That suggests integrating more cattle production into Iowa’s agricultural portfolio may cut the state’s greenhouse gas emissions and lead to other environmental benefits, said Mark Rasmussen, Director of Iowa State’s Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and co-author of the study.
The CAREER Award is the NSF’s most prestigious award to support early career development of faculty researchers. It’s particularly notable because it is awarded to a single person instead of a team, honoring outstanding faculty who haven’t yet received tenure.
As the weather changes and the season turns, spring healthcare and herd management makes a new appearance. Vaccinations and deworming should play a key part in managing animals that are moved into a herd, are pre-calving, and are being processed in other similar scenarios (such as during pregnancy evaluations, calf processing, or deworming).
There may be no greater peacekeeper in the West than state water law. Everyone who inhabits this arid quarter needs water—from farmers and ranchers to municipalities. These individuals and entities ferociously defend their state-allocated water rights, many of which date back to the 1800s, when the West was settled.
The Foreign Agricultural Service of USDA recently released the latest Livestock and Poultry: World Markets and Trade publication. This provides an opportunity to review meat production, consumption and trade among major countries. Pork production is the number one meat with 2016 production forecast at 109.
Egg prices are expected to fall between 0.5-1.5 percent as the egg industry recovers from the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreak, which reduced the supply of eggs in the U.S. market and drove retail egg prices up by 17.8 percent in 2015.
Mac Young, AgriLife Extension Economist in Corpus Christi, told attendees at the recent Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association convention in Fort Worth that beef producers have obviously enjoyed the record-high prices they’ve received the past couple of years.
Researchers at the Kansas State (K-State) Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and the Center of Excellence for Vector-borne Diseases, both in the university’s College of Veterinary Medicine, have established a set of models to evaluate the space-time pattern and environmental drivers of a devastating cattle disease, bovine anaplasmosis, in Kansas.
The beef sector is important to our dairy industry because our cows will eventually end up in the beef supply. On our farm, we always look to the beef side as the final product for our cows. We love the fact that we can make milk with them, but they have a dual purpose in providing nutrition for consumers through the beef they provide.
Forage fertility management should not be something you make up as you go. Strategic planning by means of soil testing, following recommendations and having forage yield goals are vital in forage fertility management, according to A.J. Foster, Southwest Area Agronomist for Kansas State University Extension in Garden City, KS.
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) announced Richard Thorpe of Winters, TX, as its new President April 10 at the conclusion of the association’s annual convention. Thorpe, along with his family, owns and operates Mesa T Ranch. He also has a medical degree from Texas Tech University.
In most cases, Rusche explained that yearling bulls have been developed on higher energy diets than what will be available to them during the breeding season. Therefore, he said simply turning young bulls out to the breeding pastures increases the likelihood of excessive weight loss and potentially a reduction in fertility and libido.
Regulations require that the billboards mention financial support from the EPA; agency officials have agreed this was a mistake. Also of concern is the apparent use of money for lobbying, another violation of federal grant funds.
“It’s the manure that serves as the source of bacteria for uninfected cattle,” Daly said. “Since Johne’s disease primarily affects the intestine, an infected animal sheds the bacteria (Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis) through their manure.
According to the saying, those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. When it comes to the issues with the Endangered Species Act (ESA) however, that might be a blessing to the West and landowners. A trio of conservationpartnership leaders pointed out that where once the ESA could be called successful, it has since become a formula of failure.
The Senate included a provision to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) in the Energy Security and Research Bill (S. 2012) passed last Wednesday. The funding, in the amount of $900 million, requires that not less than 40 percent of LWCF money be spent on federal acquisitions.
More than 300 members of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) were in Washington, D.C. last week to advocate for issues important to cattle producers. High on the agenda was urging Congress to pass the Trans- Pacific Trade Partnership (TPP).