What Did it Cost to Produce a Pound of Calf This Year?
University of Nebraska
By early December, weaning of spring-born calves has wrapped up for most cow-calf producers. This is a good time of year to close the books on 2018 and analyze the business to see what it cost to produce a pound of weaned calf. Unit cost of production (UCOP) is a value based on a relationship in production or manufacturing between costs and units of product made or produced.
Tips to Manage Cold Stress for Calves
It’s never too early to start planning how you’re going to get your newborn calves off to a thriving start, especially in the coldest months of the year. If you are 60 to 90 days away from calving, you need to start now to ensure that your calf crop will have the nutrients it needs to get a jump start on life and keep warm naturally in its initial time outside the womb.
What we know about Fatigued Cattle Syndrome
Dr. Ron Clarke
Fatigued Cattle Syndrome (FCS) appeared as a clinical syndrome during the summer of 2013. Scientists described it as a novel syndrome affecting highly finished cattle following transport. FCS became a welfare issue when first described and remains a potential welfare problem if not managed properly. Prevention of FCS appears on many conference agendas covering beef cattle welfare.
US cattle ranchers decoding Chinese rules for beef exports
It’s been more than two years since China lifted what had been a 13-year ban on U.S. beef imports — but China remains a relatively small market for U.S. cattle producers. One challenge is China’s strict regulations on what kind of beef can come into the country. U.S. researchers are now working on ways to educate American cattle ranchers on how to get the rules right.
Select Beef Will Be Phased Out
“Select grade beef,” the authors said, “is being intentionally phased out for the right reasons: (1) It is consistently worth less than Choice beef, (2) consumers find it less appealing and less satisfying and (3) Select beef costs essentially the same to produce as Choice.”
Feedlot cattle: Functional oils may improve feed intake during abrupt transition to high concentrate diets
Swapping in-feed antibiotic use for functional oils may support the weight gain, performance and meat quality of feedlot raised cattle, say researchers.
Managing grazing land will be a much bigger concern in the future
The Fence Post
With the U.S. eroding over 1 billion tons of soil in our agricultural systems today, the biggest challenge for the next agricultural generation will be finding the answer to rectify that problem, according to an associate professor of animal science at Michigan State University. Jason Rowntree toured Nebraska recently speaking to ranchers and agricultural students about the role of grazing in the food production system.