Daily Archives: January 4, 2017

Making the maternal connection

Making the maternal connection

Heather Smith Thomas

Progressive Cattleman

Sometimes a heifer is indifferent toward her newborn calf. She may continue to lie there rather than get up to lick the calf, or walk away ignoring it, or kick the calf when it tries to suck. Some heifers attack the calf.

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Are Distractions In Handling Pens the Real Reason Cattle Balk?

Are Distractions In Handling Pens the Real Reason Cattle Balk?

Whit Hibbard 

Temple Grandin argues that one of the biggest impediments to cattle flowing smoothly through processing facilities is distractions which, she contends, cause balking. Consequently, she advocates their identification and removal. Some common distractions, according to Grandin, include: clothing hung on the fence, vehicles nearby, shadows, high contrasts in lighting or color, reflections, plastic (or anything) flapping in the wind, unusual objects (e.g., a styrofoam cup on the ground), dangling chains, or people within view. Whatever the distractions, Grandin asserts, they all need to be identified and removed if we expect livestock to flow smoothly through a processing system.

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Calf: what did it cost?

Calf: what did it cost?

Aaron Berger

Agri View

Weaning of spring-born calves has occurred for many cow-calf producers. Right after weaning is a good time to analyze the business and see what it cost to produce a pound of weaned calf. Cow costs and thus the cost to produce a weaned calf have shot up during the past 15 years. From 1987 to 2001, the Livestock Market Information Center reports that annual cow costs increased from $300 to $400 per cow. From 2002 to 2015, cow costs more than doubled, from $400 to $875 per cow.

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What Are Your Plans for 2017?

What Are Your Plans for 2017?

John F. Grimes

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

I find it hard to believe that we will soon turn over the calendar and enter into 2017.  2016 will certainly go down as a year to remember for things that many thought could never happen that actually became reality.  If someone told you at the beginning of 2016 that the Cavaliers would finally bring Cleveland a championship, the Chicago Cubs would win the World Series, and Donald Trump would be elected our next President, you probably would have questioned their sanity!

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A Hand Up: Programs help youth get started in agriculture

A Hand Up: Programs help youth get started in agriculture

Tri State Livestock News

The livestock industry is a capital intensive business. Seldom does any rancher leap headfirst into buying a sustainably-sized cattle herd; most are built over time. With a little hard work, research and creativity, young people can get a jump start on their own herd at an early age, and learn to become cattle managers as they grow with their own herds.

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GIPSA rule threatens more than cattle, beef prices

GIPSA rule threatens more than cattle, beef prices

Wes Ishmael

Beef Magazine

Final rulemaking by USDA on the 2010 Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Act jeopardizes cattle prices and the ability of beef to compete with pork and poultry for the consumer protein dollar.

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Beef Maintains Favorable Tenderness Ratings

Beef Maintains Favorable Tenderness Ratings

Jamie Johansen

AG Wired

“Despite some challenges over the past ten years, including drought, fluctuating supply and rising input costs, the tenderness of the beef being produced in the United States has remained steady, and often improved,” according to Jeffrey Savell, Ph.D., the lead investigator of the research at Texas A&M. “Beef is delivering a good eating experience to consumers, and this research suggests the industry is keeping its eye on the ball when it comes to protecting the improvements in tenderness it has made.”

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Introduction to AG: Why It Should be a Gen Ed Course

Introduction to AG: Why It Should be a Gen Ed Course

Corn Corps

We live in an uninformed society today. Because of this, there are all kinds of misconceptions about agriculture that get made. Some of these misconceptions include ideas that farmers inject steroids into their animals, that there are antibiotics in their food, and that all farms are big corporate farms. By having college students take an Introduction to Agriculture class we could help eliminate these misconceptions about agriculture.

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USDA surveying cattle operations

USDA surveying cattle operations


In January, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey more than 40,000 cattle operations nationwide to provide an up-to-date measure of U.S. cattle inventories.

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