Daily Archives: October 16, 2020

Growth-promoting implants – the choice for cattle widens

Growth-promoting implants – the choice for cattle widens

John McKinnon

Canadian Cattlemen

First, a short review. Growth-promoting implants have been in use for more than 50 years. It can be argued that no other technology has had a greater impact on the efficiency of North American beef production. Physiologically, their use results in increased lean tissue growth (i.e. muscle) at the expense of adipose (i.e. fat) tissue.

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Grassfed Beef Expectations for Fattening and Genetics

Grassfed Beef Expectations for Fattening and Genetics

Anibal Pordomingo

The Stockman Grass Farmer

Fattening or finishing on pasture at a young animal age does not allow for the luxury of low gains and long periods. Marbling expectations shorten that luxury even more. A year-old animal can take forage restriction during backgrounding, speculating with compensatory growth later. But, the length of a restriction depends on the fattening ability later. Animals that reach “ready benchmark” of finishing should be harvested.

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Maximize cull-cow value

Maximize cull-cow value

Dan Shike

Angus Beef Bulletin

Profitable cow-calf operations can look very different. Some have shiny new equipment and state-of-the-art facilities. Others have old equipment and minimal or makeshift facilities.

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What is a Cow Worth?

What is a Cow Worth?

Our Wyoming Life

Today Mike looks at what a cow is worth, from the beef to the impact on the ranch.

Northeast Panhandle Beef Conference addresses direct-to-consumer beef sales

Northeast Panhandle Beef Conference addresses direct-to-consumer beef sales

AgriLife Today

“We have had a number of producers express interest in selling beef directly to the consumer because they are wanting to try to capture more of the value-added opportunities for their production,” said Scott Strawn, AgriLife Extension agent for Ochiltree County.

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The Critical Role Diagnostics Play In Cattle Disease Control

The Critical Role Diagnostics Play In Cattle Disease Control


Although cattle diseases such as pinkeye, scours, bovine respiratory disease and pneumonia can seem relatively straightforward and easy to manage, there often isn’t a “one size fits all” solution. Controlling disease outbreaks in cattle herds becomes more challenging as emerging species, strains or antigenic variations of pathogens arise, and can become more aggressive than those that were once predominant.

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How do cattle really impact the environment?

How do cattle really impact the environment?

Carl C. Stafford

Culpeper Star Exponent

Finding the facts is challenging and takes time, something we are often short of. So we take the easy route—I get it. In the world of science, decisions driven by reliable numbers will often turn out to be correct when compared to an opinion, an early lesson I learned from Farm Management Agents.

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Carole’s weigh-loss plan for overweight cattle

Carole’s weigh-loss plan for overweight cattle


Concord Monitor

Fat cows make a farmer happy; most of the time. A cow with a layer of insulating fat will stay warmer in winter than her thin sister. So I don’t like to see bones or ribs on my beef cows.

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Cows Are the Heartbeat of the Beef Industry

Cows Are the Heartbeat of the Beef Industry

Rick Kment


Most that are not familiar with the intimate details of the cattle industry may innocently assume that overall cattle slaughter numbers are limited to fed steers and heifers, designed from birth for beef production. But, on average, 20% of daily slaughter levels are made up of cows and bulls.

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Our View: Surprise — grazing can reduce wildfire fuel load

Our View: Surprise — grazing can reduce wildfire fuel load

Blue Mountain Eagle

The University of California Cooperative Extension has issued a timely study showing cattle grazing is an essential tool in reducing wildfire. That won’t surprise a lot of readers, particularly those who live near forest and rangeland overloaded with the fuel that feeds the wildfires now raging throughout the West. Too often, though, the people in charge of policy don’t face that danger and have a hard time seeing the obvious.

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