Monthly Archives: July 2017

The 2016 National Beef Quality Audit

Dan Kniffen and his family are Hereford breeders on the Windy Butte Ranch near Spring Mills, Pennsylvania. As chairman of the checkoff’s National Beef Quality Assurance program, he says the checkoff-funded National Beef Quality Audit, is the only national effort focused on improving beef quality at every level of production.

Incorporating Corn Into Beef Cow Rations Can Save Forage

Incorporating Corn Into Beef Cow Rations Can Save Forage

Julie Walker

iGrow

Poor forage production in drought areas across South Dakota have created forage shortages for some producers. Typically, beef cow/calf producers depend on pasture production as the primary feed ingredient for summer-feeding programs. Lack of forage has producers looking for alternative feeding strategies to get through summer as well as the upcoming winter months.

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Dressed weights limit beef production on higher slaughter

Dressed weights limit beef production on higher slaughter

Russell Knight

Progressive Cattleman

Commercial beef production for April 2017 was fractionally below a year ago. However, with one less slaughter day in the month, meatpackers slaughtered 2 percent, or 54,000 head, more cattle than last year.

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CattleFax webinar looks at expectations for cow-calf producers

CattleFax webinar looks at expectations for cow-calf producers

Tri State Livestock News

The CattleFax Trends+ Cow-Calf Webinar will be at 5:30 p.m. MT, Aug. 30, 2017. To participate in the webinar and access program details, producers and industry leaders simply need to register online at https://www.cattlefax.com/#!/about

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Biosecurity tips for animals that went to the county fair

Biosecurity tips for animals that went to the county fair

Katie Ockert

Michigan State University

Animals that have been exhibited during the county fair are likely near and dear to their exhibitors’ hearts. After all, they spent countless hours training and preparing their animal for the show at the fair. We protect them from everything before the show season, but do we give enough thought about what happens when they go home?

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Keep safety top of mind when handling livestock

Keep safety top of mind when handling livestock

Dr. Eric Knock

Tri-State Neighbor

Working with livestock means you always have to be prepared to deal with the unexpected. Some situations I have been in recently made me think that covering some animal handling topics would be a good refresher for everyone. That’s because good animal handling techniques pay off in safety for both the cattle and the handler.

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10 mega myths about farming to remember on your next grocery run

10 mega myths about farming to remember on your next grocery run

Jenna Gallegos

Washington Post

Most of us don’t spend our days plowing fields or wrangling cattle. We’re part of the 99 percent of Americans who eat food, but don’t produce it. Because of our intimate relationship with food, and because it’s so crucial to our health and the environment, people should be very concerned about how it’s produced. But we don’t always get it right. Next time you’re at the grocery store, consider these 10 modern myths about the most ancient occupation.

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