Daily Archives: June 26, 2020

Beef demand is the difference maker

Beef demand is the difference maker

Nevil Speer

Beef Magazine

At first blush, it’s counter-intuitive to consider this year’s starting beef cow inventory on the fed market. After all, this year’s calves won’t be harvested until the following year.  However, the January 1 cow inventory is last year’s inventory being carried into the new year. Moreover, the measure reflects cows that have calved.

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“Drought Preparedness for the Cow-Calf Producer” Webinar To Be Hosted on Zoom July 9

“Drought Preparedness for the Cow-Calf Producer” Webinar To Be Hosted on Zoom July 9

Kansas State University

“As the saying goes, failing to plan, is planning to fail.” says Dr. Sandy Johnson, K-State beef extension specialist. “This webinar is being conducted to help cow-calf producers evaluate the options they have to make strategic adjustments in response to reduced forage availability. We want producers to be prepared to take advantage of opportunities that may arise given current resources, markets and weather.”

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Herefords On Demand

Herefords On Demand

Grace Vehige

American Hereford

Margaret Platter, her husband, Bill, and their two children started their herd in the fall of 2016 with three cows her father bred, and they now operate JLG Polled Herefords in Greenfield, Ind. While Margaret’s family has raised Herefords in southeast Georgia since 1940, she says she is new to marketing them. The Platters used Herefords On Demand as a gateway tool to start their marketing program.

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Fly Control Recommendations for Livestock Producers

Fly Control Recommendations for Livestock Producers

Ellen Crawford


Horn flies, face flies and stable flies are the most common and most treated pests on livestock operations. “Left untreated, these pests can cause significant losses in production,” says Janna Block, Extension livestock systems specialist based at NDSU’s Hettinger Research Extension Center. “Irritation caused by flies leads to behavior changes and can reduce the amount of time spent grazing, which can result in weight loss and decreased milk production. Additionally, flies are a factor in the transmission of diseases such as keratoconjunctivitis (pinkeye) and summer mastitis.”

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Summer shade to beat the heat.

Summer shade to beat the heat.

Katy Lippolis

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

The heat is on, and your bulls and nursing cows trying to rebreed can struggle to stay cool. To try to get away from the heat, cattle may flock to treed areas and water sources, which can cause destruction of the trees, erosion and reduced water quality.

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Area Farmer Looking to Extend Cattle Grazing Season

Area Farmer Looking to Extend Cattle Grazing Season


A Christian county farmer is looking for new ways to extend grazing on pastures for beef cattle. David Fourqurean says he has planted a test plot of sorghum-sudangrass to supplement pastures of fescue and orchardgrass and allow cattle to have a longer grazing season.

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Selling directly to consumers: How to find customers and market your beef

Selling directly to consumers: How to find customers and market your beef

Greg Bloom

Beef Magazine

Of course, word-of-mouth advertising is the cheapest way to advertise, but you may live in a small town or have already exhausted your possibilities through your existing network. One rancher friend of mine noted recently, “Many of my neighbors are also trying to sell directly to consumers and my small town is saturated with supply. What I need is more prospects.”

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Meat Lovers Get Bullish on Beef That Comes From Old Dairy Cows

Meat Lovers Get Bullish on Beef That Comes From Old Dairy Cows

Matthew Kronsberg


Steak from “old” cows is something of a national obsession in Spain. What Spaniards know is that even more than time spent in the dry-aging locker, great steaks come from time spent on the hoof. The country’s Rubia Gallega cattle can live for more than a decade munching grass, packing on muscle and developing layers of buttery golden fat before they’re considered plate-worthy.

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Big Beef, Its Antibiotics Habit, and Protecting Our Future

Big Beef, Its Antibiotics Habit, and Protecting Our Future

David Wallinga


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.

It’s no secret that overusing and misusing antibiotics drives worsening antibiotic resistance. Yet nearly as many antibiotics of medical importance are sold in the U.S. for cattle use as for human medicine (5.6 million pounds of antibiotic active ingredient vs. 7.5 million pounds, respectively). The newly released NRDC report, Better Burgers: Why It’s High Time the U.S. Beef Industry Kicked Its Antibiotic Habit, provides crucial insight on why that is so, and why it needs to stop.

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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

Penn State University

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!