BeefTalk: Breeding Season is Long, so Keep a Good Eye on the Bull
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
For most, June is bull turnout time. Some lingering cows still may need to calve, but the focus is on cropping and haying because the plans for next year’s feed supply are well under way. Producers wanting March-April calves already have turned out the bulls. A June 1 turnout has a projected March 12 start of calving. A July 1 turnout has a projected April 11 start of calving.
Livestock pest management vital to animal health
Farm and Ranch Guide
“Left untreated, these pests can cause significant loss in production,” NDSU Extension livestock environmental stewardship specialist Miranda Meehan says. “In the U.S., horn flies are estimated to cause an economic loss of $1 billion annually.”
What Farming Isn’t
This past May, I spent more days in a Ram 1500 pickup on dirt roads than in my apartment. I had the incredible opportunity to traverse the American heartland for just over two weeks, seeking out interesting stories from some of America’s most progressive farmers.
BIF recognizes industry service with annual awards
This week, scientists, cattle breeders and others interested in genetic progress in beef production have gathered in Manhattan, Kan. for the Beef Improvement Federation’s (BIF) annual meeting and symposium. During the meeting, BIF recognized several individuals for ongoing service to the industry and beef-cattle breeding.
Things a cow-calf producer learns when you own a feedyard, what drives profit?
A Steak in Genomics
"I’m humbled to be in front of you." Ramsay said, "You all represent the most passionate and educated group of producers. "Nirvana, what does that mean? In the Buddhist tradition, nirvana is described as the extinguishing of the fires that cause suffering and rebirth. These fires are typically identified as the fires of attachment, aversion, and ignorance.
U.S. Meat Industry Represents $1.02 Trillion in Economic Output
Hoosier Ag Today
A new study shows the U.S. meat and poultry industry accounts for $1.02 trillion in total economic output or 5.6 percent of gross domestic product. The analysis, commissioned by the North American Meat Institute, found the meat and poultry industry is responsible for 5.4 million jobs and $257 billion in wages.
International meat groups make stops in Iowa cattle country
The Cattle Business Weekly
International meat buyers from Hong Kong and Taiwan as well as South Africa, Angola and Nigeria toured Iowa beef farms in late May. The groups were traveling to St. Louis for a U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) meeting and made stops at farms and packing plants to gain an understanding of Iowa beef cattle production.
Tips for Breeding Tricky Two-Year-Olds
Keeping cows in the herd long enough for them to pay for themselves, is often easier said than done especially when brining young cows into the herd each year to replace cull cows. This is because in order to get young females into the brood cow herd, we must first succeed at breeding them back after they have their first calf.
November date set for Iowa beef checkoff vote
Tri State Neighbor
Iowa cattle producers could vote Nov. 30, on whether to reinstate a 50-cent state beef checkoff. First, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association staff and leadership will spend the summer months collecting the 500 producer signatures needed to initiate a vote. The checkoff program is used to promote beef to consumers. A national checkoff is already in place. It collects $1 per head of cattle sold, and half of the fee stays in state. With the proposed state checkoff, producers would pay $1.50 per head, and $1 would be used to promote beef in Iowa.
Court extends WOTUS legal battle into 2017
Brownfield News Network
The legal fate of the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule will rest with the next administration, after the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday set a briefing schedule that pushes oral arguments on the case into 2017.