Body Condition Scoring Your Beef Cow Herd
Dr. Rick Rasby
University of Nebraska
Body condition scores (BCS) describe the relative fatness or body condition of a cow herd through the use of a nine-point scale. A body condition score five (BCS 5) cow is in average flesh and represents a logical target for most cow herds. A BCS 1 cow is extremely thin while a BCS 9 cow is extremely fat and obese.
Ritzy California residents furious over invasion of cows and bulls
New York Post
It’s not a string of robberies or vandalism that is riling up residents of the ritzy Evergreen neighborhood in San Jose, Calif. Homeowners on Whitetail Lane are furious over new unwelcome visitors: a herd of cows.
Genomic-enhanced sorting system for feeder cattle
American Society of Animal Science
Achieving greater carcass uniformity with acceptable yield and quality grade is a goal of cattle production. Genomic characterization using molecular breeding values (MVB) of lean meat yield (LMY) and marbling (MBS) in a process called “marker-assisted management” could be key to increasing uniformity and quality.
The methane myth: Why cows aren’t responsible for climate change
Animal agriculture is causing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to rise, say critics, and if we’re serious about tackling climate change then we need to cut red meat from our diets and switch cow’s milk for nut juices in our tea.
New third-party, independent study measures the impact of Cattlemen’s Beef Board activities on beef demand.
Angus Beef Bulletin
The combined benefit of all Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) programs is 11.91 times more valuable than their costs. That is one major finding from a recent third-party, return-on-investment (ROI) study commissioned by the National Beef Checkoff Program and conducted by Harry Kaiser of Cornell University.
BRD: Treatment Failures Add Up
While researchers and the industry work to develop systems to better prevent bovine respiratory disease (BRD), timely treatments with antibiotics will remain a critical tool for minimizing losses associated with morbidity. However, in spite of the best efforts of veterinarians and producers, some animals need two, three or more treatments and some never recover.
Beef industry changes ahead
Aug. 9, there was a fire at the Tyson beef processing plant in Holcomb, Kan. No one was seriously injured, but the plant, which slaughtered and processed 6,000 steers and heifers per day into beef, is closed indefinitely. Tyson plans to rebuild, but no date has been set. The cattle that were harvested at the plant represented about 6% of the U.S. total.