Monthly Archives: July 2020

The “Positive Associative Effect” of High Protein Supplements

The “Positive Associative Effect” of High Protein Supplements

Glenn Selk

University of Florida

As you drive around this fall you see many big round bales of hay stored for winter feed.  The quality of this hay will vary a great deal.  Frankly, some of it will be low in protein content and therefore low in digestibility.  The microorganisms in the rumen of beef cows and replacement heifers require readily available protein to multiply and exist in large enough quantities to digest the cellulose in low quality roughages.

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Online program on managing pasture, hay insect pests set for Aug. 18

Online program on managing pasture, hay insect pests set for Aug. 18

Paul Schattenberg

Southern Livestock

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Bexar County Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee will present the Managing Hay and Pasture Insect Pests online program Aug. 18. The webinar, which will be given via Microsoft Teams, will be from noon to 1 p.m. Registered attendees will be provided a link to the webinar a few days prior to the program.

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Ag Industry Frustrated with Burger King’s Misguided Commercial

Ag Industry Frustrated with Burger King’s Misguided Commercial

Mayzie Purviance

Western AG Reporter

Burger King, founded in 1954, has evolved over the years like any other fast food chain.  It has also seen its fair share of controversy, but in 2020, controversy cannot simply be swept under the rug because it can be preserved online, seemingly, forever.

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Beef producers: Do you want to vote on the checkoff?

Beef producers: Do you want to vote on the checkoff?

Beef Magazine

As of today, 2,825 producers have submitted a petition calling for a vote on the termination of the Beef Promotion and Research Order. Several individual ranchers and farm and ranch groups, including R-CALF USA, formally launched a national petition drive on July 2 requesting a nationwide referendum on the termination of the Beef Promotion and Research Order, commonly known as the Beef Checkoff program, Feedstuffs reported.

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Cattle behavior is key to safe handling

Cattle behavior is key to safe handling

Aberdeen News

Using the instinctive behaviors of cattle to move and manage them makes handling activities much safer for both handlers and animals. Retired Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture animal science professor, Jo Bek, says building a relationship with the cattle you manage is an important step in the process.

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Beef Industry Long Range Plan For 2021-2025 Released

Beef Industry Long Range Plan For 2021-2025 Released

NCBA

Drovers

The Beef Industry Long Range Plan task force officially introduced its new five-year plan for 2021-2025 today at the Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting in Denver. The task force’s mission is to ensure the long-term prosperity of the U.S. beef industry by sustainably producing the most trusted, highest quality and consistently satisfying protein for consumers around the world.

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Should I add more legumes to my pasture?

Should I add more legumes to my pasture?

Christine Gelley

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

Including legumes in grass pastures has the potential to increase the overall nutritive value of the pasture and decrease the need for supplemental nitrogen fertilizer. Read on to find out if you should add more legumes to your pasture.

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Expanded approval for synchronization

Expanded approval for synchronization

Shauna Rose Hermel

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

Merck Animal Health announces Fertagyl® (gonadorelin) is now approved for use with cloprostenol sodium to synchronize estrous cycles to allow for fixed-timed artificial insemination (FTAI) in beef cows. Already approved for use with Estrumate® (cloprostenol injection) to synchronize estrous cycles to allow for FTAI in lactating dairy cows, the new label indication enables beef veterinarians and producers to use the two products on-label in their breeding program.

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Effects of conventional and nonconventional growth-enhancing technologies for finishing feedlot beef steer

Effects of conventional and nonconventional growth-enhancing technologies for finishing feedlot beef steers

G.O.Ribeiro, M.L.May, S.L.Parr, O.C.Schunicht, L.O.Burciaga-Robles, S.J.Hannon, T.M.Grimson,C.W.Booker, T.A.McAllister

Science Direct

Two experiments were conducted to evaluate conventional (tylosin, monensin, steroidal hormone growth implants, and β-adrenergic agonist) and nonconventional [direct-fed microbial (DFM), fibrolytic enzyme (ENZ), and flavoring agent (OLEO)] growth-enhancing technologies on the performance of finishing beef feedlot steers.

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What Makes Soil Healthy?

What Makes Soil Healthy?

Beef Research Centre

Soil health has been defined as “the continued capacity of soil to function as a vital living system, within ecosystem and land-use boundaries, to sustain biological productivity, maintain the quality of air and water environments, and promote plant, animal, and human health”.

