2018 Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference
Iowa Beef Center
The premier educational event in Iowa for cow-calf producers is offering a comprehensive package of information to attendees next month. The popular Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference has provided timely, accurate and important information to the state’s beef cattle industry for more than 40 years. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef specialist Patrick Wall said the conference, set for Jan. 27 at the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa, will continue that successful tradition.
Longtime Angus Productions Inc. Vice President of Sales Set to Retire
With appreciation for a job well done, I’m writing to let you know that after 38 years with the American Angus Association, Terry Cotton has announced he will be retiring from his Angus career as of January 2, 2018.
Interpreting Forage Quality of Grass Hay
University of Nebraska
Have you ever tested the quality of your grass hay and been disappointed at the low relative feed value? Well, maybe your worry is unnecessary. Farmers and ranchers often tell me their prairie hay or cane hay or other grass hay looks really good but when a lab tested it the relative feed value, also called RFV, was surprisingly low, maybe in the 70s or 80s. So what’s wrong with the hay?
Consumers pay more for often misleading beef labels
High Plains Journal
Browsing labels in the meat aisle can be confusing, especially when it comes to the word “natural”. New research shows consumers not only misinterpret the label, but they’re willing to pay significantly more for natural steak when they’re unfamiliar with the U.S. Department of Agriculture definition.
Next breeding season starts now
The Fence Post
We can debate the single largest factor in reproductive success for the cowherd depending on gender: Is there a fertile and able bull in the herd? Are the cows cycling? A failure in either of these systems results in a miserable day come preg-check time, and anyone who has been the victim of a bull gone bad would swear the male side of this equation is the most important. While a fertile bull is important, he is of little use to a cow that is not cycling.
Drone saves ranch a lot time and energy that would be taken up in driving
Morning AG Clips
“Every time there is a new technology, we try to take advantage of it,” says Kevin Kester. “Most recently, we purchased a commercial drone that we use to gather cattle, look at our water troughs, and make sure everything is functioning correctly.”
Cattle Abortion due to Neospora Caninum
Dr. Lew Strickland
University of Tennessee
Since it was first identified as a cause of abortion in cattle in the early 1990’s, Neospora caninum has become a commonly diagnosed problem worldwide. In addition to abortion, N. caninum can also cause stillbirths and convulsions in newborn calves. This organism is the most often diagnosed cause of abortion in dry lot dairies in the west and occurs sporadically nation wide in beef and dairy herds. There is no treatment for this problem, but testing and culling infected animals along with the use of a vaccine can reduce abortion losses.
Cattle have gotten so big that restaurants and grocery stores need new ways to cut steaks
As U.S. beef cattle have ballooned in size, experts say, restaurants, grocery stores and meat processors have had to get creative in how they slice and dice them up. Increasingly, that means thinner steaks — as well as more scrap meat and “alternative” cuts designed to make the most of a bigger animal.
USDA to Revisit Standard for Beef Carcass Grades
The Department of Agriculture announced it will revisit the United States Standards for Grades of Carcass Beef, a move drawing praise from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.
Planned breeding schedules pay dividends for beef producers
Agri Life Today
In a business where every pound counts and every expense should be optimized, Dr. Monte Rouquette, AgriLife Research forage physiologist, Overton, said producers should consider planned breeding windows for their cow herd if possible.