Industry leaders confirm phase-out of select grade beef
High Plains Journal
Select grade beef has an important past in the cattle and beef business. However, its tonnage is shrinking and will continue to trend lower in the coming decade, based on collaborative research conducted across all beef industry segments.
Cow and calf sizes: A lesson in basic cow economics
Western Livestock Journal
A big question for many cattle producers is how to make their operation more profitable. “Cow-calf producers tend to operate on a fixed land/feed base associated with a substantial overhead cost in annual rents and finance payments,” says John Dhuyvetter, North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension livestock systems specialist at the North Central Research Extension Center near Minot.
Beef Cows, Hoop Barns, Cover Crops, Cornstalks, and Irrigated Pasture
University of Nebraska
Integrated cow-calf production systems that utilize hoop barns, crop residues and annual forages are gaining interest in the heart of corn and soybean county. In this BeefWatch Producer Perspective Podcast, Tyler Burkey who is part of a family farm operation near Milford, Nebraska discusses how they have built a cow-calf operation around a wide range of resources and technology.
Chelsea Good of the Livestock Marketing Association Weighs in on the Cattle Traceability Debate
Oklahoma Farm Report
As local and regional hubs of livestock movement and where the majority of livestock are identified, livestock markets are central to this discussion. In recognizing their unique situation in this, the LMA has created its own subcommittee on traceability and has also been actively engaged with the National Cattle Traceability Working Group that is leading an industry wide discussion on how to move this issue forward nationally.
Texas A&M International Beef Academy receives grant from 44 Farms
Cameron, Texas-based 44 Farms has provided gift funds to become the signature sponsor of the Texas A&M International Beef Academy, which debuted earlier this year. With its financial commitment, the program has been renamed the “44 Farms International Beef Academy at Texas A&M,” according to program coordinators. 44 Farms is the largest registered Angus operation in Texas and the fourth largest in the U.S.
Is sales price of cattle the main determinant of profitability?
Annual cow costs were the focus in last week’s Industry At A Glance. The focus was based on data from the Kansas Farm Management Association (KFMA), one of the largest farm management association programs in the country.
Do stronger measures of genomic connectedness enhance prediction accuracies across management units?
Journal of Animal Science
Genetic connectedness assesses the extent to which estimated breeding values can be fairly compared across management units. Ranking of individuals across units based on best linear unbiased prediction (BLUP) is reliable when there is a sufficient level of connectedness due to a better disentangling of genetic signal from noise.