When winter storms strike, livestock farmers and ranchers do a number of things to prepare, not only for their home and family but also for their livestock before the storm hits. On occasion, these storms strike with such a fury, that impacts may be catastrophic and historic in nature. Even in a cattle feedlot. … Continue reading Caring for Feedlot Cattle During a Winter Storm
2015 has definitely been a year of swift change and action in the world of food and agriculture. When looking back one of the most notable changes would have to be the trend of food companies and restaurant chains adjusting their food sourcing requirements according to demands from certain groups of consumers. This includes sourcing … Continue reading Revisiting the Top 10 Stories of 2015
I am often asked how antibiotics are used in cattle. Every situation is different and every veterinary prescription can change depending on a large number of environmental factors. The following Questions and Answers regarding antibiotics use in cattle come from South Dakota State University Extension. Be sure to visit their page to learn more about … Continue reading Ask A Farmer: How Are Antibiotics Used in Cattle?
Each week, on Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. Mountain Time, people from across the farming and ranching community gather for a Twitter chat to discuss what is going on in the world of agriculture. A new topic is the center of discussion each week and ranges from cropping systems to livestock news headlines. A moderator posts the … Continue reading #AgChat on Antibiotics Use and Resistance in Livestock
How does the old joke go? If you walk into the sale barn cafe, there's a good chance you'll be able to hear a someone griping about the cattle markets or the weather. Two subjects that are ever-changing, and neither will be just right. Too much moisture, or temperature swings to wide. If we sell … Continue reading Cattle Market Trends, Seasonality and Resources
What’s really going on in the feedlots you see on television or in google images? Google cattle feedlot aerial photos and you come up with a number of results that describe the "horrors of industrial beef". People like to make these images out to be scary and damaging for conventional cattle operations. Even when an … Continue reading What happens in a cattle feedlot – Explaining Aerial Images
(In case you missed it, check out the first part of this series about my introduction to feedlots as a kid to learn where my interest for feeding cattle began.) During the next few years, my interest in the cattle business grew even stronger. I focused on college courses in nutrition and managing feedlot cattle. … Continue reading What Happens in a Cattle Feedlot – People Behind The Beef
So what really takes place at a cattle feedlot? Many folks refer to these places of business as factory farms. There is strong fascination among activist groups to uncover acts of cruelty and abuse from these locations, not only animal abuse, but irrevocable harms to the surrounding environment and communities. I have been lucky enough … Continue reading What Happens In A Cattle Feedlot – My Introduction As A Kid
Today we have a guest post from Indiana farmer, blogger Brian Scott (Facebook, Twitter). Brian does a great job of explaining difficult questions about farming operations, how crops are grown, and the management decisions surrounding growing Genetically Modified crops. Brian blogs about growing corn, soybeans, and popcorn at TheFarmersLife.com. Today he addresses dying corn left … Continue reading Ask A Farmer: Why do farmers leave dying corn in fields?
One of the most frequent questions I receive relative to livestock production often includes some aspect of antibiotic use. This has been a hot-topic in the food and farm dialogues over the past few years and one that draws a lot of criticism from consumers concerned about antibiotic resistance. Are farmers and ranchers going to … Continue reading Is Antibiotic Resistance due to Livestock drug use?