Artificial insemination (AI) has been a tool available to beef producers for decades. AI offers a way to access proven genetics that otherwise would be unavailable or unaffordable for the average commercial producer. While the genetic advantages to using AI in beef cattle are well known, the rate of use across the country remains very low.
An alliance of 75 farmerand rancher-led organizations and agricultural partners, called the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), has formed a collaborative effort to lead a dialogue with American consumers about agricultural food production.
The three pieces FDA published in the Federal Register last week included: • A final guidance for industry, The Judicious Use of Medically Important Antimicrobial Drugs in Food- Producing Animals, that recommends phasing out the agricultural production use of medically.
The new permit requires EPA to publicize nutrient management plans of producers who must report manure production volumes, how the manure is treated, and how it is applied on fields. Feedlot operators who have had their existing permits extended will have 90 days after May 9 to apply.
To maintain an annual calving interval ( 365 days), conception must occur within 80 days of calving; however, the period of anestrus following calving is frequently greater than 60 days. Making sure cows stay on track will increase productivity in many ways in the cow herd.
In a response to the studies, insecticide manufacturer Bayer CropScience said the studies used higher than normal levels of neonicotinoid insecticides, and results contradicted results found in previous studies using “fieldlevel” amounts of the insecticides.
Grain moisture content must decrease as the grain temperature increases to store grain safely. For example, the allowable storage time of 17 percent moisture corn is about 280 days at 40 degrees, 75 days at 60 degrees, and only 20 days at 80 degrees. Even 15 percent moisture corn has an allowable storage time of only about 70 days at 80 degrees.
A group of 10 influential South Korean bloggers received a total immersion in U.S. beef last week, enjoying a four-part program that involved cooking with American beef, product tasting, a chef’s cooking demonstration, and a beef sampling event for the bloggers’ visitors.
The high temperature in Altus, OK, on April 1 was 98 degrees Fahrenheit. (No April Fool’s joke intended! It was just 93 degrees in Stillwater.) As the breeding season for spring calving herds is getting closer, understanding heat stress in cattle takes on increased importance.