Daily Archives: December 5, 2017

Baxter Black, DVM:  Hunting Camp Cook

Baxter Black, DVM:  Hunting Camp Cook

Fall is hunting season. Airports from Bozeman to San Antonio are filled with men in camouflage suits carrying gun cases out of baggage claim.

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Don’t fall victim to nitrate poisoning. Check your forages.

Don’t fall victim to nitrate poisoning. Check your forages.

Heather Smith Thomas

Beef Magazine

Nitrogen is one of those good guy/bad guy deals. Nitrogen is a common and important element, and one of the building blocks of protein. Indeed, without it, your cattle would have a much harder time processing the rough forages they consume.

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Improve AI success rate in your beef herd

Improve AI success rate in your beef herd

Ryan Sherry

Wisconsin Agriculturalist

Executing a successful reproductive management program for the beef herd often comes down to the details. Many things need to go right, and many things can go wrong, in terms of a beef cow becoming pregnant. Artificial insemination is not right for every beef producer, but it is becoming a more attractive and cost-effective option for many farms.

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Managing Cattle From the Sky

Managing Cattle From the Sky

The Beef Board

Here at the beef checkoff, we are using our #RethinkTheRanch campaign to help consumers gain a better understanding of how cattle producers are using advanced technology to benefit their businesses and the environment.

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Common traits of successful ranches

Common traits of successful ranches

Cassidy Woolsey

Progressive Cattleman

The term “successful” can be defined as: accomplishing an aim or purpose, and having achieved profit or distinction. Machen also contended “success in the ranching industry is keeping the land and associated resources in some form of production agriculture.” Or, as Machen quoted from a friend, “Success is keeping the ranch in the family and the family in the ranch.”

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Animal care and the modern rancher

Animal care and the modern rancher

Kristin Larson

Sidney Herald

Cattle ranchers have many tools to keep their animals healthy and safe, including nutrition programs, veterinary care, facilities that ensure comfort, and good management practices, such as low-stress handling, vaccines and antibiotics when necessary. No matter the tool, when it comes to animal health, the practices are science-based, regulated and, above all good for the animal and the consumer.

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Eating meat perpetuates ‘hegemonic masculinity,’ prof says

Eating meat perpetuates ‘hegemonic masculinity,’ prof says

Toni Airaksinen

Campus Reform

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

A Pennsylvania State University sociology professor recently argued that eating meat perpetuates “hegemonic masculinity” and “gender hegemony.” Based on interviews with Argentinian vegetarians, Anne Delessio-Parson claims that women use vegetarianism to “push back against the patriarchy,” and that male vegetarians “seem more egalitarian and respectful.”

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Want environmentally friendly beef? United States would have to cut cattle production in half

Want environmentally friendly beef? United States would have to cut cattle production in half

Katie Langin

Science Magazine

Gram for gram, beef costs more to produce—in land, water, and greenhouse gas emissions—than most fruits and vegetables. That’s inspired some environmentally minded scientists to call for a drastic reduction in the number of cattle raised for milk and meat. But it wouldn’t be good to do away with them entirely—they create much of the fertilizer we use, and they consume huge quantities of plant waste, such as corn stalks and distillery grains.

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Bull power is king

Bull power is king

Chris Ramsey

Bristol Herald Courier

The bull in the beef herd has the greatest potential to increase the profits of the beef cattle operation. The genetic potential of bulls changes each year, almost as fast as technology. Just like a seven-year-old computer can’t offer you the best computing power, don’t expect an older bull to offer the best genetic potential to your cows.

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Cull cow numbers up

Cull cow numbers up


Magic Valley Times-News

Beef and dairy cattle producers alike are culling cows but herd size seems poised to increase again this year. John Nalivka, a beef analyst from Vale, Ore., expects cow slaughter in the U.S. to be up 6 percent over 2016 to total 5.9 million head of both beef and dairy cows. Beef cow slaughter is up 12 percent through mid-November, while dairy culls are up 4 percent.

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