U.N. appointment positive for beef producers

Last month the United Nations announced the selection of Frank Mitloehner, PhD, to chair a committee within the U.N.’s Food and Agricultural Organization to measure and assess the environmental impacts of the livestock industry. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Management - Pricing cornstalk leases

How much should cattle producers pay for grazing crop residue this winter, and how should they negotiate a fair price with landowners? FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Animal Health - Tips to manage mycotoxins

This year’s weather produced the right environment for mycotoxins in grain, creating the potential for animal-health problems. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Reproduction - Consider timing for repro vaccines

When a cow is in the chute for pregnancy checking, many cow-calf producers take advantage of the opportunity to perform other necessary procedures to get their cows ready for the winter and the subsequent calving season. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Animal Health - Use caution grazing cornstalks

Corn-stubble fields provide a cost-effective winter-grazing opportunity in a year of drought-induced feed shortages, but managers should take precautions to avoid acidosis that can occur when hungry cattle consume too much starch. FULL STORY »

Voters reject Proposition 37 and Measure 5

Voters in California and North Dakota rejected two ballot initiatives that were opposed by agriculture groups. Both measures generated interest from far outside those states from food advocates and animal rights activists. FULL STORY »

Where’s the beef from?

So how much of our beef actually comes from foreign sources? Researchers with USDA’s Economic Research Service explored that question in the recent report titled “U.S. red meat production from foreign-born animals,” published in the journal Agricultural Sciences. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Nutrition - Test your feeds this year

This year’s dry conditions have resulted in ranchers feeding lower-quality hay and, in many cases, turning to less conventional forage sources. FULL STORY »

Nutrition: Ionophores help stretch limited feed supplies

With feed supplies running short on many cow-calf operations this year, Kansas State Extension beef specialist Dale Blasi says ranchers should consider feeding an ionophore to help stretch forage supplies. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Marketing - What cattle feeders want

USDA’s National Animal Health Monitoring System recently released four information sheets from its Feedlot 2011 study. FULL STORY »

Profit Tips: Management - Ten keys to good stockmanship

Good stockmanship benefits animal welfare, animal health and the working environment for cattle handlers. FULL STORY »

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