Trade talk updates: Optimism with few details Japan, China, USMCA
Western Livestock Journal
With about six weeks left before 2020 arrives, there’s a lot of trade milestones and diplomatic distance to cover in that relatively short time. But there is a lot of optimism going around. “I’m feeling pretty upbeat about our world as it relates to beef, pork, and lamb exports,” said Dan Halstrom, president and CEO of the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) in a press call preceding the group’s annual strategic planning meeting.
The Cattle Business Weekly
It’s an age-old question – without a surefire answer: What will the world be like ten years, twenty years, or fifty years from now? And more specifically, for those of us in the cattle business, what does the future hold for our industry? What will it take to be successful in the seedstock business in the decades ahead?
BQA: The Foundation for Doing the Right Thing
These include making sure that cattle are fed and provided water; making sure that grassland and forages are managed to nourish the herd now and in the future; and making sure that cattle that are sick or injured are cared for appropriately.
Alternative Winter Feeding Strategies for Beef Cattle Management
Mary Keena, Chris Augustin, Karl Rockeman
North Dakota State University
The size of beef herds has increased through time, while winter feeding areas typically have remained the same size. Concentrated wintering sites, while providing for quick access and care of animals, may increase environmental concerns. Improperly managed confined-animal facilities pose a pollution risk to surface and ground water. Manure nutrients, such as phosphorus, can reach surface water through runoff and cause oxygen-limiting algae blooms. Nitrogen in manure can pollute ground waters through leaching. Additionally, changes in regulatory guidelines may precipitate a need for changes to traditional winter cattle management practices.
The economics of raising ‘natural’ beef
Heather Smith Thomas
How much of a premium do producers need to cover the extra cost of backgrounding cattle without growth-enhancing technologies and can they offset some of that cost or improve carcass quality with other strategies? Researchers are currently studying those very questions in a 2.5-year backgrounding study.
Managing mycotoxin contaminated feed ingredients
Mycotoxins are produced by both field and storage molds, and – even when fed at low levels – can have a detrimental impact on livestock and poultry performance. To make matters worse, grains are frequently contaminated with multiple mycotoxins, and research suggests toxic synergies may exist with certain mycotoxin combinations
Beyond Meat? More like Beneath Beef
Alberta Farmer Express
What we as beef producers need to do is keep telling our story — and what we do to raise fantastic animal protein. Plant-based proteins are fine. It is just humorous that they want it to taste like beef and even be in a patty like a beef burger.