CALF Features and Top Stories


Expectations Guide Cattle Feeding

By Steve Suther, with Certified Angus Beef The performance of healthy cattle on feed is “extremely predictable,” but you have to know what to expect and when to worry. That’s according to Richard Zinn, University of California-Davis animal scientist, who presented at the late summer Feeding Quality Forum in Omaha, Neb., and Garden City, Kan…. Read the rest »

Don’t Feed the Fever

Keeping cattle healthy — and encouraging quicker recovery from illness — helps animals direct their energy towards growth and production. Any disease challenge requires cattle to mount an immune response. In the zero-sum game of livestock production, this means resources are pulled away from building muscle mass or producing milk. “It’s extremely important for us… Read the rest »

Soften the Shock of Weaning

Calves are more vulnerable to illness during weaning due to a variety of stressors, including removal from their mothers and new diets.1 That stress can also have negative consequences for the health and productivity of newly weaned calves. To help ensure successful weaning, producers are turning to probiotics to help reduce the negative impact of… Read the rest »

Top Stories

NCBA on GIPSA Rule Withdrawal: “Victory for Cattle Producers and Consumers”

Colin Woodall, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, today released the following statement in response to USDA’s decision to withdraw its controversial Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyard Administration (GIPSA) interim final rule:   “This is a victory for America’s cattle and beef producers – and it’s a victory for America’s consumers…. Read the rest »

Lallemand Animal Nutrition Announces 2017 Scholarship Recipients

More than 150 North American students applied for the third annual Lallemand Forward Scholarship Lallemand Animal Nutrition is pleased to announce the 2017 Lallemand Forward Scholarship recipients, which were selected from more than 150 applicants. Sasha van der Klein is the recipient of the doctoral scholarship, receiving $3,000. Van der Klein is currently working on… Read the rest »

NCBA Rancher to Congress: “Japan and Asia-Pacific Markets Vital to U.S. Beef”

Today Kelley Sullivan, NCBA member and rancher from Santa Rosa Ranch in Crockett, Texas, testified at a hearing on Capitol Hill about the importance of expanding export opportunities for U.S. beef in Asia. Held by the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, the hearing asked witnesses for their perspectives on specific actions needed to… Read the rest »

New Products and Information

Trusted Rancher Recordkeeping Tool Soon Available for 2018

NCBA’s Pocket-Sized Redbook Has Offered Efficient Recordkeeping to Ranchers for More Than 30 Years A pocket-sized recordkeeping tool used by cattle producers for more than 30 years will be available for the 2018 year starting October 2, 2017.  The Redbook from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association helps cattle producers effectively and efficiently record their daily… Read the rest »

Feedlot Trial Shows 87% Reduction in Antibiotic Use on Arrival

In a recent feedlot trial conducted by Advanced Animal Diagnostics (AAD), the use of a new chute-side blood test (QScout® BLD) demonstrated that a feedyard in Nebraska could reduce antibiotic use 87 percent by selectively treating animals, compared to metaphylaxis, or mass treatment with antibiotics. The QScout BLD test, which diagnoses animals with abnormal immune… Read the rest »

BVD-PI QUICKTEST Now on the Market

Central States Testing has announced their latest product, the CST QuickTest. This BVD-PI diagnostic test is designed to be quickly and easily used on the farm, with results in fewer than 30 minutes. This makes BVD-PI testing more cost effective for users with high volume because you no longer need to ship samples to a… Read the rest »