Best calf weaning strategies rely on other links in the chain
The choices that livestock producers make in their day-to-day practices impact all corners of their operations, including herd health. Factors such as herd genetics and quality of feed have an effect on end results for both the individual animal and the producer, but can they work together to provide positive outcomes for both?
How steak became manly and salads became feminine
Beginning in the late 19th century, a steady stream of dietary advice, corporate advertising and magazine articles created a division between male and female tastes that, for more than a century, has shaped everything from dinner plans to menu designs.
Beef grading from yesterday to tomorrow
High Plains Journal
When you enjoy a great steak, it’s largely because of those little flecks of intramuscular fat. “Marbling is like butter in the pan of potatoes,” said Dale Woerner, Texas Tech meat scientist addressing the recent Feeding Quality Forum in Amarillo. “The more marbling in the beef, the more flavor and performance we get.”
Cattlemen Applaud Introduction of Real MEAT Act of 2019
“A growing number of fake meat products are clearly trying to mislead consumers about what they’re trying to get them to buy,” said NCBA President and Tennessee cattlewoman Jennifer Houston. “Consumers need to be protected from deceptive marketing practices, and cattle producers need to be able to compete on a fair, level playing field. We want to thank Congressmen Brindisi and Marshall for leading the way on this very important issue.”
UK Beef Supplement Tool
Kevin Laurent, Jeff Lehmkuhler, Roy Burris
University of Kentucky
Many variables such as weather conditions, body condition, animal health, palatability of feedstuffs, etc can affect actual intake and animal response to a feeding program. Actual feed/forage intake and body condition should be monitored throughout the feeding program. Cattle should also have access to a complete mineral supplement and clean drinking water at all times.
Scoring Cows Can Improve Profits
Jeff Fisher, David Dugan
Ohio State University
The most important time to evaluate body condition is at weaning. Management decisions involving cow nutrition at weaning are important to achieve the best cow body condition at calving and later post-calving reproductive success. Body condition scoring (BCS) aids in nutrition management and enhances reproductive performance of the cow herd.
Red Angus Salutes Two Estrus Synchronization Pioneers!
National Beef Wire’
If you’ve successfully synchronized and artificially inseminated beef heifers and/or cows in recent years, the synchronization protocol you utilized undoubtedly contains the fingerprints of two research pioneers who worked tirelessly for decades to make controlling the estrous cycle easier than ever before.
Managing Cattle Through Winter Weather Conditions
Winter weather conditions often present challenges to cattle managers in the Northern Plains. Although we can’t alter the weather, there are management steps that can be taken to help maintain cattle health and performance.
New National Center for Applied Reproduction and Genomics to teach efficiency-increasing technologies.
Angus Beef Bulletin
Marketing instead of selling is necessary in the beef industry. The benefit to reproductive and genomic technology is being able to market based on genetic merit and knowing that genetic merit at birth. Despite the fact fixed-time artificial insemination (AI), split-time AI, sex-sorted semen, and embryo transfer can increase efficiencies and make cattlemen more money, commercial cattlemen still counter: “They’re too expensive.” “They’re not worth the time.” “It’s too hard.”