Cattlemen’s College to be Held in New Orleans
Staying a step ahead in the cattle industry is no small challenge. Cattlemen and women looking to find that extra step will be attending the 2019 Cattlemen’s College in New Orleans, La., Jan. 29-30. A highlight of the event will be a Jan. 29 afternoon session that features Dr. Temple Grandin conducting a cattle handling and facility design presentation. A reception will follow that afternoon, with a full slate of concurrent educational sessions to follow the morning of Jan. 30.
Today’s Beef Cattle Doing Better at Providing a Great Eating Experience Every Time for Consumers
Oklahoma Farm Report
It takes high quality cattle to produce beef that today’s consumers are wanting and forty years ago, when the Certified Angus Beef Program was starting up- a great eating experience for the consumer was not always delivered by beef cattle producers.
BIF Genetic Prediction: Decision Support Using Customizable Indices Across Breeds
A Steak in Genomics™
Are we done with changes? Releasing a single-step evaluation should allow us to focus attention on other topics and needs. EPD have been available to the U.S. beef industry for over 40 years. Survey results suggest that 30% of beef producers use EPDs or indexes as their primary selection criteria. Part of the lack of technology adoption is likely due to the confusion surrounding how best to use them. Also, some breed associations publish in excess of 20 EPD per animal. There are increasing number of EPDs, but we continue to publish indicator traits such as Birth Weight, when we have the economically relevant trait published, Calving Ease in this case.
Mexico’s Impact on Cattle on Feed Placements
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
Mexico historically has been an important source of feeder cattle for U.S. cattlemen, with feeder calf imports of approximately 1 million head a year since the mid-1980s. Imports grew from 702,000 head in 2008 to their peak in 2012 at 1.44 million head.
Researchers Bust Antimicrobial-Resistance Myth
We know that when a population of bacteria are exposed to an antibiotic, some level of resistance develops over time. So it would seem logical to assume that beef from cattle treated with antibiotics would carry more resistant bacteria than beef from “antibiotic-free” production systems.
Methane Emissions From Livestock Have No Detectable Effect On The Climate
No Trick Zone
Agrobiologist and scientific researcher Dr. Albrecht Glatzle, author of over 100 scientific papers and two textbooks, has published research that shows “there is no scientific evidence, whatsoever, that domestic livestock could represent a risk for the Earth’s climate” and that the “warming potential of anthropogenic GHG [greenhouse gas] emissions has been exaggerated”.
Man to face charges for carrying fertilized wagyu eggs into China
The agriculture ministry will pursue criminal charges against a man who tried to take the fertilized eggs of wagyu Japanese beef cattle into China, it was learned Tuesday. “We’re taking procedures to file a criminal complaint” against the person, believed to be a Japanese national, in a bid to prevent similar cases and strengthen the management of wagyu cattle, said agriculture minister Takamori Yoshikawa.
Feed Intake Study in Beef Cattle Could Lead to More Efficient Breeds
Dr. Dan Shike
Fed by Science
A change is coming to the cattle seedstock industry. Breed associations have long been interested in finding the genetic basis for feed efficiency, with the aim of breeding more efficient animals. But the first step – accurately measuring how much cattle eat across different life stages and diet types – has been a missing piece. A new study from the University of Illinois helps fill the gap.
How cool is COOL? Depends on your perspective
BEEF editors are not opposed to the concept of labeling beef. In fact, through the years, you can find many pages devoted to chronicling the innovative efforts of producers to identify and document value-added differences in genetics and management, which are subsequently labeled or branded and marketed to capture the added value.
Winter BCS Maintenance
Glenn Selk explains the importance of having cows in good body condition at calving time in the spring.