Daily Archives: September 18, 2020

Online meat school helps with direct marketing of beef

Online meat school helps with direct marketing of beef

SUE ROESLER

The Prairie Star

With beef shortages widespread, some beef producers have thought about selling to local or niche markets or direct marketing to consumers, but want to know more about the business side of the process.

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Grazing Management Minute: Native Warm Season Grasses

Grazing Management Minute: Native Warm Season Grasses

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

In this Grazing Management Minute, the focus turns to the benefit of utilizing native warm season grasses in a comprehensive forage management plan for Ohio livestock producers.

Pick the Right Livestock Scales to Fit the Business

Pick the Right Livestock Scales to Fit the Business

DTN
It’s pretty much a proven fact, the average cow-calf producer doesn’t do such a great job when it comes to guessing weights on the cow herd. But in these times, when management is intensely focused on saving money and boosting profits, an accurate weight on individual animals is one of the keys to success.

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COVID-19 comes with silver linings for the beef industry

COVID-19 comes with silver linings for the beef industry

Jager Robinson

Lincoln Journal Star

As the COVID-19 pandemic reached its fifth full month of activity in the U.S. over the summer, several agricultural economists have gathered enough data to look at full trends of the globe’s largest global pandemic since 1918. Jayson Lusk, the head of the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University, was the first speaker part of the Pasture to Plate webinar series put on by the South Dakota Farm Bureau. Speaking on June 23, Lusk covered the cattle and beef supply chain over the three-month period of rapid growth and decline.

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Post-Hurricane Mosquitoes Are Killing Cattle in Louisiana

Post-Hurricane Mosquitoes Are Killing Cattle in Louisiana

Dan Nosowitz

Modern Farm

Hurricane Laura, which reached Louisiana on August 26th, has been one of the most destructive storms in recent years. One lesser-known effect of the hurricane has been the deaths of hundreds of head of cattle, horses, and other livestock—but not due to the wrath of the storm itself. Instead, those animals have been harmed by a result of the hurricane: massive swarms of mosquitoes.

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Predicting Cattle Infertility Through Machine-learning

Predicting Cattle Infertility Through Machine-learning

Max Esterhuizen

Drovers

For cattle farmers, maximizing reproductive rates of their heifers is critical to the economic sustainability and viability of their farms. Infertility and pregnancy loss are common problems that decrease reproductive efficiency in beef heifers. To combat this issue, researchers in the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are working on a method to effectively identify which heifers will be able to successfully reproduce, saving farmers resources, time, and money.

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UNL researchers are tracking movements in cattle to improve beef production

UNL researchers are tracking movements in cattle to improve beef production

KHGI

Whether they are grazing, resting or getting a drink of water, University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers are tracking the movement and behavioral patterns of beef cattle to learn how it links to efficient beef production. They are tracking the movement of 30 cows and calves. The UNL researchers are using collars with GPS and accelerometers, a technology similar to one found in a Fitbit, to collect the data on movement patterns.

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The Quest for Better Beef

The Quest for Better Beef

Eric Benson

Texas Monthly

hen some 8,500 ranchers, stockers, feeders, and meat-packers began arriving at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, in San Antonio, for the annual National Cattlemen’s Beef Association conference and trade show this past February, they had reason to celebrate. Per capita U.S. beef consumption had grown for four years straight. Many consumers were buying more expensive grades of meat, while chefs were transforming humbler portions—the sirloin culotte, the bavette, the brisket—into signature dishes in some of the country’s most renowned kitchens.

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New autonomous cattle chute featured at FPVX

New autonomous cattle chute featured at FPVX

Curt Arens

Beef Magazine

Whether you run a million head of cattle through the chute every year, or several hundred, having enough help on hand for processing is crucial. Brute Cattle Co., Dodge, Neb., commercially unveiled its new Brute Stealth Autonomous Catch-chute Elite more than a year ago, after significant research, development and testing of the technology dating back to the first patent on the chute filed in 2014.

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K-State experts discuss matching cattle needs to feed resources

K-State experts discuss matching cattle needs to feed resources

Kansas State University

Cool crisp mornings and school activities filling the calendar are two signs that fall is on the horizon. Just as families make plans, cattle producers need to be looking into their fall grazing options, according to the team of experts at Kansas State University’s Beef Cattle Institute. “Producers need to be thinking now about planning for fall grazing whether that is stockpiling pasture or planting perineal grasses to minimize the use of stored forages such as hay,” said K-State veterinarian Brad White.

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