The conventional wisdom is that early weaning of calves allows their dams to gain condition, resulting in feed savings and better rebreeding rates. Preliminary results of new research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), however, seem to contradict that.
A body of cow efficiency work from three universities will be presented from noon to noon on Sept. 12-13 at UNL’s Johnny Carson Center. It’s the first in an annual series of research symposia underwritten by a $2-million endowment by the Dr. Kenneth and Caroline McDonald Eng Foundation. Other universities participating include Texas A&M University and Oklahoma State University. The public is invited to attend.
Unless a budget deal is reached by March 1 in Washington, $1 trillion in mandatory cuts to virtually all federal programs will be implemented. Among the cuts USDA has announced is a 15-day furlough of federal meat inspectors.
“Our industry is so impacted today in so many ways and there’s a limited amount of influence we can have. I don’t care if you’re a cattle feeder, cow-calf, dairy or veal producer, we need to band together to help ourselves,” Scott George says.
When it comes to an overall view of the U.S. beef business, it’s tough to think of a National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) incoming president with a broader industry perspective than Scott George. A dairy farmer from Cody, WY, he’s part of a family operation that includes cow-calf and stocker production. He and his brothers also operate the local American Breeders Service dealership, breeding several thousand head of beef cattle annually. Plus, they raise all the corn needs, and the majority of hay, required to feed their beef and dairy herds, in addition to some small grains.
As a kickoff to our 50th year of publication, which starts in September, BEEF editors want to recognize the important contributors to the beef industry’s success of the past half-century. Thus, we plan to present our BEEF 50, a September issue commemoration of 50 top beef industry contributors. We'll begin soliciting nominations from readers beginning in February, with the final selections to be made by an independent panel of beef industry experts. Watch beefmagazine.com for more details.
Reader surveys and online polls ahead of the November presidential election consistently indicated that BEEF readers preferred Republican nominee Mitt Romney by a wide margin over Barack Obama. And that support within agriculture for the Republican nominee appears to have been wider than just beef producers.
The year 2013 is a significant milestone in the history of BEEF magazine. It holds the fifth anniversary of the launching of BEEF Daily (September), the 10th anniversary of the launching of BEEF Cow-Calf Weekly (July), and September begins the magazine’s 50th year of publication.
A looming shortage of large-animal vets in rural America was a big worry six years ago. In fact, the August 2006 issue of BEEF magazine included a report on a survey of U.S. beef producers and bovine practitioners that found almost 49% of producer respondents worried about a long-run shortage of large-animal practitioners in their community, and 14% said there already was a shortage.
The U.S. population is predicted to grow from 309 million in 2010 to 439 million by 2050. A significant portion of that growth is expected to occur in traditionally water-deficient areas like the southwestern U.S.
After all the effort and money expended in the 2012 election, there really wasn't that much that changed, says Colin Woodall, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s point man in Washington, D.C. The general dynamic, the general control, the general philosophies stayed pretty much like we've had the past two years, which is good and bad for U.S. cattlemen. Here’s why.
As a producer, do you think you usually make efficient use of a veterinarian’s time on your operation? Of 1,404 producers responding to an email survey in August, 46.6% said always, 50.6% said usually, and 1.7% said seldom. Interestingly, when veterinarians were asked whether their clients made the most efficient use of a veterinarian’s time during an on-farm call, only 2.4% of 83 responding DVMs said always, while 89.2% said usually, and 8.4% said seldom .