Keep ‘em moving – 4 practical tips for improving beef cattle mobility
While the winter-like conditions still have a hold on some parts of the country, warmer weather is just around the corner. With the rising temperatures come concerns of fed beef cattle overcoming stress-related conditions during the hot summer, including cattle mobility.
Genomics part of University of Nebraska beef systems research
A multidisciplinary approach to beef production at the University of Nebraska is using genomics to help better predict beef cattle performance, Jack Whittier, director of the University of Nebraska Panhandle District and Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff told Rotarians at the Scotts Bluff Country Club on Tuesday.
Cattle Producers’ Beef With Meat Packers Could Be a Lose-Lose Scenario
The suit alleges violations of U.S. antitrust laws, the Packers and Stockyards Act, and the Commodity Exchange Act by unlawfully depressing the prices paid to American ranchers.
Fed cattle price and producers’ share of the retail dollar
Annual producer share bottomed out in 2009 (44%), then began to climb in earnest in 2011 as supplies began to tighten, peaked in 2014 (57%), and have since receded from there. The decline in recent years is what catches many people’s attention. However, some caution is warranted when citing producer share as an indicator of long-run prices and/or profitability.
U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef adopts industry framework
Major food and retail companies, cattle producers, veterinarians, scientists and non-government organizations (NGOs) adopted the U.S. Beef Industry Sustainability Framework this week to strengthen the sustainability of U.S. beef.
FDA Update on VFDs Webinar Series
Global Vet Link
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released a draft revised guidance for industry (GFI) #120 document called “Veterinary Feed Directive Regulation Questions and Answers.” The revised draft guidance adds 53 new VFD questions and responses — and revises 14 — covering a variety of topics. The FDA says that this document, when finalized, will aid in industry compliance with the VFD regulation and provides additional information to the VFD final rule in response to questions that have been submitted by interested parties since 2015.
Progressive limit feeding to maximize profit in the feedlot
Bruce M Hannon Michael R Murphy
Journal of Animal Science
Our objective was to examine the potential of limit feeding that keeps a previously growing animal at a constant size (termed progressive limit feeding) to maximize profit using a 3D surface to integrate the effects of animal size, feeding rate, and time in the feedlot. The constant size contours of the surface were determined using a combination of results.
Custom vaccines can help protect herds against specific environmental hazards.
Angus Beef Bulletin Extra
Until you’ve tried it a few times, the word “autogenous” might not roll easily off the tongue. It’s not a word that cow folk use much. In medical lingo, it’s a word used to describe something generated or produced from within a body. When talking about an autogenous vaccine, a veterinarian is referring to a vaccine produced from specific pathogens present in a herd, to immunize that same herd against disease caused by those pathogens. In cowboy-speak, it’s a custom vaccine.
U of Idaho Plans New Meat Science and Innovation Center
The University of Idaho will build a new meat science and innovation center on its Moscow campus. Agri Beef, one of Idaho’s best-known integrated processors, committed $2 million to support the $8 million project.
JBS knowingly distributed products containing euthanasia drug
Feed Safety News
JBS Souderton Inc. continued to distribute pentobarbital-adulterated products to customers even after receiving formal notification of pentobarbital contamination, according to a warning letter issued on April 23 by the Food and Drug Administration.