Brands a lot more than fire or freeze on a hide
I’d love to say that I’ve spent December diligently working on ranch projects. While that is true on some accounts, it seems that the majority of my time has been focused on work surrounding the Nebraska Brand Committee (NBC). I was appointed to NBC a little over two years ago and it’s been a whirlwind ride ever since. What was described as an “appointed committee that meets quarterly” has turned into some weeks a fulltime job.
Red Angus Teams up With Kansas State University to Publish Valuable Data From Cow-Calf Veterinarians
Results from a detailed survey of cow-calf veterinarians compiling their recommendations on vaccine protocols, health management, and production practice recommendations were recently published in The Professional Animal Scientist, the publication for the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists. The study, “A Survey of Recommended Practices Made by Veterinary Practitioners to Cow-Calf Operations in the United States and Canada,” was initiated by the Red Angus Association of America in partnership with the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station, and provides valuable insight into how these practices can be best applied in individual cowherds.
Davis Hired as AHA Director of Communications & Public Relations
Kendra Davis joins the American Hereford Association team as the director of communications and public relations. As director of communications and public relations, Davis will coordinate marketing and promotion for the AHA. She will also contribute to the AHA website and weekly communication to Hereford producers.
Fescue Foot Still a Concern in Southwest Missouri
According to Eldon Cole, livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension, one visit involved a 60-acre pasture that had not been grazed since March. “The farmer wondered what the risk of fescue foot and other related problems brought on by ergot alkaloids would be if pregnant heifers were allowed to graze it,” said Cole.
Hay Testing for Efficient Winter Feeding
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
As this year comes to an end, most Ohio graziers are probably feeding a good portion of hay as a part of their animals’ daily ration. Even if there is a supply of stockpiled forage available, we tend to make hay available just in case they need a little extra. It is likely that grain is also part of that daily ration. Well, how do you know how much hay, grain, and pasture they need?
USDA needs to get out of the regulation business
I’ve noticed the social media twits are aflame because USDA withdrew one if its organic rules — in this case a rule which tried to define and regulate animal welfare as part of the organic standards. I say bring on more deregulation.
CAB opts for USDA grading modernization
The Fence Post
It’s no big deal, literally, but grading rules that applied needless discounts to a tiny fraction of carcasses are no more for most beef. As of Dec. 18, all graded beef in the U.S. can be evaluated for the most youthful “A” maturity category based on dentition as well as traditional skeletal metrics when assigning quality grades.