BeefTalk: Commercial Beef Production Benchmarks for 2017
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Fall is a good time to review the status of the beef operation. Although the quick-and-easy, seat-of-the-pants review is fun, the details are not there to supply the true facts and figures for proper evaluations. Actually, the focus point of the Cow-Calf Management class that Chip Poland and I teach at Dickinson State University is to move future producers through a process of understanding benchmarks. The process allows future producers to better understand the industry, as well as where they might fit.
Keep Track of Withdrawal Times in Cattle
Heather Smith Thomas
When a food animal is given medication systemically (such as injection of antibiotic), it takes a certain amount of time for the body to break down and eliminate it. During that period the animal should not enter the food chain. Different drugs and medications have different withdrawal times before the animal can be slaughtered.
We’re at the dawn of a new production system
Since the concept of industrialized agriculture began to form about the end of World War II agricultural producers have been subjected to constant harangues urging them to increase production.
Fall is here, time to panic
I know the positioning of the earth’s axis has shifted for the autumnal equinox when my husband has resumed his customary pacing routine, which happens especially when he’s stressed over upcoming ranch work we have to get done this time of year.
Beef Industry’s Voice on Capitol Hill
“We all back at home know how we want to manage our farms and ranches. We just want the government to get out of our way,” says Dan McCarty NCBA LMC and Affiliate Outreach Director. “That’s why we’re back here. So, we can manage our resources the way we see fit. And that we can market our calves and our grains the way see fit.”
Stockpiled Forages Reduce Need, Cost of Hay, Supplemental Feed
Stockpiled forages and winter annuals can reduce the need for and cost of hay and other supplemental feed for beef cattle producers in regions with adequate annual rainfall, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.
Oklahoma ranchers seek supreme court intervention in state checkoff referendum
High Plains Journal
Oklahoma members of the Organization for Competitive Markets and R-CALF USA joined together to file with the Oklahoma Supreme Court an application for original jurisdiction requesting the court enter a declaratory judgement and prohibit the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry from certifying the Oklahoma beef checkoff program referendum.
American Gelbvieh Association to Host Commercial Cattlemen Educational Symposium
All cattlemen and women are invited to attend the American Gelbvieh Association’s (AGA) third annual commercial cattlemen’s educational symposium titled Cattlemen’s Profit Roundup. Cattlemen’s Profit Roundup will be held Friday, December 8, 2017, beginning at 1:30 p.m. CST at the Hyatt Regency Wichita in Wichita, Kansas. Cattle producers from all segments of the beef industry are invited to attend this free event that will feature industry-leading speakers. A provided beef lunch will be served prior to the event starting at 12:00 noon.
Developing Michigan’s local, pasture-based, beef production system
Michigan State University
Michigan is now one of the leaders in meeting the demand for local “pasture-based” beef with the help from a North Central Region (NCR) Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Research and Education Grant and educators who have been working hard to make it happen. Whether it’s on the dinner table at home, at the locally owned restaurant or at the farmers market, consumers are seeking more local food.
14 Signs You Were Born & Raised A Farmer’s Daughter
Being a farmer’s daughter is more than just owning cowboy boots and knowing how to drive a stick. It’s something to be proud of and will forever be special to me. Here are 14 things you can relate to if your dad is a farmer.
1. You know it’s harvest season when your dad goes M.I.A.