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Meet Cosmo, a Bull Calf Designed to Produce 75% Male Offspring

Meet Cosmo, a Bull Calf Designed to Produce 75% Male Offspring

Colter Brown

Northern AG Network

Scientists at the University of California, Davis, have successfully produced a bull calf, named Cosmo, who was genome-edited as an embryo so that he’ll produce more male offspring. The research was presented in a poster  at the American Society of Animal Science meeting.

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5 ways to prevent transportation stress in cattle

5 ways to prevent transportation stress in cattle

Tyler Thomas

Progressive Cattle

Transportation stress is an unavoidable factor for any beef operation. The effects of transportation stress in cattle is a challenge to rectify, however, the negative health effects incurred by transporting animals can be limited by implementing a number of good management practices. These key steps are simple and can be easily adopted by your operation today.

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Mystery Seeds From China Showing Up on Indiana Doorsteps

Mystery Seeds From China Showing Up on Indiana Doorsteps

Eric Pfeiffer

Hoosier AG Today

Mystery seeds from China have been showing up at people’s homes in Utah, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Now, they’re showing up in Indiana as well. The Indiana State Department of Agriculture confirms there are a handful of cases here in the Hoosier state of seeds showing up in packages that look like jewelry or other small items. Don Robison, seed administrator for the Office of the Indiana State Chemist, says if you receive these seeds by mail, do not plant them or throw them away.

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The toolbox of today’s cattleman consists of more than just a hammer and nails

The toolbox of today’s cattleman consists of more than just a hammer and nails

Angus Journal

Social media is an easily accessible tool that perhaps we as an industry haven’t fully embraced. Before you dismiss my comment as the ramblings of a young 21-year-old who is attached at the hip to her smartphone, bear with me for a moment.

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USDA Seeks Nominees for the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board

USDA Seeks Nominees for the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board

Western AG Reporter

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking nominees for the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board.  Nominations are due August 12, 2020, for 24 producers and four importers.  All but one member will serve three-year terms beginning February 2021 and ending February 2024.  One importer will complete a one-year term due to a resignation.

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Sunburn can cause significant problems for livestock

Sunburn can cause significant problems for livestock

Roy Lewis

Western Producer

With the arrival of summer when animals become more exposed to ultraviolet light, cases of photosensitization can occur. In ruminants (cattle, sheep and goats), many causes can be caused by ingestion of certain plant species. As well, infectious causes such as liver flukes or leptospirosis can spark cases. The bottom line is that liver damage results in an accumulation of a byproduct in the skin leading to the susceptibility to sunburn.

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Ballot measure to widen wolves’ comeback could threaten partnership between conservation community and agriculture

Ballot measure to widen wolves’ comeback could threaten partnership between conservation community and agriculture

Bruce Finley

Denver Post

A lone black heifer wailed, wandering into white mist as night fell across a sage-studded plateau in the middle of where a wolf pack has moved into northwestern Colorado. Rancher T. Wright Dickinson looked on, frowning, aggrieved — an arch conservative westerner whose family has run cattle here since 1885 on high country spanning three states that ranks among the last large open landscapes.

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USDA report is first step in beef price investigation

USDA report is first step in beef price investigation

Prairie Farmer

The purpose was to examine “whether any regulated entities violated the Packers and Stockyards Act by taking advantage of the situation through price manipulation, collusion, restrictions of competition, or other unfair practices.” The report found no wrongdoing, according to Meat and Poultry.

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Temporary Fence Repair is a Must!

Temporary Fence Repair is a Must!

Heather Smith Thomas.

American Cattlemen

Recently I saw a photo that made me laugh: an old barbed-wire fence with each wire held in place by duct tape wrapped around the wire and the post. I’ve never resorted to duct tape, but I’ve used other innovative and unusual methods to patch a fence when the proper tools or materials were not readily at hand.

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Divisions Deepen in the Cattle Industry Over Price Discovery

Divisions Deepen in the Cattle Industry Over Price Discovery

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

Cattle producers from one end of the country to the other are convinced their markets were long-ago hijacked by the “Big Four.” Namely, they blame Cargill, JBS, National Beef and Tyson—who collectively control more than 80% of the U.S. slaughter market for beef—for pricing inequities.

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