Monthly Archives: May 2017

USDA revises Angus certification requirements

USDA revises Angus certification requirements


USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has announced that the agency is revising the live animal specification used for all Angus certified programs to reflect evolving cattle genetics and marketing. Proposed to take effect July 1, the revised specifications, for phenotypic evaluations, require that cattle have a main body that is solid black with no color behind the shoulder, above the flanks, or breaking the midline behind the shoulder (excluding the tail.)

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Better beef leads to value gain

Better beef leads to value gain

Steve Suther

Business Farmer

When cattle gain or lose $150 in per-head value in a week, it’s easy to lose sight of what lifts that value trend over the years. A University of Missouri study of 2003-’16 boxed-beef cutout values isolates the contribution of branded and Prime sales.

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Fall Calving Season May Yield Higher Returns for Southeastern Beef Producers

Fall Calving Season May Yield Higher Returns for Southeastern Beef Producers

Lauren Neale

Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association

The vast majority of cow-calf producers in Tennessee and the Southeast using a defined calving season have long favored spring calving; however, researchers at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture have evaluated the risk and returns for a fall calving season, proving once again that timing is everything.

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Twin births in beef cattle: Double your pleasure?

Twin births in beef cattle: Double your pleasure?

Dr. Carl Dahlen

Minnesota Farm Guide

Twin births occur in <1 to 7 percent of cattle depending on breed and genetics. Though fairly rare, it helps to prepare for the possibility of twin births prior to calving season. Gestation length of twins is from 1 to 2 weeks shorter than for single calves, so if a cow became pregnant with twins early in the breeding season she will likely be one of the first to calve. Sometimes this happens unexpectedly ahead of your target calving dates.

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Well Designed Management System Requires Planning

Well Designed Management System Requires Planning

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS

Cattle TOday

Every business has (or should have) a means of measuring and analyzing the various factors that play a role in overall performance and profitability as well as to help in decision making. Cattle operations are no different. And of the different types of beef cattle operations (cow/calf, stocker, preconditioning/backgounding, feedyards) the cow-calf operation may be the most challenging.

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Try These Simple Steps to Improve Livestock Distribution, Pasture Health, and Your Bottom Line

Try These Simple Steps to Improve Livestock Distribution, Pasture Health, and Your Bottom Line

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

“Poor grazing distribution throughout a pasture is like feed waste at the feed bunk in winter,” Kelly says. “Dollars are left on the table when areas of a pasture are not utilized and grazed properly.” When we calculate stocking rates for the current grazing year, we might assume that cattle will graze evenly over the entire pasture. But as Kelly says, and as we’ve all seen over the years, “Cows are lazy and will develop their own convenience areas within a pasture.”

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Targeted cattle grazing for specific management objectives

Targeted cattle grazing for specific management objectives

Mitchell B. Stephenson

Progressive Cattleman

When cattle producers hear the term “targeted grazing,” they often think of a herd of goats grazing to control a patch of invasive weeds in an urban environment, but targeted grazing can be used for more purposes, with more types of livestock, and at larger scales.

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