Cattle Industry News

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

Precaution and preparation prevent heat stress, stroke

By Sharon Dowdy
University of Georgia

Adam Miller of Dalton, Ga., gained five pounds over the weekend. By Tuesday, he had lost seven pounds. The college football player’s weight drastically fluctuates during the first weeks of intense, sweaty summertime practice.

“The first year practicing at this level during this time of year was tough. Now, I know my body better and what to watch for and when to go to the sidelines if I feel like I may be getting into trouble from the heat,” said Miller, 20, who plays for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

High, hot, humid temperatures

Breeding Season is over, what should I do with the bull?

(Submitted by Bill Halfman, UW Extension Agent, Monroe County (adapted from Jim Neel, University of Tennessee)

This is a frequently asked question from farmers who are striving for a short and definite breeding/calving season in their efforts to produce a uniform calf crop as well as how to manage and feed the bull until the next breeding season.  My question back is, “Have you considered selling him and purchasing a better bull prior to the next breeding season?”

Don’t Treat Breeding Season Like It’s a Professional Sports Season


By John F. Grimes, Extension Educator, Ohio State University Extension

If you think about it, there are some basic similarities between a beef operation’s herd sires and a professional athlete. Both the sire and the athlete can be impressive physical specimens. Both are asked to perform at a high level during a specified time frame. Both can be very expensive to purchase and maintain! You may be able to think of other similarities but I believe this is where the comparisons can stop.

Ranch Management University program offered by AgriLife Extension

COLLEGE STATION - The Texas AgriLife Extension Service will host a new landowner workshop Oct. 12-15 in College Station designed to help promote a better understanding of resource management.


"A number of topics will be covered both in the classroom and in the field with demonstrations as part of our (Ranch Management University) program," said Dr. Larry Redmon, AgriLife Extension state forage specialist in College Station.

Topics will include soils and soil fertility, forage species selection, hay production, weed and brush management, beef cattle breed selection, nutrient requirements and feeding strategies for livestock, and grazing management strategies.

Meat prices reflect supply and demand

Feeding Wheat Grain to Livestock? Get it Tested for Vomitoxin First

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In a year when overly wet conditions and a head scab outbreak are significantly impacting Ohio’s wheat crop, there is no room for assumptions that grain is toxin-free and safe to feed to livestock.


To avoid any health problems in cattle, swine, poultry and other animals, growers are highly encouraged to test the grain for vomitoxin levels before any of the feed or grain byproduct is destined for consumption.

“Farmers shouldn’t think that it’s OK to handle or feed scabby grain without actually testing and knowing how much toxin is in it,” said Pierce Paul, an Ohio State University Extension small grains specialist and plant pathologist. “I always emphasize testing.”

Beef reproduction topics set for Nashville meeting, Aug. 5-6

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Breeding management that cuts costs and improves returns from beef herds will be featured at a meeting, Aug. 5-6, at Nashville, Tenn.

“Applied Reproduction Strategies in Beef Cattle” will be discussed by specialists from land-grant universities, including two specialists from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Dave Patterson, MU Extension beef specialist, will talk on “Protocols for Heifers.” He will tell of recent research at the MU Thompson Farm, Spickard, Mo. In the most recent ultrasound pregnancy check, his crew achieved 70 per cent pregnancy on heifers bred all on the same day at start of the breeding season.

Equipment Notebook - Gravity Boxes

If a gravity wagon best suits your harvest operation, you’ll find a wide variety of brands and sizes at auctions.

USDA Finalizes Ground Beef Standards for School Lunch and Nutrition Programs

WASHINGTON,  -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA has finalized tougher new standards for ground beef purchased by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) for Federal food and nutrition assistance programs including the National School Lunch Program.

"It is one of my highest priorities to ensure that food provided to the National School Lunch Program and other nutrition programs is as safe and nutritious as possible," Vilsack said. "The new standards guarantee our purchases are in line with major private-sector buyers of ground beef. We will continue to apply the best scientific knowledge to increase the safety across the board of our nutritional programs."