Beef News

Cattle and Land Conservation in South Dakota

By : Deepthi Kolady, Assistant Professor, SDSU Economics Department, Courtesy of   Analysis of results from a 2017 South Dakota farmer survey reveals that cattlemen tend to be more land conservation oriented than their grain farming counterparts. This is positive news for an industry that can sometimes be viewed through a negative lens in…

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BeefTalk: Future of Beef Revisited – Soil, Forage and Beef

By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension “Did you check your review mirror?” is an often-asked question because one cannot move forward without knowing from where one came. The challenges of years past still were challenges, just like the challenges of today. One human weakness is the reluctance to read, study and learn from the…

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UF Beef Researcher Tries to Find Healthier Cattle

By : Brad Buck   GAINESVILLE, Fla. — While beef already provides plenty of nutrients, a University of Florida scientist and her colleagues are starting to find that some beef cattle breeds might be healthier than others. Beef is an excellent source of vitamin B12 and a good source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6, iron,…

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Tally Time – BIF meeting provides more evidence: you can’t manage what you don’t measure

By Sandy Johnson, extension beef specialist, Colby, KS The recent Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Conference marked the organization’s 50th meeting, and this landmark provided a good opportunity for reflection.  Over the years, BIF has sought industry cooperation in applying science to improve beef cattle genetics.   When the first performance data was collected, a hot topic…

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BeefTalk: Future of Beef Revisited – Industry Integration

By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension   Those of us in the beef industry have two big questions to ponder in the future: How much do we actually change or accept based on what we deem appropriate? How much have we changed based on what is around us rather than our own decisions? Of…

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