CALF Features and Top Stories


Engler Foundation Presents WTAMU With Its Largest Gift Ever

By Larry Stalcup, Contributing Editor No one has done more for the cattle-feeding industry than Paul Engler. And the founder of Cactus Feeders is eager to help assure that one of the nation’s leading universities conducting cattle-feeding and beef-production research is able to expand its celebrated program. On Nov. 17, West Texas A&M University in… Read the rest »

Defeat of the Oklahoma Beef Checkoff

  The Oklahoma Beef Checkoff referendum failed 2,506 to 1,998, a major disappointment to Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association President Weston Givens and others who fought for the state checkoff. “As a rancher, I face challenges every day,” Givens says. “Unfortunately, those daily challenges are nothing compared to the growing challenges our industry faces, such as aggressive… Read the rest »

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 »

Top Stories

Cattlemen Kick Off Campaign to Prevent Farms, Ranches From Being Regulated Like Toxic Superfund Sites

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) today kicked off a media campaign aimed at spotlighting and correcting a recent court decision that will require livestock producers to comply with laws that are only meant to apply to highly toxic Superfund sites.   The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) was enacted to provide… Read the rest »

NCBA Welcomes Updates to Beef Standards

Today NCBA President Craig Uden released the following statement in response to the notice from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that it is revising the United States Standards for Grades of Carcass Beef (beef standards): “Today’s update to the beef standards will benefit U.S. beef producers in every segment of our industry. By… Read the rest »

October another Stellar Month for U.S. Pork, Beef Exports

U.S. pork exports remained ahead of last year’s record volume pace, and beef exports are poised to break $7 billion this year for only the second time, according to October export results released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). October pork exports were the largest since May, totaling 211,592 metric… 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 »