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Chinese Market to Lead Continued Strong Global Demand for Beef

Rabobank has published a new report on the global beef industry, forecasting continued strong market fundamentals and continued strong global demand led by the Chinese market. In the report, Rabobank’s Food & Agribusiness Research team says that beef market fundamentals remain positive, with prices driven up across the globe in Q1 2014 by firm demand… Read the rest »

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Beef Exports Up, But Lacking Sales to Russia, China

While U.S. beef exports are up 10% in value and 1% in volume for 2013, there remain critical voids in foreign sales due to Russia and China being closed to American beef, the U.S. Meat Export Federation said during its Nov. 5 news conference and strategic planning meeting in Fort Worth. The USMEF conference in… Read the rest »

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The Post Mortem

By Larisa Willrett A good cattle-feeder likes to get to the bottom of a problem. The need to find the underlying cause of a malfunction seems to be genetic. Walking into a pen and finding a prostrate, lifeless animal (excluding rats) can ruin any cattle feeder’s day. Finding the cause of death is vital to… Read the rest »

Top Stories

Feed Cattle, Not Parasites

Five simple steps to fight parasites this spring Planning for parasite protection should be top of mind for cow/calf producers before branding and spring turnout each year. Parasites can leave a path of destruction on any herd, but controlling them is as simple as knowing a few key tips. 1.    Read and understand the label… Read the rest »

‘Enough is Enough’ When It Comes to the Food Security Debate

Innovation, Choice and Trade – the Three Pillars for Ensuring a Food Secure World before 2050 Elanco today introduced “Enough: The fight for a food secure tomorrow,” (http://www.sensibletable.com/pdf/enough_report_020314.pdf) a report focused on the realities and solutions available to achieve global food security. The report, written by Elanco President Jeff Simmons, advocates for farmer access to… Read the rest »

Texas Rancher Named as NCBA President, Members Approve New Policies

The 2014 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade Show concluded today with the NCBA board of directors and membership meetings. Bob McCan of Victoria, Texas, succeeded Scott George as NCBA president during the association’s board of directors meeting. McCan encouraged NCBA members to join him in leading this great industry—and the association—to… Read the rest »

New Products and Information

Brush Up On Haylage History

Haylage can present unique ensiling challenges and taking a closer look at your operation’s haylage history helps determine management improvements and inoculant choices to consider this year. Keeping a close eye on your local conditions and silage making history can help produce high quality, stable grass and legume silages, says Renato Schmidt, Ph.D., Technical Services,… Read the rest »

USDA Approves New Combination Vaccine to Fight BRD Viruses and Bacteria

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued a Veterinary Biologics License for Titanium® 5 + PH-M, a new vaccine that protects cattle against the viruses and bacteria most associated with bovine respiratory disease (BRD). Marketed by Elanco, Titanium 5 + PH-M provides modified-live virus (MLV) protection against bovine viral diarrhea (BVD), types 1 and… Read the rest »

Changing Pastures? Beware of Parasite Infestation

It’s a common misconception among producers that a rotational grazing strategy helps provide protection from parasite infections. But nothing could be further from the truth according to Joe Dedrickson, DVM, Ph.D, large animal veterinary services, Merial. In fact, the use of pasture rotation as a means of parasite control may actually increase the risk.1 “Using… Read the rest »