Strategic and Scientific Bull Selection
Sire selection, live or in a frozen straw, is one of the most important reproductive decisions you will make regarding your herd. Depending on what sector of the industry you represent, this decision can directly economically impact not only your cow herd, but your replacement heifers, animals on a retained ownership, and even feedlot or rail performance if you feed out yourself.
Master Beef Cattle short courses
Union Springs Herald
Due to COVID-19, Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension Program (TUCEP) is still working diligently to implement programs. This is an effort to continue to serve the people in counties and communities with livestock operations and needs. Some of these courses include Nutrition for livestock, Facilities, Fencing, profitability, and Value-added Practices; to mention a few.
R-CALF goes after the Beef Checkoff, again
Along with many beef producers, I was quite concerned when both R-CALF and OCM went after the Beef Checkoff with misinformation and lawsuits. It never occurred to me that beef producers would form alliances with activist groups that were sworn enemies of animal agriculture to fight the checkoff so painstakingly designed, voted in and run by cattlemen and cattlewomen.
Cattle set aside program gaining momentum
While a program that would pay feedlots to slow down cattle to relieve the processing bottleneck is gaining support in the cattle industry, not everybody thinks it’s the right way to help struggling producers.
Little difference between steaks ‘naturally grown’
Arkansas researchers have shown that consumers experience no tangible differences between steaks from conventionally grown commodity beef cattle and those from branded “naturally grown” programs.
Large Backlog Of Cattle Remain
Progress appears slow in erasing the backlog of cattle in feedyards. Based on USDA data, Len Steiner, Steiner Consulting Group, projects the number of cattle on feed 150-days or more on July 1 will be about 950,000 head. If accurate, that means the industry has only reduced the 150-day cattle by 30,000 head from June 1.
Neogen to acquire U.S. rights to cattle pour-on insecticide
On Thursday morning, Neogen (Nasdaq: NEOG) announced that it plans to acquire the U.S. rights to StandGuard Pour-on, which combats horn fly and lice within domestic beef cattle. StandGuard Pour-on belongs to global animal products supplier Elanco Animal Health, Inc., which has proposed a $7.6 billion acquisition of Bayer Animal Health GmbH.
US farmers’ beef with Burger King over cow fart ad
Fast food chain Burger King has released an advertisement encouraging US farmers to change cow diets in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The controversial video ad features children in cowboy hats singing about the impact methane gas emitted due to cow flatulence has on global warming.
Woodchip pads solve a muddy mess
Doug Kenyon was skeptical about a woodchip loafing area for his beef cattle. Would it perform as promised, cutting down on wastewater runoff? Would the cattle even use it? Four years later, Kenyon is a fan.
Cash Cattle Prices Reveal Interesting Pattern
Traditionally, when negotiated trade is steady to higher than formula cash cattle prices, slight to moderate supply tightness is indicated. Although the current backlog of cattle seen through the industry and previous reductions of slaughter levels has changed the dynamic of market structures, this pattern may become more evident as packers work to maintain daily and weekly slaughter levels akin to year ago levels.