Fred Frey, Angus leader, Master Breeder Passes
Fred lived a very energetic and fulfilling life with numerous accomplishments. At age 16, following his father’s untimely death, he quit school to support the family and help raise his siblings. Fred managed and grew the family farm. Fabricating his own cattle equipment out of necessity, his unique and innovative equipment designs burgeoned into manufacturing and sales; partnering with brothers Willie and Ernie, they founded Frey Brothers.
Use sound grazing practices to reduce overgrazing and weeds.
Angus Beef Bulletin Extra
Weed problems may explode this year thanks to the drought of 2018 and residual problems associated with overgrazing in parched pastures, says University of Missouri (MU) Extension agronomist Valerie Tate. Last year’s extreme weather conditions created a forage shortage. As a result, many pastures were overgrazed.
Pendleton County show cattle shot, killed
Show cattle belonging to a 13-year-old girl lay dead on her farm after being shot on Monday. Olivia Cline says her grandfather noticed the cow and heifer while working on the 60-acre farm and says the two went to check them out and discovered both had been shot, once each. “We found the bullet casing right along the road. We assume the other casing is still in the gun,” said Olivia.
Edd and Nina Hendee’s Taste of Texas, a story of failure and fortune.
There was a kind of “whoosh,” like a candle just lit, turning to flame. Quick on his feet, an ever-poised waiter walked briskly to the front of the restaurant, politely inquiring of its owners. “Did you see that lady on fire at table 55?” Edd and Nina Hendee rushed to assist the situation. Decades removed, the Texas duo can find humor in the retelling of the mishap.
Ground beef from grass-fed and grain-fed cattle: Does it matter?
Stephen B. Smith, Ph.D.
Texas A&M University
The internet is awash in websites proclaiming the nutritional benefits of ground beef from grass-fed cattle. However, researchers in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University have published the only two research studies that actually compared the effects of ground beef from grass-fed cattle and traditional, grain-fed cattle on risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and type II diabetes in men. Was ground beef from grass-fed beef actually more healthful?
The importance of good husbandry with scours
Heather Smith Thomas
Western Livestock Journal
“I’ve been in this business—treating sick cattle—for 41 years, and we tend to think that a certain bug causes such-and-such disease and another bug causes this other disease,” says David Rethorst, DVM. “In the past 20 years I’ve come to realize that certain bugs may be associated with certain diseases, but when we see something like scours, this is actually a clinical sign telling us there’s something else wrong in the production system, allowing this to happen”.
Reclaiming Flood-damaged Pastures and Forage Production
Spring growth of most perennial grass pastures and alfalfa stands in the western Corn Belt will likely be delayed due to consequences of excessive flooding and slowed growth from late cold soil and air temperatures. Spring planting of annual forages may be similarly delayed.
Nutrition’s role in hoof health
Late winter and early spring typically involve wet, muddy ground, which can be particularly problematic for hooves. From foot rot to cracking, poor hoof health can take a real toll on livestock, regardless of the species. Wet seasonal conditions weaken and soften hooves, making them more vulnerable to injury and bacteria.
Considerations for making a profit with stocker cattle
The Southeast is home to more than 7.3 million beef cows (USDA 2018) and likely marketed more than 4.6 million feeder calves in 2018. The cow-calf industry in this region provides an opportunity for stocker and backgrounding operations to co-exist. Tight margins place these enterprises at higher risk, and finding mechanisms to add value is essential.
‘It’s Probably Over for Us’: Record Flooding Pummels Midwest When Farmers Can Least Afford It
Mitch Smith, Jack Healy and Timothy Williams
New York Times
The record floods that have pummeled the Midwest are inflicting a devastating toll on farmers and ranchers at a moment when they can least afford it, raising fears that this natural disaster will become a breaking point for farms weighed down by falling incomes, rising bankruptcies and the fallout from President Trump’s trade policies.