BeefTalk: Finding the Right Cow Size is Not Simple
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
The beef industry has tremendous potential for growth within individual cattle. But just because we can, does that mean we should? Sound cattle management focuses on maintaining growth and efficiency and, in many operations, pushing for improvement. The fear of paths that may take an alternative route is real. Like life, management of alternatives with only a partial knowledge of the outcome amplifies concerns.
Record beef production may bring lower prices
Cattle numbers for the national beef herd were released in January and the report revealed that we have the most cows in the U.S. since 2009. Heifers, which are young females, are still being retained, and that means the herd will continue to grow. David Anderson is a Professor and Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Economist.
Angus Bull Sells For All-Time Record Price
A 14-month-old Angus bull became the highest-priced bull ever sold at public auction last week, fetching $800,000 from two ranchers based in Missouri and Oklahoma. The previous record, set just last year, was $750,000.
Developing heifers on cool-season forage
Landon Marks and Kim Mullenix
Representing the future of the cow herd, replacement heifers must be managed with the end in mind – that is to maintain an efficient, productive cow-calf operation. Nutritional management is a significant component in the development of heifers. Whether a producer is retaining or purchasing his or her heifers, meeting nutrient requirements will aid in the heifer’s success.
Study: Beef Industry Driven ID System Beneficial to Producers
The study reiterates that stakeholders in the U.S. beef industry realize the issue of traceability and identification needs to be addressed, says David Gregg, consulting projects manager World Perspectives.
Research shows feedlot cattle stressed out and running on empty, too
“It’s not a cure-all, but it goes a long way in explaining why we have better vaccines and antibiotics today than we had 20 years ago, but cattle health is worse,” says Nate McDonald, a veterinarian with Cattle Health Management Network (CHMN). He’s talking about chronic oxidative stress (COS) and its impact on cellular function.
Welfare insights on slaughter of pregnant animals
European Food Safety Authority
Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.
According to EFSA expert judgement, on average 3% of dairy cows, 1.5 % of beef cattle, 0.5% of pigs, 0.8% sheep and 0.2% of goats in the EU are slaughtered during the last third of gestation. Reasons may vary – from farmers not being aware that animals are pregnant, to considerations linked to animal health and welfare or economic reasons.
Setting up the newborn calf for success
Karla Jenkins and Brian Vander Ley
The health and well-being of the nursing calf starts with the health and nutritional status of the cow prior to the birth of the calf. Nutrient needs of the cow increase during the last trimester of gestation and, by the last month prior to calving, the fetus is gaining approximately 1 pound per day.
U.S. beef, pork exports break records
Japan led the way for U.S. beef exports in 2017 in both volume and value and was the high-value market for U.S. pork exports, while Mexico was the highest volume importer of U.S. pork.
Beef Comes From Cows, Not Plants or Labs, Cattle Group Argues
A cattle group wants the government to weigh in on just what can be called a burger. The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association, a group that represents livestock producers, filed a petition this month asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to prevent food not made from slaughtered animals from being labeled as “beef” or “meat.”