BeefTalk: Future of Beef Revisited – Industry Integration
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist
Those of us in the beef industry have two big questions to ponder in the future:
- How much do we actually change or accept based on what we deem appropriate?
- How much have we changed based on what is around us rather than our own decisions?
Of these two distinctly different questions, one we control and the other we do not. Is our future actually us, or do we simply review the past, become part of a trend line and keep going?
How to Get Water to Livestock in a Rotational Grazing System
Getting water to livestock in pasture can be a challenge and farmers and ranchers have come up with all kinds of systems to get the job done. Since two (or more) heads are better than one, we thought we’d share some solutions from your fellow graziers over the next few months. Please feel free to add to the conversation by describing your successes (or failures) below, or how you might adapt these examples for your place. Got a video? Get in touch and we’ll share it with your On Pasture Community.
Decrease Labor and Waste with a Total Mixed Ration
Ag in Motion
Nutrition and feed conversion is a critical factor in profitability in any livestock operation. A properly balanced ration ensures animals are supplied with the all the nutrition components and energy they need to be healthy and to maximize milk production for dairy cattle and weight gain in beef cattle.
House and Senate Farm Bills Contribute to Deficit Reduction
A comparison of the House and Senate committee-passed farm bills to the May 2013 baseline shows a cumulative difference in farm bill spending of approximately $112 billion over a 10-year period – driven by both the 2014 and 2018 committee-passed farm bill reforms.
Veterinarian gives advice on how to keep calves in good health with the help of probiotics.
Angus Beef Bulletin Extra
After calves are on the ground, one of the most important factors to keep cattle gaining is minimizing health challenges, advises H. Nielsen, veterinarian in the Technical Service — Ruminant department of Lallemand Animal Nutrition.
Avoid Overgrazing Your Pastures
The summer is upon us and cool season grasses are slowing down their growth. This is the time to pay attention so you don’t overgraze those pastures. Most grazers rely on cool season pastures to sustain their animals. Growth of cool season grasses nearly come to a standstill when temperatures hit 80°F, which often causes a problem for grazers.
You can be an animal science major without becoming a vet
The conversations were like clockwork. “I’m studying animal science.” “Oh! You’re going to be a vet?” My tongue in cheek response was, “No, the idea of going to school another four years only to spend my career getting calls at 3 a.m. to take care of other people’s animals isn’t appealing to me.”