Value-added niche markets: A closer look at natural beef
The Beef RoundTable
For years, locally-produced, natural beef has been a value-added niche in the cattle business. However, with a growing millennial population who wants to know more about the food they eat and who tend to ascribe to the idea of sustainably and locally produced food, the niche is growing.
State of Beef Conference to be held in North Platte, NE November 2-3
University of Nebraska
The theme of this year’s program is “Innovation in the Cowherd and Beyond”. This day and a half long program will feature topics such as a market outlook, genetic selection, reproduction, health management, technology in the cowherd, systems research updates, as well as a discussion on the links between seedstock producers and commercial operations and feeders and packers, and even things that impact the end product for our consumers.
Cattle Q&A with Colin Woodall
Colin Woodall is vice president of government affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Originally from Big Spring, Texas, he graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in agricultural systems management. Colin WoodallHe first went to Washington, D.C., as an aide to Sen. John Cornyn, then joined NCBA in 2004. He answered a few questions from Progressive Cattleman’s David Cooper on the process involved with NCBA’s Political Action Committee.
If spring-born calves haven’t been weaned yet, then the time isn’t far away. Veterinarians and ranchers know healthy weaned calves begin with a well-vaccinated cowherd long before calving — because high-quality colostrum minimizes disease exposure for nursing calves. But even the best herd immunity can fall short if nutrition falls short in the days before calving.
Low-Stress Livestock Handling – Approaching Your Cows Before Driving
Let’s talk about driving our livestock because just about everything we do with our cows in particular comes down to driving, whether to summer pasture or back, into the corral, up the alley, onto the scale, through the crowd pen and up the chute, or onto the truck. And all the other practical applications (i.e., production events) that we will talk about involve driving to some degree.
Thinking About Retaining Ownership in a Custom Feedlot?
While cattle feeding can be a narrow margin business, retained ownership of spring born calves through the feedlot historically has added value and improved profitability. Recent record feeder cattle prices and cattle feeding losses may be an exception.
Controlling lice, grubs and other winter parasites in cattle can increase profits.
Heather Smith Thomas
Parasites are profit robbers, and a large number of internal parasites take a toll on cattle performance. During winter, external parasites like lice can be hard to see unless you confine the affected animal, part the hair and look closely.
As Deadly Superbugs Rise, Big Pharma Presses Farm Antibiotics
The U.S. wants to fight superbugs by targeting one of the world’s biggest markets for antibiotics: farms. Big pharma has other ideas. Even as the industry prepares to comply with new U.S. Food and Drug Administration efforts to limit antibiotic use in American livestock, it is marketing the drugs to U.S. veterinarians while continuing to expand sales elsewhere around the world.
About 40 Head of Cattle Killed by Ground-up Battery in Feed
Officials in the northwestern corner of Iowa say about 40 head of cattle have died after eating from a feed wagon that contained a ground-up battery.
How good is your hay?
Everyone should have inventoried, sampled and tested each lot of hay by now. Regardless if you market your hay or use it yourself, a forage inventory complete with quality tests is essential to making informed decisions. A test is a no-brainer for marketing purposes. How do you know what each lot is worth without a test?