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 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.
According to a summary of the proposal, published in the Federal Register, the National Forest System (NFS) proposes to amend its internal agency directives for watershed and air management to establish direction for management of groundwater resources on NFS lands.
Rabobank Cattle Economist Don Close suggests a new production model targeting cattle early on to enter the ground beef market. In his report, Ground Beef Nation: The Effect of Changing Consumer Tastes and Preferences on the U.S. Cattle Industry, published in 2014.
Washington Residents Against Wolves (WARAW), a volunteer organization concerned about the impacts of the Grey Wolf in Washington State, will be holding a Wolf Rally on Saturday, April 11 from 1-3 p.m. at the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council building located at 6116 N.
Rain across southern-most portions of the nation provided some drought relief, but dry weather for the last week of March, maintained or worsened drought from California into portions of the Rockies, Plains, and Upper Midwest.
“Today we are standing on dry grass where there should be five feet of snow. This historic drought demands unprecedented action,” Brown was quoted in an official state announcement. “Therefore, I’m issuing an executive order mandating substantial water reductions across our state.
The long-awaited end to beef cow herd liquidation happened in 2014 as the industry abruptly switched to expansion. The 2.1 percent increase in beef cow numbers in 2014 was more than generally expected but not a big surprise as the conditions were right for such a turnaround.
In recent discussions with farmers at cover crop meetings across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula region and again at the Michigan State University Forage Technology Conference in East Lansing, MI, the problem of incorporating cover crops to improve soil quality on clay soils used for pasturing cattle came up.
A handful of committees in the U.S. House of Representatives are questioning whether the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has considered all stakeholder views during the drafting of the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule said to be finalized this spring.