As has been covered here and in many other publications, the water situation is getting dire in parts of the West following the drought. In California, the record drought conditions have prompted the governor to implement the first-ever water restrictions across the state, and everywhere efforts to reduce and conserve water are being.
Climate change had long been debated and it doesn’t appear the debate will end anytime soon. However, according to Gallup’s annual Environmental survey, Americans are less concerned with global warming than in previous polls conducted over the past 25 years.
At the beginning of April, the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) released a report documenting the voluntary conservation work going on in 11 different western states to safeguard the greater sage-grouse.
While still impacted by severe congestion in the West Coast ports, February exports of U.S. beef, pork and lamb bounced back to some degree from the totals posted in January, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).
While beef cattle producers have a wide range of criteria when purchasing a herd sire based on their production goals and the size of their herd, price and calving ease usually become high priorities, said John Grimes, Beef Coordinator for Ohio State University Extension and a member of the OSU Extension Beef Team.
From field crops to garden vegetables, various types of foods rely on soil for growth. The world population continues to grow, and one of the main challenges those involved in agriculture face is increasing the overall productivity of soils to meet elevated food demands.
Beef with reasonable marbling and juicy taste is preferred among consumers, and industry leaders continue to monitor how to consistently produce a product with these traits. A recent research article addresses the biology and biochemistry of beef marbling and its effects on production systems, carcass and fat quality.
The spring growing season is at hand, and it is time to develop management plans for warm season pastures. Developing a pasture management plan ensures the most optimal outcome for this growing season. The following is a list of considerations pertaining to pasture management to assist in developing a management plan.
The North American cattle and beef market is a complex set of cattle and beef flows among Canada, Mexico and the U.S. These trade flows played a role in the unprecedented production and prices that occurred in 2014 and will play a role in 2015 and beyond.
Ricketts was joined by Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director Greg Ibach and a delegation of more than 30 farmers and ranchers, food scientists, and processor representatives to promote beef from Nebraska at three restaurants and a butcher shop..
One scenario that producers may be faced with in cool-season stocker cattle production is whether or not to continue grazing with a set of cattle through grazeout or to sell these cattle and replace them with lighter calves.
Before a decision can be made, there is often a long list of questions that need to be answered including: How long should they continue to feed stored forages to delay the impact of grazing on pastures? How early can cattle be turned out to relieve the cost of feeding? Which pastures should be grazed first?.
Nominations are being sought for the 2016 Leopold Conservation Award in Wyoming. The award, presented by Sand County Foundation, the Wyoming Stock Growers Association (WSGA) and Peabody Energy, recognizes Wyoming ranchers who demonstrate outstanding, sustainable management of natural resources.
At the beginning of April, a trio of DVMs/PhDs from Kansas and Texas released a response to a study released back in January. The study—“Antibiotics, Bacteria, and Antibiotic Resistance Genes: Aerial Transport from Cattle Feed Yards via Particulate Matter,” covered in the Feb.
First, scout your pastures to see if you have enough weeds to justify spraying. Sometimes, the inclination is to spray without looking to see if you should. A wellmanaged and properly stocked pasture should not need herbicides every year.
A lot can happen in 90 days in these cattle markets. April live cattle futures crashed down to $144 at the end of December and now they have rallied back to $161. And the cash market is very near its record high of $173. As of last Thursday, feeders were offering cattle at $170 and packers have
A fairly common infectious disease, Tritrichomonas foetus is a protozoan that can wreak havoc on the reproductive capacity in your herd. The microorganism is slightly larger than a red blood cell, and resides on the surface skin within the penile sheath.
Conversations about demand often devolve into arguments about proverbial apples and oranges. This happens on the topics of beef demand and cattle demand quite frequently. One party is talking about bad (beef) demand while the other party scratches their head, thinking about the record high prices they just got for their calves.
Cash trade was put off to the end of the short trade week last week. Due to Good Friday ahead of Easter, markets closed early last Thursday and were closed for the holiday. So packers, putting off spending money for cattle, had less time to stall last week…but they sure tried.