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The Articles page is a treasure of archived information on topics such as animal health, beef cattle industry news, artificial insemination, pastures, forages, rangeland, livestock feed & nutrition, livestock can cattle reproduction, beef cattle genetics, cattle production, feature stories, and the latest on cattle breed news.

Industry News

Brush control, chute-side, fencing demonstrations planned for Beef Cattle Short Course

published: June 22nd 2017 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas AgriLife Today

  COLLEGE STATION – Live cattle working, fence building, tractor equipment and Brush Busters demonstrations are among several activities planned for the 63rd Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course scheduled Aug....

Production

BIF 2017: Factors affecting feedlot profitability

published: June 21st 2017 by: Gary Fike source: BIF

The Tri County Steer Carcass Futurity Cooperative first helps producers collect growth and carcass data. They help them benchmark their cattle related to the industry. It is hoped that this information will be used to make genetic improvement....

Industry News

Perdue names leadership in acting roles as USDA reorganization takes shape

published: June 20th 2017 source: USDA

  (Washington, DC, June 16, 2017) – Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today named three individuals who will take on leadership roles as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) continues the  reorganization announced on May 11, 2017....

Industry News

Texas Sheep and Goat Expo adds youth component

published: June 19th 2017 by: Steve Byrns source: Texas AgriLife Today

SAN ANGELO – The Texas Sheep and Goat Expo slated for Aug. 18-19 at San Angelo’s First Community Spur Arena has added a youth component. Billed as the largest, most comprehensive educational event of its kind, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-conducted expo addresses wool sheep, hair sheep, meat goats, club lambs and Angora goats....

Industry News

Select Sires Inc., and Accelerated Genetics to Join Forces

published: June 15th 2017 source: Select Sires

Select Sires Inc., and Accelerated Genetics to Join Forces Plain City, OH & Baraboo, WI, June 13, 2017 – The board of directors for Select Sires Inc., and Accelerated Genetics have reached a unanimous decision to unify the two cooperatives....

Reproduction

Investing in the future, heifer development for longevity

published: June 14th 2017 by: Dr. Justin Rhinehart source: BIF 2017

    A step by step guide for heifer development: Breed early in the first breeding season Minimize calving difficulties Wean acceptable calves Breed early in the second breeding season Optimize profit Improve genetics In our nutritional development, we can have steady growth, fast early growth then plateau, slow early growth and fast late growth....

Industry News

U.S., China finalize details to send U.S. beef to China

published: June 13th 2017 source: USDA

(Washington, D.C., June 12, 2017) – As part of the U.S.-China 100-Day Action plan announced on May 11, 2017 by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin, the Trump Administration today has taken important steps toward commercial shipment of U....

Pastures & Forages

Making pasture improvements can increase digestibility, enhance gains

published: June 12th 2017 source: Biozyme

It’s time to start thinking about turning your cattle out to summer grass. Regardless if you own or rent your pasture, it is important to make sure you are getting the most efficient use of your resources....

Reproduction

Keeping cows bred

published: June 9th 2017 by: Dr. Justin Rhinehart source: University of Tennessee Beef Cattle Extension

 We've talked about how to concentrate your breeding season and how much value that adds to your calf crop each year. But, getting cows bred is only part of the story. Keeping them bred, especially through the summer months, also takes attention to detail....

Pastures & Forages

Hay storage options, forage management discussed at O.D. Butler Forage Field Day

published: June 8th 2017 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas Agrilife Today

FRANKLIN – Producing hay requires both time and expense, but it can lead to unwanted waste if bales are left sitting in the field, according to experts. To preserve nutritive value and money, there are options that can be implemented to manage unwanted waste, said Dr....

Herd Health

Using Antibiotics Responsibly, The Veterinarian’s Valuable Role

published: June 7th 2017 source: Zoetis

  When we do need to use antibiotics, we know that we need to use them responsibly (in both animals and people) to help keep them effective and available for decades to come. What are some of the steps to help make this happen? In caring for cattle, responsible use of antibiotics involves many things and people, but there’s one person who should continue to be part of these decisions — a veterinarian....

Industry News

Stiles Farm Field Day to feature high/low input farming techniques

published: June 6th 2017 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas Agrilife Today

THRALL – The Stiles Farm Field Day scheduled June 20 will feature the latest innovations in corn, sorghum and cotton production using low and high input methods, plus presentations on herd bull selection and cattle marketing....

Genetics & Performance

Where are we going with genomics and genetic improvement?

published: June 5th 2017 by: Matt Spangler/Alison Van Eenennaam source: BIF 2017

Where are we going with genomics and genetic improvement     Early DNA tests with one or two markers had little predictive ability. As tests improved, more markers were added. Eventually there was a switch to genomic predictions....

Reproduction

Economic Impact of Estrus Synchronization and Artificial Insemination

published: June 1st 2017 by: Dr. Justin Rhinehart source: BIF 2017

    Why don't more producers use estrus synchronization and AI? Labor/Time 39% Cost 17% Too Complicated 17% Lack of facilities 11% Other 14% Does not work 2% The cost per pregnancy for a bull costs between $60 and $75 depending on pregnancy rate....

Industry News

USDA revises Angus certification requirements

published: May 31st 2017 source: Meatingplace.com

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has announced that the agency is revising the live animal specification used for all Angus certified programs to reflect evolving cattle genetics and marketing....

Industry News

Beef Loving Texans launches new advertising campaign

published: May 30th 2017 by: Misti Martin source: Texas Beef Checkoff

AUSTIN, TX – The Texas Beef Council (TBC) announces the launch of a new ad campaign as part of the ongoing Beef Loving Texans brand movement aimed at elevating Texans’ passion for beef....

Industry News

Rancher calls on Congress to address ‘Sue and Settle’ abuse

published: May 26th 2017 source: National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

WASHINGTON (May 24, 2017) – If family ranching operations and rural economies are going to survive another generation, Congress must address the problem of so-called “sue and settle” abuse....

Industry News

Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course set for Aug. 7-9

published: May 25th 2017 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas Agrilife Today

COLLEGE STATION – The 63rd Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course is scheduled Aug. 7-9 at Texas A&M University in College Station.   The short course is the largest beef cattle educational event in the country and attracts more than 1,600 beef cattle producers from Texas and abroad, according to organizers....

Feed & Nutrition

Fresh grocery produce as a supplement for livestock feed

published: May 24th 2017 by: – V. Fellner, J.M. Rice and M. Boersig source: The Professional Animal Scientist

The fact that almost a third of the annual food produced in the United States is not consumed by humans has drawn wide attention in recent years. Typically, 97% of wasted food is disposed in landfills....

Marketing

Better beef leads value gain

published: May 23rd 2017 by: Steve Suther source: Certified Angus Beef

When cattle gain or lose $150 in per-head value in a week, it’s easy to lose sight of what lifts that value trend over the years. A University of Missouri (MU) study of 2003-’16 boxed-beef cutout values isolates the contribution of branded and Prime sales....

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