Low-stress weaning strategies can improve calf performance
Weaning is quite possibly the most stressful time in a calf’s life. During this process, calves are subjected to a variety of stressors including removal from their mothers, new diets, processing (vaccination, dehorning, castration, etc.) and possibly even new pen or pasture environments.
Certified Angus Beef Continues Record Sales Growth to Benefit Angus Purebred Owners
Oklahoma Farm Report
John Stika, President of Certified Angus Beef visited with Ron Hays about the remarkable brand of Certified Angus Beef. The organization just finished up their 41st year. 2019 went down as the 15th consecutive year of growth, and the 13th record year for sales in a row.
Things you need to know about wild pigs
Not only do wild pigs wreak havoc on pastures, fields and golf courses alike, they contaminate our water sources and destroy native species. They can also spread disease to both man and beast. Wild pigs cause widespread damage to agricultural lands by destroying crops, the depredation of livestock, and competing with wildlife for resources.
Keep syringes and needles clean and working during vaccination
Getting the most out of a vaccine starts with the syringes and needles. Dr. Cody Creelman, a bovine veterinarian in southern Alberta, recently held a free webinar on ways to make cattle vaccines more effective. Part of his webinar covered how to keep needles and syringes clean and working well. Creelman recommends checking and replacing o-rings in multi-dose syringes regularly
Cattle producers told to be disruptors
Innovation and disruption are two sides of the same coin, and which side one chooses to reference depends a lot on if it’s their idea or that of another, Travelocity founder and former chairman of Kayak.com Terry Jones told those attending the Angus convention opening session in Reno, Nev.
FDA Proposes to Close Loophole on Antibiotics for Food-Producing Animals
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.
The overuse of antibiotics (or, in FDA language, medically important antimicrobials) in food-producing animals is a very scary and widespread problem. The World Health Organization calls antibiotic resistance “one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today.” The FDA has now proposed to close a loophole in one of its efforts to tamp down on antibiotic overuse. But does it go far enough?
Small, local packers are a few-but-proud institution in cattle country
Beef processing in the United States sets a worldwide standard for quality. In large packers, processing is accomplished with quickly and with finesse, but the real novelty comes in the form of the few independently owned custom processors who uphold the same standards while feeding rural communities.
Gelbvieh Assn. Announces Cattlemen’s Profit Roundup Speakers
The American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) announced speakers for its fifth annual commercial cattlemen’s educational symposium titled Cattlemen’s Profit Roundup to be held Dec. 5, 2019 in Billings, Montana.
USMEF Heartland Team Sees Great Potential for U.S. Beef, Pork Export Growth in Japan
U.S. Meat Export Federation
A record 31 producers and agricultural industry leaders traveled to Japan earlier this month as part of USMEF’s Heartland Team, a trade mission designed to introduce beef, pork, soybean and corn farmers to U.S. red meat’s leading export market and allow them to share the story of American agriculture with Japanese importers and consumers.
Itching and rubbing in your herd? Lice treatment may be necessary
The USDA has estimated that livestock producers lose up to $125 million per year due to effects of lice infestations. Not only can they be the cause of direct animal performance losses, but also increases wear and tear on facilities and fences. The direct losses to cattle come in forms of decreased average daily gains (documented 0.25 pounds per day reduction in growing calves), skin infections, and potentially blood loss and anemia.