Exports and the Impact of the U.S. Dollar Value on Beef Trade
The latest Livestock and Meat Monthly Trade data from the Economic Research Service (ERS) was released on October 7th and included the month of August 2019 as the most recent data available. The purpose of this article is not just to discuss the export data from this report, but also to discuss an important but complex factor that impacts trade: the value of the U.S. dollar.
Hay Sampling for Forage Quality
University of Florida
“Hay sampling for forage quality” focuses on a simple tool that hay and livestock producers can use to determine the quality of their hay. This can be beneficial for hay producers who are selling their product to provide more information for their buyers. Livestock producers can use this information when it comes time to determine rations for their cattle during the winter months, when forages are usually at their lowest production.
BMPs for Sustainable Parasite Control
For many years, the biggest questions producers faced in controlling internal parasites related to timing. Available anthelmintics, in delivery forms including injections, pour-ons, oral pastes and free-choice minerals offered high levels of efficacy, and depending on the locations and production systems, producers planned deworming schedules and chose products accordingly.
Teaching animal science through interactive gaming.
Angus Beef Bulletin
For students studying animal science, interactive gaming can now help introduce concepts of working with cattle before they’ve even stepped foot in a pen or pasture. Nicholas Free, animal science senior at Texas A&M University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, didn’t grow up handling cattle, but he created a simulation that may help others build and expand their cattle-working skills.
Untoward Acceleration – the Greatest Danger to Graziers
Untoward acceleration is a description of what happens when paddocks are not rested long enough between grazings. Each subsequent grazing of the paddock provides less forage and the regrowth period gets shorter throughout the grazing season until most of the plants are overgrazed and there is little or no feed left.
Deworming Does Not Cost- It Pays in Most Beef Cattle Operations
Oklahoma Farm Report
Deworming can be one of the best management practices when it comes to a return on investment for your beef cattle operation. The director of field investigations at the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Gregg Hanzlicek explains that the use of dewormers can have a greater economic impact than many other management practices.
Resistance to dewormers is growing
Western Livestock Journal
Resistance is not a new topic when it comes to drugs such as antibiotics, but one class of drugs—anthelmintics, also known as dewormers—is often overlooked. And that’s not good. An anthelmintic is the term for drugs used to treat and prevent infections of animals with parasitic worms. Worms are not only a welfare issue in the livestock industry, but also result in an economic burden.
Animal Tech: Opportunities to help you make decisions on the ranch
The Cattle Business Weekly
In the latter definition, there is mention of tools, which could be a form of technology. Consider Aldo Leopold’s five tools of game management (published in 1933): axe, cow, plow, fire and gun. Those tools aren’t what we would think of as technology, but they did help solve problems, accomplish tasks and meet the needs of the manager. We’ve come a long way since that time.
Kansas cattle groups disagree on oversight of $10 million checkoff program
The Kansas Cattlemen’s Association with the Organization for Competitive Markets called out the Kansas Livestock Association in a press release on Oct. 9 for the misuse of funds related to the federally mandated Beef Checkoff Program. According to the release, KLA has violated state and federal law and “obtained funding through an improperly close affiliation with the Kansas Beef Council.”
Winter Annual Grazing Plots
Ohio Beef Newsletter
Some people take great pride in providing superior forage for grazing animals in the late fall utilizing combinations of annual, biennial, and perennial forages. In areas like ours, it seems like the most popular animal this smorgasbord of delightful feed is planted for is the white tailed deer. It makes sense to do this if deer are your passion.