Make Concurrent Deworming a Herd Must-Have
Parasite control should be the cornerstone of your animal health program because parasites negatively impact the overall health and performance of cattle, says Harold Newcomb, DVM., technical services manager, Merck Animal Health. They decrease feed intake, reduce average daily gain, lower milk production and impair the immune response to vaccines and diseases. To help make people aware of parasite resistance, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USDA) recently announced it is requesting that animal drug companies voluntarily revise the labels of drugs intended to treat certain internal parasites in livestock and horses.
Bigger Cows Mean More Performance
”The purebred industry has done an excellent job of improving many traits within the breed,” says Copland. ”But the medium size, smaller frame cattle don’t really suit my program. I still want the traditional Simmental cattle. I like the traditional colour (fullblood Fleckvieh influence), and the dual-purpose aspect of larger cows. They produce the milk that produces larger calves and more pounds of beef.”
Beef Improvement Federation creates virtual event among coronavirus concerns
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“Due to increasing concerns around this evolving situation and standing by our commitment to keeping the safety of our participants, volunteers and partners as our top priority—we’ve made the decision to transition this year’s conference to an online format,” announces Tommy Clark, BIF president.
Wet spring brings pasture reconstruction
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Mother Nature can be thanked for the wet ground. It’s been a particularly wet spring in Southeast Arkansas. According to National Weather Service Meteorologist Lance Pyle, the normal average rainfall from January until Easter weekend for the region is 16.2 inches. To date, Monticello sits at 27.8 inches as measured at the airport.
The environmental effects of corporate farming
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Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.
America’s meat intake is also off the charts. Americans can consume meat products at almost every meal. The average daily diet recommendation for protein is between 8 and 10%, but Americans consume upwards of 40 to 50% of meat protein daily. What is not known is that the food nutrients of these two items, dairy and meat proteins, can be obtained from whole food, plant-based products. So how is the production of meat and dairy farming affecting our environment?
Why Are Beef Prices and Demand Up, But Cattle Prices Down?
With consumers heading to the grocery store fewer times but buying in bulk, demand for certain basics has spiked. Eggs, for example, are selling like…well, like eggs during a crisis. Another staple, at least in the United States, is beef, and beef sales are certainly up. But the price of live cattle has, astoundingly, gone down. Given that only a few gigantic companies control the majority of the beef market in the US, some onlookers, including Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), smell something funny.
From the Ground Up: Ranchers Embrace Stewardship
Sustainability is one of today’s buzz words, but for ranchers, it’s what keeps their operations going year after year, so good stewardship of their resources isn’t a choice, it’s a necessity. Michael Nichols has spent his entire career as a veterinarian working with beef cattle.
Rural America’s Crisis — is anyone listening?
For independent cattle producers, the spiral of downward cattle prices started well before the pandemic. Cow/calf profit dropped from $438 per cow/calf in 2015 to only $119 per cow/calf in 2019. So far this year, live cattle prices went down to $120 per hundred-weight in January to $102 at the start of March and dropped to $87 at the start of the pandemic — the lowest live cattle price since 2009.
Hundreds of meat workers have tested positive for coronavirus, plants forced to close down across the country
Several meat processing plants around the United States have temporarily shuttered their doors following hundreds of workers testing positive for coronavirus. This comes at a time when Americans are trying to stock up on food as they experience supply chains being disrupted.
U of M Extension creates cow podcast, ‘The Moos Room’
The University of Minnesota Beef and Dairy Teams are now producing a cow podcast called “The Moos Room.” The podcast is hosted by Joe Armstrong, Brad Heins and Emily Krekelberg, and is made for both beef and dairy producers. “The Moos Room” is free to stream or download and available on Apple and Google podcasts.