BeefTalk: Add Value to Market Cows and Bulls
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension
Preparing market cows and bulls is a timeless function of beef operations.
Individual producer goals determine how many cows will remain in the herd and how many will shift to the market column. The resulting two numbers – market cow rate and replacement rate – impact the base cow herd. Managers match cattle numbers to given resources. The numbers are the foundation to expanding and/or contracting herd numbers.
Boost Animal Performance When Forages are Stressed
“Research suggests ionophores improve animal performance in a grazing situation or feedlot,” says Auburn University Extension animal scientist Kim Mullenix. “A rule of thumb is they improve gain 10%, almost the same as the increase from implants.”
Overcoming a mycotoxin nightmare
It was a cowboy’s worst nightmare. Pen after pen of lethargic cattle. Feed intake down by 50 percent. Skyrocketing pulls. Even heavy 1,300-pound cattle heading to the hospital pen in higher-than-normal numbers.
Does beef demand impact you?
I got a call recently from a reader who had several concerns. Space doesn’t allow me to address all of them, but let’s look at a couple. He wondered why good beef demand both here and abroad hasn’t translated into better prices at the ranch level. On the other hand, I’ve been amazed that prices have stayed robust this year. So I did some checking and found some interesting numbers.
Managing millennials in agriculture
Farm and Dairy
This is considered to be the most energetic, educated and diverse generation — one that is also technology savvy and conscious of social issues. Members of this generation have been influenced by terrorist attacks, school shootings, and the emergence of the internet. Approximately one-third of the U.S. workforce is made up of millennials and it’s estimated they will comprise nearly one-half of the workforce by 2020.
Tyson Fresh Meats Changes Choice Plus Grid
Red Angus News
Effective Oct. 1, 2018, Tyson Fresh Meats has altered the Choice Plus Grid to reflect a pricing change brought about by a shift in the industry towards more Choice beef, which has raised the bar for quality. In effect, Choice is not as “special” as it once was 10 years ago.
Man in Oklahoma Surrenders on Cattle Embezzlement Charges
A man in Oklahoma surrendered to police on six counts of embezzlement following an investigation by a Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) special ranger. Johnny Ray Simmons, 52, of Stilwell, Oklahoma, surrendered to Harper County authorities on Sept. 12 and was booked in the Harper County Jail.
Beef stocker field day blends new technology, traditional feeding strategies
Cattlemen from across Kansas gathered at Kansas State University’s Beef Stocker Unit to share information with researchers and other cattle producers on upcoming changes in the beef industry. This year’s conference focused on continuing market trends, innovative uses of a traditional feedstuff and emerging veterinary technology.
Tyson leads transparency push on beef production
Consumers in the U.S. and Canada increasingly want to know how their food is produced. As far as beef is concerned, they want to know how animals are cared for, they want guarantees that beef is safe and that it has been produced in an environmentally sustainable way. Until now, the beef industries in both countries have done a poor job in making beef production more “transparent.” Some branded beef programs offer this but they are tiny. Beef industry detractors have used the lack of transparency as a weapon to attack beef eating.
Pollak to coordinate the Nebraska Integrated Beef Systems Initiative at UNL
The Fence Post
John Pollak, former director of the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, has been named coordination lead for the Nebraska Integrated Beef Systems Initiative at the University of Nebraska. The Nebraska Integrated Beef Systems Initiative was launched in 2016 in the university’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. It is designed to leverage the many systems-based efforts underway at Nebraska to advance science-driven innovation in development of resilient systems for food animal production, health and well-being, and to train the diverse workforce required.