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Study models FMD vaccine strategies

Findings of a recent study indicate that, in a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak, vaccinating susceptible animals living in a broad geographic area could result in a shorter outbreak with fewer herds depopulated.

Biosecurity measures, early detection of infections, and control of contacts between farms also could decrease the duration and harm from such an outbreak.


JBS USA announces significant investment in Utah

JBS USA, a leading processor of fresh and value-added quality beef products in the U.S., announced a $75 million expansion project at its Hyrum, Utah, beef processing complex. The project includes a new state-of-the-art fabrication building, a new cutting-edge ground beef facility and a new distribution center.

Ag Policy

When to consider the ARC-IC Farm Bill option

The Agricultural Revenue Coverage - Individual Coverage (ARC-IC) option under the 2014 Agricultural Act (farm bill) has received little interest, compared with the Agricultural Risk Coverage-County (ARC-CO) and the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. However, it may be the best option in certain instances.

Cattle Feeding

Make hay supplies last through winter

Last spring was abnormally dry, and beef cattle producers didn't end up with an average hay crop. The smaller hay crops means that producers run the risk of running out.

Producers may want to start implementing tactics to save forage to make it through the rest of the winter season, Chris Ramsey, an agriculture extension agent, reported for

Ramsey says producers might consider culling non-productive cows and cows with a "less than desirable temperament."

USDA Market Reports

Iowa cattle on feed up 5 percent

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in Iowa for all feedlots totaled 1,210,000 on January 1, 2015, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Iowa Field Office.

Cow Calf

BQA Best Management Practices: Feed additives and medications for the cow-calf producer

In my last Michigan State University Extension article entitled What is BQA and why should I consider certification, the focus was on defining BQA and describing how it should be relevant to beef producers. In this article, the goal is to break BQA down into BMP’s and describe it in more detail, the section for this article is feed additives and medications for the cow-calf producer.


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