BeefTalk: The Next Chapter: Some Happy, Some Sad
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension
The world is full of revolving doors. Recently, I walked through one and was selected by the University of Saskatchewan as the director of its Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence, an innovative research, teaching and industry center engaged in all aspects of livestock and forage production. This appointment means change, which challenges me to move out of my daily comfort zone. But life is too short and the world too large to sit still for long. Something always needs to be done somewhere.
Make weaning and preconditioning a worthwhile investment
Dr. Jason Smith
University of Tennessee
Time and time again, the data tells us that properly weaned and preconditioned calves are more valuable than calves that were “weaned on diesel fuel.” And it is beyond the shadow of a doubt that weaning and preconditioning is the right thing for our industry. So why don’t more of us employ weaning and preconditioning as a routine management practice
Muscling Scores are Good Predictor of Carcass Merits
We all have that friend who lives off of protein shakes, chugs energy drinks and lives in the gym all in an effort to “make gains.” The ideal of being muscular and fit isn’t new in our world. In humans, muscle is associated with strength.
Livestock Handling – Starting With the Basics
If you’ve been reading On Pasture for very long, you’ve certainly seen Whit Hibbard’s articles sharing the ins and outs of moving cattle and other livestock. (We’ve put them all together in this Special Collection so you can find them more easily.) To add to that, we’re going to share a video series out of Australia, featuring Boyd Holden. I like this series because Boyd starts at the very beginning, reminding us how to prepare for moving livestock before we head out to the pasture.
Study shows fumonisin not detrimental to beef cattle diets
After a tumultuous 2017 corn season resulting in grain price discounts due to fumonisin, Dr. Jenny Jennings, AgriLife Research beef nutritionist in Amarillo, conducted a controlled beef cattle feeding study to determine the dangers of the mycotoxin in feed corn.
Junior Red Angus Association welcomes 1,000th member
The Cattle Business Weekly
The Junior Red Angus Association of America recently enrolled its 1,000th member and continues to attract young people who desire to be part of the Red Angus breed. The JRA strives to equip and prepare all members to be leaders, innovators, stewards and advocates for the Red Angus breed, the beef industry and agriculture.
Pneumonia in Feeder Calves? Don’t Forget Histophilus somni
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
In this era of advanced vaccine technology and long-acting, expensive, powerful antibiotics, why do cases of Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) continue to increase? One reason is the re-emergence of Histophilus somni (formerly known as Haemophilus somnus) as a major bacterial pathogen responsible for the development of pneumonia in feeder operations.
Iowa State meat science program to celebrate centennial
Iowa State University’s department of animal science will celebrate 100 years of meat science in November, when current and retired faculty, alumni and students will gather to recognize one of the country’s first land-grant meat science programs, according to the university.
Regenerative agriculture: A better way to farm?
Twelve years ago, Ryan Boyd faced a wreck that changed the way he farms today. “I had big plans,” said Boyd, who farms with his wife and parents north of Brandon, Man. “We had a nice crop coming, and then the weather went against us and the markets dropped.
Cattle producers focus on labels, safety in lab-grown meat discussion
Carol Ryan Dumas
Producers of conventional beef shared their concerns with USDA and the Food and Drug Administration during a two-day hearing on the potential hazards, oversight and labeling of cell-cultured meat and poultry products. Fair and accurate labeling and marketing of those alternative products was a top concern.