Lessons learned by a cattleman in 2020
Having grown up in the ’50s and ’60s, the experience of social distancing and self-quarantine in recent months hasn’t really been too much of a struggle for me. After all, if you grew up on a farm in rural Ohio in those days, the only time you saw anyone but your closest neighbor was at the feed mill, church or baseball practice.
Will the real superfood please stand up?
“Superfood” is a marketing (not medical or scientific) term used to describe foods with perceived health benefits because of exceptional nutritional properties. Google “superfood” and you’ll see numerous lists claiming health benefits for foods such as broccoli, legumes, nuts, salmon, eggs, kale, beans, spinach, and trendy new things like acai or goji berries that marketers are launching. Animal proteins are rarely included, with the occasional exception of eggs or fish.
Environmental footprints of beef cattle production in the United States
AlanRotz, Senorpe Asem-Hiablie, SaraPlace, GregThoma
The environmental impacts of beef cattle production and their effects on the overall sustainability of beef have become a national and international concern. Our objective was to quantify important environmental impacts of beef cattle production in the United States. Surveys and visits of farms, ranches and feedlots were conducted throughout seven regions (Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Northern Plains, Southern Plains, Northwest and Southwest) to determine common practices and characteristics of cattle production.
Better beef production practices goal of Tyson Foods
Tyson Foods has announced its work to verify sustainable beef production practices on more than 5 million acres of cattle grazing land in the U.S. The action is believed to be the largest known beef transparency program in the U.S., and part of Tyson Foods’ focus on sustainably feeding the world.
New study: Cattle grazing significantly reduces wildfire spread
SIERRA DAWN McCLAIN
University of California Cooperative Extension researchers just completed a timely study showing cattle grazing is an essential tool in reducing wildfire — a tool they say should be expanded and refined. Recent record-shattering wildfires across California, Oregon and Washington have demonstrated the need for better fire control.
Purdue team gets $1 million to develop rapid sensor technology for cattle disease
Bovine respiratory disease (BRD), one of the most prevalent and costly illnesses in the beef and dairy industries, accounts for about half of all feedlot deaths in North America and costs producers as much as $900 million a year.
Beef genetic data tools defined
The Cattle Site
“With many purebred breed associations, bulls are measured for 12-15 traits. While a few bulls will excel in multiple traits, it is nearly impossible to have a bull that can be a leader in all the traits,” said Bob Weaber, Kansas State University beef cattle extension specialist, during a recent Beef Cattle Institute, Cattle Chat podcast.
Advance could transform selective animal breeding
For the first time, scientists have created pigs, goats and cattle that can serve as viable “surrogate sires,” male animals that produce sperm carrying only the genetic traits of donor animals.
Tyson verifies sustainable cattle production practices
Food and Drink International
Tyson Foods has become the first US food company to verify sustainable cattle production practices at scale.The company will work alongside cattle ranchers to verify sustainable beef production practices on more than 5 million acres of cattle grazing land in the US.
Caviness leaves a legacy
Meat and Poultry
In 1962, at the age of 44, Pete Caviness was ready to switch gears and try something new. After years of working as a cattle buyer for feeder cattle, stocker cattle and packer cows, he decided to move onto the other side of the business and go out on his own. He bought a meat locker plant in Hereford, Texas, and Caviness Beef Packers was born.