Monthly Archives: June 2020

Cow-Calf Corner – The Benefits of Selling Groups of Calves

Cow-Calf Corner – The Benefits of Selling Groups of Calves

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Oklahoma State University

Glenn Selk has details on how selling calves in larger groups can prove financially beneficial.

When temperatures rise cattle can be negatively affected.

When temperatures rise cattle can be negatively affected.

Dr. Bob Larson

Angus Journal

Almost every summer, a portion of the United States suffers from a period of extreme heat and humidity that can cause health and production problems for cattle. Cattle are very susceptible to heat stress and can start to show signs of discomfort if the temperature-humidity index reaches 80 or higher.

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Preventing feedlot respiratory disease in pre-weaned calves

Preventing feedlot respiratory disease in pre-weaned calves

Sandy Stuttgen

Wisconsin State Farmer

Many Wisconsin dairy farmers are breeding some of their dairy cows to beef. The calves from these matings are not raised as dairy replacements but are either raised by the dairy for beef, or sold to a variety of calf and cattle operations. Dairy and dairy-beef calves that are sold as pre-weaned (wet) are particularly vulnerable to disease challenge as their young and immature immune system increases their susceptibility to disease.

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Another Lawsuit Alleges Packer Collusion

Another Lawsuit Alleges Packer Collusion

Greg Henderson

Drovers

America’s Big 4 beef packers face new legal challenges. The trustee for a bankrupt grocery co-op now seeks class-action status in a suit claiming the Big 4 packers conspired to manipulate beef prices paid by wholesalers.

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Life As a Bull Stud: What Really Happens In Cattle Breeding?

Life As a Bull Stud: What Really Happens In Cattle Breeding?

Live Kindly

What is life like for a bull stud, the cattle used to breed new animals for the meat and dairy industries? The bull semen market is very lucrative. Animal agriculture forcefully breeds animals to have what it considers the best traits for food production. In 2011, the U.S. exported $124.7 million worth of bull semen to other nations, representing 32 percent of the global market.

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College meats career: Riverton, Wyoming school offers meat cutting classes

College meats career: Riverton, Wyoming school offers meat cutting classes

Savanna Simmons

Tri State Livestock News

Central Wyoming College in Riverton, Wyoming, is introducing a new, old curriculum in the fall. One that has been attempted in the past at other colleges and fallen flat. In this new climate of consumerism, CWC has high hopes that its meat processing curriculum will have a great demand and fill a gaping need in the industry.

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Ron DeSantis slaughters funding for cattle research

Ron DeSantis slaughters funding for cattle research

Jacob Ogles

Florida Politics

The promised $750,000 for Florida’s Cattle Enhancement Board couldn’t be corralled. Gov. Ron DeSantis slaughtered the recurring appropriation as part of a record $1.66 billion budget veto. The funding was earmarked for programs and research into expanded uses for beef and beef products. The idea was to strengthen Florida ranchers’ market position in the state and nationwide.

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Take Delight in the Wins

Take Delight in the Wins

Shayle Stewart

DTN

Heading into the Fourth of July holiday week, the market has shown some positivity despite bearishness in the cattle market. Slaughter continues to press ahead aggressively; there are stronger feeder cattle sales throughout the countryside and boxed beef levels are now back to pre-COVID-19 prices ranges. The market still has a long battle ahead, but cattlemen can celebrate these wins along the way.

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Temperature only one part of heat stress challenge

Temperature only one part of heat stress challenge

Feedstuffs

Kansas State University veterinarian A.J. Tarpoff is urging cattle producers to beef up their plans for managing heat stress in their herds — a challenge that costs the U.S. cattle industry up to $370 million in losses each year.

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Kentucky officials insist on need for beef sector price investigation

Kentucky officials insist on need for beef sector price investigation

RFD-TV

In a letter the state’s ag commissioner and attorney general say that consumer demand remains steady but prices paid to producers dwindles. In the largest beef cattle state East of the Mississippi River, consumers are paying more for the product while farmers do not see the trend playing into their wallets.

