Daily Archives: October 20, 2020

Where do I get the right bulls for my maternal cowherd?

Where do I get the right bulls for my maternal cowherd?

Burke Teichert

Beef Magazine

Last month I wrote about heifer development, suggesting methods different from those typically used. I have since been wondering about the bulls used by most ranchers who produce their own replacement heifers. Are those bulls “undoing” most of what the producer is trying to accomplish with his heifer development and selection practices?

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There’s an Answer to Cattle’s Carbon Emissions, and It isn’t Less Beef

There’s an Answer to Cattle’s Carbon Emissions, and It isn’t Less Beef

Quartz

Cattle production has long been a bedrock of American agriculture, and currently there are more than 913,000 cattle ranches and farms operating around the country, comprising more than 40% of US farms. The multi-year journey of a cow from birth to the market is one of the most complex in all of food production, which includes, similar to all other food products, inputs such as land, food, and infrastructure to support it.
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Temple Grandin: Alternative Business Models That Farmers Should Consider

Temple Grandin: Alternative Business Models That Farmers Should Consider

Forbes

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in the spring of 2020, consumers learned that the food supply chains are fragile. Seeing supermarket shelves stripped of common essentials was a gigantic wake up call. One of the problems is a severe lack of enough local small slaughter plants. Discussions with ranchers indicate that some of the small plants are so busy that they would have to wait 6 to 12 months to get their animals processed. This has resulted in several ranching groups announcing plans to build new facilities.

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Three producers share ideas that improve efficiency

Three producers share ideas that improve efficiency

BeefResearch.ca

Beef producers across the country are always looking to improve management and production practices that not only benefit cattle, but also reduce their workload, and help to save time and money. It may involve improved calf identification measures, installing remote cameras to monitor watering systems, or adopting quiet livestock handling practices in a flexible year-round grazing system. They all help to improve beef production efficiency.

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Pandemic brings new attention to beef cattle industry

Pandemic brings new attention to beef cattle industry

Jennifer Dorsett

High Plains Pundit

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted issues within the beef cattle industry, and Congress introduced several bills aimed at solving some of the concerns.

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Beef cattle production focus of upcoming webinars

Beef cattle production focus of upcoming webinars

AgriLife Today

“These webinars, presented by AgriLife Extension and other beef cattle industry experts, will be helpful to producers because they will provide a wide range of information that can be applied to the beef cattle operation,” said Jason Ott, AgriLife Extension agent, Nueces County.

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Balancing unique nutrients can help farmers achieve efficient growth in beef cattle

Balancing unique nutrients can help farmers achieve efficient growth in beef cattle

The Cattle Site

Precision Nutrition Beef draws on a range of unique nutrients analyzed through the Mole Valley Farmer’s existing rationing program. By delving into these nutrients in detail, the aim is to help beef farmers improve performance efficiencies and ultimately, margins, says Nutritionist Dr Matt Witt.

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Report tackles fed cattle cash volume and packer participation

Report tackles fed cattle cash volume and packer participation

Wes Ishmael

Beef Magazine

“Cattle producers across all segments of the industry expect adequate price discovery in the fed cattle markets. While the framework outlined in this report represents a voluntary path to achieving robust price discovery, it is not intended to be the sole remedy to that end. Similarly, it is not intended to be static, and will need to be adjusted from time to time to ensure currency and efficacy.”

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Calf castration can add overall value for cattle producers

Calf castration can add overall value for cattle producers

BRANDON J. DOMINGUEZ

The Eagle

October promises several recurring fond memories: getting out of school for Columbus Day, trick-or-treating for Halloween, and the (sometimes) seasonal delicacy Rocky Mountain oysters. This isn’t a culinary article, and a certain level of professionalism is expected among herdsmen. How many have considered the value of this oft-scoffed treat?

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Drought and Prices Push Down Herd Size

Drought and Prices Push Down Herd Size

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

Drought has been a key reason for much of the reduction, said Good, who noted that September on-feed numbers were historically large in Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas and Texas—all areas where drought has continued to be an issue in 2020.

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