Daily Archives: January 31, 2017

Selling U.S. Beef to the Rest of the World

Selling U.S. Beef to the Rest of the World

The Beef Board

You know that the beef produced in the United States is delicious, nutritious and safe to eat. But did you know that consumers in more than 80 countries worldwide know that, too, thanks in part to your beef-checkoff investments?

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Post Election Thoughts on Agriculture: #2 of 5 | Interest Rates

Post Election Thoughts on Agriculture: #2 of 5 | Interest Rates

Damian Mason

The cost of borrowed money is poised to rise. The Fed’s been hinting at a rate increase at every meeting for several years. Trump says we need higher interest rates because low rates have created an artificial bubble — even though it might slow down some aspects of the economy.

Why do cows eat the placenta from their newborn calves?

Why do cows eat the placenta from their newborn calves?

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Many benefits have been claimed from the practice. The placenta does contain high levels of hormones, iron, B vitamins and endorphins (the body’s natural pain relievers).

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Greg Henderson


Your efforts to improve the quality and palatability of beef are making a difference in how your product is perceived and accepted by consumers. In fact, the dramatic rise in the percentage of carcasses grading Choice and Prime corresponds with increases in beef demand over the past decade.

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Pregnant, cold cows need more

Pregnant, cold cows need more

Sue Roesler

Agri View

Cow-calf producers have been busy making sure cows have extra feed and bedding, that water supplies are running, and that there are windbreaks, hills, draws and other areas for cattle to be protected from windy conditions. Cattle in the cold need extra feed — but cows in their last trimester in the cold have even higher requirements.

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Hair shedding scores: A tool to select heat tolerant cattle

Hair shedding scores: A tool to select heat tolerant cattle

Jared E. Decker


Hair shedding scores are an easy and effective way to measure cattle’s ability to cope with heat stress. In this fact sheet, learn the how, when, and why of hair shedding scores. Responsible beef breeding requires matching cattle genetics to production environment. This is necessary for at least three reasons: Profitability, animal well-being and improved environmental impact.

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Gene-editing options

Gene-editing options

The Cattle Business Weekly

“In the same way that spell-check identifies and corrects single-letter errors in a word or grammar errors in a sentence, gene editing can be used to identify and change the letters that make up the genetic code within an individual.” That is how Alison Van Eenennaam, an animal genomics and biotechnology cooperative extension specialist for the University of California – Davis describes gene-editing in laymen’s terms in an eXtension article.

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Magnets can help prevent hardware disease in cattle herds

Magnets can help prevent hardware disease in cattle herds

Curtis Larson

Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation

Cattle commonly swallow foreign objects, such as nails and wire, found in the field or their feed. These objects do not always cause problems, but they can cause a disease commonly known as hardware disease. Foreign objects ingested by cattle make their way into the animal’s rumen and reticulum. Sometimes, the animal’s body will push the objects into the peritoneal cavity, causing severe inflammation (hardware disease).

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Can genetic selection create cows that graze better?

Can genetic selection create cows that graze better?

Heather Smith Thomas

Beef Magazine

For cattle producers who run cattle in rough, hilly country, one of the biggest challenges is to move cows out of the valleys and creek bottoms and up into the hills to graze. Cows just naturally like to stay in the lower country, where the grass is better and the living is easier. This can lead to overgrazing and damage to the riparian habitat.

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Trump giveth and he taketh away

Trump giveth and he taketh away


After weeks of wandering through the political wilderness looking for an honest agriculture secretary, Donald Trump finally tapped Sonny Perdue, a favored son of Georgia who had once been a Democrat but was converted in 1998. Much joy resounded throughout aggie land. Every major trade organization stampeded to applaud Perdue, a man who they were sure would ride into Washington astride a mighty white stead and ‘kick some ass.’

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Trump Voters Thrilled with Promised Action on Border Wall

Trump Voters Thrilled with Promised Action on Border Wall

Ag Web

President Donald Trump’s announcement that he is taking steps toward building a U.S.-Mexico border wall was welcome news for voters who say they’re glad he is following through on one of his biggest campaign promises.

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