BeefTalk: Herd Vaccination Protocols are Critical
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Prepping calves for market next fall starts now with a herd vaccination program for cows, bulls and calves. An annual operational goal should be 100 percent healthy cattle. As producers working with the living, we know, on occasion, that not all will make it to the day’s end; however, we do the best we can.
What’s the value of fixing mineral deficiencies?
First, a majority of cattle have deficiencies in copper, says Jeffery Hall, veterinarian and head of the toxicology lab for the Utah Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Hall’s lab analyzes thousands of tissue samples from across the United States every year, and he says copper deficiencies can be found in 60-70% of all beef cattle tested.
“Improving Mud Damaged Winter Pastures”
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
As spring is upon us, pastures and paddocks that served as cattle feeding areas this winter are a sea of trampled and pugged up mud throughout Ohio. As much of the state has been experiencing even more precipitation over the past week.
Improve Herd Efficiency to take Operation to the Next Level
Kim Mullenix, PhD.
Being a successful cattle producer requires taking a “systems approach” to management. In other words, there are many aspects of our beef cattle operation that we can look at to determine where efficiencies can be improved to help take us to the next level.
Knowing and supplementing existing grazing options help reduce winter feed costs.
Angus Beef Bulletin Extra
For profit-minded ranchers, he reiterated that profit/loss = (production ✕ market value) – costs. Experts indicate the biggest costs are depreciation, labor and feed. The biggest of these three is feed, he noted.
Study: Going Vegan Could Feed Twice the U.S. Population
The Weather Channel
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.
A new study finds that we used all the land currently devoted to raising livestock in the U.S. to raise plants, we could feed an additional 350 million people.
Texas cattle ranchers uneasy over proposed Chinese tariffs on beef
Longtime cattle rancher Jason Peeler gets uneasy when he hears about a looming trade war between the United States and China, and he says he’s not the only one. “We are nervous — we’re really nervous,” Peeler said.
Cows Go Extinct
The Onion (Satire)
In a deeply disturbing finding that has sent shockwaves throughout the nation and the world, officials from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service confirmed Thursday that cows have gone extinct.
Alaskan cowboys bring local beef to the table
For those looking for local beef raised on pasture near Homer, there’s a ranch closer than you might think, just out of sight. Fox Creek Ranch, a cattle grazing haven hidden at the head of Kachemak Bay, is another option for local beef. The ranch is one of about a dozen cattle operations run by members of the Fox River Cattlemen’s Association on grazing leases past the end of East End Road.
Are burps and flatulence from beef cattle really problems that require a carbon tax?
Peter Shawn Taylor
Demands to tax meat — and in particular beef — to fight climate change is a topic of great interest these days. In the past few months, writers at The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Guardian, The South China Morning Post and a host of other media outlets have all been pushing the need to make your next cheeseburger or T-bone steak far more expensive for the sake of the environment.