U.S. Beef Industry Finds $1.1 Billion
The beef industry still forfeits 22% of the money it could pull in each year, says meat scientist Gary Smith. The Texas A&M and Colorado State University professor worked with Kansas State University economist Dustin Pendell to review progress since a 1990 paper by then National Cattlemen’s Association economist Chuck Lambert.
Black is Only a Color
Now y’all understand most of what I write about is from my experiences. I have owned Brangus cattle and thought that they did a decent job. But when the black craze came along we thought the price that some folks were willing to pay made them too expensive for us to own.
Prevent Losses to Scours
Dr. Ken McMillan
An accurate diagnosis is the first step to preventing future outbreaks and the loss of calves to scours. If cows are thin, or lacking in balanced nutrition including minerals, colostrum quality may suffer. All of these things can work together to increase the potential for sick calves.
U.S. framework for beef sustainability released
Western Livestock Journal
The USRSB Sustainability Framework is a set of resources developed to assist ranchers, cattle auction markets, feedyards, packers, processors, and retail and food service organizations in their efforts to continuously improve the sustainability of U.S. beef.
Monitor minerals among cowherd
The Cattle Business Weekly
Hall noted copper is the number one mineral deficiency in cattle nationwide, but also shared that selenium, zinc, Vitamins A and E, and manganese are frequently deficient. He explained deficiencies can decrease growth rates, drag down immune systems, and contribute to other health risks. Thus, Hall stressed the importance of testing cows and calves to asses – and correct – mineral deficiencies, and ultimately add performance and profit to cattle.
Audit reveals an increase in overall consumer satisfaction with retail beef steaks
The latest National Beef Quality Audit shows that while consumer satisfaction remains high, the Canadian beef industry can make improvements related to carcass quality.
Don’t Let Potash Limit Your Forages
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
Potassium can be a neglected nutrient in forages, especially hayfields. Potassium is needed for many essential plant processes including stomatal opening and closing (regulates water status of plant), winter hardiness, and resistance to plant disease and stress. Fall is a great time to sample pasture and hayfields and apply needed fertilizer such as potash (K2O).