Daily Archives: December 3, 2020

Instant Coffee isn’t Instant

Instant Coffee isn’t Instant

Justin Rhinehart

University of Tennessee

Yet another comparison can be made relative to advancing the genetics of your herd. This can be done through selection (similar to brewing your own coffee) or purchasing genetics someone else advanced with their work and knowledge (similar to making a cup of instant coffee). Either can be a good choice depending on weather you need to move quickly and prefer the convenience, or if you need to fit the genetics to a unique marketing objective or prefer savoring the process of doing it your way.

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Free-choice silage pit grazing a simple winter feeding option

Free-choice silage pit grazing a simple winter feeding option

Piper Whelan

Canadian Cattlemen
A free-choice silage pit may be the right stockpile grazing option to reduce your equipment costs and simplify winter feeding. Ben Stuart, forage specialist with Union Forage, first used this method of “grazing” silage to decrease winter feeding costs while maintaining quality in a system that’s easily accessible for cattle.

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Feed ration important in young bulls

Feed ration important in young bulls

Heather Smith Thomas

Western Producer

Young bulls need more attention and care than mature bulls, according to Dr. John Kastelic, a veterinarian and professor of cattle reproductive health at the University of Calgary. “There’s a critical window of bull development from about six weeks of age up to weaning age. If bull calves are fed really well during that time, they reach puberty quicker, have larger testes and produce more sperm,” he said.

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10 things your cattle buyer wants you to know (and do)

10 things your cattle buyer wants you to know (and do)

Carrie Veselka

Progressive Cattle

“I want you as an operator to get outside your box. Think outside your operation,” Greg Goudeau, owner and manager of Navasota Livestock Auction in Navasota, Texas, told a packed house at the 2019 Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course.

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Certified Hereford Beef Celebrates 25 Years

Certified Hereford Beef Celebrates 25 Years

American Hereford Association

Together, Hereford producers, brand partners and loyal customers celebrated 25 years of the Certified Hereford Beef® (CHB) brand in 2020. Among the world’s great beef brands, Certified Hereford Beef is found in the nation’s best restaurants and retailers.

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Calving Schools Planned

Calving Schools Planned

Kansas State University

In anticipation of calving season, Kansas State University Animal Sciences and Industry and K-State Research and Extension are planning a series of calving schools throughout the month of January. The program will outline overall calving management that includes stages of the normal calving process as well as tips to handle difficult calving situations. A.J. Tarpoff, K-State extension beef veterinarian, explains the goals of the event are to increase knowledge, practical skills and the number of live calves born if they need assistance.

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Climate Impacts of Cultured Meat and Beef Cattle

Climate Impacts of Cultured Meat and Beef Cattle

John Lynch and Raymond Pierrehumbert

Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

Improved greenhouse gas (GHG) emission efficiency of production has been proposed as one of the biggest potential advantages of cultured meat over conventional livestock production systems. Comparisons with beef are typically highlighted, as it is a highly emissions intensive food product. In this study, we present a more rigorous comparison of the potential climate impacts of cultured meat and cattle production than has previously been made.

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December 2020 Beefwatch Webinar Series Registration Now Open

December 2020 Beefwatch Webinar Series Registration Now Open

University of Nebraska

The BeefWatch Webinar series is designed to highlight management strategies in grazing, nutrition, reproduction, and economics to increase cow/calf and stocker production efficiency and profitability. Each session will feature industry experts and plenty of opportunity to interact to get your questions answered.

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Self-limiting Feeds for Beef Cattle

Self-limiting Feeds for Beef Cattle

Josh ElmoreKim Mullenix


An intake limiter allows cattle free-choice access to feed while also controlling consumption. It is a useful tool for producers needing reduced-labor feeding options.

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It is always the bulls: Part II

It is always the bulls: Part II

James Beckham

Progressive Cattle

In our last episode of “It’s always the bulls,” one Charolais bull had been delivered to the auction, but Charolais bull number two had refused to go anywhere near a trailer. Some weeks passed after the first attempt by my partner, Pat, to catch bull number two. Then, one day, the bull wandered into the ancient wooden pens on the leased ranch, and Pat closed the gate on the bull.

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