The South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC) is helping retailers around the state sell beef to consumers. The organization sends a newsletter to grocery stores that focuses on a specific challenge that grocers may face when selling beef. The newsletter has suggested selling “sweetheart steaks”, two steaks displayed in a red heart-shaped container, for Valentine’s Day. The newsletter has also sent information on the nutritional benefits of beef and how employee education can increase beef sales.
Recently, agriculture groups celebrated National Ag Day in Helena, Montana. The Montana Stockgrowers Association was one of 16 groups that took the opportunity to promote their industry. Legislators and the public learned that 97% of the state’s 28,000 farms or ranchers are family owned and that the Montana Future Farmers of America has educated students to raise safe, healthy food. In 2013, the USDA valued agriculture in Montana at $5.3 billion in 2013.
The 24th Range Beef Cow Symposium will be held November 17-19, 2015 at the Ranch, an event center on the Larimer County Fairgrounds near Fort Collins, Colorado. Extension Beef Specialists from Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and South Dakota will conduct the symposium. The event includes a trade show with over 100 vendors. Universities, the agriculture industry and beef cattle producers will provide speakers. Topics include the market outlook, new information about nutrition, reproduction, genetics and much more. For more information contact Ken Olson at 605-394-2236 or Julie Walker at 605-688-5458
January 8, 2015
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.
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.
by Merridee Wells
Photo by Tayler Teichert
For all you flatlanders who have taken a vacation to the mountains, if you felt drowsy, lethargic or had shortness of breath, you may have experienced some of the same symptoms that cattle do when they graze in elevations above 5,000 feet. The bovine condition, known among ranchers as high altitude sickness or brisket disease, can eventually lead to congestive heart failure in affected animals.
by Dr. Arn Anderson, DVM
With all this snow in
Sam had followed all the rules. He had bred his heifers early to a low birthweight bull and fed them well. Sam had the cattle calving within easy reach of a good set of pens with a wind break and a covered working chute. He had access to water, electricity and lights. In the shed was a tool box with all the equipment he would need to deliver and, if needed, revive a calf. Sam had also attended a couple of extension service classes on when to call his vet. He was confident in his experience and skill.
With all this snow in