Beef Cattle Institute hosts continuing education for rural veterinary practitioners

The Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University will host several continuing education events that will focus on improving the long-term viability of rural veterinary practices. The first meeting, Rural Veterinary Practitioner Conference: Preparing for Disease Challenges, will be held June 3-4 in Manhattan, providing nine hours of continuing education. The program will address prepping for disease challenges including securing the beef supply and diagnostic disease trends. For registration information, visit beefcattleinstitute.org/rural-veterinary-practitioner-conference/about/.

Market in “Good State” according to Virginia beef leader

Jason Carter, executive director of the Virginia Cattlemen’s Association and Virginia Beef Industry Council, says things look more positive for the state’s beef farmers since prices have rebounded considerably. Virginia is a feeder cattle state and demand has increased and is projected to remain strong for some time. Because beef is the nation’s most expensive protein, increased demand is a sign of improved consumer confidence.

University of Florida project to improve Brahman cattle

Scientists at the University of Florida plan to develop Brahman cattle that can better tolerate heat, produce more tender meat and have improved fertility. Researchers would like Brahman cattle owners from Florida to participate in the project, but first researchers will collect pedigree data and records from producers. This data will identify animals with superior marbling, tenderness and fertility. The goal is to improve the purebred Brahman population in Florida. Florida ranchers who want to participate in this study may call 352-392-2367.

Researchers say $25M grant has increased safety of U.S. beef.

Five years ago the USDA’s Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture awarded a $25 million grant to the University of Nebraska and 14 other universities and two research organizations to study the Shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli (STEC). This project has given scientists a better understanding of the ecology and frequency of the potentially deadly E. coli pathogen in cattle and beef products. Two-thirds of the original $25 million grant has been used for research and one-third has been used for education and outreach.

Learn latest techniques for grazing cattle

Four beef management workshops will be held for southern Iowa beef producers this spring. Session dates of May 30 and 31 and June 1 will allow attendees to learn from experts who will speak about beef cattle nutrition and grazing, animal updates for beef veterinarians, and health topics. For more information, contact Joe Sellers at 641-203-1270 or sellers@iastate.edu. Visit http://www.iowabeefcenter.org/events/SpringBeefWorkshops2017.pdf to read the program brochure.

Cargill sells two yards

Cargill has sold two feedlots in Kansas and Colorado to Green Plains Inc. for $36.7 million. The sale is still pending a definitive agreement and regulatory review. Cattle will continue to be marketed to Cargill. The former Cargill Leoti, Kansas, and Yuma, Colorado, feedlots were feeding some 155,000 cattle at the time of the sale. With the purchase of Cargill’s feedlots, Green Plains Cattle Company will become the fourth largest cattle feeder in the U.S. with a total capacity of more than 255,000 head.

AFBF applauds Regulatory Accountability Act

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) strongly supports the bipartisan Regulatory Accountability Act, which would require federal agencies to issue the most “cost-effective” rules necessary to accomplish their goals. The Regulatory Accountability Act would require federal agencies to conduct a cost-benefit analysis before issuing a new rule, and then issue what is determined to be the most “cost-effective” rule. To learn more about this proposed legislation, visit https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/5.

MSU Extension offers Advanced Genetic Technology in Beef Cattle lectureship May 8-9

Montana State University Extension and South Dakota State University Extension are joining the King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management to offer the Application of Advanced Genetic Technology in Beef Cattle lecture on May 8-9 in Bozeman, Montana. The program will strengthen the basic understanding of genetic principles among attendees. Attendees will also receive additional genetic information that will enable them to apply advanced genetic technologies in seedstock and commercial cattle operations. For more information visit http://krirm.tamuk.edu/lectureships/genetictechnology/, or call the KRIRM office at (361) 593-5401.

2017 agriculture census to arrive in December

Every five years, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) conducts the Census of Agriculture. The 2017 ag census will be mailed in mid-December, 2017 and will be a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches and operators. It is important to collect the number of farms in rural areas and counties, to help determine finances and other resources for programs that support these communities. New farmers or those who did not receive a Census of Agriculture in 2012 may sign up for the 2017 Census of Agriculture at www.agcensus.usda.gov.

New app assists consumers with meat purchases

The variety of beef cuts and their respective cooking methods can be confusing for many consumers. The North American Meat Institute has a new app called MyMeatUp, which was designed to assist millennial consumers with their meat purchases. Available for both Android and Apple devices, this free app provides a complete guide to beef, pork, lamb and veal cuts. The app explains various cooking methods, such as broiling, grilling, roasting, pan frying, stir frying, slow cooker and more.