Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame Honors Dr. Dee Griffin
This week in Denver, the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame inducted two new members, while also announcing this year’s Industry Leadership Award, presented to veterinarian Dee Griffin for his decades of passionate service to the beef industry.
Advice on Making Use of “Ugly” Feeds
Tri State Livestock News
Summer marks the height of hay season. In an ideal world, every bale was harvested perfectly resulting in large quantities of bright green, high-quality hay. Designing cattle diets can be easy under those conditions. Unfortunately, conditions are far from ideal in much of the Dakotas this year.
Adding Value to Feeder Calves
John F. Grimes
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
As we move towards mid-summer, it is interesting to note the changing priorities of the cow-calf producer. Back in the winter and early spring, we had the excitement of a new calving season and opportunity to evaluate the genetic choices made in 2016
Next Generation: What every young producer should know
The Cattle Business Weekly
The 2012 Census of Agriculture compiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service revealed some shocking (and maybe not so shocking) truths: farmers and ranchers are getting older, fewer in numbers, and there aren’t as many “new” producers entering the industry. While these facts may sound gloomy and disheartening, let’s look closer at some of the information and, more importantly, how young producers like myself can contribute to their family operations.
Electronic Logging Devices: Will Congress Act?
Electronic Logging Devices have created quite a stir in agriculture. And, for good reason. For livestock haulers, ELD’s will have a huge impact on the industry in multiple ways. From the hours a livestock hauler can drive, the distance between loading and unloading the unseen economic impact that ELD will have on the industry.
The EU-Japan Agreement and Implications for U.S. Beef
Ag News Feed
It was announced last week that the European Union (EU) and Japan have agreed in principle to an Economic Partnership Agreement. The agreement will gradually lower import tariffs on EU beef and pork entering Japan with an expected start date in early 2019. This deal is significant to the U.S. beef industry because it will give EU beef and pork an advantage in one of the most prominent U.S. beef export markets. Approximately one-quarter of total U.S. beef exports were to Japan in 2016 at a value of over $1.5 billion.
Oklahoma Cattlemen’s convention July 21-22 in new location
The 65th annual Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association convention and trade show will be held July 21-22 in a new location: the Embassy Suites in Norman. The two-day event features informative speakers, a large trade show, educational opportunities and a banquet to recognize outstanding members and their accomplishments.
States driving a stampede of minimum wage hikes
States are leaving the U.S. minimum wage rate in the dust as they lift their own wage floors, lock in further hikes across the next several years and hit a lot of farm and ranch operating budgets in the process.
Optimizing corn silage harvest for quality and yield
Jim MacDonald, Ph.D.
Like many, I was taught that corn silage should be harvested at 35 percent dry matter (DM) and half to two-thirds milk-line to optimize the balance between quality and quantity, and to facilitate packing. However, there are a few key differences that may suggest optimal harvest timing should be revisited.
Livestock and Global Warming
Facts About Beef
New research published by Dr. Jude Capper in the Journal of Animal Science shows that beef’s environmental footprint is shrinking. The carbon footprint of beef was reduced by more than 16 percent from 1977 to 2007.