How Cattle Serve as Environmental Stewards by “Upcycling” to Feed the World
The beef industry has been under fire recently for its alleged harmful effects on climate and health. In January 2019, a report published in the British medical journal, The Lancet, claimed a radical change in diet and food production is needed to “avoid potentially catastrophic damage to the planet.” The report recommends a 50 percent decrease in red meat and sugar consumption while doubling the intake of nuts, fruits and vegetables. In addition, nonmeat initiatives, such as Meatless Monday, continue to make headway.
Ag Credit Conditions Deteriorate Steadily
Nathan Kauffman and Ty Kreitman
The Cattle Business Weekly
Farm income decreased across the Tenth District (which includes the states of Colorado, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Wyoming by the Federal Reserve Bank) and the trend of steady deterioration in agricultural credit conditions continued in the first quarter of 2019. With low income weighing on farm finances, the pace of decline in farm loan repayment rates increased slightly.
The bigger-calf theory isn’t working right now
It was an interesting week in the market. What I find even more interesting is how people can get so emotional about such things. Cattle marketing is simple math, and that should take the emotion out of things since math is fundamental and never changes.
Are You Leaving Money On The Table With Your Calf-hood Implant Program?
University of Tennessee
There are very few (if any) growth-promoting technologies that offer as much of a return on investment as an implant does. While the feedyard and backgrounding sectors of the beef industry continue to embrace this technology, its use in the cow/calf sector has waned over time. Even when put to use by cow/calf operations, an implant program’s return on investment can be limited by the means in which this technology is used.
Pregnant Cow Still Cycling
Dr. Ken McMillan
Pregnancy does not stop a cow from cycling. It is not common, but I have seen this on several occasions, including on my farm. If a cow has been diagnosed as pregnant and shows heat, never assume she is open until she has been rechecked.
Cattle Dewormer Product Options
Parasites are stressful for cattle. Parasite management can be stressful for producers. When you start shopping and comparing the assortment of dewormer products labeled for use in cattle, the options can be overwhelming. Knowing how critical parasite control is for your herd, this can become a source of stress for cattle producers.
CAB at 40: The beef community’s brand
The Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand turned 40 this year, tapping into an increased well of available and qualified cattle, up 25% in two years. With annual global sales reaching beyond 1.2 billion pounds (lb.), it’s pulled far ahead of a very large pack, the hundreds of other brands combined falling short. To be fair, it’s always held a big lead. The last decade of year-over-year growth only shows what an elemental force the brand has become, gaining momentum with every stride.