Monthly Archives: October 2018

Vet Med researcher leads three-year study using predictive modelling to better control parasitic worms

Vet Med researcher leads three-year study using predictive modelling to better control parasitic worms

Collene Ferguson

University of Calgary

When cattle graze on pastures, parasitic roundworm infections are an inevitable result. Every year, these parasites result in around $2 billion in production loss to the North American cattle industry due to their negative impacts on calf growth. Although ranchers routinely treat their animals with drugs to control parasitic worms, treatments are generally not tailored to the specific needs of the herd. Using a blanket approach not only leads to unnecessary economic loss, but also drives the parasites to become resistant to the drugs.

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Grazing Corn Stalks with Beef Cattle

Grazing Corn Stalks with Beef Cattle

Jessica A. Williamson, Ph.D., Tara L. Felix

Pennsylvania State University

Feeding stored feeds in winter months is a major cost of beef cow-calf and backgrounding operations. Extending the grazing season by grazing corn crop residue may be an economically viable option for beef producers in Pennsylvania.

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Beef cattle grazing on American rangelands—not feedlots—could be net carbon sink

Beef cattle grazing on American rangelands—not feedlots—could be net carbon sink

Susan MacMillan

ILRI Clippings

‘Beef cattle have been identified as the largest livestock-sector contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Using life cycle analysis (LCA), several studies have concluded that grass-finished beef systems have greater GHG intensities than feedlot-finished (FL) beef systems. These studies evaluated only one grazing management system—continuous grazing—and assumed steady-state soil carbon (C) to model the grass-finishing environmental impact. However, by managing for more optimal forage growth and recovery, adaptive multi-paddock (AMP) grazing can improve animal and forage productivity, potentially sequestering more soil organic carbon (SOC) than continuous grazing.

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8 digital technologies for a new era of beef production

8 digital technologies for a new era of beef production

Aidan Connolly

Progressive Cattleman

The last 10 years have not been so kind to the beef industry. It is facing a triple threat: the trend toward leaner white meats such as chicken and fish, consumer movements like “Meatless Mondays” and even lab-grown meats.

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Constantly Evaluate Changing Nutritional Needs

Constantly Evaluate Changing Nutritional Needs

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

Producers shouldn’t choose a ration just once. Nutritionist Robert Barrett, with Producers Cooperative Association, out of Bryan, Texas, says rations ought to be evaluated every time there’s a change in the herd or its environment.

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President Trump’s Remarks at FFA Convention

President Trump’s Remarks at FFA Convention


Each year the National FFA Organization invites the sitting President of the United States to attend the  National FFA Convention and Expo. The tradition started with former President Harry Truman. President George H.W. Bush was the last sitting president to attend the event. First Lady Michelle Obama brought pre-recorded greetings back in 2015 as did vice president Mike Pence last year.

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Changes in Carcass Grade Over Time

Changes in Carcass Grade Over Time

Dr. Andrew Griffith

University of Tennessee

The beef industry, similar to other industries, is constantly attempting to be more efficient and create more value in the product produced. Most cow-calf producers concern themselves with reproductive efficiencies and pounds of weaned calf per acre of land. These two things are important because a cow-calf producer cannot afford to have very many cows fail to wean a calf, and these producers are in the business of selling pounds with a limited quantity of land.

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