What are big carcasses doing to the future of the beef industry
Over the past several decades, the genetic direction of the nation’s cowherd has been driving us to bigger and bigger cattle. That, in turn, drives bigger and bigger fed cattle carcasses. While that may be an economic reality for the production end of the marketing chain, it creates an alarming and difficult situation for beef marketers.
Red Angus Association of America releases spring 2018 EPDs in time for bull sale season
Brandi Buzzard Frobose
High Plains Journal
As a new calendar year has arrived, so has the blitz of spring bull sales. Beef producers desire up-to-date genetic information to make their purchasing decisions, hence accurate and reliable information is necessary. The Red Angus Association of America has just released its spring 2018 EPDs, allowing producers to utilize the most current data from the industry’s best Red Angus genetics at upcoming production sales.
COORS bill causes rift among Colorado beef producers and cattle industry groups
The Fence Post
A debate that is neither simple nor reticent is, once again, raging between members of different camps within the cattle industry with the discussion centered in Colorado. As the arguments about Country of Origin Labeling in beef come before the Colorado House Agriculture committee in response to HB18-1043, some experts worry the ensuing debate stands to damage the public’s perception of the beef industry.
Hands-on display brings calving to Life
Giving birth 10 to 12 times a day can’t be easy on a cow, but Canadian Western Agnes did just that for a whole week during Agribition. Agnes is the calving simulator owned by Canadian Western Agribition and the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.
Grazing Your Cover Crops Can Build Good Soil
You may have thought that planting a cover crop and leaving it alone until termination and planting of the cash crop is the best way to get all the soil benefits of the ground cover. Cover crops by themselves certainly improve soil biodiversity, soil organic matter levels (which influence tilth and moisture capacity), nutrient cycling, and weed suppression, among many other benefits.
Bovine respiratory disease in cow-calf herds
Heather Smith Thomas
Dr. Andi Lear, food animal field services, University of Tennessee, says minimizing stress is very important, along with a good vaccination program. Using appropriate vaccine protocols to prevent BRD, blackleg, etc., in calves is crucial, along with trying to minimize stress when working them.
What the 2018 farm bill means for America
Since the turn of the year, Congress and the Trump administration have been haggling over legislative priorities. Many issues are on the agenda, from health care to infrastructure, but there has been little mention of a key priority: The 2018 farm bill.
As NAFTA Meetings Progress, Ag Industry’s Seat at the Table Remains Empty with Doud Still on Hold
Oklahoma Farm Report
“I think it’s important for the beef industry to have a presence at this negotiation round. A lot of the previous rounds have been technical and this will actually be a ministerial round. The trade ministers will be there including Ambassador Lighthizer,” Bacus said. “It’s important for us to show our support for these negotiations and also for the benefits that NAFTA has given the industry.”
eBEEF.org: A Website Dedicated to Beef Cattle Genetics
University of Nebraska
The team plans to achieve this goal by including only selected, peer-reviewed publications on the website. Additionally, a list of FAQs will be available and easily accessed in short videos. Archived recordings of webinars and conference presentations can be accessed through the video library. The “Ask the Expert” section of the site can be utilized to find custom answers to specific problems and covers all aspects of beef cattle production.
Agriculture is a priority in Washington again
Texas Farm Bureau
It’s been a long time coming. But it appears agriculture is important in Washington again. . . Having the support of Washington is crucial. But we need everyone on board, too. Consumers, fellow farmers, culinary professionals and more play a role in agriculture.