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.
Lose the Turkey, Here’s How to Have a Prime Rib Thanksgiving
Wide Open Eats
While not everyone may be glad the turkey is gone, there’s still something to be said for having an amazing, perfectly prepared meal. If you want your holiday drinks, apps, sides, and dessert to be just as prime as your rib, this list is for you. From your first sip to your last forkful, we’ve got everything you need to make before, during, and after serving prime rib.
Pelvic Area Measurements in the Management of Replacement Heifers
Tom R. Troxel
University of Arkansas
Dystocia (calving difficulty) can be a major problem for beef cattle producers in Arkansas, especially with heifers that deliver their first calf as two-year-olds. Dystocia rates as high as 34 percent have been reported in first-calf heifers. The primary cause of dystocia is a disproportionately large calf size or birth weight compared to the pelvic area (birth canal) of the cow or heifer.
How valley beef producers can extend fall grazing
I am reminded of some research conducted by Dr. D.R. ZoBell, who worked for the Animal, Dairy, and Veterinarian Department at USU, and Dr. Blair Waldron of the USDA Agriculture Research Service, Forage and Range Research Lab in Logan. The research that I have found describes using forage kochia in grazing practices for both fall and winter grazing.