Daily Archives: May 25, 2020

The Brown Stomach Worm: A $2 Billion Problem

The Brown Stomach Worm: A $2 Billion Problem

Feedlot Magazine

“On beef and dairy operations, we’re not seeing the traditional signs of worms, such as skinny animals with rough hair coats, anymore,” said Stephen Foulke, DVM, Boehringer Ingelheim. “Instead, internal parasite infections manifest as poor productivity, including reduced feed intakes, slower growth rates, delayed breeding, decreased milk production and depressed immune responses.”

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Premium Red Baldy Creates Opportunity

Premium Red Baldy Creates Opportunity

Diane Meyer


Not far from Merriman, Nebraska, the Wobig Ranch has found a new way to add value to their heifer calves. The family recently became one of the first ranches in the country to enroll in the Premium Red Baldy program, a collaborative effort by the American Hereford Association (AHA) and the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA), that combines the best of both breeds to produce productive females.

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It’s time to allow interstate sales of state-inspected meat products

It’s time to allow interstate sales of state-inspected meat products

On The Farm Radio

West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt is calling for the passage of the New Markets for State Inspected Meat and Poultry Act to combat local meat shortages. Passage of such legislation would allow for meats processed in state inspected facilities to cross state lines. Commissioner Leonhardt sent a letter to West Virginia’s congressional delegation, as well as USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue.

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Jason Banta – BQA – Keeping equipment clean when implanting

Jason Banta – BQA – Keeping equipment clean when implanting

Ranch TV

Keeping cattle antibiotics effective

Keeping cattle antibiotics effective


Antimicrobial resistance continues to be a concern in livestock production.  “If a cow has an antibiotic resistance bacteria that’s causing an infection, the cow may not get better if we treat it with antibiotics,” Veterinarian Amelia Woolums said. Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) is a common illness that typically responds well to antibiotics, but the last 10 years have seen an increase in resistant bacteria.

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Want to beef up cattle production? There will soon be an app for that

Want to beef up cattle production? There will soon be an app for that

Scott Elliott

The Fence Post

A team of researchers in the Midwest, including Agricultural Research Service scientists from the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Neb., is developing a web-based tool that will help cattle producers select the best bull for their herds.

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Will Grassley’s bill save the cash market for fed cattle?

Will Grassley’s bill save the cash market for fed cattle?

Steve Dittmer

Beef Magazine

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) recently proposed legislation to mandate most packing plants to procure at least 50% of their harvest needs from negotiated cash deals. The question now before the beef business is this: Is mandating the level of packer involvement in the cash market good or bad?

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Beef production slams on the brakes

Beef production slams on the brakes

Krissa Welshans


Beef production reached record levels during the first quarter of 2020 due to the largest number of cattle slaughtered for the quarter since 2002 and the heaviest dressed weights since 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest “Livestock, Dairy & Poultry Outlook.” Further, U.S. beef imports in the first quarter reached levels not seen since 2016, when production was 17% less than the current quarter, but the impact of COVID-19 on beef production in April and early May was significant, stopping the beef industry — like many animal protein commodities — in its tracks.

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A Phantom Itch

A Phantom Itch

Steve Cornett


I think that is what’s going on in the cattle market with this mandated cash trade idea. Something itches and it seems to some (many, apparently) that a law—a law, mind you—designed to force the weakest cattle feeders to sell on the cash market rather than taking advantage of contracts and formulas should scratch it.

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The meat industry’s supply chain is failing, but these smaller farms can still meet your needs

The meat industry’s supply chain is failing, but these smaller farms can still meet your needs

Tim Carman

Washington Post

Will Harris has been alarmed by news reports of farmers euthanizing their animals because slaughterhouses and processing plants, shut down after coronavirus outbreaks, can’t take them. Such pointless death, Harris said, would never happen at White Oak Pastures, where he and his 160 employees raise the animals, slaughter the animals and sell beef, pork, chicken and other products from a zero-waste farm in the tiny town of Bluffton, Ga.

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