BeefTalk: New Year’s Resolution: Earn $300 More Per Cow
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Every new year brings with it a New Year’s resolution, and this year, mine would be to earn an extra $300 per cow. Think about it. Why not make it happen? I would anticipate trying would be better than simply griping. A new year started and the analysis of the last year needs to get serious by producers asking the tough questions. Perhaps then, the resolution can gain in strength.
Baxter Black, DVM: JOHN’S SCRAPBOOK
I stood with George, ears perked, eyes alert, like border collies waiting for the signal. John, (we’ll call him John), finally made his momentous decision known, “We’ll do a C-section! But, I want pictures for my scrapbook!”
Rethink Replacements in Today’s Changing Market
Victoria G. Myers
There are no short answers when asking a producer about his replacement-heifer program. He may raise his own replacements this year but won’t the following year. He may buy them as a way to bring in genetic improvement or to shorten and define the breeding season. He may do all, or none, of the above.
Incorporate or Form a Partnership?
The Trump administration’s expected overhaul of health care insurance can’t come soon enough for many families, whether you live on a ranch outside of Dumas or in a Dallas suburb. From Brownsville to Booker in the northern Panhandle, the Affordable Care Act hasn’t lived up to its name. And for 2017, most call it “unaffordable.”
Grass-Fed Vs. Grain-Fed Ground Beef — No Difference In Healthfulness
Stephen B. Smith
The Internet is awash in websites that proclaim the nutritional benefits of ground beef from grass-fed cattle. However, researchers in Texas A&M University’s Department of Animal Science have published the only two research studies that actually compared the effects of ground beef from grass-fed cattle and traditional, grain-fed cattle on risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and type II diabetes in men. Was ground beef from grass-fed beef actually more healthful? No, the study found.
Does Traceability Increase Risk To Producers?
Robert (Bob) Thompson
Our industry has debated source identification or traceability with a lot of energy and emotion. Some producers favor mandatory disclosure, while some favor voluntary measures. Others favor no disclosure at all. However, traceability—the ability to track a product from consumption back through the channels of production—is increasing every year.
Conference Will Tackle Tough Issues Facing Producers
Iowa Beef Center
The upcoming Driftless Region Beef Conference will spotlight several big picture issues facing the beef industry, according to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Denise Schwab. The conference will be held Jan. 26-27, at the Grand River Conference Center in Dubuque.