BeefTalk: Beef Growth Performance Continues to be Stable
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Beef cattle performance growth trends, as calculated through the Cow Herd Appraisal of Performance Software (CHAPS), are very stable. The North Dakota State University Extension Service and North Dakota Beef Cattle Improvement Association (NDBCIA) collect and analyze the CHAPS data to produce meaningful annual benchmarks. The current growth benchmark for actual weaning weight is 554 pounds at 192 days of age, with an average daily gain of 2.5 pounds. These calves are a 5.2 frame score.
Be Prepared to Handle Cattle During Winter
Winter weather if finally arriving and when it gets here for good we need to be prepared to handle and transport cattle appropriately. The heat of summer can be a challenge but the cold, wet and wind of winter and early spring can cause headaches that can’t be matched.
Choosing a Method for Pregnancy Diagnosis
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
Previous research has shown the benefit of pregnancy diagnosis and how it adds to a producer’s bottom line. Keeping one cow over winter can cost $100-$200 in feed and supplements so removing open cows can help decrease winter feed costs. Pregnancy diagnosis is a very valuable tool in the beef industry and it is grossly underutilized. Only about 20% of producers employ some sort of a pregnancy diagnosis in their herd. Producers have options for pregnancy determination that vary in price and difficulty- transrectal palpation, transrectal ultrasound, and a blood test.
SDSU headlines the importance of pregnancy detection in a dry year
Tri State Neighbor
With moisture levels below average in much of South Dakota, cattle producers may find results from pregnancy checking their herd useful in making management decisions moving forward, said Taylor Grussing, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist.
What’s up with $1.20 cattle and $25 tenderloins
The Fence Post
“Don’t always assume that retail price is driven off of the price of goods,” Mark McCully said. The vice president of production for the Certified Angus Beef brand commented on the disconnect between ranch and retail, breaking it down at Angus University during the Angus Convention, Nov. 4-6 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Undersecretary McKinney travels to India for his first trade mission
High Plains Journal
India is poised to become a more active trading partner with the United States, according to Ted McKinney, U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs. McKinney recently traveled to India for his first USDA international trade mission.
China deal raises questions among cattle community
Top officials with the Montana Stockgrowers Association are still in China after working out a deal involving $200 million worth of Montana beef. The agreement is for a leading Chinese online retailer, JD.com, to buy $200 million in Montana beef and, with an investment partner, put $100 million toward a brand new slaughterhouse and feedlot infrastructure in Montana. The location is unknown, but construction will begin as early as the spring of 2018.