BeefTalk: Just When Does One Let the Calves Go?
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Hay is the staple for cow-calf producers. How much hay an operation needs to feed versus how much hay an operation feeds are two different numbers. So assuming cattle consume most of their feed needs from forage, let’s figure. A pencil, pad of paper and some notes go a long way in trying to get the answers one needs.
Putting together a vaccination plan for next year
As the year is coming to an end, this is the perfect time to start thinking about next year and what you need to do to be prepared come vaccination time. You want to keep your herd’s health in the best possible condition, and a vaccination plan is the best way to do that.
Training Livestock and Wildlife to Electric Fence
I always like to start an electric fence conversation with this statement: “Electric fence is not a Miracle.” Quite frequently it is a miracle that it ever works when installed by uninformed consumers. There are certain principles that must be used and challenges overcome to use the product successfully.
Informed Consumers Won’t Pay More For ‘Natural’
Consumers are willing to pay more for steak labeled “natural,” unless they know the definition of “natural.” Researchers at Arizona State University asked 663 beef eaters about their willingness to pay for steak labeled with different attributes: natural, grass-fed or corn-fed, fed without genetically modified feed and produced without growth hormones or antibiotics. Half of the participants were provided with the definition of natural and half were not.
Producer Perspective: Meredith Ellis Ulibarri
Noble Research Institute
Meredith Ellis Ulibarri along with her father, GC Ellis, and Mike Knabe, who has worked on the ranch for 28 years, operate G Bar C Ranch near Rosston, Texas. They are among the Integrity Beef producers raising and selling calves as part of a two-year national beef sustainability pilot research project that will evaluate each step in the beef value chain.
Cattle industry leaders mentor Aggies
The Fence Post
Aggie students are joining cattle producers and industry leaders as members of Nebraska’s largest beef industry organization. Animal science students at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis recently attended the Nebraska Cattlemen convention in Kearney.
Republicans reach deal on tax cuts with key farm benefits
Congressional Republicans say they reached agreement on a final tax bill that will provide a new 20-percent deduction for pass-through income from farms and small businesses. Many details of the final legislation, which the House and Senate are expected to take up early next week, were still being nailed down, according to a Senate source.