New probiotic reduces livestock burps

The search to reduce methane emissions in the form of belching, flatulence and manure, may have found a workable solution. Mootral, a new natural feed supplement, claims to instantly reduce cow methane emissions by some 30 percent. The supplement, made of garlic and citrus extracts, is compressed into pellets and mixed into cattle feed. The two compounds improve animals’ ability to digest without emitting excess methane. Mootral does not reduce the number of cow burps but restricts the amount of methane the animal releases.

BQA launches new transportation program

The Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program has initiated a new training and certification program for cattle transportation. Known as Beef Quality Assurance Transportation (BQAT), the new course provides cattle producers and haulers with comprehensive training based on their roles in the cattle industry. Online training will be available immediately, and in-person training classes will begin soon. For more information, visit https://www..bqa.org.

Bovine antibodies could prevent flu outbreaks

A biopharmaceutical company, SAB Biotherapeutics, has an innovative idea–making antibodies from cattle, which could help fight Zika, Ebola, cancer, diabetes and influenza. Based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the company is utilizing advanced science to produce antibodies from cattle to treat a variety of serious health condition. This new company has recently started its first clinical trials on influenza and could produce enough antibodies to meet worldwide demand.

China’s eCommerce to sell Montana Beef

The Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) and JD.com, a Chinese eCommerce firm, have proposed an initial three-year minimum commitment of $200 million in Montana beef to be imported by JD.com from BSGA. In addition, $100 million will be invested in a processing facility. If this agreement is fulfilled, JD.com’s purchase of beef will increase Montana beef export sales by as much as 40 percent in 2018.

Missouri Livestock Symposium

The 18th annual Kirksville Livestock Symposium will be held December 1-2 in Kirksville, Missouri. Beef producers will learn how to provide added value in marketing. Plus, nationally recognized experts will explain market venues, how to prepare cattle for sale and creating valuable feeder calves. Other programs include planning a feeding program for weaned calves. The symposium will also have an agricultural trade show for attendees. For additional information, visit www.missourilivestock.com.

World Championship Ranch Rodeo kicks off November 9-12

The 22nd World Championship Ranch Rodeo will be held in Amarillo, Texas, this week. Working cowboys from U.S. ranches compete in events that are common activities on ranches, including wild cow milking, calf sorting and branding. This event also includes a Heritage Trade Show and Ranch equipment Expo, Cowboy Trade and Trappings Show and a Ranch Horse Show. The Crisis and Scholarship Brunch event will raise funds for the Working Ranch Cowboys Foundation, which provides scholarships and help to cowboys who have had an injury. For more information visit: www.wrca.org.

Cargill pioneers Canadian beef traceability pilot project

By the end of 2018, Cargill’s Canadian Beef Sustainability Acceleration pilot program will provide customers with beef from operations that have been audited from “birth to burger” implementing an industry-developed sustainability standard. This plan will incorporate new technologies, using only Canadian cattle at Cargill’s facility in High River, Alberta. The technology used includes RFID tag systems, and cattle will be tracked by the Beef Info-Exchange System (BIXS) from the time cattle producers tag them until processing. This program is built on knowledge learned from McDonald’s beef sustainability effort, completed in 2016.

Proposed meat processing plant for Montana producers

Recently, Montana’s Cascade County Planning Division received an application for the development of the Madison Food Park, a beef processing plant that would be built near Great Falls. There are 1.49 million beef cows and 45,000 head of cattle on feed in Montana, making The Big Sky State the perfect location for a processing facility. A feasibility study found that a 250 head-per-day plant could be supplied and would be profitable. The plant will employ over 3,000 people and export thousands of tons of meat to consumer markets throughout North America.

Genomic Technology helps to battle costly parasite

Researchers at the University of Calgary-Veterinary Medicine are using genomic technology to examine a parasite’s DNA, to find an effective drug to fight it. They are working on new drugs to treat livestock parasites, especially parasitic roundworms, which cost the Canadian Cattle industry some $210 million a year. Also a problem in the U.S., these parasites are developing drug resistance. Transmitted through the soil, roundworms live and feed in the animal’s intestines, resulting in weight loss, diarrhea, slowed growth rate and anemia.

Range Beef Cow Symposium

The 25th Range Beef Cow Symposium will be held November 28-30 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, with hands-on demonstrations, a chance to visit with other ranchers and an opportunity to ask national experts questions. More than 25 speakers will discuss topics including, nutrition, marketing, health, reproduction, consumer demand and current industry issues. There will be a half-day cattle-handling workshop. Additional information and registration is available at Rangebeefcow.com or call 307-837-2000.