Use the Feed Cost CowQLator to Compare Feed Options with Drought Conditions
Kristen Ulmer and Aaron Berger
University of Nebraska
Lack of moisture this summer leaves cattle producers with questions as to what they should do with pastures drying up. Considering alternative feeding options and management practices, may be necessary.
How will summer drought and this fall’s corn crop affect feeder cattle?
Several factors are at play that may have a significant effect on the fall feeder cattle and calf run, says Brian R. Williams, assistant Extension professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Mississippi State University. One is how the corn and soybean harvest will play out, given extremes in summer weather in the Midwest.
Why The Japan Beef Tariff Isn’t As Bad As Producers Think
The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) said Japan is continuing to buy U.S. beef. Exports to the island country continued to gain momentum in June, with volume up 7 percent and value up 13 percent compared to 2016. Don Close, senior analyst of animal protein at Rabobank, said this increase is “terribly frustrating,” but it isn’t the worst thing that could happen.
Fall Calving Offers Advantages to Your Cow Herd
Fall calving offers several advantages that the cow-calf producers can utilize in their management programs. A key advantage is that cows will spend their last days of gestation grazing more lush summer pastures and will typically calve at a higher body condition – something to keep in mind when developing a feeding program for those lactating mama cows.
Cow, calf shot while grazing in central Minnesota wildlife refuge
St. Paul Pioneer Press
Someone shot and killed a cow and a calf grazing in the the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge in central Minnesota near St. Cloud. The Sherburne County sheriff’s office is asking for the public’s help in finding who killed two cows, which were legally grazing on the federal land.
Don’t allow activists to disrupt fairs and expos
Animal Agriculture Alliance
Summer is well underway and that means county fairs and livestock shows are in full swing. For many producers and youth involved in agriculture, fair season means putting in extra hours of practice and preparation in order to show off a year of hard work in the show ring along with
making friendships and memories to last a lifetime.
HSUS Pushing for Farm Bill Animal ‘Welfare’ Title
Brownfield AG News
Ignore the following at your own peril: The Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) is working its tail off to get an animal “welfare” title into the 2018 Farm Bill. You’ve been warned. At the August 5 House Agriculture Committee’s listening session in Modesto, California, “several speakers,” by one media account, called on the committee to include in the new Farm Bill legislation dealing with so-called “animal welfare issues.”
ABC settled ‘pink slime’ defamation suit for more than $177 million
A legal settlement between ABC and a South Dakota meat producer in a defamation lawsuit over the network’s reports on a beef product that critics dubbed "pink slime" exceeded $177 million, an attorney for the producer said Wednesday.
Keep Cattle Cool with These Simple Heat-beating Strategies
The months of July and August are traditionally the hottest time of the year in the northern hemisphere. During these critical warmer periods, it’s important producers take action to keep cattle cool and comfortable and mitigate the potential animal performance losses typically seen when temperatures rise.
Destructive Montana wildfires push cowboys to weigh federal help for livestock industry
Hundreds of miles of meadows and scrub grass that feed tens of thousands of beef cattle are gone, replaced by the charred soil and smoldering prairie dog burrows that the state’s largest wildfire in nearly three decades has left behind. But after the massive multimillion-dollar firefight, another battle has emerged in the wide open spaces where there is often distrust of the government: What should the federal role be in helping Montana’s livestock industry respond to, and recover from, the blaze.