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Breeding for Survivability with Genetic Selection and Measurement

The general manager of Southern Cattle Company describes how the ranch uses genetic selection to breed heat tolerant animals with survivability and stayability in a harsh climate.

Applications Open for the Dr. W. Bruce Wren Food Animal Incentive Award

This award is sponsored by Viticus Group and recognizes five recent graduates in veterinary medicine.

Sustainability is not Going Away. What are You Going to do With It?

Check out the "Easy Button" offered by the USRSB for starters. It's a quick self-assessment tool, with options for cow/calf and feedyard operations. You're probably already using some of the recommended practices.

It Starts With Animal ID

Proficiency is an aspirational state that requires technology to measure, manage and optimize, according to the National Institute for Animal Agriculture.

When Stray Voltage Strikes

This is the story of one dairy producer's struggle with the impact of stray voltage on her cows and family. She wants her family's experience to be something veterinarians and dairy producers can learn and benefit from.

Speer: Dairy Cows Now On Double Duty

America's dairy industry has been robust the last several decades. Now, larger average dairies are producing more beef-dairy crossbred calves that are much higher quality for producing beef.

Vytelle Expands Network of Bovine In Vitro Fertilization Laboratories

Vytelle announces the opening of a laboratory in New Zealand, part of a five-year plan to double the laboratory capacity to produce bovine embryos through in vitro fertilization.

The Power of Love and Faith: How a Journey to Help Foster Kids Heal On the Farm Led One to Their Forever Home

Tyler and Amanda Radke have three goals on the farm: provide peace with a place to heal, experience a family full of love and introduce them to a household strong in faith; a recipe that’s filled with grit and grace.

What Can We Do Better for Calves?

Updates from the Dairy Cattle Welfare Symposium 2022

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Researchers look at why Consumers will pay High Prices for a Great Steak

A research project from Texas Tech University's Davis College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, in collaboration with groups in Ireland and Australia, is working to answer that question.

VIDEO: Meet Trust In Beef Industry Partner U.S. Roundtable For Sustainable Beef

Trust In Beef is pleased to introduce a series of collaborative value chain program partners in a new video series. In this video, meet rancher and USRSB 2021/22 Chair Steve Wooten of Kim, Colo.

A Look Inside the Late Queen Elizabeth’s Dairy Farm

Queen Elizabeth II, the UK’s longest-serving monarch, recently passed away at the age of 96. The late queen, who was well-known for her soft spot for animals, had a herd of 200 registered Jersey cows.

NCBA Urges Senate Committee to Pass Livestock Regulatory Protection Act

The Livestock Regulatory Protection Act aims to prevent EPA from issuing Clean Air Act Title V permits for emissions like carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, water vapor, or methane that result from livestock production.

When Disaster Strikes: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Provides New Insight

What do the pork, beef and poultry industries have in common? Taking a look at the impacts of a disease outbreak might lead to striking similarities.

Beef Quality Assurance Program Injection Site Guideline

In order to reduce the incidence of injection site lesions, injectable products should be administered subcutaneous (SQ)if the label allows.

Strategies For Drought Management on Pastures

If pastures are managed properly during times of low moisture, the effects of drought will be less severe and pastures will rebound faster when precipitation is sufficient.

5 Tips for a Dairy Heifer Synch Program 

Adopting a heifer synchronization program can pay dividends. The sooner heifers become pregnant, the sooner they can enter the milking string and become productive members of the herd.

Bovine Coronavirus (BCoV) is Highly Prevalent on European Dairy Farms

Preliminary results of a field study found 73% of farms tested positive for BCoV in the respiratory pathway, and BCoV is associated with increased risk for Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD).

An Easier Way to Temp Calves?

Monitoring calves’ body temperature is a critical metric to maintaining their health, and is especially valuable if temperature changes can be detected early.

Feeding Cows While Coping with Drought and High Input Costs

Grouping cows or growing cattle in larger groups to maximize feed delivery over groups to feed is an additional consideration under current economic conditions.

Sexten: Sorting for Options With Thin Cows

With much of the US cow herd in some form of drought the odds of thin cows heading into weaning season are high. This month let's look at practical approaches to wrangling the challenge of dry pastures and thin cows.

3 Universities Join CDC Midwest Center’s Effort Against Disease-Bearing Ticks and Mosquitoes

Purdue University, Indiana University and the University of Notre Dame have joined the Midwest Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases. One of the labs will target Culex mosquitoes, carriers of West Nile virus.

VIDEO: Meet Trust In Beef Partner U.S. Roundtable For Sustainable Beef

To highlight the voices of individuals and companies helping beef producers on their sustainability journey, Trust In Beef™ is spotlighting the collaborative value chain program’s partners in a new video series.

Walmart Invests In Proposed Nebraska Packing Plant

Sustainable Beef LLC received a giant boost in its efforts to bring a new, 1,500 head per day beef processing facility online with a commitment from Walmart.

Profit Tracker: Feedings Costs 25% Higher YOY

The average cost of feeding a steer to finish weight was 25% higher for cattle marketed last week and is projected to be 31% higher for cattle placed on feed last week at roughly $600 per head.

Do you have a Calf Herd Program?

