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Plant-Based Chicken Plucking

Plant-based chicken pluckers are not satisfied with a 1% market share, but they have the difficult task of convincing folks a concoction of pea protein, soy protein, flour, oils and sodium tastes just like chicken.

NCBA Names 2022 Beef Quality Assurance Award Winners

The winners of the 2022 Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Awards, sponsored by Cargill, were announced during the annual Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show, held Feb. 1-3, 2022, in Houston.  

Elanco Adds New Tools to Advance Livestock Sustainability Efforts

Elanco Animal Health announces two new resources aimed at helping the cattle industry make a positive impact on hunger and climate change.

Building Calf Immunity

Along with some insightful vaccine history, Scott Nordstrom, DVM, shared specifics about the role of mucosal immunology in young calves, during the American Hereford Association’s educational forums in Kansas City.

Drought Threat Expanding

Drought is expanding in the country. There is plenty of time to avoid widespread drought impacts but without significant moisture in the next 2-3 months, the cattle industry could see major impacts.

Colorado's Kessler Out At State Vet Board After Calling Ranchers 'Lazy'

Ellen Kessler proved a lightning rod on Colorado’s Board of Veterinary Medicine from the moment she was appointed by Gov. Polis in 2020. Her service came to an end last week after an "unprofessional" social media post.

Cold Weather Nutrition for Beef Cows

Feed requirements of cows during winter weather varies, depending on body condition, temperature, moisture, and hair coat. The Mesonet Cattle Comfort Advisor helps calculate how much feed is necessary.

Cows, Calves, and Cold Weather Concerns: Prepare for Winter Conditions

When harsh winter conditions are in the forecast, avoid being caught off-guard and consider these ways to manage your cows, calves, and bulls to help them weather the storm.

Supply Chain Issues Hamper Animal Medicine Availability

Breakdowns in the global supply chain are hitting home for U.S. livestock producers and the veterinarians who serve them, in the form of shortages of commonly used medications.

Cattle Veterinarians Have New Vaccination Guidelines

The American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) recently released a first-of-its-kind document on cattle vaccine guidelines.

Meat Institute Says Biden Plan Won’t Help Producers or Consumers

The Biden Administration’s $1 billion Action Plan unveiled Monday to aid farmers, ranchers and consumers would do none of the above, according to the North American Meat Institute.

Save Money With Alternative Sources of Phosphorus

Cattle producers may have a few options available to offset the rising costs of adding phosphorus to their herd’s diet, a Kansas State University beef systems specialist said.

Cattle Outlook Optimistic for 2022

Cattle markets have improved significantly in the final weeks of 2021, with market analysts projecting those positive trends to continue in 2022.

ICASA Grant Examines Feedlot Heart Disease in Beef Cattle

Colorado State University will receive grants totaling nearly $1 million to study ways to reduce the risk of feedlot heart disease (FHD), a disease which has increased in recent years.

Incorporating Alfalfa in Forage Systems

Alfalfa is the third-highest crop for economic returns in the U.S. and is a feed source for that can reduce the need for costly nutritional supplements when cattle are primarily feed other types of diets.

Hurricane-Force Winds Spark Wildfires in Kansas, Destroying Homes and Killing Cattle

Hurricane-force winds and dry pastures resulted in multiple wildfires in western Kansas on Wednesday. The Kansas Livestock Association is coordinating relief efforts for affected ranchers.

Speer: Is Fair What We Really Want?

Consumers have access to greater differentiation and higher-quality beef products now, more than ever. As a result, beef spending has outpaced the competition since 2000. Cattle prices have risen as a result.

Low Carbon Beef Gains First USDA PVP Service Provider Status

​Low Carbon Beef, LLC, a cattle certification program that enables cattlemen to earn premiums by reducing carbon emissions, announced it has secured approval as a USDA Process Verified Program Service Provider.

Fence-line weaning appears to benefit calf performance, but it might not be practical based on facilities and labor.
Baby Calf It’s Cold Outside!

The effect of winter weather in terms of frost damage to cattle and calves was less of a problem than expected, according to a survey of producers, veterinarians and feedlots conducted by Oklahoma State University.

Vaccine Handling and Storage

The highest quality vaccine that producers purchase may be of little value if not handled and stored properly.  Don't overlook key principles when preparing and administering vaccines and other animal health products.

Consider Backgrounding Calves Based on Market Conditions

Budgets for growing calves at higher rates of gain always have a lower cost per pound gain, and this year budgets for growing heifers have the most profitable projection.

Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame Inductees Announced For 2022

Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame winners have been announced, with inductees and award winners honored during the 13th annual banquet prior to the 2022 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA trade show in Houston in February.

Seaweed Supplements Could Reduce Livestock Methane Emissions

Adding seaweed to animal feed to reduce methane gas released into the atmosphere by ruminants' is a relatively new idea. Early laboratory research at IGFS has shown promising results using native Irish and UK seaweeds.

Prussic Acid in Warm Season Annuals

With the average frost date upon us, prussic acid will be (or already is) an issue in certain forages. Prussic acid is found when susceptible plants are under drought conditions or after a light frost.

