Category: Beef

Ask a Farmer: Beta Agonists and Cattle Feeding

Feed ingredients in cattle diets vary between each and every farm and they are all used for a specific reason. This summer, a few questions have been raised about one particular feed ingredient, a beta agonist called zilpaterol. I want to share some educational links on the topic. We all have a choice of what […]

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Undercover video reveals shocking images of Wisconsin dairy farm

Yesterday, a new undercover video was released from a Wisconsin dairy farm; a farm much like one of the many family farms across the country. Actually, after reading so many reports of animal welfare concerns, these revealing scenes from behind closed doors are pretty shocking. Watch the video for yourself. See the original undercover video […]

Ask A Farmer: What do feedlot cattle eat?

I have had several conversations where folks assume that grain-finished cattle have little to no access to grass. That is not the complete truth and many are surprised to learn just how short the period is that those cattle remain in the feedlot. The majority of the animal’s life is on pasture. Recently I have […]

Ask A Farmer: Does feeding cattle corn harm them?

What is a Factory Farm? Does feeding cattle corn harm them? Why are cattle finished in feedlots? These are a few of the questions I often receive when discussing the beef we eat and how cattle are raised. Do cattle eat grass or grain? Most all beef cattle are born and raised on pastures where […]

What is Pink Slime And Is It Safe?

What is pink slime? My social media timelines have been filled with these stories since late last week, but honestly I have not had much time to respond. And honestly, I do not feel qualified to respond. However, thanks to the wonder of social networking, I have friends who have expressed their opinions. Last Wednesday, […]

Why do farmers and ranchers castrate cattle?

Why do we castrate cattle? First thought that comes to mind, because I do not want my heifers bred to an inferior bull. Castration also comes to mind when I think of the neighbors’ traveling bulls. But in reality, it’s a management decision. Why would you castrate your dog? When I asked for a blog […]

Calving Dystocia: Prevention

Here it is calving season, and in Arkansas so far we have had pretty decent weather. 60s and 70s with sunshine in February is nothing to complain about; granted we do have severe thunderstorms in the forecast. On Monday, I described the challenge we face with calving dystocia during calving season and how fetal rotation […]

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