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Beef X Dairy: Vision & Reality

While dairy producers are rapidly embracing the concept of using beef semen to freshen their cows, the resulting crossbred calves are proving both a valuable opportunity and a challenge for the U.S. beef industry.

Embrace the 'S' Word (Nope, it doesn't have 4 Letters)

Veterinarians already do so much to help livestock producers adopt sustainable practices, and we get that. This story simply shares insights from what some beef producers are doing. It might give you some ideas to try.

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.

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.

Hereford Feedout Program Success Continues

Hereford breeders and commercial users of Hereford genetics enrolled a record number of steers in the 2022 Hereford Feedout Program to find out how their genetics perform in the feedlot and on the rail.

Speer: COOL Zombie Walking Again

Seven years after repeal of mandatory country-of-origin labeling, a proposal has been introduced for the Secretary of Agriculture to "determine a means of reinstating" COOL, despite evidence of "no measurable benefits."

Op-Ed Compares Beef with Plant-Based Alternatives

Beef has a good image. Consumers by and large say that beef's taste, appearance, price, and natural goodness greatly exceeds that of plant-based proteins.

Red Angus
Red Angus Releases New Index to Identify Profitability

The Red Angus Association of America released an updated suite of bio-economic selection indexes, including the Profitability and Sustainability index, abbreviated ProS, that covers economically relevant traits.

USDA to Host Free Webinars on CME Specifications, Carcass Grading and Certification

The series of four webinars will feature guest speakers from three regional USDA Cattle and Carcass Training Centers, the CME group and the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service.

Kansas Beef Council Releases Virtual Chuteside Cattle Demo

This video showcases the key principles of BQA and applies them in a relatable real-world setting.

Stockmanship Tips from the Ranchers Who Use Them

Colorado State University hosted a BQA Stockmanship and Stewardship workshop, which ncluded classroom sessions, practical hands-on applications, demonstrations and a keynote address Temple Grandin, PhD.

Nominations open for 2018 National BQA Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2018 National BQA Awards! If you know someone deserving of this award, visit for the application and nomination requirements. Applications are due by June 2, 2017, and should

Dr. Bob Smith Named BQA Educator of the Year

During last week's Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville, the Beef Checkoff announced its 2016 Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) awards, recognizing outstanding individuals who incorporate BQA principles as part of t

Free Online BQA Certification!

Is BQA certification on your to-do list? It should be because it is now always FREE, online! That's right - your opportunity to become BQA-certified, or re-certified, is at your fingertips 24/7. So what are you waiting

Beef Improvement Federation Updates Guidelines

Update includes standardization for collection of BRD-susceptibility data.

Best of BoVet: Grass Versus Grain

Student's questions reflect consumer concerns over beef production systems.

Get to know luke larson

Get to know Colorado rancher Luke Larson, partner in six feedyards in Colorado, Kansas and South Dakota.

We need your input!

Beef producers all across the country, from every segment of the industry, are being encouraged to participate in a survey that will help establish a benchmark and course for the beef industry for 2017 and beyond.

Sign up for free BQA certification today!

Dr. Dan Thomson, College of Veterinary Medicine at K-State University, says now is the time for beef and dairy producers to get their FREE Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification.

Submit your input for the 2016 National Beef Quality Audit

Beef producers all across the country, from every segment of the industry, are being encouraged to participate in a survey that will help establish a benchmark and course for the beef industry for 2017 and beyond. The P

GRSB to explore zero-deforestation beef production

The Global Conference on Sustainable Beef, to be held October 4-7 at the Fairmont Hotel in Banff Springs, Alberta, Canada, is featuring a dedicated breakout session focusing on work being done in South America to suppor

BQA Quality Report: Lindsay Wiggins from Clewiston, Fla.

In our weekly "BQA Quality Report", from Southeast Ag Net's Randall Weiseman, Lindsay Wiggins from Clewiston, Fla., is another beef producer who believes in the BQA program. She says "it's valuable because i

2016 BQA Award winners

Be sure to hear the BQA story from the 2016 BQA Award winners!

BQA Quality Report: Keith Glover from Hale County

In this week's "BQA Quality Report" from Southeast Ag Net's Randall Weiseman, Keith Glover from Hale County, Ala., explains why he felt it was important for him to be BQA-certified. And Glover says he

BQA is my story‚...what's yours?

Becoming Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)-certified allows us to share our story and ensure consumers that we are responsibly raising a safe, wholesome, and healthy beef supply. The checkoff's BQA practices show us th

Summing up: Grass versus grain

Over the past two weeks, we've been running a series of questions and answers regarding the practice of feeding grain to cattle. The series developed after a college student, conducting research for a public-healt

Grass versus grain: Question 13

Student's questions reflect consumer concerns over beef production systems. Question #13: How can the typical American lessen the dependency on corn?