Fortunate To Have A Mixed Practice

California is a diverse state with 37 million people, but not very many produce food. Dr. Tom Talbot is a beef producer and livestock veterinarian from Bishop, California. He says he’s fortunate to have a small vet practice and a cow ranch. Talbot is also a member of the California Cattlemen’s Association. Listen to Tom’s comments here:


Traceability Becoming A “Global Norm”

AngusCattleAnimal identification and traceability is an issue that the cattle industry needs to address, according to David Gregg with World Prospectives.

He joined us on American Cattle News to discuss the opportunities and obstacles of U.S. beef cattle identification and traceability systems. Listen to his comments here:

Bullish About The Cattle Industry

Bull_WallStreetCallahan Grund is a student at Kansas State, an intern at the Kansas Department of Agriculture, and also a cow-calf producer in western Kansas. He joined us on American Cattle News to share his story.

As a third generation producer, Grund says he wouldn’t trade his job for anything in the world. “I’m very bullish about the cattle industry right now,” says Grund. “I think the only way to go is up.”


A Victory Lap Around Tax Reform

EstateTaxTax reform is about the best thing the cattle industry could have received, according to Danielle Beck, who oversees government affairs with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

She says because the bill was passed through the reconciliation process, revenue couldn’t add to the federal deficit so there will be no permanent death tax repeal, but there were some improvements made. Listen to Beck’s comments here:

Drought Affecting One-Third of Primary Hay Producing Areas

pic6Hay marketers had plenty of USDA numbers to contemplate as 2018 got underway, according to Dave Natzke, editor at Progressive Publishing.

U.S. alfalfa exports continue at a record pace, year-end data showed a smaller 2017 hay harvest, new acres seeded to alfalfa in 2017 were the lowest in a decade, and on-farm hay inventories entering winter were the smallest in years.






U.S. Roundtable For Sustainable Beef

Logo_usrsbThe U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef focuses on the creation of Sustainability Assessment Guides and the support of pilot projects, field trials and research with leadership from the Engagement, Measurement, and Progress Working Group.

For information on becoming a member of the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef,  click here more details.

New National Center For Genomics

jared_deckerThe University of Missouri Division of Animal Sciences (part of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources) and the College of Veterinary Medicine are partnering to launch the National Center for Applied Reproduction and Genomics (NCARG) in Beef Cattle.

A goal of NCARG will be to evaluate and promote the economic impact of the technologies Mizzou animal sciences faculty have developed and are using every day.  Jared Decker, Assistant Professor in Beef Genetics at the University of Missouri. Listen:

Supplement Helps Balance Low Quality Forage

Products_Cattle_AccurationHiFatPurina Animal Nutrition’s Accuration® Hi-Fat Block is a self-fed, high-fat protein supplement for cattle consuming inadequate or low-quality forage. The supplement delivers 10 percent fat to provide additional energy and balance forage nutrient deficiencies.

Purina cattle consultant Dr. Martha Moen tells us that the Accuration Hi-Fat Block not only delivers a higher fat percentage, but it also contains Intake Modifying Technology to help improve forage management. Listen to her comments here: