef case just might be in the branding.
A consumer approaches a meat display and takes note of the variety of beef products. What makes these products different? Labels on meat products trigger brand familiarity in the mind of the consumer. Without spending much time considering other options, the consumer places the product with a branded sticker into the cart and continues shopping.
We Need A Little Perspective
John F. Grimes
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
The first months of 2016 have flown by as we’ve now moved deep into the spring season. A flurry of activity since the first of the year has kept beef producers extremely busy and with Ohio’s calving season nearly over producers are busy with breeding season, hay making and managing grazing of the spring flush.
How to Take the Risk Out of Grazing Stocker Cattle
Improvements in genetics and the economic incentive to push cattle performance have one distinct drawback—younger cattle are higher risk cattle. Both stocker and feedlot operators strive to limit potential health risks in the cattle they buy, yet today’s industry simply puts a greater number of younger cattle into the pipeline. Managing those cattle to minimize sickness and performance hiccups is critical for success in stocker and feedlot operations.
Gaining Ground in the Fight Against Shipping Fever
Victoria G. Myers
As the cattle industry responds to consumer demand for less antibiotic use, a new tool for control of bovine respiratory disease (BRD) in young cattle is making its mark.
SCOTUS upholds landowner rights in WOTUS
The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) handed down a pivotal decision in the ongoing and protracted efforts by cattle producers and other landowners to protect themselves from the EPA, Army Corps of Engineers and the controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) regulations.
5 areas supplementing provides the biggest bang for your buck
Most cattle producers know that by making small, but key investments in their herds, they can receive significant financial returns. Investments in what bulls are purchased, disease prevention methods employed or forage management programs implemented can help optimize returns.
R-CALF USA files suit against USDA over beef checkoff
The Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF USA) filed suit against USDA on May 2, alleging that the agency’s beef checkoff tax, which collected more than $80 million in FY 2015, is being unconstitutionally used to promote international beef, to the detriment of U.S. beef products and producers.
Comparison of timed AI at GnRH injection and delayed insemination of non-estrus expressing heifers
The Cattle Business Weekly
Fixed time artificial insemination (AI) protocols allow for concentrating labor and time requirements into a few days. Management practices that improve pregnancy rates for fixed time AI are valuable to producers.