The nation’s defense budget is one of the pieces of legislation that is generally considered “must pass” and as such often seemingly unrelated amendments are added in hopes of getting legislation passed.
Maintaining cow herd nutritional requirements in an economically feasible way is vital to efficient cattle production, according to John Jaeger, Kansas State University (K-State) Associate Professor of Animal Sciences.
Injured animals and animals under stress react differently than they do in normal circumstances. If you don’t work with livestock often, you may not completely understand how to keep yourself and animals safe in stressful situations, or how to provide first aid to injured animals.
Can you hear me? Yes. But are you listening? Agricultural representatives were active in Washington, D.C., last week as both the House of Representatives and the Senate held a variety of hearings on issues facing agriculture. The markets and the farm economy were particularly of interest in the hearings that spanned Tuesday through Thursday.
Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans held a hearing last Tuesday to discuss the Blackfeet Water Rights Compact, which—if ratified by Congress—would provide the tribe with $469 million in federal and...
The problems farm accident victims encounter often are compounded by other factors. These may include time lapses between the accident and discovery by another person; accident sites that may hinder rescue personnel; long distances accident...
While consumption of beef is down over the past decade, burgers endure as a mainstay of the modern American diet. A new report from the market research firm Mintel reveals that not only do 82 percent of consumers agree that burgers are a good source of nutrients, but another 80 percent would pay more for burgers made with premium ingredients.
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) released its report May 18 on the economic benefits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to the U.S. economy. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Tracy Brunner said this report confirms that TPP not only levels the playing field for U.
The USDA recently announced that $130 million in funding is available for research, education, and extension projects to support sustainable, productive and economically viable plant and animal production systems, including certified organic production.
Spring is here, and the plants are new and fresh. The pretty, lush grasses that green the countryside are young, tender, and very tasty for a horse. Unfortunately, these young grasses are also low in the fiber that horses need and are high in the soluble carbohydrates that can upset the sensitive microbiotic balance in a horse’s gut.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized a rule on May 10 that revises its annual reporting requirements for drug sponsors of all antimicrobials sold or distributed for use in animals intended for human consumption or food-producing animals.
As South Dakota ranchers begin turning cattle out to grass this spring, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Range Management Field Specialist Sean Kelly reminds ranchers that proper livestock grazing distribution is key to maximizing forage uptake, range health and ultimately dollars per acre of forage.
For years, the accepted target weight for yearling replacement beef heifers at breeding was 65 percent of their mature weight. Recently that target has been questioned. Oklahoma State University reproductive physiologists have studied the weight that beef heifers reach puberty in relationship to their eventual mature weight.
In many Midwestern beef herds, the beginning of breeding season coincides with green grass. As such, many producers have a tradition of estrous synchronization and artificial insemination (AI) followed by immediately moving heifers and cows from the winter drylot to fresh spring pasture.
The 2016 Spring Ag Lender Survey shows the current financial conditions are taking a downturn due to an expected increase in nonperforming loans and land devaluations that are causing land leasing issues.
The Shasta Historical Society in Redding, CA, recently recognized Ellington Peek, owner of the Shasta Livestock Auction Yard and Western Video Market (WVM) in Cottonwood, CA. The program, “Ellington Peek: The man behind the Shasta Livestock Auction Yard,” highlighted his impact on the surrounding community and on the national livestock market.
found no conclusive evidence of cause-and-effect relationships between GE crops and environmental problems. However, the complex nature of assessing long-term environmental changes often made it difficult to reach definitive conclusions,” the committee pointed out in the report’s summary.
“The goal of this program is to help aspiring ranchers develop an equity position in a ranching operation. Not only do these students leave college owning livestock, but the student herd here is also a very effective teaching tool while students are enrolled at NCTA,” says Dean Ron Rosati.
But in a time when the public seems to search for cuts of meat with the least amount of fat, finding meat with just the right combination of leanness and flavor can become quite the quest. An expert at Texas Tech University, however, is part of a study that might have found the answer.
Dustin Pendell, Kansas State University (K-State) Livestock Economist and co-author of the “Analysis of 2010-2014 Kansas Farm Management Association Cow/calf Enterprise,” along with co-authors Youngjune Kim and Kevin Herbel, analyzed the differences between low-, medium- and high-profit cow/ calf producers.