Baxter Black: Babe
Years ago the movie “BABE” was nominated for several Academy Awards including Best Picture. It was very popular and made a lot of money. It stars a pig named Babe. A gilt to be more specific… a feeder pig maybe weighin’ 80 – 100 lbs. But it was a cute pig. It talked, of course, was kind and brave. And to top it off it did heroic deeds and yet maintained a sensitivity that would make the Pope blush.
Rapid Advancements in Genetic Information Improving Profitability
Oklahoma Farm Report
The last ten years is being referred to as the “decade of DNA” among livestock producers and Kent Andersen, director of technical services with Zoetis Animal Genetics, says new technology has made a huge volume of genetic information available to producers.
Lidocaine shows promise in mitigating castration pain
Producers may have another option to offset castration pain in calves in the future, thanks to work underway in Western Canada. This research began after Moya and Dr. John Campbell, WCVM professor, discussed the possibility of using lidocaine in a manner that’s more practical for producers.
AFBF economist analyzes cattle industry’s cash trade issue
Brownfield AG Network
An American Farm Bureau economist says establishing a mandatory minimum for negotiated cash trade in cattle markets could result in negative consequences for the cattle industry. Michael Nepveux, who has written a “Market Intel” report on the issue, says it would likely mean more government intrusion into the industry.
New Synchronization Protocol Emerging
Victoria G. Myers
Better pregnancy rates using fixed-time artificial insemination (AI) have been found in a large-scale study at the University of Missouri. The protocol, which is being called the “7 & 7 Synch”, brought 82% of cows into heat before a timed-AI service; compared to 64% using a standard 7-day CO-Synch + CIDR.
Hay yields off? Don’t panic, there’s time to take action!
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
I hope you are not having the hay season I am having. While the quality of my hay is good, my yields are extremely disappointing. With over half of my fields made, I am around 50% of a normal crop.
Negotiated prices for fed cattle not dead yet
The role of alternative marketing arrangements (AMAs) in the fed cattle market has long been a part of the marketing mix. It’s been a part of the concern and conversation about the viability of the cash market for just as long. BEEF has explored this recently, thanks to a remarkable amount of information from Stephen Koontz, ag economics professor at Colorado State University.
Program to buy beef from local cattle producers almost too successful
With some shortages of beef and poultry at grocery stores, some people perhaps took advantage of a Missouri Farm Bureau program to help buy meat straight from the farm and even at cheaper prices. The new problem for one area farm is that it has almost been too successful.
DOJ Subpoenas Four Biggest Meatpackers in Antitrust Probe
The Justice Department is formally demanding information from the country’s four biggest meatpackers over potential antitrust violations, according to a person familiar with the matter, deepening scrutiny of an industry that’s been riled by shutdowns due to the coronavirus.
Environmental impact of grazing cattle ‘overestimated’
Press and Journal
Scientists say the climate impact of grass-fed cattle herds may have been overestimated. Grazing cattle may not be as bad for the environment as previously thought, according to a new study.