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A scours change

Just like regular maintenance on your vehicle, prevention is the best way to ward off scours in your cow-calf herd. But sometimes the best treatment plans fail, with lasting effects on calf performance. That’s why ranchers should try to get ahead of the problem.

Hindsight for the future

Randy Blach gave hindsight to the industry’s past 40 years to prepare for the next 40 at the 2020 virtual Feeding Quality Forum. While 2020 is a tumultuous year, perspective gives us hope for the future. There’s optimism for the future, but not without challenges.

The market demands more demand

Even without a worldwide pandemic, economic shutdowns and disruptions in food processing, Dan Basse would have covered demand drivers at the 15th annual Feeding Quality Forum. Economic wild cards include political outcomes and continued stimulus measures.

Registration opens for Feeding Quality Forum webinar

The 15th annual Feeding Quality Forum will be a free, two-day, virtual event delivering tangible tools and ideas for commercial cattlemen and feeders. This year’s agenda has a strong focus on the markets—an ever changing topic this year.

Cultivated curiosity

The Feeding Quality Forum has recognized noted cattle feeding research scientist John Matsushima as the 2020 Industry Achievement Award winner for his long career of dedicated service.

Avoiding the storm

The health of an animal is important at every level of production. Researchers have found a way to select cattle for disease-resistant genetics and strong immune systems.

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Hindsight for the future

Randy Blach gave hindsight to the industry’s past 40 years to prepare for the next 40 at the 2020 virtual Feeding Quality Forum. While 2020 is a tumultuous year, perspective gives us hope for the future. There’s optimism for the future, but not without challenges.

The market demands more demand

Even without a worldwide pandemic, economic shutdowns and disruptions in food processing, Dan Basse would have covered demand drivers at the 15th annual Feeding Quality Forum. Economic wild cards include political outcomes and continued stimulus measures.

Brand specifications evolve

To earn the Certified Angus Beef ® brand, Angus-influenced cattle, with predominantly solid black coats, must pass our must pass our 10 additional carcass specifications. Those measures will get a slight update on 9/9.

Senses and sense

Humans developed over millennia to hunt and herd. When it’s time to move animals, instincts send us out with a purpose but sometimes little thought to how our aggressive behavior affects what they do. Stepping into a cattle pen, we naturally act the predator, manipulating where animals go. But good handling practices should turn us into leaders, says Kip Lukasiewicz.

Fine-tuned engines

Mineral nutrition plays an important role in every function of cattle – from health, to reproductive performance, to day-to-day activities. However, mineral deficiencies are hard to detect base on physical traits. Supplementation programs can help ensure your cattle are getting the minerals needed to perform their best.

Black Ink

Anticipation

In the positive sense, anticipation is pent-up excitement. Oftentimes the intensity of that is directly proportional to the length of the wait and the magnitude of what’s at stake. The emotion is often felt in cattle country, though talked about with less frequency.

Rookies, quick studies and jumping in

Farm and ranch kids are pretty cool. This edition of Black Ink touches on what we can learn from the way they learn whether it’s mini Bud Box setup or hopping on the back of a four-wheeler – it’s about jumping straight in.

Behind those scenes

There’s a lot of good in the hard work that nobody sees. But as Miranda’s career takes her into the living rooms and ranches of cattlemen and women across the country, she sees it.

Videos: Industry Updates

Prevention and preparation pay

September 15, 2020

Zoetis veterinarian discusses the aim to prevent illness in calves while being prepared to treat anything from scours to other diseases if it shows up…

Breeding for the brand

Bridging the gap

Feeding Quality Forum coming to you

Cattle Crew Views

Beefed up findings

Frank Mitloehner presents his findings on the animal ag sector’s impact on global warming. He explains how cattle counterbalance other fossil fuel sectors, proving that cattle are a solution and not a threat.

This too shall pass

There are no words that will take away the devastating slap of a market drop, the pain of a postponed bull sale or the exhausting frustration that things feel out of control. The page will eventually turn and the world will still need great beef and those who raise it.

Speaking of meat

CAB chefs and meat scientists are so good at sharing their know-how that a whole range of listeners will sign on from city streets to ranch sand hills and beyond. Now find their expertise in their new podcast “Meat Speak”.

The stories that barn could tell

Every barn means something to the people who spend so much of their lives in it, but it takes sharing those moments with the rest of the world. Sheltering Generations does that and gives back to rural communities.

CAB Insider

CAB carcass specifications expanded

The brand recently announced two additional carcass spec modifications to further enhance opportunities for stakeholders. As we ease toward October, feedyard managers will remain hopeful for increasing values in both cash cattle and deferred live cattle futures contracts.

CAB Tonnage up, premium spike emerges

Seven weeks of slight improvements in fed cattle pricing came to a halt as packers paid $1 to $2/cwt. less for fed cattle last week. The USDA Cattle on Feed Report, published the Friday before, had some influence, with the August 1 on-feed number posting a record high for the date.

CAB carcass cutout premiums bolstered

Spot market carcass cutout values are subject to anomalies. Protein buyers may take advantage of opportunities in seasonal shifts, market disruptions or other unexpected changes in supply and demand.

Greater eligibility assists CAB supply

Fed cattle prices have stabilized and improved in the later part of July, but are still lower than a year ago. With a backlog of cattle on feed longer, greater eligibility is joining up with higher quality grades to increase July certified head counts above those seen a year ago.

Watch the CAB Market Report

From beef sales trends to grid nuances, CAB experts from across the company discuss how to market matters to you.