Daily Archives: December 19, 2018

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 farmer Christmas stats

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 farmer Christmas stats

FarmTalk

  1. 68% of ranchers can’t drive by a nativity scene without wondering who gets those hay bales after Christmas is over.
  2. 11% of farmers have said, “Don’t buy me anything. I may trade pickups the week after Christmas.”

Full Story

Packers & Stockyards no longer a standalone agency

Packers & Stockyards no longer a standalone agency

The Cattle Business Weekly

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it will eliminate the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration as a standalone agency. USDA will consolidate the GIPSA functions into the Agricultural Marketing Service. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson said the timing of this announcement doesn’t benefit family farmers.

Full Story

Moldy Feed and the Potential Effects on Cattle

Moldy Feed and the Potential Effects on Cattle

Michelle Arnold, DVM

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

Record-setting rainfall in 2018 has resulted in moldy hay and feed throughout the Commonwealth. Many questions regarding the safety of these feedstuffs and how to test them have come to the UK Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (UKVDL) as producers begin to feed these moldy products. While mycotoxins (mold poisons) are the main concern, molds themselves can adversely affect health and productivity of cattle.

Full Story

Argentina Sends First Fresh Beef Shipment to US Market

Argentina Sends First Fresh Beef Shipment to US Market

Northern Ag Net

Argentina has now sent beef to the U.S. for the first time in seventeen years. A 500kg (one half of a metric ton) consignment of ribeye was this week sent to Miami by Swift Argentina, a division of Brazilian beef giant JBS. News of the shipment comes just two weeks on from news that the USDA declared Argentina as eligible to resume shipments of raw beef.

Full Story

Open House at Southwest Center Shares Beef Cattle Research and Technology

Open House at Southwest Center Shares Beef Cattle Research and Technology

A Steak in Genomics™

“The genetics of the AI bred calves allows producers to be competitive with the best herds in the country due to the use of elite bulls with higher accuracy expected progeny differences (EPD),” said Thomas. “The protocol results in more early-born heifers that are more likely to conceive earlier and remain in the herd longer.” That longevity adds to herd profitability over the females lifetime. Their early-born steer mates will also be heavier than those out of a natural service sire that’s born late in the calving season.

Full Story

The science that will make Wagyu beef affordable for everyone

The science that will make Wagyu beef affordable for everyone

Chase Purdy

Quartz

One of Silicon Valley’s largest food technology companies has inked a deal with one of Japan’s most revered meat producers in a bid to one day bring cell-cultured Wagyu beef to the global marketplace. The contract, signed this month by JUST and Toriyama Ranch, is the first of its kind, marrying a high-end beef ranch to a cell-cultured meat producer.

Full Story

Rural Veterinarians Need More Support from Their Communities

Rural Veterinarians Need More Support from Their Communities

Glen L. Jensen, DVM

Drovers

The following are areas that decrease my quality of life as a mixed animal veterinarian living in rural Utah. My personal income doesn’t match the fact I’m on call all the time. I wear too many hats as an owner and manager, trying to train employees; marketing the practice; managing finances, facilities and equipment; handling accounts receivable; and managing public relations. On top of that, I’m also responsible for creating processes and protocols, such as an employee manual, promoting a business culture and more.

Full Story

Advancing beef sustainability is a full supply chain effort

Advancing beef sustainability is a full supply chain effort

Myriah Johnson, Kimberly Stackhouse

GreenBiz

he U.S. beef industry has made progress improving its sustainability, but there’s room to do more. Further improvements are a full supply chain effort. With one of the most complex supply changes in the world, a full supply chain effort means that cow-calf producers, feedlot operators, universities and research institutes, beef packers and processors, retailers, food service companies and even consumers have a role to play in improving the sustainability of beef

Full Story

Cattle farmer uses down-to-earth practices to beef up the soil

Cattle farmer uses down-to-earth practices to beef up the soil

Whitney Pipkin

Bay Journal

The shaggy Red Devon-Angus and doe-eyed Jersey cattle surrounding Virginia farmer Matt Rales are more than the sum of their parts — though their meat will eventually be sold by the pound. To Rales, they are tools to tangibly address climate change, and he wants to prove they’re up to the task.

Full Story

Wye Angus: bred to graze and much more

Wye Angus: bred to graze and much more

Mike Rankin

Hay and Forage Grower

It’s understandable why the U.S. Naval Academy is located near the shores of the Chesapeake Bay in Annapolis, Md. But also near those same shores, on the other side of the bay, is a herd of Angus cattle that has influenced the breed’s genetics for generations. Further, this herd has to earn its keep on forage.

Full Story