Elanco Founding Member of Greener Cattle Initiative

Greener Cattle Initiative expects to award approximately $5 million over the next five years to support research into tangible, actionable solutions for potentially reducing enteric methane emissions from cattle.

Alltech’s 2020 Sustainability Report Underscores its Commitment to a Planet of Plenty

Alltech believes agriculture can meet global demand and positively impact the future of our planet. The company's vision of Working Together for a Planet of PlentyTM is reflected its 2020 Alltech Sustainability Report.

Scientists Identify Proteins in Bacteria Associated with BRD

To identify unique proteins that can be used for interventions against BRD, scientists took a closer look at the genetic material of multiple strains of three groups of bacteria commonly implicated with the disease.

Infrared Thermography May Help Mitigate Antimicrobial Use

Texas Tech researchers have received a grant to examine if thermography can help minimize the use of antimicrobials in cattle through targeted metaphylaxis.

Gene Editing in Today’s Beef Industry and the Future

Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam, Professor at the University of California, Davis, gave a presentation, “Gene Editing Today and in the Future” during the Beef Improvement Federation Symposium June 24 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Santa Gertrudis cattle eat at the Tungali feedlot in South Australia.
Merck Awards 18 Future Bovine Veterinarians With Scholarships

Merck Animal Health has awarded $90,000 in scholarships to 18 bovine veterinary students based on their academic achievements, career goals, work experience and interest in veterinary medicine.

UC-Davis Professor Calls Methane Emissions an Opportunity

Agriculture can be a powerful part of the solution in reducing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. That's the message Frank Mitloehner, animal scientist and air quality expert, delivered at a lecture at Kansas State.

U.S. Premium Beef Named CAB Progressive Partner

For their influence on the beef business, shifting toward quality and value-based marketing, U.S. Premium Beef earned Certified Angus Beef’s (CAB’s) 2021 Progressive Partner Award.

Cattle Industry Leaders Honored for Contributions to Red Angus Breed

The Red Angus Association of America announced awards to breeders and industry supporters and businesses during its 68th annual convention in Boise, Idaho, last week.

BSE Case Confirmed on U.K. Farm

A single case of classical bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was confirmed by British animal health officials on Friday.

Management Practices for Cows at Weaning (Part 1)

Weaning is time to focus time and management on ways to eliminate stress, maintain health and maximize the value of weaned calves, but also a critical time to manage the cow herd.

Understanding Anaplasmosis Risk

Anaplasmosis is a serious disease often transmitted by ticks that has historically been a problem for southern producers. Now, veterinarians say the disease is spreading north and encourage producer vigilance.

Brangus Launches Vigor Program

The International Brangus Breeders Association announces the launch of the Brangus® Vigor Feeder Calf Program, a Process Verified Program (PVP).

Brazilian Cases of BSE Halt Beef Exports To China

Brazil has suspended beef exports to China after confirming two cases of “atypical” bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in two separate domestic meat plants, the agriculture ministry said on Saturday.

Fall Calving in Hot Weather

Early fall calving herds face a challenge from the high temperatures of late summer. The primary challenge is the impact those temperatures can have on newborn and young calves.

Beef Industry Leadership Summit to be Held in Nebraska

This year’s Production Animal Consultation Summit for aims to bring together leaders from all segments of the beef industry to engage with local, state and national leaders to understand issues and opportunities.

New provisions of Texas Farm Animal Liability Act

Texas livestock owners must now post signs to get legal protection under the state's Texas Farm Animal Liability Act .

Peel: A First Look at Fall/Winter Stocker Grazing

Most components of fall and winter stocker budgets are uncertain at this point but it’s not too early to begin to pencil out possibilities, evaluating risk and perhaps taking actions to lock in some budget components.

Sexten: Weaning Barometer

Imagine if we could determine adaptive qualities of our cows before investing the development cost of replacement heifers, building an adaptive herd over time.

Vaccine Could Provide Cattle GHG Solution

After a decade of research in New Zealand, scientists appear on the cusp of developing a vaccine to limit the methane production from beef and dairy cows.

Testing New Additions to the Herd

New additions to your herd create the potential for disease. Developing a plan for new herd additions with a veterinarian can reduce the risks and help guard your investments.

Brazil Meat Packing Plant
North Platte Expected To Invest In Sustainable Beef

Sustainable Beef, LLC, will likely receive $1 million from the North Platte Quality Growth Fund. to be used to help pay for the estimated $10 million cost of architectural, engineering and planning.

Animal Ag Groups Launch Protein PACT

Twelve groups representing farmers and companies who make a majority of America’s meat, poultry, dairy and animal feed and ingredients, unveiled the Protein PACT for the People, Animals, and Climate of Tomorrow

Help Cattle Beat the Heat with These Tips

Kansas State beef veterinarian A.J. Tarpoff explains some of the ways producers can help cattle be less stressed in high heat conditions.

Vytelle Releases Public Feed Efficiency Database

Vytelle announces the release of the Top 150 Proven Bulls, a list compiled using data collected by Vytelle SENSE systems and Vytelle INSIGHT analytics services, formerly known as GrowSafe Systems.

Feed Additives and Medicated Feeds

Good records are essential with VFD feeds as well as any medications to ensure proper withdrawal periods are observed.  All VFD feed records must be kept, and available for inspection for two years.