Daily Archives: July 1, 2019

Missouri Beef Researchers Focus on Heifer Fertility and Estrus Cycles

Missouri Beef Researchers Focus on Heifer Fertility and Estrus Cycles

Sara Brown

Bovine Veterinarian

While the beef industry has worked together to come up with a standard protocol for fixed-time AI in cows and heifers, that’s not where researchers have stopped. They continue to look for additional information to improve beef production.

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UC Davis Researchers on Cows and Climate Change – Making Cattle More Sustainable

UC Davis Researchers on Cows and Climate Change – Making Cattle More Sustainable

Amy Quinton

This is how Frank Mitloehner measures gases that come from cows’ stomachs and ultimately contribute to global warming. Quantifying these emissions is key to mitigating them, and Mitloehner is one of several UC Davis researchers investigating economical ways to make livestock production more environmentally sustainable around the globe.

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Meet the Beitelspacher family of South Dakota

Meet the Beitelspacher family of South Dakota

Laura Roti

The Cattle Business Weekly

Mark Beitelspacher followed his heart’s calling when he returned to his family’s cattle and crop operation near Bowdle in 2004, just a few years after college. “Either your heart is into it, or it isn’t. I’ve always been into the livestock side more than farming,” explains the third-generation cattleman, who also raises corn, soybeans and wheat.

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Meat-Eating Agriculture Secretary Tries the Impossible Burger

Meat-Eating Agriculture Secretary Tries the Impossible Burger

Josh Eidelson and Lydia Mulvany

Bloomberg News

Sonny Perdue may be a champion of big agriculture and agribusinesses in all its forms, but even he isn’t immune to the lure of a vegan burger. On Thursday, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture visited the Impossible Foods Inc. headquarters in Redwood City, California, where staff cooked up their signature alternative-meat burger for him. He said it tasted “very good,” and that it was a “good facsimile” of real beef.

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So You Want To Grow Cover Crops: 3 Questions to Ask Before You Start

So You Want To Grow Cover Crops: 3 Questions to Ask Before You Start

Jim Johnson

Noble Research Institute

Cover crops have gained a great deal of popularity in the past several years. Many producers contact us wanting information about which cover crop they should grow. Before we can give a good answer, we must first ask and answer a multitude of other questions.

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U.S. cattle farmer turns to artificial insemination for better quality beef

U.S. cattle farmer turns to artificial insemination for better quality beef

Yang Shilong, Chang Yuan

Xinhua North America

Bill Pellett, a fifth-generation farmer in Atlantic, a small city in the U.S. Midwestern state of Iowa, has found a cost-effective way to raise better calves each year without purchasing new bulls — artificial insemination (AI). The artificial breeding allows him to have a “much better genetics” in the herd as he can select semen from a bull proven for such things as calving ease, growth, maternal traits, and carcass traits, Pellett told Xinhua in a recent interview at his 6,000-acre family farm where he and his sons feed nearly 2,000 head of cattle while producing corn and soybeans.

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The road to the future is paved with information

The road to the future is paved with information

Dr. Bob Hough

Western Livestock Journal

Tomorrow’s cattle and beef industry is being made today—the Beef Improvement Federation is seeing to it! The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) held its annual meeting in Brookings, SD on June 18-21. It was hosted by South Dakota State University and South Dakota Beef Breeds Council. With 500 producers, allied support industry personnel, and academics in attendance, it was a rousing success.

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Government Rulings, Futuristic Machines, and the Smell of Fresh-cut Hay

Government Rulings, Futuristic Machines, and the Smell of Fresh-cut Hay

CAST

While this farmer built an operational hay baler able to do the work of three square balers, this hay bale wrapping machine takes it all a step further. It appears to be a “cross between a carnival ride and a futuristic time machine.

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AgriLife Extension Sandhills Beef Cattle Conference set July 18

AgriLife Extension Sandhills Beef Cattle Conference set July 18

Susan Himes

Agrilife Today

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will hold the Sandhills Beef Cattle Conference on July 18. The event is hosted by the AgriLife Extension offices of Winkler, Loving, War, Crane, Andrews, Ector and Midland counties. Upper Pecos Soil and Water Conservation Service is sponsoring the event.

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U.S. beef sector faces challenges but also major opportunities

U.S. beef sector faces challenges but also major opportunities

Omaha World Herald

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s call to rein in beef consumption in our nation’s biggest city has triggered complaints from the U.S. beef sector and Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts. De Blasio’s Green New Deal would reduce beef purchases by 50% at all New York City-controlled facilities including schools, correctional facilities and hospitals. The city also would phase out all purchases of processed meat products by municipal agencies.

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