Daily Archives: April 16, 2018

Beef Tips: Early Season Pasture Turnout

When do you turn your cattle out in the Spring? Drs. Ron and Keith discuss how to handle early grazing and some alternatives.

Baxter Black, DVM:  I Was Only Trying To Help

Baxter Black, DVM:  I Was Only Trying To Help

It is a wonder that some vet students don’t get discouraged. I don’t mean from the grueling hours of study, the four years without sleep or the daunting specter of trying to cram ten metric tons of knowledge into a six-ounce brain.

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A Long, Difficult Delivery of a Calf Will Affect Rebreeding of the Cow

A Long, Difficult Delivery of a Calf Will Affect Rebreeding of the Cow

Glenn Selk

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

In addition to being the greatest cause of baby calf mortality, calving difficulty markedly reduces reproductive performance during the next breeding season. Cattle suffering from calving difficulty have been reported (Brinks, et al. 1973) to have pregnancy rates decreased by 14% and those that did become pregnant to calve 13 days later at the next calving.

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Feed efficient cows may use less energy in the rumen epithelium

Feed efficient cows may use less energy in the rumen epithelium

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Cows considered more feed efficient, or that have a lower residual feed intake may use less energy in the ruminal tissue, say researchers.

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Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation launches fire relief fund

Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation launches fire relief fund

High Plains Journal

A relief fund has been established by the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation to help Cattlemen who have been affected by on-going wildfires in western Oklahoma.  “Oklahoma wind and drought conditions spurred several large fires on the western side of the Oklahoma yesterday affecting many cattlemen,” said Tiffani Pruitt, coordinator of the OCF, a charitable arm of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association.

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Flabby cattle cost beef industry millions of dollars

Flabby cattle cost beef industry millions of dollars

Winnipeg Free Press

In an industry in which producers get paid by the pound, the trend towards heavier animals may sound like a good thing. But not when it comes to processing efficiency. In fact, it’s costing the beef industry millions in lost revenue. “One processor I talked to characterizes this as the ‘greatest value destructor ever,’” Mark Klassen, director of technical services for the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, told a recent industry seminar.

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Going Vegan? Eating Sustainable Beef Can Be Good For The Environment

Going Vegan? Eating Sustainable Beef Can Be Good For The Environment

Neil Yeoh

Forbes

Grazing land makes up one quarter of the Earth’s total land mass. Managing these grasslands is vital to our environment, wildlife habitat, livelihoods for farmers and ranchers, as well as food security for the growing global population.

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Researcher shows how industry can improve on lost opportunities.

Researcher shows how industry can improve on lost opportunities.

Kasey Brown

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

On reproductive performance, Lambert reported the industry was sitting at 80% success in 1991, meaning the industry was losing out on about $2.6 billion compared to if it were at a 95% reproductive success rate. Smith said a current panel of experts evaluated the industry today, estimating reproductive success at about 85% today, noting the industry has improved.

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Citing First Amendment, court sides with ranchers on beef fee

Citing First Amendment, court sides with ranchers on beef fee

Lewis Kendall

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit this week upheld a lower court’s preliminary injunction against a Montana organization that collects money from cattle ranchers for use in advertisements and research, affirming a ruling that the fee collection program impinges on ranchers’ First Amendment rights.

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Nebraska Farm Bureau petitions USDA to limit definition of beef

Nebraska Farm Bureau petitions USDA to limit definition of beef

Grand Island Independent

Nebraska Farm Bureau is urging the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to not use the term “meat” when referring to all lab-grown and plant-based meat alternatives.

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