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
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.
Dressed weights limit beef production on higher slaughter
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.
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
Biosecurity tips for animals that went to the county fair
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?
Keep safety top of mind when handling livestock
Dr. Eric Knock
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.
10 mega myths about farming to remember on your next grocery run
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.
What Works for Wildlife Is Also Better for Montana Rancher and Her Livestock
Janet Endecott thought she was just being nice when she agreed to improve fish habitat on her ranch. It turns out the livestock loved the change too!
‘Clock Management’ a Key Part of Determining Whether or Not to Grow Dual-purpose Wheat for Grazing
Tick. Tick. Tick. The time is fast approaching when Oklahoma and other Southern Plains wheat producers will need to determine whether or not to grow dual-purpose wheat for grazing.
Japan Beef Tariffs Shake Cattle Futures
Fox Business News
Cattle futures slid after Japan said it was temporarily hiking tariffs on frozen beef imports from the U.S. Japanese officials said on Friday they were raising duties on U.S. frozen beef exports to 50% from 38.5%.
BeefTalk: Precondition Calves Regardless of Weaning Time
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Now is the time to start preparing calves for marketing with a sound preconditioning program developed in concert with your veterinarian. Drier weather may mean selling this year’s calves earlier, so preconditioning your calves sooner rather than later makes good sense. Do not wait and, out of frustration, call the trucker and just send the calves to town.
Pneumonia in young calves is an important contributor to death loss before weaning. Many veterinarians and cattle producers think of postweaning respiratory disease (also known as bovine respiratory disease or BRD) when they think about lung disease or pneumonia in cattle, but calves can get pneumonia while they are still suckling their dams.
"Proper Planning Prevents Pitifully Poor Performance"
Oklahoma Farm Report
“Parasites are a year-round problem,” he said. “If you’re in the great State of Oklahoma, you’re dealing with parasites pretty much habitually. So, work with your vet to create a protocol and a plan to figure out what parasites are affecting your cattle and which products match up well against those parasites.”
LO Cattle Company in Garfield County, Montana, loses hundreds of cattle in fire
The Fence Post
Mary Brown, of LO Cattle Company just south of Highway 200 between Mosby and Sand Springs, Mont., is in the thick of the fire. They have 400-plus cattle that are either lost or dead. They are still fighting fire at the north end of their place and at one point it was on every single side of their ranch.
Stop Making Estate Planning Excuses
We are blessed that the vast majority of America’s ranches are still family enterprises. Passing ranching heritage to the next generation is a privilege, but it comes with the challenge of careful planning to ensure a smooth and sustainable transition.
Ongoing drought could impact fall cattle market
Tri State Neighbor
The central Dakotas have been experiencing an exceptionally dry spring and summer thus far, and many pairs are rolling into sale barns in Aberdeen and Fort Pierre already. If conditions do not improve soon, there may be a monsoon of cattle going to town. There are enough cattle in the Dakotas affected by this dry spell to send cattle markets tumbling off their early summer rally.
Look at your beef herd today
Dr. Andy Overbay
Smyth County News & Messenger
Beef cattle are our number-one product in our area’s number-one industry, agriculture. Keeping our herds profitable is the main ingredient in the sustainability of this important cog in our economic wheel
Producer Nick Trainor banked on goals to start cattle business
One of the most valuable pieces of advice cattle producer Nick Trainor has to offer young cattlemen is: Learning never stops. This young cattle producer makes it his goal to surround himself with positive-thinking ranchers who want to see him succeed.
Cut (and ensile) your losses
Hay and Forage Grower
When life gives you drought, make corn silage from your stressed grain crop. As dry conditions wear on in the Upper Plains, some producers are considering salvaging their corn cash crop as feed.
Summer Feedlot Conference Will Cover Care, Safety and Management of Animals and Manure
Iowa Beef Center
Profitability in cattle feeding depends on more than just cattle prices and performance. More than ever, manure value, market flexibility and management impact net returns to the operation. Beef producers may see manure as a double-edged sword.