Time to Begin the Early Evening Feeding of the Spring-Calving Cows
ach year in December, it is time for a reminder to change the feeding schedule for part, if not all of the spring-calving cow herd. It is generally accepted that adequate supervision at calving has a significant impact on reducing calf mortality. Adequate supervision has been of increasing importance with the higher price of live calves at sale time.
R-CALF USA: Time is running out to protect cattle markets from antitrust takeover
The Fence Post
At the competition roundtable held Dec. 7 at the University of Wisconsin School of Law, R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard told experts in antitrust and regulation that time is running out to stop multinational beef packers from capturing the U.S. live cattle supply chain away from independent cattle producers.
Wendy’s Makes ‘Major Advancement’ in Beef Sourcing
Wendy’s announced Wednesday that it would be making changes to its practices to move toward a more sustainably-sourced food supply chain. Reflecting on its tagline “Quality is Our Recipe,” Wendy’s partnered with a new program to ensure it’s creating the best burgers from the best beef available.
From Grass-Fed to Lab-Grown: How Meat Is Evolving
Matt McDonald and Jason Bellini
Wall Street Journal
Israeli-based Aleph Farms says it’s figured out how to create the structure of real beef from animal cells in a petri dish — so that it actually feels like you’re biting into a piece of meat, rather than just tasting it. WSJ’s Jason Bellini visited the company’s headquarters in a technology park on the outskirts of Tel Aviv, for a taste of what Aleph Farms says is the first lab-grown steak in the world.
Tear Up the Farm Bill and Start Over
Alison Acosta Winters & Caroline Kitchens
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.
As usual, things are behind schedule in Washington. After months of wrangling, Congress is trying to push a compromise farm bill over the finish line at the eleventh hour by larding it up with goodies and killing any semblance of reform. For example, despite efforts to close a loophole that allows family members of farmers to receive subsidies even if they do not live or work on a farm, the final version of the bill expands that loophole to allow distant relatives such as cousins, nieces, and nephews to qualify for subsidies.
Manage Stockpiled Forages Efficiently
Ohio Beef Cattle Letter
I’m not really sure where this year went. At least for me, it seems like it should still be October, but the weather outside indicates a different message. Grazing activity for a lot of producers starts slowing down this time of year. If you are still grazing, and I hope you are, then you are probably grazing stockpiled forage, fall-planted annuals, or crop residue or a combination of all three.
Cull Cow Strategies
While a cattle producer’s primary focus might be on annual calf sales, failure to develop a marketing plan for cull cows can be costly. That’s because the sale of cull cows accounts for 15% to 30% of the yearly gross revenue of cow-calf operations.