The American consumer has demonstrated to us that the safety and quality of the food which they eat is one of their top priorities. As beef producers, it is our responsibility to insure that every animal which leaves our operations has been managed and treated correctly. This will insure that when the animal leaves the farm to go to the next link in the beef production chain it will be a fault free product to put the finishing touches on. If everyone does this, we are taking a huge step towards securing an even brighter future for our industry.
One of the primary goals of Tennessee's BQA program is to bring our BQA efforts to the same level of many other states' BQA programs. Why should we care about other states? It's pretty simple. The states that buy higher quality, source verified, Tennessee feeder cattle with a sound health program will be assured that these calves are ready to go. Many of the alliances and branded beef product lines are also demanding these calves. In short, the most progressive beef programs in the country are demanding high quality, properly managed cattle with sound vaccination program. Cattle that are source verified and their producers are BQA Certified will attract buyers because they help insure a higher quality final product...BEEF.
HOW EXPENSIVE IS "CHEAP" HAY?
Every year, countless cattle operations find themselves in a similar situation. For one reason or another it becomes necessary for them to purchase at least some of the hay they will need for winter feeding.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- SCORING OPPORTUNITY
There's nothing new about cow Body Condition Scores (BCS), what they are or how to use them as a guide to herd nutritionspecifically a gauge of excess nutrients stored as body fat.
IT'S THE PITTS -- BE A HERO
Their future has been mortgaged, the government has a lien on their life and their parent's principles are in the pawn shop. We have a second mortgage on their spirit.
CIRCLE A ANGUS BULL SALE AVERAGES $6,050 ON 120 LOTS
Circle A Angus Ranch, headquartered in Iberia, Mo., was proud to host their 9th Annual Fall Bull and Heifer sale offering. Four hundred fourteen head sold on October 17. The bleachers were filled with potential buyers vying for the opportunity to own elite genetics backed by great service by bidding on the 120 bulls, and 294 bred heifers.
COVER CROPS AND LEGUMES PROVIDE QUALITY ALTERNATIVES
Managing forage systems is a vital part of most beef operations. High feed and fuel costs coupled with the lack of experienced labor continue to push the envelope for operations looking to save dollars and maintain profitability.
ENERGY-DENSE FORAGES BENEFICIAL FOR WINTER GRAZING
Some forage species are more energy-dense than others, containing higher levels of sugars. Beef producers around the world have been utilizing some of these species in grass-fed beef production, using forages instead of grain for finishing beef animals. Some of these forages can also be beneficial in a fall/winter grazing program.
BBU CONVENTION HELD IN GALVESTON, TEXAS
The 55th Annual Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) Convention - "Island Time for Beefmasters" was hosted in Galveston, Texas at the Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center, from October 29 - 31, 2015.
CYCLES OF LIFE INFLUENCE WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT
As creatures of habit, our lives follow patterns.
FOUNDATION LIMOUSIN SALE HELD IN BOWLING GREEN
The Foundation Sale held on October 3, 2015 at the United Producers Sale Facility in Bowling Green, Ky., drew a great crowd of people to the inaugural sale hosted by the ACH Holdings; Stephen, Emily and Carter Haynes.
IT'S THE PITTS -- BALD, BLIND & BLOODY
I'm glad to see that men are growing more beards, mustaches and sideburns because growing facial hair is one one the few things left in this world that women can't do. At least most women.
WHAT DO NEW FEED DIRECTIVES MEAN FOR PRODUCERS?
As most livestock producers are aware, the use of antibiotics in the feeding and production of food animals has been under constant scrutiny for several years.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- GRACKLED
More ammo! screamed Aunt Pinky when she heard Hooter and Cousin Charlie come up behind her.
NORTH CAROLINA FALL HARVEST SALE AVERAGES $4,285
The North Carolina Simmental Association hosts one of the longest running state sales in the breed. Friday night's membership meeting showcases member's achievements and raises funds for the coming year. Saturday's Fall Harvest sale showcases the outstanding genetics of the North Carolina Simmental members. This year the offering was made almost completely of NC members, expect for a few long time out of state consignors.
PANELISTS SHARE ADVICE ON MANAGING FEEDING RISKS
Risk in cattle feeding skyrocketed with costs and prices in recent years. Still volatile but not bullish, the market demands greater risk management than ever, according to panelists at the August Feeding Quality Forum (FQF) at La Vista, Neb., and Garden City, Kansas.
COW HERD EFFICIENCY LEADS TO PROFITABILITY
Improvement of the economic position of the farm or ranch is an ongoing process for many commercial cow-calf producers. Profitability may be enhanced by increasing the volume of production (i.e. the pounds of calves you market) and/or the value of products you sell (improving quality).
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