Mark Parker: The Top 10 topics for the monthly farm/ranch staff meeting
- Discuss reward for whomever gets the neighbor’s Jersey X Mexican fighting bull out of the heifer pasture (dead or alive?).
- Henceforward, the company will no longer assume any liability for ear lobe-related injuries to hoop earring-wearing employees.
Beef blockchain buzz: Technology adds teeth to traceability
Tri State Livestock News
Today a group of Wyoming ranchers and businesspersons are taking cutting edge trade technology – blockchain management – and envisioning it applied to one of the world’s most traditional industries, that of raising cattle.
Science is on modern farmers’ side
I recently interviewed Drew Haines, a grain farmer from Middletown, Md. The guy is not afraid to try new things to grow more corn on the same acreage, whether it’s changing his fertility program or going with a new corn hybrid. Haines has one goal: making more money to survive.
Ancillary BRD treatments don’t work
In the battle with bovine respiratory disease (BRD), beef producers and veterinarians have begun to add ancillary treatments on top of antimicrobial therapy, but it may be a wasted effort. A recent study by animal scientist Blake Wilson and others at Oklahoma State University showed no significant health improvements from adding ancillary, or secondary, treatments to basic BRD antimicrobial therapy in feedlots. This was a rare study with large numbers of cattle.
Using High Quality Alfalfa in Growing and Finishing Rations
University of Wisconsin
Discussions with cattle feeders on growing and finishing rations often revolve around corn silage, grain, and co-product feeds like distiller’s grains or other grain processing feedstuffs. I also often hear folks make comments that beef cattle do not need high quality hay. While some classes of beef cattle do not need high quality alfalfa hay, there is a place for using high quality, or “dairy quality”, alfalfa hay.
NCF Accepting Applications for CME Beef Industry Scholarships
Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association
The National Cattlemen’s Foundation is now accepting applications for 2019-2020 beef industry scholarships sponsored by CME Group. Ten scholarships of $1,500 each will be awarded to outstanding students pursuing careers in the beef industry.
How Nutrition Adds Value for Sellers and Buyers
As the leaves turn from green to crisp golds and yellows, it’s a reminder that fall weaning is right around corner. Many weaned calves will be making their way to feed lots across the Midwest. As the time comes to market calves, producers are always looking for ways to capture extra profit, and the buyers are looking for the calves from the best managed herds where health and nutrition are priorities.
August Beef Exports Soar to New Heights
U.S. beef exports set new records in August with export value topping $750 million for the first time, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). August pork exports were fairly steady with last year’s volume, but retaliatory duties in key markets continued to pressure pork export value.
EU set to clear start of talks to boost U.S. beef imports
European Union countries are on the verge of agreeing to start negotiations with the United States to allow more U.S. beef into Europe, in what could be a major move to defuse transatlantic trade tensions.
Defying Previous Generations To Become a Cowman
When Ben Neale was a kid, he dreamed of being a cowman. The son, grandson and brother of engineers, Neale had a handful of cows as a kid but spent most of his time with cattlemen in his local community. Working for them and learning from them inspired him to figure out how he too could start his own ranch. Today Neale and his wife Lauren, run 200 cows and have a meat processing plant. The road to get there was anything but quick.