Daily Archives: November 12, 2018

Do Your Cows Match Your Resources?

Do Your Cows Match Your Resources?

Benjamin Williamson

Pennsylvania State University

Cattlemen typically like to boast about how good their cattle are. We like to admire how they look, how they grow, how they milk, and any other way that we can. One way that we typically take pride in our work is that annual time of year when cow calf producers market their calves, selling a heavy calf that brings the top end of the market.

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Bale Feeder Design Can Reduce Hay Waste

Bale Feeder Design Can Reduce Hay Waste

Travis Meteer

University of Illinois

Feeding hay ad libitum is the most popular winter feeding strategy in the Midwest. In most cases, hay is packaged into large round bales and fed in some type of feeder. Many different designs claim to reduce hay waste, thus research in this area has helped identify designs that reduce hay waste.

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What You Need to Know About a Mycotoxin Risk in Your Feed

What You Need to Know About a Mycotoxin Risk in Your Feed


Due to a wet fall and delayed harvest in the Midwest, conditions have been ideal for mold growth. Therefore, mycotoxins will likely be an issue in many feeds and ingredients this year. Mycotoxins are a toxic, secondary metabolite produced by fungi/molds that result in undesirable performance when animals (or even humans for that matter) are exposed.

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Balancing your nutrients will pay off

Balancing your nutrients will pay off

Duane McCartney

Canadian Cattlemen

Dr. Hushton Block, beef cattle nutritionist previously at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Bran­don Research Centre and now currently at Lacombe, is interested in finding ways of improving the economic and feed efficiency for beef cattle.

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Cattle quadruple the protein value of corn

Cattle quadruple the protein value of corn


Hoards Dairyman

It takes approximately 1,400 pounds of corn to finish out a steer. Would we be better off feeding that corn to humans instead? Associate Professor Tyron Wickersham and colleagues at Texas A&M University have done work to answer that very question. He shared this information during a media event coordinated by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

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Ag industry took a huge hit from hurricane

Ag industry took a huge hit from hurricane

The Ledger

Florida’s agriculture industry suffered nearly $1.49 billion in damages from Hurricane Michael, with timber growers the hardest hit, the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said Friday.

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New beef quality assurance certification requirements

New beef quality assurance certification requirements

Yolanda Schmidt

Pierce County Tribune

Beginning January 1, 2019, those planning to sell fat cattle for slaughter to Tyson Fresh Meats, JBS, Cargill, and Greater Omaha will need to be Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Certified. As of now, this requirement only applies to those selling fat cattle for slaughter.

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Cause of Raber Packing Co. fire remains unknown

Cause of Raber Packing Co. fire remains unknown

Matt Buedel
Peoria Journal Star
The cause of the blaze remained officially undetermined on Friday, hours after it destroyed a Peoria-area institution just as the busiest season for its business began. Fire naturally could have spread from the boiler or massive meat smoking operation at Raber Packing Co. just off Farmington Road and just beyond West Peoria’s village limits, but company president Buddy Courdt told the Journal Star that flames did not appear to originate from those areas when he arrived to witness the firefighting operation Thursday night.

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Management before sale could affect dressing percentage.

Management before sale could affect dressing percentage.

Glenn Selk

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

Cull cows that are destined to go to the packing house are graded by their fleshiness. The fattest cows are called “breakers.” Moderately fleshed cows are “boning utility.” Thin cows are called “leans” or “lights,” depending upon the weight of the cow. There will be price differences among these four grades.

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People travel hundreds of miles for cattle drive in eastern ND

People travel hundreds of miles for cattle drive in eastern ND

Bonnie Meibers


Phil Brown bundled up and then saddled up early Saturday morning, Nov. 10, just like a real cowboy. He arrived at the pasture in a 2006 Buick, a piece of the present, and then got ready to take partake in a piece of the past. The 66-year-old lives in Grand Forks but joins Keith Johnson annually in his cattle drive, bringing Johnson’s 400 cows back home near Sharon, ND.

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