John Maday

Planning underway for BRD symposium

The Bovine Respiratory Disease Symposium (BRDS) 2014, titled “New Approaches to Bovine Respiratory Disease Prevention, Management and Diagnosis,” will take place in Denver on July 30 and 31. The symposium will precede the 2014 Summer Academy of Veterinary Consultants (AVC) meeting, which runs from July 31 to August 2. FULL STORY »

Bovine emergency response Play video

During the recent Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville, a group of specialists conducted training for first responders dealing with emergencies involving livestock, such as trailer rollovers. Iowa State University Extension veterinarian Jan Shearer describes the training and its application to veterinarians. FULL STORY »

Tyson moving forward with FarmCheck

In 2012, Tyson Foods announced plans for their FarmCheck on-farm audit program for their livestock suppliers. Last week at the Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville, Tyson vice president for animal well-being Dean Danilson, PhD, updated producers on the program. FULL STORY »

What matters in heifer selection Play video

Animal scientist Jerry Lipsey, PhD, spent his career with breed associations and in academia. At this year’s Cattlemen’s College, he outlined some basic criteria for selecting replacement females that will contribute to productivity and profitability FULL STORY »

Heifer retention will contribute to smaller beef production

U.S. beef producers are beginning to shift toward herd expansion after years of liquidation, and reductions in cow slaughter and retention of more heifers for breeding will further tighten beef supplies for the next couple years. That was one message presented in the Cattle Fax Outlook Seminar during the Cattle Industry National Convention last week in Nashville. FULL STORY »

Beef community mourns loss of their own

At an otherwise upbeat Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville this week, the close-knit beef community has been deeply saddened by the news of an airplane crash that claimed the lives of four members of a Kansas ranch family traveling to the convention. FULL STORY »

Cattle Fax – weather outlook positive

Speaking at his 34th annual Cattle Fax outlook seminar at the Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville Wednesday, Creighton University professor Art Douglass, PhD, said a developing El Nino pattern spells good news for North American weather conditions and crop production. FULL STORY »

Texas tech plans mini symposium on beta agonists

Texas Tech University will host a half-day symposium on beta agonists and animal welfare on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 at the Texas Tech Club. The event is sponsored in part by Elanco Animal Health and Merck Animal Health and the Laboratory of Animal Behavior, Physiology and Welfare at Texas Tech University. FULL STORY »

The smartest things ranchers did…

Ranchers, like other business people, typically can look back on decisions they’ve made and identify the ones that worked out and the ones that didn’t. During a Cattlemen’s College session at the Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville Tuesday, three experienced ranchers opened up about the smartest things their families did to maintain ranch profitability, sustainability and family values. FULL STORY »

Boiling down heifer selection

During the opening evening of Cattlemen’s College at the 2014 Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville on Monday, Dr. Jerry Lipsey outlined some basic criteria for selecting replacement females that will contribute to productivity and profitability in the herd. FULL STORY »

Cattle inventory report shows contraction in 2013

As expected, U.S. cattle inventories shrank again during 2013, although heifer numbers suggest a shift toward expansion. All cattle and calves in the United States as of January 1, 2014 totaled 87.7 million head, 2 percent below the 89.3 million on January 1, 2013, according to USDA’s Cattle report released on January 31. This is the lowest January 1 inventory of all cattle and calves since the 82.1 million on hand in 1951. FULL STORY »

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