Following Idaho’s first trade mission to Russia, state officials and ag industry leaders think the country of 143 million people represents a significant opportunity for Idaho farm products. Through the end of September, Russia had purchased $13.75 million worth of Idaho ag products, a jump from $8.7 million during the same period in 2011. Russians are buying live dairy and beef cattle, as well as chickpeas, dry peas and lentils.
The Olive Garden restaurant has made several changes in an effort to hold onto customers, such as launching a small plates menu, cheaper prices, and adding the Italiano burger to the dining options. The six-ounce meat patty will be topped with prosciutto, mozzarella cheese, arugula, marinated tomatoes and garlic aioli. The decision to add the burger was made in part, due to increasing competition.
The Mississippi State University Extension Service has an app for beef producers that will help with livestock management decisions. The MSUES Cattle Calculator for Apple Devices allows producers to quickly assess issues related to reproduction, animal performance, and other management decisions. Reproduction-related calculations include expected calving dates, breeding dates, as well as dosage calculations for dewormers and frame scores. This free app became available December 2.
November 29, 2013
We’ve got a great beef industry going, Mother Nature’s crankiness aside. It’s evolved so much from the days after the buffalo that those ol’ cattle barons wouldn’t even recognize it. Sure, we have some hurdles to overcome; everyone’s lane has a few. But we’ve got so much to be proud of as a holistic team from ranch to town; together we’re producing great tasting, safe, wholesome and affordable beef for an appreciative and trusting consumer. On top of that, over the generations we’ve become excellent stewards of the land in our care; family values remain important to us; and we’re passing on the independent, proudly patriotic spirit of the American rancher.
Process Verified Program, that is
- by Merridee Wells
- Photo by Sage Pool
Process Verified Programs, or PVP’s as they are commonly called, are another of the many new-fangled phrases which are becoming commonplace in our cattle industry today. Breed associations draw them like a gun while marketing programs dazzle you with their PVP requirements and the auction companies brag on their value-added benefits.
Make sure your cows are nutritionally ready
- by Gilda V. Bryant
- photo by Lucie Wiese
Minerals are important for herd health, reproduction and efficiency during winter. However, that is only part of the picture. Extra protein and energy are vital during cold, wet weather. Producers should also be aware of forage and by-product supplementation quality, as well as body condition scores.
- by Dr. Arn Anderson, DVM
A drive through the unloading pen with seven-foot tall pipe fence, double gates with two latches and two chains, a trained technician and a seven-foot perimeter fence; this litany of security measures clicked off in my brain as I ran toward my truck instinctively yelling “loose bull!”. Only moments before, 747, a dog-gentle 2200 lb, five year-old Limousin bull, had calmly walked off the trailer and into the large animal hospital. He had come for an exam to determine the cause of his lethargy and malaise.
- by Corinne Brown
- photo by Amy Dugosh - Attagirl Photo
The M&M team in the steer doctoring at the Ring of Fire Ranch Rodeo in Boerne, Texas. That’s James Fitzgerald doing his crowd-pleasing Superman impression.
During a time when most Texans were stretched to the max by wildfires or drought, it’s encouraging to know that some folks down in the south part of the state responded by doing what they do best - getting on with the game and forming a brand new ranch rodeo association. Founded in 2010, this past October 22, 2011 marked the second annual finals of the newly formed South Texas Ranch Rodeo Association in Cotulla, Texas.
Your secret weapon? Ionophores
by Melissa Albertson
photo by Malloree Barnes
As you consider all the different products available to help increase the performance for your herd, you can’t ignore the proven benefits of feeding ionophores: improved feed utilization, increased gain, prevention and control of coccidiosis, and cost effectiveness. Even so, while ionophore use is extremely common in feedlot finishing diets, they still are an underutilized product in grazing operations.