State of Beef conference coming to Nebraska Nov. 4-5

The inaugural State of Beef Conference will be held in North Platte, Nov. 4th and 5th, at the Sandhills Convention Center. FULL STORY »

Working cattle with safety as a mindset

Recently I attended an OSHA Ten Safety Training Seminar and was reminded again, of how dangerous the agricultural occupation is for cattle producers. FULL STORY »

A question of handler personality type

Have you ever wondered why cattle may work great for one individual and then completely blow up when a different individual works them? FULL STORY »

BQA: Pride, quality and security

“We believe beef quality assurance starts at the ranch,” Dr. Mike and Anne Wirtz say. “The cattle go through the feeding period at the feedlots under the same guidelines and on to the packers so consumers can be confident that their beef is safe, healthy and wholesome.” FULL STORY »

Preconditioning adds value to fall calf sales

Cow-calf producers with calves to market in the fall of 2014 are going to have some interesting decisions to make. With calf market prices at all-time highs and feed prices lower than the past three years, are the calves going to be sold at weaning or are they going to be kept until a later date to make additional income? FULL STORY »

The case for low-stress livestock handling

Stockmanship is an under-appreciated and under-utilized component of operating sustainable livestock operations and just one essential component is low-stress livestock handling. We need to ask why. FULL STORY »

Defining stockmanship

Stockmanship, like sustainability, is a commonly used word that many might find hard to clearly define in a few words. Stockmanship has been defined as the knowledgeable and skillful handling of livestock in a safe, efficient, effective, and low-stress manner and denotes a low-stress, integrated, comprehensive, holistic approach to livestock handling. FULL STORY »

The perfect storm

Record-setting cattle prices, a projected bumper grain crop on the horizon, moderation in grain prices — for cattle producers, the opportunity to fully maximize profits has finally arrived. FULL STORY »

Early pregnancy detection: A tool for managing and marketing

Early pregnancy detection in replacement heifers or cows is a tool producers can use to increase profit. A webinar titled “Early Pregnancy Diagnosis, a Management and Marketing Tool” highlights pregnancy diagnosis methods and how they can be utilized 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 »

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 »

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