This Gene-Edited Calf Could Transform Brazil’s Beef Industry
Wall Street Journal
Gene-edited beef could be coming to dinner plates around the globe. In this episode of Moving Upstream, WSJ’s Jason Bellini travels to Brazil to meet the world’s first cow that’s been engineered for warmer climates.
The mineral supplementation predicament on pasture
Mineral deficiencies are extremely common on pasture across the U.S., yet it’s common for your clients to cut back on mineral when times get tough. Further, the plethora of mineral supplements seem to muddy the waters for some beef producers.
The Great 2019 Hay Debate: Quality or Quantity?
If there was ever a year to focus on hay quality over quantity, weather permitting, this has to be it. Most of the reasons should be obvious. Perhaps a few are less so. However, with some aggressive planning and a little cooperation from Mother Nature, perhaps we can have both quality and quantity this year. Following are some points to consider.
Grass-fever buyers want “ready” cattle
It is my opinion that prices paid last week for turn-out ready cattle were high. This week buyers added more fuel to that fire. Between the sales I attended this week and the market reports I looked at I found only one that was lower compared to the previous week. Non-weaned cattle and feeder bulls continued to carry a significant discount.
Stockmanship and stewardship education will be offered in four locations
High Plains Journal
Registration is now open to cattle producers for four events on the Stockmanship & Stewardship Regional Tour, with the next stop in Ames, Iowa. Events will also be held in Colorado, Kansas and Louisiana. Stockmanship & Stewardship is a unique two-day educational experience featuring low-stress cattle handling demonstrations, Beef Quality Assurance educational sessions, facility design sessions to fit your operation and industry updates
The Richard Lugar Agriculture Legacy
Hoosier AG Today
Six term, Indiana Senator Richard Lugar who died on Sunday at the age of 87 is remembered by most for his accomplishments in foreign policy. Yet, his visionary leadership in agriculture is just as notable.
Ranchers learn ways to be more adaptable to change
The narrative about what it takes to be a successful rancher is changing. It used to be that successful ranchers bred and raised cattle with good genes that could pack on the pounds. Then, it was that successful ranchers grew a lot of grass for their cattle to graze. Now, it’s that successful ranchers manage their ranches in such a way that their soil is healthy enough for a diversity of grasses to grow.
Using artificial insemination in very warm weather
Stillwater News Press
As the breeding season for spring calving herds is getting underway, understanding heat stress in cattle takes on increased importance. Producers that choose to synchronize and then artificially inseminate replacement heifers or adult cows may have already started, or will begin the process in the next few weeks. If the hot weather arrives during the AI breeding season, some management and breeding alterations may be helpful.
Unraveling the mystery of whether cows fart
CALVIN WOODWARD and SETH BORENSTEIN
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Let’s clear the air about cow farts. In the climate change debate, some policymakers seem to be bovine flatulence deniers. This became apparent in the fuss over the Green New Deal put forward by some liberal Democrats. More precisely, the fuss over an information sheet by the plan’s advocates.
Horn fly control can boost bottom line
Enid News and Eagle
It’s that time of year again. Temperatures are warming up and cattle producers are preparing for spring turn-out into summer pastures. Branding, vaccination and castration are common activities for this time of year; does fly control make the cut on this year’s to-do list?