How Are They Shedding?
University of Nebraska
As we move through spring and into summer, many cattle are shedding off their winter coats and exhibiting a slick or summer hair coat. The earlier cattle in environments that have hot and humid summer conditions shed their winter hair coat, the less heat stress they tend to experience. Dr. Jared Decker from the University of Missouri and Dr. Jane Parish from Mississippi State University, who are beef genetics specialists, recently published a fact sheet at eBeef.org titled “Hair shedding scores: A tool to select heat tolerant cattle.”
Avoid fescue foot: Stop grubbing pastures into the ground
New forage research gives reason to not graze toxic fescue grass too short. The bottom 2 inches of infected grass holds highest levels of the alkaloid, causing problems for grazing livestock. The message for herd owners: Don’t allow cows to grub fescue pastures into the ground.
Red Angus: Mark your Calendars for the Marketing Team Town Hall on May 29!
The RAAA marketing team will be hosting a virtual town hall meeting on Tuesday, May 29 at 6:00 p.m. MDT to summarize the 2018 spring bull sale season. The marketing team has spent the last several months traveling to Red Angus production sales across the nation, representing the Red Angus breed while promoting RAAA’s commercial marketing programs.
Chinese tariff retaliation would hit ag hardest
Carol Ryan Dumas
U.S. agriculture can expect a 15 percent drop in net farm income and job losses of about 181,000 if the Trump administration pushes ahead with its latest trade threats to China.
Why farmers only get 7.8 cents of every dollar Americans spend on food
For every dollar consumers spend on food, only 7.8 cents goes to farmers — a record low that reflects shifts in how Americans eat, according to the Department of Agriculture. Where once consumers cooked most of their meals at home, they’re now buying just as many at cafes and restaurants. And while shoppers were once content to husk their own corn and slice their own apples, they now buy those foods — and thousands of others — pre-husked, pre-sliced and otherwise processed.
Mom Leads Sons to Cattle Farming
Tawnya (Wolfhope) Wigfield, of Schellsburg, grew up surrounded by beef cattle. Her dad, Ed Wolfhope, worked for various beef farmers including Leon Falk, a Pittsburgh philanthropist who had a beef farm in Bedford County called Falkland Farms. Wigfield was just 9 years old when she led one of those big, beautiful Herefords into the show ring all by herself.
Exploring the impacts of a world without food animals
Farm and Dairy
What would happen if U.S. farmers stopped producing animals for food and Americans went vegan? Some have called for a move in that direction to address increasing concerns about U.S. health, eating habits and climate change.