Cow Body Condition At Calving
Body condition scoring a pregnant cow gives you a good estimate of her nutritional status and energy reserves. Calf vigor at birth, the immune system response, and colostrum production are all closely related to the condition of cows both at calving and during the breeding season. On a scale from one-to-nine, a score of one is emaciated and a nine is too fat.
Economy, Energy and Feedstuffs Outlook
Despite the fact the government shutdown negatively affected the gross domestic product (GDP) by anywhere from 0.13% to 0.25% each week, the overall U.S. economy strengthened by about 2.8% in the fourth quarter. Unemployment rates are down again by 4%, and median household income has grown for the fifth year in a row, this year by about 2%. Mike Murphy, CattleFax market analyst, presented an outlook of the economy, energy and feedstuffs to attendees of the 2019 Cattle industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show in New Orleans, La.
The Future of Meat
Stephen J. Dubner
Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.
Global demand for beef, chicken, and pork continues to rise. So do concerns about environmental and other costs. Will reconciling these two forces be possible — or, even better, Impossible™?
‘Tinder for cows’ matches livestock in the mood for love
A Tinder-inspired app is helping farmers match up potential partners for their cattle. Called “Tudder” – a mix of dating app Tinder and udder – it lets farmers swipe right on cattle they like the look of. They are then directed to a page on the SellMyLivestock website where they can browse more pictures and data about the animals before deciding whether to buy.
Explaining Agriculture to Consumers Using Emotions, Not Science
According to book author Michele Payn, Principal at Cause Matters Corp., the U.S. agricultural industry has a serious negative perception problem with the general public. “The anti-agricultural community has a very loud voice, especially on social media,” said Payn, speaking at the 2017 Mid America CropLife Association meeting in Kansas City, MO. “I don’t understand for the life of me why agricultural companies don’t do a better job at fighting back against this.”
Bull Selection To Meet Your Operations Goals
Spring is always a busy time of the year – cows are calving and bulls are selling across the country. In addition, many hours are spent scouring through hundreds of pages of bull sale catalogs in order to identify a future herd sire.
Develop Heifers the Profitable Way
The Profit Picture
Heifer development isn’t cheap. Monetarily, it’s one of the most expensive areas of production in a beef operation. Plus, factor in the amount of time it takes to develop a heifer and a producer can start to understand just how much of an investment the process is to an operation.