Daily Archives: May 21, 2020

How It Works: Instrument Carcass Grading

How It Works: Instrument Carcass Grading

Justin Rhinehart

Feedlot Magazine

Beef carcass grading is a service that has been provided by the USDA for more than 80 years. Over those many years, they have made tremendous improvements in the speed and accuracy with which the graders assess quality (marbling, color and maturity) and yield estimates (ribeye area, backfat and KPH). Even though human grading has improved, there are still limitations.

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Groups react to Trump’s suggestion that cattle imports be ‘terminated’

Groups react to Trump’s suggestion that cattle imports be ‘terminated’

Ken Anderson

Brownfield AG Network

President Trump, during yesterday’s event announcing the coronavirus relief program, turned to Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue and made an off-the-cuff comment on imports of cattle from other countries. “I read yesterday where we take some cattle in from other countries because we have trade deals,” Trump said. “I think you should look at terminating those deals, alright?

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Dark Cutters Result from Pre-Harvest Stress

Dark Cutters Result from Pre-Harvest Stress

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

Dark cutters at harvest are the result of pre-harvest stress and the elevated pH in the muscle caused by that stress. In this excerpt from his presentation at the 2020 Ohio Beef Cattle Nutrition and Management School, Dr. Steve Boyles goes into detail about specific causes, and how dark cutters might be prevented.

Creating your ideal forage system

Creating your ideal forage system

Mayzie Purviance

Progressive Cattle

Of the many working pieces to running a successful cattle operation, one cog in the machine must be top-notch in order to achieve a natural ebb and flow: quality grass.

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US Feeders Have to Increase Efficiency to Avoid Collapse

US Feeders Have to Increase Efficiency to Avoid Collapse

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

Just as people were asked to “flatten the curve” on COVID-19 infections by staying home and keeping a safe social distance, some in the cattle industry have a proposal they believe will flatten the curve on fed cattle numbers. The idea is to help feeders market cattle, factoring in backlogs, with less of an economic setback than would occur otherwise.

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How to control multiflora rose in pastures

How to control multiflora rose in pastures

Dean Kreager

Farm and Dairy

There is one pasture project that never seems to go away — controlling the multiflora rose. The plant was first introduced into the United States in 1866 to be used as a rootstock for grafting roses. About 70 years later, the U.S. Soil Conservation Service promoted the use of multiflora rose as a “living fence” and a means of erosion control. The adaptability of this plant allowed it to get out of control.

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Halting Beef Imports Could Hurt Demand, Spark Unintended Consequences

Halting Beef Imports Could Hurt Demand, Spark Unintended Consequences

Tyne Morgan

Drovers

During a press conference intended to highlight details of the Coronavirus Food Aid Program (CFAP), the focus quickly fell on cattle. President Trump made a broad statement about cattle imports, asking USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue to look into terminating bringing in cattle from other countries.

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Has COVID-19 affected price-weight relationships and value of gain?

Has COVID-19 affected price-weight relationships and value of gain?

Elliott Dennis

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

In the beginning of COVID-19, much of the attention was focused on managing the redirection of meat product from foodservice to retail stores. This past month has been focused on packing plant closures due to COVID-19 cases among workers and how to manage the supply of fat cattle already ready for slaughter.

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USDA Announces Details of Direct Assistance to Farmers through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

USDA Announces Details of Direct Assistance to Farmers through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

USDA

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to America’s farmers and ranchers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

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President Donald Trump Addresses Beef Imports During NCBA White House Visit

President Donald Trump Addresses Beef Imports During NCBA White House Visit

NCBA

“Today’s comment by President Donald Trump demonstrates the complexity of the U.S. beef business. Live cattle imports to the United States only come from Canada and Mexico and will continue to do so under the terms of the President’s newly negotiated USMCA.

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