BeefTalk: Prepare for Early Weaning
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
The impact of drought is dominating the news, but producers need to be careful to not overreact. The best reaction is to strengthen the grazing plan and have a drought response plan. Every grazing day brings an opportunity for rain – and rain will come – but those days with no rain and heat still can cause a significant decrease in available forage. Do not wait until forage availability is critical to implement a drought response.
Trich Cases Reportedly on the Rise in Southern Plains Cattle Herds, Keep Vigilant or Incur the Costs
Oklahoma Farm Report
After having declined dramatically over the past few years, cases of trichomoniasis disease in southern plains cattle herds have increased in number so far this year. In an effort to curb this rise in “trich” cases, Kansas State Extension Veterinary Specialist Gregg Hanzlicek, is advising cow-calf producers to stay vigilant in their efforts to avoid this disease, that can be very costly to producers if it infects their herd.
Dr. Ken McMillan
DTN Progressive Farmer
I’ve had cases where a new calf starts nursing off of two cows, the actual dam and what I call a "wet nurse." The trouble is that this "wet nurse" is going to be having her own calf in a few days. I’m concerned about the effect this could have on colostrum in the cow that hasn’t calved yet.
Proper Animal Handling a Big Priority for Livestock Market Association
The handling of livestock is a big priority for organizations like the Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) and its members. That’s why the LMA consistently monitors and evaluates livestock handling procedures in the auction market setting. And all LMA members are required to participate in on-site evaluation of their livestock handling practices.
China beef deal gives U.S. edge over competitors
“It is now clearer exactly what we’re going to have to do to export to this market,” said Thad Lively, USMEF senior vice president for trade access. “In some respects, the requirements go beyond what we must do to have access to a lot of ma
Pruitt makes WOTUS pledge at approps hearing
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt committed to publishing a new rule establishing which waters would be regulated under the Clean Water Act by the first three months of next year at the latest, in testimony before House appropriators today.
The surprising number of American adults who think chocolate milk comes from brown cows
Seven percent of American adults believe chocolate milk comes from brown cows, according to a recent online survey commissioned by the Innovation Center of U.S. Dairy. Here are a few other things Americans get wrong.
Bigger isn’t always better for Dexter beef
The Dexter breed being showcased at the Saline County Livestock and Expo Center through Sunday is popular for its smaller size as much as for its lean beef, easily digestible milk and docile disposition.
Meat of the Matter: Grass Versus Grain
A new study in Washington state has analyzed the potential for producing and marketing grassfed beef. The Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture just released “Back to Grass: the Market Potential for U.S. Grassfed Beef,” which (not surprisingly) concluded that “grassfed beef is inaccessible to many consumers due to price premiums.”
Nebraska rebuilding giant China beef market
Nebraska Department of Agriculture Assistant Director Mat Habrock told the Hub Wednesday at the Agricultural Economic & Technology Summit in Kearney that plant officials had contacted NDA after final rules for beef shipments to China were announced Monday to say they had such beef ready to go.