BeefTalk: Crossbreeding: It Works for Feral Pigs
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Crossbreeding, bringing together parents that are distantly related but capable of producing viable offspring, has increased hybrid vigor within domestically raised livestock. Extensive research has shown positive improvement for several production traits, particularly survival traits that are lowly heritable. Interestingly, sometimes if one looks at what others are intentionally or not intentionally doing, one can learn a lot. The same is true about crossbreeding.
Study highlights clone failure
It has been 20 years since Dolly the sheep was successfully cloned in Scotland, but cloning mammals remains a challenge. A new study by researchers from the United States and France regarding gene expression in developing clones now shows why most cloned embryos likely fail.
Artificial Insemination Adds Value to Cow Herd
Evan Whitley, Ph.D.
Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
Due to the considerable herd expansion that has occurred over the last three years, forecasters predict that 2017 and 2018 cattle markets will be considerably lower than even the transition that took place during the latter half of 2016. Only time will tell, but cattle producers are pretty resilient, and most have seen this market transition before. A silver lining to keep in mind about this one is that we are transitioning from all-time record calf prices in 2014-2015.
Taking a Look at 2017 for Cattle Producers
Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS
It’s time to drag out the trusty crystal ball and take a look at what 2017 has in store for the beef cattle industry. For this to make sense we need to consider where we came from and how we got to where we are.
Stockmanship, facilities power efficient livestock handling
Frank J. Buchman
Days of hollering, bullwhips, long nylon ropes and rodeo-style livestock handling of livestock are long-gone. Nowadays, most livestock operators have developed working pens for improved efficiency and safer and more humane handling.
Thinking about cutting corners on your winter feeding program? Consider the implications first
Recent changes in the feeder cattle market have undoubtedly forced many of us to re-evaluate our day-to-day management practices. While winter feed costs weigh heavily on the mind of most cattlemen, it makes sense that winter feeding programs will be the first place most of us look to preserve what little profit margin remains.
Dr. Ken McMillan
DTN/The Progressive Farmer
If a premature calf is going to have a health issue, it will often go to a respiratory disease or scours, due to a compromised immune system.
Increase marbling without increasing overall back fat a win-win for producers
Purchasing trends in recent years have shown an increase in consumer demand for cuts of meat with the least amount of fat, putting the onus on the beef industry to supply the right combination of leanness and flavor in today’s supermarket meat cases.
Cattle Market Silver Lining: Stability
Silver linings are hard to find in a cattle market just two years removed from record-high prices—but they exist. Even as ranchers shipped semi loads of calves to market this past fall valued at $70,000 less than the same trailer loads in 2014, economists believe the worst of the equity drain is over.
Butch Meier Takes Lead of MCA
Missouri Cattlemen’s Association
The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association (MCA) elected it’s 2017 leadership during the 49th Annual Missouri Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show. Butch Meier, of Jackson, Mo., will serve as the 2017 MCA President. "I’m looking forward to serving Missouri’s cattlemen as president in the upcoming year," Meier said. "The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association has seen great achievements over the past few years. From a great 2016 on the legislative front to developing multiple collegiate affiliates, many exciting things have happened in the beef industry."