BeefTalk: Commercial Beef Production Benchmarks for 2016
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
The typical Cow Herd Appraisal Performance Software (CHAPS) program beef producer is weaning calves from 90.5 percent of all cows exposed to the bull at 553 pounds at 193 days of age. Those calves are grazing summer pastures alongside their mothers and gaining 2.5 pounds a day. Those numbers are reflective of beef operations today and are the result of producers setting and achieving goals.
Finish Yearling Heifers on Grass With DDG
Yearling heifers can be economically finished on grass in combination with dried distillers grain from self-feeders, according to a recent study by researchers at the University of Nebraska. According to Dennis Bauer — extension beef educator for Brown, Keya Paha and Rock counties in north-central Nebraska — there were several reasons for the study but most importantly, the research team was out to find ways for producers to cope when corn was more than $7 a bushel.
Agricultural leases need to be in writing
Get it in writing. That may be the single most important message conveyed at a series of Rancher Leasing Workshops, which culminated in Amarillo recently. The workshops were hosted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Oklahoma State University and the National Agricultural Law Center. Other workshops were in Fort Worth, Oklahoma and Arkansas. The project was funded by the Southern Extension Risk Management Education Center.
U.S. cattle auction halts activity in blow to producers, traders
Organizers of an online U.S. cattle auction that ranchers and traders had hoped would help restore transparency to livestock pricing nationwide said on Wednesday they would suspend activity indefinitely after just four sessions.
Pregnancy Diagnosis Options for Beef Cattle Producers
Dr. Cliff Lamb
University of Florida
Generally, beef herd pregnancy rates after a 60–120-day breeding season tend to range from 80 to 94 percent. Pregnancy diagnosis identifies the 6–20 percent of open cows in the herd so they can be culled after their calves at side are weaned, instead of waiting to the end of the subsequent calving season.
Beef Feedlot School Series Set in Southwest Iowa
Iowa Beef Center
Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Beef Center (IBC) are preparing for the ISU Feedlot School 2016 to be held at the Armstrong Research Farm near Lewis, beginning July 12. ISU Extension beef program specialist Chris Clark said the five-part educational series will offer information about numerous aspects of feedlot management including environmental stewardship, facility design, animal health, feedlot nutrition and Beef Quality Assurance.
Nixon Vetoes Bills Advancing Missouri Agriculture
Missouri Cattlemen’s Association
"This governor has once again turned his back on the farm and ranch families we represent. Despite overwhelming bipartisan support of these two bills, the governor threw them in the trash," said MCA Policy and Legislative Affairs Committee Chairman Jimmie Long. "The governor never offered a compromise while these bills were being considered by the General Assembly. He chose no communication other than his actions today."
Has cloning research produced the ideal beef carcass?
Throughout the history of the modern beef business, the holy grail of genetic improvement has been to produce the “curve-bender” bull. Cattle producers have invested a lifetime, perhaps several lifetimes, in finding the perfect genetic combination that will not just nudge the quality of beef forward, but catapult it.
West Texas A&M’s cloned cattle could beef up industry
Amarillo Globe News
West Texas A&M University researchers on Wednesday announced positive results in their quest to use cloning to consistently produce high-quality beef — and more of it per animal. A U.S. Department of Agriculture beef-grading supervisor recently examined meat harvested from seven steers bred from animals that were cloned using cells from rare, high-
Cow-calf production focus of 2016 beef conference Aug. 13 in Auburn
The Department of Animal Sciences at Auburn University will host its 2016 Beef Cattle Conference Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Ham Wilson Livestock Arena on the Auburn campus. The conference, themed “Playing Above the Curve: Innovations for the Cow-Calf Producer,” will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.