Daily Archives: October 1, 2020

The impact of salmonella on feedlot cattle and the beef supply

The impact of salmonella on feedlot cattle and the beef supply

Jennifer Schutz, Steve Lerner, Allen McDonald and Jim Turner

Progressive Cattle

Salmonella enterica (commonly referred to as salmonella) is a leading cause of foodborne illness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that salmonella causes over one million foodborne illnesses every year in the U.S. The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) found that contamination of ground beef with salmonella averages around 2.1%, and little to no improvement has been achieved over the past few decades.

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Small grain silage adds options

Small grain silage adds options

Raylene Nickel

Successful Farming

Adding diversity to cropping systems is a huge calling card for growing small grains for silage.

“Growing and harvesting small grains for feed lets you grow a crop at a different time of year than a typical grain crop like corn and soybeans,” says University of Nebraska Extension forage specialist Bruce Anderson.

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Record Levels of Prime Grading

Record Levels of Prime Grading

Josh Maples

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

The percentage of steer and heifer carcasses grading prime so far during 2020 has outpaced normal levels. The average percent prime for the first seven months of 2020 was 10.6 percent which is the highest January-July average on record and about two percent higher than during the first seven months of 2019.

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Creating A Herd Health Plan for the Beef Herd

Creating A Herd Health Plan for the Beef Herd

Jaclyn Krymowski

American Cattlemen

Most ranchers, large and small scale alike, could tell you quite a bit about their animal health protocols and yearly schedule if you asked them offhand. Considerably fewer would likely be able to produce a formalized written protocol. This makes perfect sense, developing a herd health plan is time consuming and tedious. Unless it is required by a certain welfare or certification program, this detail is very tempting to forgo.

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Scientists were wrong: Genetics isn’t fixed

Scientists were wrong: Genetics isn’t fixed

Alan Newport

Beef Producer

For generations people have marveled at how birds and butterflies know when and where to migrate, how maternal instincts are either passed down or not, and a host of other such multi-generational mysteries that couldn’t be explained by Mendelian genetics.

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Fall frost and Johnsongrass concerns for beef cattle producers

Fall frost and Johnsongrass concerns for beef cattle producers

Whitney Leggett

Winchester Sun

We have started to see temperatures decreasing at night, and it won’t be long until the first frost of fall is forecasted. In some places, there is a lot of Johnsongrass in pastures and hayfields, and that brings up concerns for cattle producers. That is because Johnsongrass contains cyanic compounds which, under certain stresses, can result in cyanide poisoning when consumed by beef cattle.

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K-State team eyes facial recognition technology for cattle

K-State team eyes facial recognition technology for cattle

Emporia Gazette

If you’ve stared one cow in the face, you’ve seen them all … right?  New technology being developed at Kansas State University is likely to debunk that thought, capitalizing on the power of artificial intelligence to build a database of facial recognition technology for the cattle industry.

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Stockmanship and Stewardship program goes virtual

Stockmanship and Stewardship program goes virtual

Carol Ryan Dumas

Capital Press

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is taking its popular Stockmanship and Stewardship program online this fall in a two-day event on Nov. 11 and 12. Virtual attendees will have the opportunity to engage in several sessions that address current and future issues for the cattle industry and participate in low-stress cattle-handling demonstrations.

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Pork & Beef Production Almost Back To Pre-Pandemic Levels

Pork & Beef Production Almost Back To Pre-Pandemic Levels


Shoppers looking for their favorite cuts of meat should soon see plenty of them. Beef and pork production are nearly back to pre-pandemic levels after disruptions this spring when outbreaks of COVID-19 sent workers home and meat plants cut production.

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Safety, design top priorities when designing cattle processing facilities

Safety, design top priorities when designing cattle processing facilities


Many a rancher will say there is nothing that tests the bonds of a relationship more than processing cattle together. Between the quick movements of the calves and the short tempers of the humans it can be a trying experience for all.

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