Daily Archives: August 18, 2020

What Eyes Have to do with Pounds of Beef

What Eyes Have to do with Pounds of Beef

DTN

Everyone plans for a good, heavy calf come sale time. Many invest in proven genetics to get them there. But a common, infectious disease can cut those pounds significantly, along with profit margins. Most folks simply call it “pinkeye.” It’s not so simple though.

Full Story

Inspected Slaughter and Meat Processing

Inspected Slaughter and Meat Processing

Indiana Beef

Bare supermarket meat cases and packing plant closures have recently shifted attention to local meat processors. State-inspected meat and poultry processing establishments are busier than ever since the COVI D-19 pandemic began. Many livestock producers have voiced frustration about long waits to book a slaughter date at local lockers.

Full Story

Reimagining liver health in beef cattle

Reimagining liver health in beef cattle

Angus TV

Scott Laudert, beef industry consultant, and Glen Dolezal, vice president for Cargill Protein, talk about liver abscess disease and how the beef community is working to keep making improvements.

 

Feedback loops and your cow herd

Feedback loops and your cow herd

Jordan Thomas

Beef Magazine

“Feedback loop” is a phrase often used in the sciences, particularly in my field of reproductive biology. We talk about hormones having positive or negative “feedback” on one another.

Full Story

Faculty Fieldwork

Faculty Fieldwork

Dorian Martin

Texas A&M Foundation

Growing up on his father’s livestock and crop operation in Rhodesia, Dr. G. Cliff Lamb was surrounded by cattle, pigs and sheep almost from the moment he was born. The lifestyle influenced his interest in livestock reproduction and still informs his perspective today as head of the Department of Animal Science in Texas A&M University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Full Story

Watch for feet problems in beef cattle

Watch for feet problems in beef cattle

Lainie Kringen-Scholtz

Tri State Neighbor

Like the old cowboys say, no hoof, no horse. Well it’s the same thing with cattle. Cattle are built from the ground up. If they have bad feet, they won’t breed, gain weight or show well.

Full Story

Cattle, Carbon And The Facts

Cattle, Carbon And The Facts

Rhonda Brooks

Bovine Veterinarian

Burger King pushed a lot of animal agriculture’s buttons earlier this summer when it launched an advertising campaign, touting the use of lemongrass in cows’ diets to reduce methane emissions by “up to 33%.” The company’s goal to reduce methane and produce a more eco-friendly Whopper was a positive, acknowledges Frank Mitloehner, University of California-Davis air quality Extension specialist. The negative: much of the information touted in the advertisement was inaccurate.

Full Story

Good practices maximize silage feed value

Good practices maximize silage feed value

Benjamin Herrold

Lincoln Journal Star

Chopping corn for silage can provide producers with a quality feed component for livestock. Gene Schmitz, a University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist, says some good production practices can help farmers get the most out of their silage. Moisture content is a good indicator for when to chop silage. “Our target is 65% moisture,” Schmitz says, “which allows for a good pack with good oxygen exclusion. That’s a good key, getting the oxygen out of it.”

Full Story

BQA evolving into consumer education tool

BQA evolving into consumer education tool

Candace Krebs

The Pueblo Chieftan

For years, cattle industry leaders overlooked an opportunity to build credibility with consumers by failing to more broadly promote and publicize the industry’s voluntary self-help improvement program known as Beef Quality Assurance. Now that’s changing, as the industry re-positions it to serve as a consumer-facing initiative.

Full Story

Cattle industry slowly recuperating from beginning of pandemic

Cattle industry slowly recuperating from beginning of pandemic

Real Agriculture

The Canadian Beef Industry Conference was held virtually recently, and while Bob Lowe, president of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), couldn’t attend all the sessions due to limited internet access, he did perceive the event as a success. “Somewhere around 1300 people registered for the event,” says Lowe, as he joined Shaun Haney to discuss the effects of COVID-19 on the cattle industry.

Full Story