BeefTalk: Developing Sire Genetic Benchmarks
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Did you like last year’s calves? Would you like to change something? Did you have some disappointments? Could you improve some performance traits? As the manager of the beef operation, you cannot steer change until you grab the steering wheel and take steps to move the operation forward. Change, or in this case sire selection, is achieved by gently steering.
Be Aware when Feeding Ionophores to Cattle – an Overdose May Prove Deadly
Michelle Arnold, DVM
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
Ionophores have been used for many years in the beef and poultry industries for improved feed efficiency and control of coccidiosis. Generally, ionophores are considered safe and effective in the correct (target) animals receiving the recommended amounts.
Is It Too Late For The U.S. To Rejoin TPP?
Last week President Trump said he was open to rejoining the Transpacific Partnership if his administration could negotiate a “substantially better deal.” It might be too late.
Beef Industry Driven ID System Beneficial to Producers
A new feasibility study released on the adoption of a beef cattle identification and traceability system shows benefits to U.S. cattle raisers.
NCBA’s Colin Woodall Gains More Positive Outlook on NAFTA 2.0 as Negotiations Pick Up Steam
Oklahoma Farm Report
At the forefront of that uncertain landscape is the North American Free Trade Agreement which just wrapped up its latest round of negotiations in Montreal. Based on that most recent meeting, Woodall says he has gained a bit more optimism for the prospect of a modernized NAFTA treaty.
Plan to feed your hay efficiently
Southern Livestock Standard
Feeding hay without the protection of feeders can result in 20% or greater hay waste. This can increase the cost of hay consumed by more than $30 per cow over winter.
Merck Animal Health introduces pour-on pain control
Merck Animal Health today introduced Banamine Transdermal (flunixin transdermal solution) – the first and only US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved product for pain control in a food-producing animal. It is approved for the control of pain associated with foot rot and fever associated with bovine respiratory disease (BRD), and is applied as a pour-on.
Beef industry pockets $277 a head from beef exports
Cattle Business Weekly
Greg Hanes, assistant vice president of international marketing at the US Meat Export Federation, recently asked a room full of ranchers how many of them export the beef they produce. Only a handful of ranchers, in a room of more than 300, raised their hand. “All of you should be raising your hands,” he tells them. “Whether you realize it or not, you are all exporting beef internationally.
Miniature Herefords help young people overcome fear of animals
The Fence Post
Lindley Jex, 9, walks her heifer calf Snow into the ring Jan. 20 for the Junior Miniature Hereford Show Jan. 20 at the National Western Stock Show. Lindley and her sister, Eliza, live in Missouri and visit their grandparents’ farm several times a year, where they work with their cattle.
First impressions matter: Clipping and grooming for sale success
It’s often said: You only get one chance to make a first impression – and when it comes to selling your cattle, the buyer’s first impression can make all the difference in sale dollars.