Be nimble when swath or bale grazing
Hay and Forage Grower
With winter fast approaching, some cattle will soon be in fields grazing on swaths and bales. Swath, stockpiled, and bale grazing are all ways to extend grazing time and are methods with economic benefits over traditional winter-feeding systems, including reduced labor, equipment, feed, and manure handling costs.
Buying a bull? Run the numbers
Bulls are an investment, and just like all investments, some pay off and some don’t. If you are making a bull purchase this fall, you want to have some confidence you are making a good investment, so let me ask you this: Do you approach your bull-buying with the same level of due diligence you approach your other investments?
The Winter of Mud: Consequences of the Wettest Year on Record
Record rainfall in 2018 has had major impacts on cattle health in KY. Despite relatively mild temperatures this winter, submissions at the UKVDL and telephone conversations with veterinarians and producers confirm cattle are losing body condition and some are dying of malnutrition.
Control the controllables.
Ginette Gottswiller & Casey Cobb
Angus Beef Bulletin Extra
There is a lot of news in the cattle industry today. You do not have to read very much or very often to see that there is a lot going on that affects the prices we receive for our cattle. Whether it is packing plant fires, export markets, supply and demand, weather or crop reports, it seems every day brings a new challenge.
NCBA Statement on Beef Labeling Practices
“NCBA understands that the practices alleged in the letter from Senator Rounds and Senator Thune are a concern to cattle producers and we share a commitment to clear and truthful labeling. In August, in response to a proposal brought forward by our grassroots members, NCBA formed a working group to examine the prevalence of the alleged mislabeling practices.
S.D. senators introduce bill to promote U.S.A. labeling on beef
Two Republican Senators from South Dakota — Sen. Mike Rounds and Sen. John Thune — took steps today to help ensure the integrity of American beef. They introduced the U.S. Beef Integrity Act, which would make certain that the “Product of the U.S.A.” label only goes to beef and beef products exclusively derived from one or more animals born, raised, and slaughtered in the United States.
3 tips on communicating with consumers, and a story on how not to
Remember the saying, “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me?” You probably heard this as a kid and likely passed this wisdom on to your own children. It’s intent, of course, is to help kids toughen up when the inevitable gossip and insults come their way.
Keep Parasite Programs Sustainable
In treating internal parasites in cattle, efficacy less than 100% eventually leads to at least some drug resistance. But while even the best treatments are unlikely to achieve 100% efficacy, strategies such as combined treatments, refugia and objective monitoring for efficacy can improve the sustainability of currently available anthelmintics. That message came through in several presentations at the recent American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) conference in St. Louis.
Most Fast-Food Chains Still Serve Beef Raised With Antibiotics
Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.
When you buy a fast-food burger or roast beef sandwich, chances are it’s still made with meat from cattle given antibiotics they don’t need, according to the fifth annual Chain Reaction Report (PDF) issued by six consumer groups, including Consumer Reports. The practice of giving antibiotics to food animals to prevent, rather than treat, illnesses is a main contributor to antibiotic resistance.
Get your cattle ready for winter before the snow flies
Farm and Dairy
The brisk mornings we have had have meant wearing a light jacket on the commute to work, but just because we are cold doesn’t mean our cattle are cold, yet.