Cattle Industry News

American Cattlemen's Cattle Industry News highlights news and stories about cattle production along with farm and ranch related topics.

CAB partners on Kansas Angus feeding project

The Kansas Angus Association is working with Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) to better reward members or their customers as they learn more about carcass merit in their herds, or at least five representative spring-born steers. The 2011 Carcass Data Project (CDP) $5-per-head enrollment deadline of Dec. 15 allows participants couple of weeks for Dec. 28-30 delivery to the CAB-licensed McPherson County Feeders, near Marquette, Kan.

Steers must be sired by a registered Angus bull or bulls and carry individual identification such as ear tags. They must be weaned at least 45 days, backed by an approved vaccination program.

Fall Cow Care Vital

Don’t overlook cow care in the fall.

Fall can be a busy and challenging time for cattlemen in the northern Great Plains.

“Time is limited, labor generally is short and the weather is unpredictable as summer tasks are being completed and preparations are made for winter,” says John Dhuyvetter, area Extension livestock specialist at North Dakota State University’s North Central Research Extension Center near Minot.

“It’s easy to let the cow herd take care of itself, especially after getting the cattle moved back to fall pasture and shipping calves,” he adds. “However, there are several cow care management items associated with the season.”

Reinke Sponsors Nebraska Cattlemen Team Penning For Tenth Consecutive Year

(DESHLER, Neb.) – Reinke Manufacturing Co., Inc., a leading manufacturer of mechanized irrigation systems, recently sponsored the 2010 Nebraska Cattlemen Team Penning (NCTP) season and awards presentation held in Grand Island, Neb. This is the tenth consecutive year Reinke has sponsored the popular annual awards presentation which recognizes the top-ten professional division winners and top-ten amateur division winners who compete in NCTP events throughout the season.

“Reinke is proud to continue to support the Nebraska Cattlemen Team Penning Association,” said Tim Goldhammer, Reinke vice president of marketing. “It’s a great organization that often brings generations of families together to participate in these events.

Farm Safety - Forklift Safety

Farm Safety Involves Everyone

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that there are 100 fatalities and 20,000 serious injuries in the United States each year that involve forklifts.  The BLS data has found that the most common forklifts related fatalities are overturns 22%, workers on foot being struck or run over 20%, workers crushed by forklifts 16%, and falls from forklifts 9%.  The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that inadequate training caused approximately 20 to 25% of these fatalities.  OSHA regulations require that forklift operators be trained in how to operate them safely.


Safety Rules for Forklift Operators:

Agritourism: Selling the farm experience

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo.–Agriculture and tourism are big industries in Missouri. Some of Missouri’s rural entrepreneurs are finding ways to contribute to both industries, making a profitable mixture of food production, hospitality and recreation on their farms.

“Agritourism is a business venture located on a working farm, ranch or other agricultural enterprise that provides an experience for visitors while generating supplemental income for the owner,” said Whitney Wiegel, University of Missouri Extension agriculture business specialist.

“Examples of agritourism include corn mazes, horseback riding, U-pick produce, fee hunting, school tours, wagon rides and on-farm sales,” he said.

Lynn Palm and Featherlite Unveiling Her New 'Signature Edition' Horse Trailer at World Equestrian Games

CRESCO, Iowa – Featherlite® Trailers, the nation’s leading manufacturer of horse trailers and livestock trailers, and renowned clinician, competitor and trainer Lynn Palm are unveiling a new horse trailer line at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Lexington, Ky., beginning September 25. Designed by Palm, the trailer “is completely unique…designed by a woman especially for women riders,” said Palm, who holds 34 reserve and world championships and four American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Super Horse titles.

Farm Safety Involves Everyone

Livestock Safety

One of the most important issues for consideration when handling livestock is safety.

Although considered domesticated animals, working with livestock carries with it a risk of danger. It is important to understand that livestock have both instincts and habits that are based on actions that make them the most comfortable.  These instincts and habits allow them to react to changes in their environment.  Many instincts and habits are strong and potentially dangerous.  Using common sense, practicing caution, and understanding livestock behavior can greatly reduce a handler’s risk and enable him or her to work safely with livestock.

Livestock Behaviors

Ranchers' Guide to Custom Cattle Feeding

Courtesy of Oklahoma State University

Custom cattle feeding refers to sending cattle to a commercial feedyard that specializes in feeding and managing cattle until they are ready for slaughter. A rancher should consider this practice as a marketing alternative or for market timing purposes. Custom cattle feeding can be used as a tool to increase the dollar return to a cow-calf or stocker program. However, there are times when it may be better to simply sell feeder cattle or calves. The rancher should consider custom cattle feeding at any time when it is likely to increase his net return.

Summer, fall cattle flies: pesky but treatable

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Pasture flies that are irritating to cattle and painful to producers' account ledgers have been abundant this year, said Kelly Loftin, extension entomologist with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.

"We're talking about face flies and horn flies," Loftin said. "We call them pasture flies because they breed only in fresh cattle feces that are less than 10 minutes old."

Though face flies seldom cause infestation problems in central or southern Arkansas, the state had substantial face fly populations between late May and early June.

"Face flies are the ones you see feeding around the eyes and nostrils of cattle," Loftin said. "They can potentially transmit pinkeye to your livestock."

New Kuhn Bale Processor

The new Kuhn Primor 3570 bale processor is ideally suited for the distribution of bedding in bedded-pack barns, as well as direct feeding of hay, silage and baleage. This machine can process large square bales up to 4' x 4' x 9', as well as round bales that are 4' wide and up to 6' 6" in diameter, and is well equipped to meet the needs of producers with medium- and large-sized operations.