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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.

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....

Marketing

Being prepared makes changes more tolerable and less stressful

published: May 22nd 2017 by: Kris Ringwall source: NDSU Extension Service

A beef producer needs a set of “liquid cattle” - the group that is easy to round up and sell as weather changes, feed becomes short or the labor force changes. Selling this group creates opportunity for the remaining herd by lessoning the demands on the operation....

Industry News

Field day focuses on livestock, wildlife management

published: May 19th 2017 source: Noble Foundation

ARDMORE, Okla. — The Noble Research Institute will host a Small Property Livestock and Wildlife Field Day from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, June 1, at the Noble Research Institute McMilan East Farm, located at 22992 Canyon Road in Madill, Oklahoma....

Production

Help your cattle prepare for higher temperatures

published: May 18th 2017 source: Biozyme

Warmer temperatures are quickly approaching, and that means livestock producers should start considering how to help their animals handle the heat. Heat stress is almost inevitable, but some management practices can be implemented to help animals better cope with rising temperatures....

Industry News

Mountains of waste could lead to new U.S. manufacturing, jobs

published: May 17th 2017 by: Kathleen Phillips source: Texas Agrilife Today

  COLLEGE STATION — Waste material from the paper and pulp industry soon could be made into anything from tennis rackets to cars. “We have overcome one of the industry’s most challenging issues by discovering how to make good quality carbon fiber from waste,” said Dr....

Industry News

Complete NCBA’s death tax survey and share your story

published: May 16th 2017 source: National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

  The death tax is a failed economic policy and is in direct conflict with the desire to preserve and protect our nation’s family-owned farms and ranches. Each year livestock producers are forced to make tough choices and expend limited resources for estate tax planning purposes rather than investing in their operation....

Industry News

Cattlemen Stress Importance of Trade as Senate Confirms New U.S Trade Representative

published: May 15th 2017 source: National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

WASHINGTON (May 11, 2017) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association today applauded the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Robert Lighthizer to be the U.S. Trade Representative....

Herd Health

Protect calves from disease begins before they are born

published: May 12th 2017 source: Zoetis

At the herd level, low pregnancy rates, abortions and calf deaths are some of the real economic losses associated with inadequate fetal protection against reproductive diseases. Protecting the health of the unborn calf is important not only to the vitality of the calf but also the cow’s well-being and future productivity....

Industry News

Hay scam reported in South Texas counties

published: May 11th 2017 source: Texas Department of Agriculture

  The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) would like to warn producers about a scam being run against individuals who have hay for sale. TDA has received alerts from Johnson and Karnes counties about scammers contacting hay sellers....

Industry News

Summit speakers offer tips to engage and protect the future of animal ag

published: May 10th 2017 source: Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholders Summit

May 9, 2017 – The overarching message on how the animal agriculture community can protect the livelihoods of farmers, ranchers, veterinarians and industry professionals is to engage and change the perception of the industry, according to speakers at the 2017 Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholders Summit....

Reproduction

The first calf heifer conundrum

published: May 9th 2017 by: Dr. Jason Smith Assistant Professor, UT source: University of Tennessee Beef Cattle Extension

First-calf heifers.  Let’s face it – we all struggle with them at least to some degree.  And it’s an issue that we face not just here in Tennessee, but across the entire country....

Industry News

Producer sentiment up again

published: May 8th 2017 source: Purdue University

  WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. and CHICAGO – Producer sentiment toward the agricultural economy inched up six points in April, according to the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer....

Reproduction

82 Days To Pregnancy

published: May 5th 2017 by: Kris Ringwall source: University of North Dakota Extension

Are the cows ready to breed? Assuming a 283-day gestation, if the cow that calved on April 1 wants to maintain her position as the first cow to calve on April 1, she only has 82 days to recoup from calving, start lactating and be cycling the day the bulls arrive in the pasture....

Herd Health

Fight face flies that carry pinkeye bacteria

published: May 4th 2017 by: Robert Waggener source: FlyCONTROLcenter.com

  The economic injury level of face flies, a common pest of pastured cattle, is only 10 insects per animal. However, when face flies (Musca autumnalis) are carrying the bacterium that causes pinkeye, as is the case this season in several areas across the country, the economic threshold may be as low as one fly per animal....

Industry News

Beef nutrition facts to know and share

published: May 3rd 2017 by: Nicole Rodriguez, registered dietitician source: Beef Checkoff

Got beef with beef?  Let's get past the inflammatory headlines and get to the facts.  Here's the real deal behind some of the biggest misconceptions surrounding this delicious, nutritious protein....

Herd Health

Treatment protocol plan a valuable management tool for cow-calf operations too

published: May 2nd 2017 by: Donald Stotts source: Oklahoma State University Extension

STILLWATER, Okla. – It is “calf-working time", which should serve as a valuable reminder for producers to get with their veterinarians to review, revise or – if one does not exist – develop a treatment protocol plan for their specific cattle operations....

Production

Consider the consequences

published: May 1st 2017 by: Dr. Justin Rhinehart source: University of Tennessee Beef Cattle Extension

Temperament of cattle has long been recognized to influence production efficiency by having an impact on cattle handling and performance. More recently, scientists have suggested that flighty behavior of individual cattle can also affect the performance of the entire group....

Reproduction

Examining Calf Mortality

published: April 28th 2017 by: Kris Ringwall source: University of North Dakota Extension

A good goal for calving success is to have 97 percent of all calves that are born walk into the weaning pens this fall. This can be achieved, although not easily, through appropriate management, working with the environment and a good interaction with industry professionals, including an appropriate health, nutrition and genetic program....

Industry News

Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America

published: April 27th 2017 source: White House

  EXECUTIVE ORDER – – – – – – – PROMOTING AGRICULTURE AND RURAL PROSPERITY IN AMERICA By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to ensure the informed exercise of regulatory authority that affects agriculture and rural communities, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1....

Industry News

2017 Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course dates

published: April 26th 2017 source: Texas A&M University Extension

  The 2017 dates for the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course will be August 7-9th. The highly respected TAM Beef Cattle Short Course is nationally and internationally recognized as the largest attended beef cattle educational program of its type in the world....

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