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Where does beef come from? The United States has the biggest grain-fed beef industry in the world, with several states taking the lead in production.

published: August 14th 2014 by: Julia Darnton and Lauren McGuire source: Michigan State University Extension

As much as people would like to believe they know, a vast majority of Americans could probably only say which grocery store their beef came from, as opposed to the geographic area it was raised in. Today, the grocery store grind can lull many into a sense of education about the food they buy and eat, but the reality is that the grocery stores generally only present consumers with labels that identify “organic” or a “product of the U....

Young Calves, Summer Heat And Water Consumption

published: July 14th 2014 by: By Karla H. Jenkins, UNL Cow/Calf, Range source: University of Nebraska

Many producers have found calving in late spring or summer allows them to match their feed resources to the cow’s nutrient requirements better than spring calving. Producers who choose to calve at this time need to also consider the water requirements of young calves during the heat of summer....

Factors That Affect Value In Feeder Calves

published: June 30th 2014 source: Penn State University Extension

There are several different factors that impact the price of a feeder calf. Some of these are genetic, some are management, and others are marketing factors. In order to market calves to their fullest potential you must evaluate each of these factors and see how they fit your operation and what the economic returns of each are....

Positioning For The Future

published: May 12th 2014 source: Leaf Chronicle

Many producers in the cow-calf business are considering growing their cattle herds to take advantage of the high cattle prices expected over the next few years. University of Tennessee Extension agricultural economist Andrew Griffith said growing the herd size can take a number of forms such as keeping cows another year, retaining and developing home-raised heifers or purchasing bred heifers....

Grant To OSU To Develop Cattle More Adaptable To Drought

published: May 5th 2014 source: Feedstuffs

Oklahoma State University has been awarded a $1 million grant through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food & Agriculture to provide some of the first climate adaptation tools for beef producers in the form of water management resources....

Seven Steps To Profit

published: April 28th 2014 source: Certified Angus Beef

What you do on the ranch sets the stage for value at the feedlot and all the way to the consumer. Tom Williams, owner-manager at Chappell Feedlot, has a history of working with ranchers to create profit for both retained ownership and purchased cattle since the early 1990s....

Weaning Time Is A Good Time To Review BQA Guidelines

published: April 19th 2014 source: Beef Quality Audit

It is spring and that means branding time across cattle country. As producers are finishing calving season and preparing for branding/processing, it is important to review Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) guidelines....

Steps To Improving Cowherd Efficiency Outlined

published: March 21st 2014 by: Katie Allen source: K State Extension

Knowing inputs and outputs on a cow/calf operation and understanding feed efficiency tools and concepts are vital to improving overall herd profitability. MANHATTAN, Kan. – Business owners are often challenged to find time to sit down, analyze data, and strategize to make their business more profitable and successful....

How Much For The Bull?

published: March 20th 2014 by: Patrick Gunn, Iowa State University Exte source: Iowa State Extension

I often get the question "How much should I pay for a bull?" My first answer is "Whatever the market will bear." Admittedly, that answer really gives no insight into return on investment for the producer relative to traits of emphasis for their particular marketing goals....

Texas Tech Scientist Raises Concern About Using Beta Agonists

published: March 14th 2014 source: Texas Tech News Source

Use of certain animal drugs known as beta agonists in cattle production has received considerable national attention. A Texas Tech University veterinary epidemiologist has found that although there are significant societal benefits to the practice, an increase in death loss of cattle raises questions about welfare implications of its use....

Restocking Has To Precede Rebuilding

published: March 12th 2014 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas AgriLife

Before the nation can rebuild its cattle herd, individual ranchers must begin restocking, not an easy chore while drought hangs on and limits pasture and range recovery, says a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist....

Producers Have Options When It Comes To Restocking

published: March 7th 2014 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas AgriLife

WACO – With the cattle market at all-time highs and drought having decimating herds across Texas, some might consider restocking, but are questioning if it’s the right time to buy. The answer: It depends, says one expert....

Impacts Of Cold Weather On Calving

published: March 4th 2014 by: Bethany Johnston source: University of Nebraska Extension

It seemed strange… why did shorn sheep have bigger lambs than their unshorn counterparts? Could lamb birth weight be affected by their shorn mothers’ reaction to the cold winters? The original research goes back to shorn versus unshorn ewes, with the pregnant shorn ewes having higher lamb weights (2007, The Cow-Calf Manager)....

This Could Be The Year Of The Heifer

published: January 30th 2014 by: Gene Johnston source: Agriculture.com

It’s going to happen in 2014, say the market specialists at CattleFax. Over the last 8-10 years, while there have been plenty of cattle price signals to expand the beef herd, two things have conspired against it: long-term drought, and high feed costs....

Cold Weather Contributing To Higher Priced Beef

published: January 15th 2014 by: Elizabeth Campbell source: Bloomberg News

CHICAGO -As temperatures dipped to a record minus 25 degrees Fahrenheit, the crew at Dean Wang's ranch in Baker, Montana, increased alfalfa-hay rations to give his cattle more energy during the arctic blast....

Cautious Approach Recommended To Restocking

published: January 13th 2014 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas AgriLife

MILANO – Even though parts of Texas have received beneficial rainfall, experts urge cattle producers to be cautious when thinking about restocking herds.    Dr. Larry Redmon, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state forage specialist, told beef producers at the recent Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic in Milano that 71 percent of the state is abnormally dry....

Drylot Beef Cow Production Systems: An Alternative To Cow Herd Liquidation

published: December 23rd 2013 by: Jim Krantz source: Cow/Calf Field Specialist at SDSU Extension

Non-traditional management systems such as Drylot Beef Production may offer cattlemen an alternative to reducing stock cow numbers or total herd liquidation. As grazing and haying acres continue to be converted to crop ground especially in crop-intensive geographic areas of our state and region, cattlemen are faced with the impact of that trend as they strive to maintain cow herd numbers....

Ranch To Table

published: December 13th 2013 by: Judy Sheridan source: Weatherford Democrat

Aledo, Texas veterinarian Dr. Glenn Rogers doesn’t have a beef with the traditional way cattle are raised and brought to market. “U.S. agriculture and the U.S. beef industry furnish the safest, most wholesome food supply in the world,” he said....

Latest On Herd Expansion Numbers

published: December 6th 2013 by: Curt Lacey source: University of Georgia

Herd expansion is a thought that is on many cattlemen’s minds. Most are considering if they should expand and by how much. Others are questioning if expansion has already begun, and if it hasn’t, when it will....

Time To Watch Out For Ol Man Winter’s Toll On Your Herd

published: November 21st 2013 by: Dr. Tom Troxel source: University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture

Winter is a time of increased vigilance for livestock producers, according to Tom Troxel, animal scientist at the University of Arkansas. “One climate model is projecting winter to be warmer and wetter than normal,” Troxel said....

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