Mark Parker: The Top 10 farmer New Year’s resolutions
#10. I will take my wife out to dinner somewhere other than the sale barn cafe or an animal health/seed/chemical meeting.
#9. I will call the vet before there are four hooves in the air.
Use the Numbers (correctly) this Bull Sale Season
University of Nebraska
This bull sale season, profit-minded cattle producers will utilize expected progeny differences (EPD) and economic selection indices when selecting their next group of bulls. These tools are far more accurate at predicting the average difference in offspring than visual appraisal or actual weights. This is beyond contestation.
Real MEAT Act
American Society of Animal Science
More lawmakers are pushing for plant-based “meat” and cell-cultured protein products to be clearly labeled as “imitation” meat. The new Real MEAT (Marketing Edible Artificials Truthfully) Act of 2019 would amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and require that “any imitation meat food product, beef, or beef product shall be deemed to be misbranded unless its label bears, in type of uniform size and prominence, the word ‘imitation’ immediately before or after the name of the food and a statement that clearly indicates the product is not derived from or does not contain meat.”
BQA Is Trust Insurance
As consumers glean more information about where their food comes from, producers need to focus on how they manage their farm or ranch. Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification is a good place to start, said Josh White at the Angus convention in November.
Membership changes proposed for Cattlemen’s Beef Board
Brownfield Ag News
The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is proposing to adjust membership on the Cattlemen’s Beef Board to reflect shifts in cattle inventory levels since the last board reapportionment in 2017. Under the proposal, total board membership would increase by two members, to 101.
Bismarck Livestock Auction gets ready for first sales
Bismarck Livestock Auction will hold its first cattle sales in the first week of January, and owners Dean Ulmer and Jess George are more than ready to get the new sale barn operating. “We’ve been working on this for a year and a half, so it will be a long-awaited process,” Ulmer says.
Financial Options for Expansion
Angus Beef Bulletin Extra
Recognized as symbols of strength and determination, female farmers and cattle ranchers are one of the cornerstones of today’s agriculture industry. Their presence in all aspects of the operation has paved the way for greater discussions around their influence and contributions to farming.
Tips to successfully winter stocker calves
High Plains Journal
It’s no doubt, agriculture is a risky business. There are a lot of uncertainties, especially when you add the environment and the ever-changing weather into the mix. But with a good plan and some of these best management practices in place, you can come out in the springtime with healthy, growthy calves that are ready for their next feeding phase, regardless if you are preparing to sell the calves or retain ownership of them through the feed yard.
Pennsylvania Farm Show: A look at the 104th annual event
Hailey Blatt is showing one of her favorite Simmental heifers for the last time at the 2020 Pennsylvania Farm Show. “She’s come a long way,” Hailey, 12, said about the cow’s progress in the show ring. “It takes a lot of work and a lot of patience,” she said about working with 800-pound animals.
Figuring commercial bull value
Depending on who’s running the numbers, commercial bulls represent a bothersome, necessary cost; an inestimable opportunity to advance herd genetics and goals; or something in between.