Goals for Your Cow Herd in 2020
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
Each year I like to look evaluate any upcoming opportunities and set goals for the New Year in an effort to better myself both professionally and personally. I prefer to call them goals rather than New Years Resolutions because many people tend to let resolutions fall through the cracks.
Daniel Thomson Selected as New Chair of Animal Science at Iowa State University
Iowa State University
Daniel Thomson has been named the new chair of the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University. Dr. Thomson is an internationally known leader, researcher and instructor in animal health management, animal welfare and beef cattle production. He has been serving as the Jones Professor of Production Medicine and Epidemiology at Kansas State University and founded the Beef Cattle Institute in Kansas State’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He has been a KSU faculty member for 15 years.
K-State plans leadership academy for youth interested in livestock industry
Kansas State University
Students from across the country with an interest in the livestock industry and related careers can apply now for the Kansas State University Animal Sciences Leadership Academy (KASLA). The academy, now in its 12th year, is an intensive four-day educational experience designed to enhance the leadership skills and animal science knowledge of students in grades 9-12.
Beef’s greatest talent is protein upcycling
High Plains Journal
“There are some really highly educated people out there who are actively against the beef industry,” said Tryon Wickersham, associate professor of animal nutrition at Texas A&M University. “I don’t think there is going to be anything we can do to change that. I think they will be against everything we do, no matter how we do it, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t mount a defense or stop educating the consumers about the value we bring to their plates.”
First crossbred beef heterosis test now available
Genetic testing has become standard for seedstock suppliers and is gaining acceptance with cow-calf producers. But because the tests are breed-specific, cow-calf operations using crossbreeding were left out of the loop.
The price of plenty: how beef changed America
The meatpacking mogul Jonathan Ogden Armour could not abide socialist agitators. It was 1906, and Upton Sinclair had just published The Jungle, an explosive novel revealing the grim underside of the American meatpacking industry. Sinclair’s book told the tale of an immigrant family’s toil in Chicago’s slaughterhouses, tracing the family’s physical, financial and emotional collapse.
Calving already in South Dakota? Weather, market and facilities determine when it’s go-time
Cattle producers weigh a multitude of factors when determining when to start calving in South Dakota. But one factor they can’t fully anticipate is the state’s volatile weather. While some producers are pushing their calving seasons later into the spring, others have already welcomed their first calves of 2020.
Evaluating the cattle industry
Chester Smith, with Giles Smith ranch, says it has been hard times. “Challenges right now are expenses are high and incomes low obviously and that’s probably been the trend probably the last three years,” said Smith.
Will U.S. beef producers have a seat at China’s table?
It appears that much of the tumult and uncertainty over trade will finally come to resolution, and that’s very good news for beef producers. That’s not to say global tensions are lessened, as recent military actions in the Mideast clearly emphasize. But for beef producers, 2020 is looking much better.
CME: ‘China Demand for Beef in World Market Overblown’
The Cattle Site
The gist of the argument was that all talk of China demand for beef in the world market was overblown; that US imports were not impacted as much people (including us) said; and that all this had created a panic in the market, resulting in dramatically higher prices followed by a price crash.