EPD Information For Bull-Buying Decisions
American Red Angus
When looking at EPD information there are three important metrics to consider. This includes the EPD value, the accuracy of the EPD and the percentile rank for that EPD value. Each of these different pieces of information is important to consider when making bull buying decisions.
Taxes grow, spending soars & under 50 to pay up
As the debates among the Democratic presidential hopefuls continue, the issue of taxing and spending seems to have been overwhelmed by other arguments. I can’t definitely say that, as I haven’t watched any of the debates. But news reports don’t mention how the candidates plan to pay for the government services they think you and I need.
Testing your beef cattle for bovine viral diarrhea virus
Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus (BVDV) is among the most important pathogens affecting today’s beef and dairy cattle operations. Associated with reproductive, digestive, and respiratory illnesses in cattle, the virus can also create a congenital, persistent infection in calves, greatly aiding the virus’ spread within and between herds. Testing and removal of these persistently infected (BVDV-PI) calves is the hallmark of BVDV control and prevention.
Raising beef cattle is sustainable for today and tomorrow
Some U.S. news outlets have reported on events, like the Golden Globe Awards, that are going “meatless” to shed light on climate change. In all likelihood, serving a nice, small cut of beef may have done more to reduce climate change than the entrée of king oyster mushroom scallops on top of wild mushroom risotto that was served at the event.
Oklahoma examines the future of cattle traceability
High Plains Journal
It is a bothersome subject to bring up in some circles, but just like anything we do not want to deal with, the topic of electronic cattle traceability regulations is coming. To many cattlemen’s chagrin, it might be here sooner than we expect. Currently, cattle producers are governed by the Animal Disease Traceability rule, or ADT. It says cattle older than 18 months of age at livestock auction markets are required to be identified with an official U.S. Department of Agriculture metal ear tag.
New research connects drug treatments, resistance in cattle disease
A new study from Kansas State University on the treatment of non-responding cases of bovine respiratory disease, known as BRD, conducted by Hans Coetzee and collaborators from Iowa State University, sheds light on the relationship between drug treatments and the emergence of antimicrobial resistance. The study was published in the December 2019 issue of the journal PLOS ONE.
Connealy helps keep the brand rolling
Certified Angus Beef
Fifth-generation Nebraska rancher Jerry Connealy brought a lifetime of experience to his role as chairman of the Certified Angus Beef ® brand’s board of directors, which he led through 2019. Growing up on the Sandhills ranch near Whitman that his great-great-grandfather homesteaded, Connealy took classes on raising cattle before he learned to drive. He watched his father purchase their first Angus cattle and slowly helped him build their registered herd.