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Baxter Black:  Tolerance

Baxter Black:  Tolerance

When our opinions get as immovable as a granite outhouse, God has a way of shaking the foundation.

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Gene-Editing in Animal Agriculture Task Force Established

Gene-Editing in Animal Agriculture Task Force Established

Drovers

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) today announced the creation of a Gene Editing Task Force.  Recognizing the potential for gene editing to increase food security and safety, the 11-person panel is comprised of scientists and industry leaders who will map out recommendations for regulating this emerging genomic technology in animal agriculture with appropriate safeguards and procedures.

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Evaluate body condition going into breeding season

Evaluate body condition going into breeding season

Ashley Olson

Wisconsin State Farmer

The green grass, sun, and cattle on pasture are signs that summer is in full swing and that breeding season is just around the corner for many commercial cow-calf operations. There are various factors to consider for having a successful breeding season and one of those factors is cow’s body condition

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2020 Silage Beef Webinar Series Begins July 7

2020 Silage Beef Webinar Series Begins July 7

Iowa Beef Center

Building on the success of previous cooperatively offered one-day silage conferences, Iowa Beef Center, University of Nebraska—Lincoln and Lallemand Animal Nutrition planned a similar opportunity for this summer. And while the high caliber and quality of topics and speakers continues, the delivery method is different. The event is now a four-part webinar series, each with a specific topic and speaker.

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K-State plans webinar for beef producers

K-State plans webinar for beef producers

Kansas State University

Registration is now open for a webinar that will help Kansas beef cattle producers prepare to manage and reduce the impacts of drought and reduced forage availability on cow herds.

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Grazing livestock on cover crops improves soil health and quality of life

Grazing livestock on cover crops improves soil health and quality of life

Lura Roti

Ag Journal Online

The 2016 drought forced Shawn Freeland to make a difficult decision. “I sold two-thirds of our replacement heifers. It was the hardest thing to do because we had put a tremendous amount of work into their genetics,” says the 45-year-old Caputa, S.D., rancher.

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Is mob grazing worth it on a small farm? pros & cons

Is mob grazing worth it on a small farm? pros & cons

Just a Few Acres Farm

 

Three weeks ago we started mob grazing our herd of 35 Dexter beef cattle on our small farm. While it’s too early to understand the full effects of mob grazing, we’ve seen some immediate changes in our pastures and herd behavior. Is mob grazing worth the extra effort and what are its implications for a small farm like ours? Join me as I discuss the pros & cons of mob grazing!

Not all meat is the same

Not all meat is the same

Joe Paschal

Victoria Advocate

One thing that the pandemic has done is to reassure the animal protein providers that they have loyal and devoted customers. Early and brief shortages of eggs, milk, bacon, and briskets made those of us involved in producing those food items realize that our customers love animal proteins for their taste, price and convenience of purchasing and preparing.

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Adding slaughterhouses seen crucial but process isn’t easy

Adding slaughterhouses seen crucial but process isn’t easy

JEN SKERRITT, DEENA SHANKER AND MICHAEL HIRTZER

Arkansas Democrat and Gazette

When coronavirus outbreaks forced shutdowns at America’s giant meat plants, a bottleneck quickly was created: Farmers had nowhere to sell their animals, while consumers faced shortages and surging prices. New, smaller slaughterhouses could be the antidote to industry concentration, but it’s no quick fix.

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U.S. Beef Industry Blasted For ‘Overuse’ Of Antibiotics In New Report

U.S. Beef Industry Blasted For ‘Overuse’ Of Antibiotics In New Report

Plant Based News

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.

A new report has blasted the U.S. beef industry for its ‘overuse’ of antibiotics. Written by David Willinga, M.D from the Natural Resources Defense Council, the report describes antibiotic resistance as ‘one of the gravest threats to our health’.

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