Daily Archives: May 17, 2019

Stillbirths, weak calves abound due to Vitamin A deficiencies

Stillbirths, weak calves abound due to Vitamin A deficiencies

Raney Rapp

FarmTalk

From inclement weather to dealing with dystocia cases, spring calving season has felt longer and more difficult in 2019 than in previous years combined, and thanks to unforeseen nutritional deficiencies, cattlemen’s tough luck is more reality than perception.

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Pre-breeding nutrition considerations for cows that have struggled this winter

Pre-breeding nutrition considerations for cows that have struggled this winter

Bill Halfman

University of Wisconsin-Madison

While spring may finally be here, harsh weather conditions over the winter, and cold and wet spring storms have taken a toll on late gestation and early lactation cows. Some have depleted body stores to make up for the cold weather, so making sure those cows bounce back prior to breeding is crucial to maintaining pregnancy rates.

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New Specifics Help Define Sustainable U.S. Beef

New Specifics Help Define Sustainable U.S. Beef

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

Continuous improvement is the focus of a newly released U.S. Beef Industry Sustainability Framework. It calls on all sectors of the beef industry to work toward a set of established metrics.

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What business are we in? Cattle or protein?

What business are we in? Cattle or protein?

Burt Rutherford

Beef Magazine

Are you in the cattle business? Or are you in the business of providing the best, highest-quality eating experience that consumers will enjoy? How you answer those questions matters.

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Management factors that affect calf value analyzed.

Management factors that affect calf value analyzed.

Kasey Brown

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

Video auctions are a popular form of marketing feeder calves, especially for bigger operations out West. Superior Livestock Video Auction introduced satellite video marketing in 1987 and now sells 2 million cattle annually, making it the largest video-sales company in the United States. Esther McCabe, doctoral student in the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry at Kansas State University, has been analyzing 24 years of data from Superior Livestock video auction, representing more than 90,000 lots of calves.

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Lincoln’s Agricultural Legacy

Lincoln’s Agricultural Legacy

Wayne D. Rasmussen

USDA

On May 15, 1862, Abraham Lincoln signed into law an act of Congress establishing “at the seat of Government of the United States a Department of Agriculture.” Two and one-half years later, in what was to be his last annual message to the Congress, Lincoln said: “The Agricultural Department, under the supervision of its present energetic and faithful head, is rapidly commending itself to the great and vital interest it was created to advance.

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National Beef Quality Assurance manual released

National Beef Quality Assurance manual released

Morning AG Clips

An official manual for the Beef Quality Assurance program that is both detailed and extensive is now being distributed nationwide throughout the cattle industry. The manual and the BQA Program are both managed by the producer education team at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff.

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