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Study shows Beef Checkoff program yields $11.20 per $1 invested

Consequently with the decline in the national beef numbers, Beef Checkoff budgets have taken a significant hit – but that hasn’t stopped the $1 investment per head of cattle sold program from accelerating in returns. FULL STORY »

Cow-calf corner: Following BQA guidelines Play video

Glenn Selk offers tips on following the Beef Quality Assurance guidelines FULL STORY »

Senators to FDA: We want more antibiotic information

Amid the on-going controversy over the use of antibiotics in food animal production, three Democratic Senators are pushing FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg for more information FULL STORY »

Sustainable beef starts with grass

Much of the recent discussion on sustainability was spurred by the March report from the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (see link below), the details of which Carroll covered well in her article. FULL STORY »

Commentary: When bigger is better

Despite the trash talk about how government programs are wasteful and inefficient and should be replaced by private initiatives, some simple arithmetic can put that tired argument to rest. FULL STORY »

Mizzou animal science professors win national awards

Two University of Missouri animal sciences professors recently won awards from the American Society of Animal Science. FULL STORY »

Study: Economic challenges persist for herd expansion

Texas cattle producers looking to restock herds may choose to examine all options as financial dynamics have changed due to historic high cattle prices, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economists. FULL STORY »

Creating a Price Floor: Locking in calf prices

For years, cattle producers used the commodities market as a way to hedge and create a price floor for their cattle. For example, suppose a cow-calf producer has 100 head of calves they plan on feeding, knows their breakeven price is $215/cwt FULL STORY »

The “positive associative effect” of high protein supplements

The eastern two-thirds of Oklahoma has substantial standing forage in many pastures as we go into late summer. As the day length shortens, plants become more mature and lower in protein content. FULL STORY »

Cattle health during the dog days of summer: Treating responsibly

“For both pinkeye and footrot cases, you’re going to want to have cattle in a place where you can check them 2 to 3 days later so if you need to treat them again, you can,” says John Maas, former veterinarian with the University of California at Davis Cooperative Extension, and chairman of the Beef Quality Assurance Advisory Board. FULL STORY »

Herd rebuilding will be a slow process

The latest USDA data provides some indication that herd expansion may be beginning but more clearly shows that herd rebuilding will be a long process and a slow one, at least initially. Not surprisingly, the July Cattle report shows estimates of herd inventories that are down in most all categories compared to the last report in 2012. FULL STORY »

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