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 »

Building beef cow herd requires quality management and genetics

Rebuilding a beef cow herd to capture record-setting high prices is more than saving heifers to breed. Dave Patterson, University of Missouri Extension beef specialist, said heifers need management – and new breeding technology. FULL STORY »

Use of selection skills: Key to success

The Animal Industry in the United States is one of the largest and most important economic sectors. Therefore, it is imperative that we understand the type of animals that are most efficient and most valuable in production. FULL STORY »

Working cattle safely and efficiently this spring

Application of most economically important management practices to commercial cowcalf operations require up close interaction with the cattle. Several of these jobs are carried out during the upcoming months. FULL STORY »

Cattle sorting skills facilitate management Play video

Sorting cattle is one of the real arts of animal husbandry. Sorting can be done for many reasons and by many methods. FULL STORY »

Video: Representatives discuss National Beef closure in Brawley

A committee from Imperial County discusses the National Beef plant closure in a press conference on Friday. The plant plans to close in April. FULL STORY »

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