Couple brings family farm into 21st century
The Daily Progress
It’s a fourth-generation family farm on the border of Orange and Madison. We raise Angus cattle and also pigs for our direct-marketed meat business. Currently, we have a store on our farm that we sell retail, direct to consumers. We also have an online store set up to where we can ship meat via UPS.
Ranchers must clear the air of production falsehoods
When critics of livestock agriculture take aim at the beef industry and its impact on the environment, cattlemen can’t afford to run, hide or sit idle. Dr. Frank Mitloehner, professor and air quality specialist in cooperative extension at the University of California – Davis, knows firsthand how scientific data has been manipulated to demonize livestock agriculture.
A nationwide vegan diet would be a public health disaster
Switching to the vegan dream would be a nutritional nightmare for Americans. That’s according to new research published this week by the US National Academy of Sciences that poses big questions about how the US agricultural sector can be changed and improved in the future, to mitigate climate change without causing deleterious effects on the population’s overall health. The bottom line: going 100% vegan would be catastrophic.
2017 spring-born calves: Production, marketing options for ranchers
Let’s take a look at some marketing alternatives for 2017 calves. To set the stage, consider a recent BEEF magazine survey question on calf marketing. In summary, 36% of survey respondents sold their calves at weaning. The most popular marketing alternative was backgrounding the calves post-weaning, at 50%.
How to manage lameness in cattle
“Abrasive surfaces, wild cattle and rough handling often contribute to this problem. The outside of the front toe is the most commonly affected location. Early signs may be difficult to spot with only a mild lameness and short stride at walk. If treated at this stage, recovery may be rapid.”
US Beef Claims Half of Korean Import Market
The Cattle Site
According to The Korea Herald, from January to October this year, US beef imports hit $989 million, making up 50.7 per cent of the country’s beef import market, marking the first time it has exceeded 50 per cent after hitting a record-high 75.9 per cent in 2003.
Timing Vaccination Against Scours
Jon Seeger, DVM
While spring calving seems a long way off, proper vaccine timing could begin yet this year if your herd calves early in the season. Prioritize scours prevention to protect the next calf crop. Scours is a potentially fatal infection spread through fecal matter that leaves young calves no desire to nurse, weak, dehydrated and with watery and discolored stools. Helping protect calves from scours is more than practicing good animal husbandry — healthy calves early in life have shown to be more productive later in life.