Burt Rutherford

trending headlines in beef industry
5 Trending Headlines: How To Lose An Animal Welfare Argument; Packing Plant To Open; & Quiet Cattle Handling Tips
Things are happening in the cattle business. From the anticipated opening of a “new” old packing plant in Iowa to arguing about animal welfare, this week’s roundup of industry news is a must-read.
Are GMO feeds safe?
Do GMO Feeds Harm Livestock? 4
Scientific review shows no adverse effects of feeding genetically-engineered feeds to livestock.
Fall feeding
Monitor Your Pastures Now For Better Grazing Next Year
The weather is getting cooler. For some, it’s getting downright frosty. And cattle are moving from summer pasture to their fall and winter homes. Now is a good time to check pasture condition as you look ahead to next year.
6 must read beef industry stories
6 Trending Headlines—FBI Makes Animal Cruelty A Major Crime , PLUS: Why Wean For 45 Days?
Fall officially starts this week, but cattle producers are already well into their fall management practices. Here’s a look at the fall feeder market plus an explanation of where the “value” comes from in a 45-day value-added weaning program.
antibiotic regulation
Obama Administration Takes Aim At Antibiotic Resistance
The Obama administration is taking aggressive actions to address antibiotic resistance. Ag groups welcome the move.
Getting cattle ready for market
Is The Cattle Market Nearing Its Top?  2
While the cattle market hasn’t topped, analysts say it may be in view, distantly.
Century-Old Mystery Solved; Bluetongue Transmission Cracked 1
For more than a century, bluetongue disease has confounded veterinarians and producers by seemingly disappearing over the winter, then reappearing as soon as temperatures begin to warm. A new study has cracked the transmission code.
5 Trending Headlines—Castration & Dehorning Guidelines PLUS, Why Leasing Winter Pasture Pays
Take a look at some research that shows leasing winter grazing may be a profitable alternative, plus research on cattle shrink and guidelines to help veterinarians and producers when castrating and dehorning cattle.
Thorpe Honored For Industry Contributions
Topper Thorpe, the longtime CEO of CattleFax, was recognized for contributions to the beef industry.
Probiotics Future In Beef Production Looks Promising
As FDA ratchets down on medically important antibiotics in animal feed, probiotics may come to the fore in beef production.
grazing cattle by streams
6 Trending Headlines: Why Preconditioning Adds Value, PLUS How Grazing Improves Riparian Areas
Many cattle producers are looking ahead to fall and its cooler temperatures. With a red-hot calf market, however, what’s the best option - to sell at weaning or precondition and capture extra value? Explore this and more in this week’s Trending Headlines.
beef readers share expansion plans
Herd Expansion? BEEF Readers Say It’s “Go” Time
According to a July survey of BEEF readers, herd expansion is well underway.
Beef, Cattle Business Rife With Opportunity, Risk
It won’t be easy, but the coming years may be “shining times” for beef and cattle producers. More people will want more and better food and will be better able to pay for it. For producers, especially cattle feeders, it will require that you do business differently than you have in the past.
USDA Proposes Rule To Import Beef From Argentina
USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has published a rule that will allow the importation of beef from the Patagonia Region of Argentina. However, because of Argentina’s struggles with foot-and-mouth disease, (FMD), U.S. cattlemen are throwing a red flag, asking for a review of the call.
corn prices predicted to stay low
Corn Projected In $2.70 To $3.20/Bu. Range Through 2020
Corn producers, fueled by ethanol demand, have led the pack for the last nine years in the commodity market. However, conditions have changed and corn farmers have now handed the baton to cattle producers, but managing volatility will be the watchword.

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