Cattle have gotten so big that restaurants and grocery stores need new ways to cut steaks

Cattle have gotten so big that restaurants and grocery stores need new ways to cut steaks

Caitlin Dewey

Washington Post

As U.S. beef cattle have ballooned in size, experts say, restaurants, grocery stores and meat processors have had to get creative in how they slice and dice them up. Increasingly, that means thinner steaks — as well as more scrap meat and “alternative” cuts designed to make the most of a bigger animal.

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USDA to Revisit Standard for Beef Carcass Grades

USDA to Revisit Standard for Beef Carcass Grades

KTIC

The Department of Agriculture announced it will revisit the United States Standards for Grades of Carcass Beef, a move drawing praise from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

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Planned breeding schedules pay dividends for beef producers

Planned breeding schedules pay dividends for beef producers

Adam Russell

Agri Life Today

In a business where every pound counts and every expense should be optimized, Dr. Monte Rouquette, AgriLife Research forage physiologist, Overton, said producers should consider planned breeding windows for their cow herd if possible.

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BeefTalk: Use the Numbers When Bull Buying

BeefTalk: Use the Numbers When Bull Buying

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

The future is now: the bull-buying season. The future is in the numbers. The future requires knowledge, so study hard. For me, bull-buying season means bull-buying workshops where I can meet with small groups of producers to look at numbers, the expected progeny differences (EPDs). EPDs have been around a long time, but the utilization of EPDs is still an ongoing process as more producers annually incorporate EPDs into bull selection.

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BCS skills to make you a better herd manager

BCS skills to make you a better herd manager

DALE HILDEBRANT

Farm & Ranch Guide

“Body condition scoring can tell you quite a bit about your herd and the results can be used to make important management decisions,” said N.T. Cosby, cattle nutritionist with Purina Animal Nutrition. “Because the data captured is so vital, it’s good practice to recalibrate your scoring skills.”

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Buying, selling hay at the right price

Buying, selling hay at the right price

FarmTalk

The current price of hay is a frequent question asked by callers to the area county extension offices. It is an important question to cattle producers wanting to turn a profit because hay costs represent a significant overall expense in raising cattle.

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Simplifying Bull Selection on Sale Day

Simplifying Bull Selection on Sale Day

Tierra Kessler

Angus Beef Bulletin

It is crucial to evaluate the needs of your ranch before making bull selections. The genotype of an animal is just one part of a much larger system. Factors included in bull selection process should be the genetics of your animals, the physical production environment, fixed resources, management, production inputs and marketing end points.

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