Daily Archives: December 28, 2018

Wheat Straw Can Help Keep Cows Full

Wheat Straw Can Help Keep Cows Full

John Dhuyvetter,


Cattle producers should consider feeding wheat straw to keep cows full and prepared for winter, according to a North Dakota State University Extension livestock expert. “Cows, as large ruminants, need a lot of feed to fill them up and keep them full,” says John Dhuyvetter, Extension livestock systems specialist at the North Central Research Extension Center near Minot, N.D.

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10 Penny-Pinching Tips for Feeding Cows

10 Penny-Pinching Tips for Feeding Cows

Gene Johnston

Successful Farming

How much feed does a beef cow need to get through the winter? Probably less than you think, says Mary Drewnoski, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension beef specialist.

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Improving Beef Cattle Genetic Evaluations

Improving Beef Cattle Genetic Evaluations

Multi-State Research Fund Imacts

The U.S. is the largest producer of beef in the world, but environmental, economic, social, and technological changes present challenges and opportunities for the industry. Selective breeding can enhance traits that improve economic viability, international competitiveness, and sustainability and ensure affordable, high-quality beef for consumers.

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Researchers Collaborate to Empower a New Breed of Cattle Producer

Researchers Collaborate to Empower a New Breed of Cattle Producer

Media Planet

Canada is home to more than 60,000 cattle ranches and farms, as well as a modern cattle-feeding industry. Collectively, these farmers, ranchers and feedlot operators produce beef that is recognized globally for its wholesomeness and quality. Canada is the sixth largest beef exporting country in the world.

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Could Calves Earn More?

Could Calves Earn More?

Bovine Veterinarian

Recent video auction market sales data (from 2014-2017) busts the myth on premiums available for non-implanted cattle. The report demonstrates no difference in sale price on a per-pound basis between implanted and nonimplanted cattle. In fact, implanted lots of cattle sold for slightly more than nonimplanted lots (184.12 versus 183.03 $/cwt).

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Cargill says to cut antibiotic use in cattle by 20 percent

Cargill says to cut antibiotic use in cattle by 20 percent


The company on Feb. 26 started eliminating 20 percent of antibiotics deemed important for human medicine and farm animals from its four feed yards in Texas, Kansas and Colorado, according to the company. It is making the same reductions at four feed yards operated by Friona Industries, which supplies Cargill with cattle.

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If we’re going to eat cattle, let them eat grass

If we’re going to eat cattle, let them eat grass

Jared Stone

LA Times

Stories about impending environmental apocalypse circulate almost daily, especially in drought-ravaged California. Many of these stories tend to blame agriculture — and specifically, beef — for gobbling up our resources. Though numbers vary widely and are hotly contested, some researchers estimate that it takes 1,800 gallons of water to produce each pound of beef.

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Cattle Temperament Alters the Metabolic Response to a Feed Restriction Challenge in Beef Steers

Cattle Temperament Alters the Metabolic Response to a Feed Restriction Challenge in Beef Steers

Broadway, Burdick, Sanchez, Carroll, Hughes, Richeson, Roberts, Schmidt

Jacobs Publishing

Recent studies have demonstrated metabolic differences between calm and temperamental cattle. Specifically, temperamental cattle exhibit greater concentrations of NEFAs, decreased blood urea nitrogen (BUN), and decreased insulin sensitivity compared to Calm cattle. It is hypothesized that these differences may influence the manner in which Temperamental cattle respond to feed restriction (FR).

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Trade War adds to sticker shock for U.S. beef in China

Trade War adds to sticker shock for U.S. beef in China

Mark Dorenkamp

Brownfield Ag News

An official with the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) says tariffs have added to the sticker shock of U.S. beef in China. Greg Hanes tells Brownfield he believes the trade war has limited growth since China reopened its market to American products a year ago.

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Fiske Joins American Gelbvieh Association Staff

Fiske Joins American Gelbvieh Association Staff

The American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) is pleased to announce and welcome Will Fiske as the breed growth specialist. In this role, Fiske will be involved with data analysis projects, assist the AGA marketing team’s efforts to further grow demand for Gelbvieh and Balancer®-influenced cattle, and facilitate and increase the use of AGA’s commercial cowherd database, Smart Select Service.

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