Performance Records Point to Opportunity for Improvement
Victoria G. Myers
Cole Eldon believes when cattle producers have good information, and they put it to work, they can make more money. That’s the idea behind the University of Missouri’s long-lived program, Missouri Steer Feedout, which goes back to 1981.
Grazing Fall Pairs on Cornstalks
Karla H. Jenkins
University of Nebraska
Cornstalk residue can be an economical source of forage for beef cattle in the winter. The leftover corn, leaf and husk are the most desirable parts of the corn plant to the animal. Modern farming practices and technology have probably decreased the amount of corn left in the fields for the most part, but the digestibility of the leaf and husk are typically between 45-57% total digestible nutrients (TDN). Assuming stocking rates are moderate and intake is not limiting, research has indicated this will maintain non-lactating pregnant cows.
Put the land first… and everything else will follow
When Brian Harper first witnessed high stock density or “mob” grazing, his reaction was “there is no way I am moving cattle two to three times a day.” Yet the beneficial impact on the land from this approach ultimately convinced Harper that it could fit into their operation.
Distillers’ grains offer ration benefits, but be aware of sulfur levels.
Cadra Van Bibber-Krueger
Angus Beef Bulletin Extra
With winter just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about protein and energy supplementation again. There are many advantages to supplementing your winter feeding program with distillers’ grains or products made with distillers’ grains. However, there are also some disadvantages that need to be considered before feeding decisions are made.
Beef Demand is Key and Less Certain in 2019
Continued growth in U.S. beef production will keep the focus on beef demand in 2019. Beef production is slowing but is forecast to increase 1.5-2.0 percent year over year in 2019 to 27.5 billion pounds. This follows a projected 3.3 percent year over year increase in 2018 beef production to a record level of 27.0 billion pounds.
Sustainability and beef: Beyond the headlines and towards the facts
Dr. Sara Place
A Steak in Genomics™
Headlines are largely negative regarding beef and sustainability. Increased questions about beef’s environmental impacts, animal welfare, and health/nutrition. Many companies are using these concerns to market their products. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation regarding beef’s impact. Sustainability is a complex topic influencing environmental, social, and economic issues. Most of beef’s opponents focus on environmental impact.
Ranching and retirement: Succession planning becomes vital
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says nearly 10 percent of the nation’s 93 million acres of agricultural land will change hands in the next couple of years. As the next generation of farmers and ranchers dives into their production agricultural careers, consideration must be also paid to retiring and aging producers.