Archive for March 2015

Marbling research shows healthy fat in beef has benefits

By: Blair Fannin COLLEGE STATION – Beef with reasonable marbling and juicy taste is preferred among consumers, and industry leaders continue to monitor how to consistently produce a product with these traits. A recent research article addresses the biology and biochemistry of beef marbling and its effects on production systems, carcass and fat quality. “We need…

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OSU Extension Offers Herd Bull Purchase Tips For Livestock Producers

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Beef cattle producers who want to boost their profit potential need to consider several factors when purchasing a herd sire, says a beef cattle expert in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. While beef cattle producers have a wide range of criteria when purchasing a…

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Efficiency in Your Cow Herd

By: Dr. Roy Burris, Beef Extension Professor, University of Kentucky Cattle folks have discussed beef cow efficiency for years now but I don’t think that we’ve actually made much progress. We have breeding values, like $ Energy, to help us but we still see 1400 lb cows that wean 400 lb calves. Larger cows or…

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Meat Export Expectations for 2015

By: John D. Anderson, Deputy Chief Economist, American Farm Bureau Federation Exports are an important component of demand for all three of the major meat species. According to the most recent data, exports of beef, pork, and chicken amounted to 21 percent, 19 percent, and 11 percent of production, respectively, in 2014. All of these…

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Springtime Mud Impact and Management

By: Russ Euken, Iowa State University Extension Earth surface feedlots and springtime in Iowa typically don’t go well together. When temperatures start to warm above freezing and ground begins to thaw, any additional moisture can create mud issues. Of course spring is not the only time mud can be an issue. Any time we have…

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Improving the Odds of Successfully Stockpiling Fescue

By: Chris Penrose, OSU Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources, Morgan County After feeding corn stalks, probably the lowest cost way to feed cattle in the fall and winter is to stockpile forages. Stockpiling means to make the last harvest by clipping or grazing of a hay field or pasture and then let it grow for…

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Grass Tetany Prevention

By: Rory Lewandowski, Extension Educator Wayne County As pastures and small grain fields begin to green up, and livestock owners make plans to begin early spring grazing passes, keep in mind the risk of grass tetany. Grass tetany is caused by low blood magnesium (Mg) level. Magnesium is one of the macro minerals required by animals…

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Beef Bites

Here’s a recipe combining two of our favorite things, Beef & Polenta! Give this Tomato beef Casserole with a Polenta Crust a try this weekend! Ingredients 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup plain yellow cornmeal 1/2 teaspoon Montreal steak seasoning 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided 1 pound ground chuck 1 cup chopped…

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New Faces and New Roles at Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition

PRINCETON, N.J. (March 18, 2015)—Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition has announced several new additions to its leadership, marketing and sales teams, as well as new roles for current team members. Earlier this year, Church & Dwight Co., Inc., parent company of ARM & HAMMER™ acquired Vi-CORTM, a world-class manufacturer of fermented yeast-based feed ingredients and…

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