While Lung Ultrasound is the cornerstone of any good Calf Herd Health Program, there are many other benefits to getting your herd vet in your calf barn on a regular basis.

Peel: Oklahoma Fall Forage Situation

Given the limited hay supply, proportionally more wheat pasture is likely to be used for cow herds than for stockers.  Even if there is wheat pasture, stocker demand may be somewhat lighter than usual this year.

Is Technology the Answer to Dairy’s Sustainability Triple Threats?

There are three main threats to dairy sustainability: lowering the carbon footprint, assuring continued availability of affordable water and a qualified labor force.

Munching on Mealworms: The Next Meat-Alternative Snack?

While plant-based meat alternatives seem to have lost their hype, scientists work to develop another protein alternative—mealworms.

Third AFBF Survey Reveals Stark Reality of Western Drought

Drought continues to hammer farmers and ranchers in Western, Central and Southern Plains states, with far-reaching implications for farmers’ and ranchers’ bottom lines, and also food availability and affordability.

Manage Shrink when Marketing Weaned Calves this Fall

Shrink is a concern because it reduces sales weight, but abnormal levels of shrink is often used as a health indicator for cattle arriving in receiving facilities at stocker operations, grow yards, and feedlots.

7 Things to Know or Do about BRD

Drs. Grant Dewell and Mike Apley, respectively, and Extension nutritionist Paul Beck weigh in on some things they believe contribute to the disease and how you can stem its development from the farm to the feedlot.

Swath Grazing

As expenses increase and producers evaluate more-efficient management techniques to lower production costs, one alternative may be to incorporate swath, or windrow grazing.

Recycled Bedding A Positive on Milk Quality?

Recycled bedding has the potential to help dairies save on their bedding costs and provide more efficient manure management.

Asian Longhorned Ticks and Theileria: What you need to know

The Asian Longhorned Tick has been identified in 11 states and carries the tick-borne disease, Theileria orientalis (Ikeda genotype) “Ikeda”, which can be fatal to cattle.

Blister Beetles Reported in Large Numbers in Missouri

Blister beetles are appearing in large numbers in Missouri and entomologists warn the beetle's toxin, called cantharidin, can cause animals to become sick and even die.

Plant-Based Food Isn't Healthier: New Book Sets Out to Debunk Myths

A book about why eating a plants-only diet won't improve your health or save the planet is turning heads. A British-based investigative journalist digs into the concept that plant-based food is better for your health.

Arm & Hammer brands laboratory as 'ScienceHearted Center'

One of the lab’s key roles is to utilize the company's Microbial Terroir platform to provide unique insights on pathogenic challenges and tailor its Certillus brand of Targeted Microbial Solutions.

Liver Biopsies Could Replace “Bugs and Drugs” Approach

What was once a relatively invasive and tedious procedure has become a potentially standard method of monitoring the health and nutritional status of dairy cows.

Premium Alfalfa Hay Delivered by Amazon Prime

California dairy farmer, Steve Maddox found a newfound love for Amazon Prime, who hauled premium alfalfa dairy hay from his Logan, Utah hay ranch to his Riverdale, Calif. dairy farm.

Vet Med professor Receives Prestigious AASRP Award

The American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners has awarded Dr. Meredyth Jones the Dr. George McConnell Award.

A Dairy Farm Summer Camp: Fun for All Ages

Dairy farms are a hustling and bustling place. Last year, the Berning family in Illinois opened their dairy farm barn doors and offer Farm Camp for kids of all ages. Camp includes farm chores, scavenger hunts and more.

Targeted Approach Reduces Bovine Leukemia Virus in the Dairy Herd

Curtail transmission levels by stopping the so-called super shedders, says Ron Erskine, DVM and professor emeritus at Michigan State University, by identifying and culling them. He explains the process here.

KineticVet Introduces Branded Injectable Antihistamine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of KineticVet Re-Covr.

Producer Owned Beef Packing Plant Coming To Amarillo

During a ceremony in downtown Amarillo, principals for Producer Owned Beef announced their plans for a 3,000-head per day beef packing facility that will break ground next year.

Asian Longhorned Tick Questions to be Answered in Upcoming Webinar

Ticks have become a common topic of conversation in the cattle industry. NCBA and the USDA will host a two-day webinar to answer looming questions about the expanding Asian Longhorned Tick population.

Activist Threats Aren’t Just on the Farm Anymore

Grocery stores have become a battleground for extremists pressuring retailers to remove meat, milk, poultry and eggs from shelves. Recent trends have shown an uptick in store protests, demonstrations and food tampering.

Genvax Technologies Secures $6.5 Million to Advance Novel Vaccine Platform

United Animal Health, Johnsonville Ventures and the Iowa Corn Growers Association commit support to Genvax Technologies, a startup dedicated to advancing self-amplifying mRNA vaccine production in animal health.

Heartache: Bovine Congestive Heart Failure A Growing Concern

Sudden deaths late in the feeding phase are both frustrating and expensive. Simplot Land & Livestock says its research suggests genetic selection can greatly reduce the incidence of bovine congestive heart failure.

Expanded Labels for Beef Implant Products Approved

 Zoetis announces it has received expanded label approval from the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine on three beef implant products.