Economics of early calf weaning
Early weaning of calves is one tool used by cow-calf producers to maximize profits.
This may be done during a time of drought to conserve range resources or as part of an overall strategy to accomplish a specific business or personal goal.
Poultry slaughter up 6%
Poultry certified wholesome during December 2013 (ready-to-cook weight) totaled 3.56 billion pounds, up six percent from the amount certified in December 2012.
Pork giants make animal welfare moves
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The yearslong call by animal rights groups to improve conditions on American hog farms advanced considerably when two of the country's biggest meat companies urged producers to change how pregnant sows are housed, and one announced it wanted to stop the practice of killing sick or injured animals by ``manual blunt force.''
Mo. Cattlemen set 2014 policy priorities
The Missouri Cattlemen's Association (MCA) established policy priorities for 2014.
Policies were set recently when about 600 cattlemen and cattlewomen gathered at the Lake of the Ozarks in Osage Beach, Mo., for the association's annual convention and trade show.
Many things to consider when choosing sites for livestock buildings
A good philosophy when siting livestock buildings is to always prevent odor problems rather than cover them up, according to Iowa State University engineers.
Ear tag management
Ear tags are important to the beef industry as a means of individual animal identification. There are other identification methods used like: tattoos, freeze brands, hot iron brands, brisket tags, horn brands and others.
Less cattle on feed; Strong prices close year
With most auctions closed the next two weeks, last week’s combined Oklahoma auction summary was the final report for the year.
Changes in U.S.-Mexican cattle trade
Cattle and beef trade between the U.S. and Mexico has evolved over many years to increasingly complex and integrated levels. The long history of Mexican cattle exports to the U.S. was supplemented in the late 1990s with increased U.S. beef exports to Mexico.
Winter weather can increase fescue foot issues
Fescue is a great fall and winter forage, thanks to its ability to be stockpiled for grazing during cold, snowy weather.
"Unfortunately, as winter weather sets in and temperatures drop below freezing some fescue pastures may contain high levels of toxins such as ergovaline.
Beef demand challenges ahead
Beef production is falling at the end of 2013 and is expected to fall sharply in the coming year. This reduction in beef supply will add significant additional pressure to increase wholesale and retail beef prices.
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