Beef Cattle Farming Articles

  • Beef Farmer Spring 2017 `Trace elements are key to growth rates`

    Iodine has a direct impact on growth rates as it is incorporated into the thyroid hormones which control metabolism, promoting efficient live weight gain. Annie Williams, Animal Scientist with Agrimin says that many beef units fall short on achieving optimum growth rates because animals do not receive adequate levels of trace elements at grass. She says that with increased feed costs, many ...


    By Agrimin Limited

  • UNTHA staff spotlight – Christian Lanner

    Christian Lanner talks all things technical before considering the best way to recharge his brain… Name: Christian Lanner Job title: Technical Director 1. What does your role entail? I am lucky to have a very varied job, which includes everything from product ...


    By UNTHA Shredding Technology

  • Degradation and transformation of 17α‐trenbolone in aerobic water‐sediment systems

    Synovex® ONE is an extended‐release implant containing the active ingredients estradiol benzoate (EB) and trenbolone acetate (TBA) for use in beef steers and heifers. TBA is rapidly hydrolyzed in cattle to form 17β‐trenbolone and its isomer, 17α‐trenbolone, which are further transformed to a secondary metabolite, trendione. As part of the environmental assessment for the use of Synovex® ONE, ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • The market incentives that are keeping trees standing in Brazil

    And now for some good news: It looks like some market-driven agreements around beef production in Brazil may be slowing deforestation in the country’s rainforests. That’s the finding reported by Holly Gibbs, an assistant professor of geography and environmental studies at University of Wisconsin–Madison, and a team of researchers in ...


    By Ensia

  • 12 sustainable days of Christmas

    At PE INTERNATIONAL we pride ourselves on our in-depth, scientifically accurate and peer-reviewed assessments and sustainability is in our DNA. So it only seemed natural to tap into our employees’ collective wisdom for tips on how to have a more sustainable holiday season. Here are our 12 Sustainable Days of Christmas, Enjoy! 1. You really know the holiday season has started when you ...


    By thinkstep

  • If a tree falls in the supply chain

    Forests provide habitat for over half of the world’s terrestrial plant and animal species, mitigate climate change by sequestering carbon, and contribute the livelihoods of more than 1 billion people around the world. But they’re rapidly disappearing: 13 million acres of forests have been leveled each year over the past decade, largely due to the global demand for beef, palm oil, ...


    By Ensia

  • Characterization of trenbolone acetate and estradiol metabolite excretion profiles in implanted steers

    Exogenous growth promoters have been used in United States beef cattle production for over 50 years. The environmental fate and transport of steroid growth promoters suggest potential for endocrine disrupting effects among ecological receptors; however, the initial excretion of steroid metabolites from cattle administered growth promoters has not been well characterized. To better characterize ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Have Your Steak and Eat It, Too

    In our recent feature, “Has Meat Met Its Match?,” writer Rowan Jacobsen explores ways people can (now and possibly in the future) reduce the environmental and food security impacts of their diets, including entomophagy (bug-eating), synthetic meat and vegetarian substitutes. If none of those fits your needs, there are plenty of other ways ...


    By Ensia

  • Ecosystem management planning for farm conversion - case study

    Based on a survey that revealed unexpected plant and animal treasures, we developed an ecosystem management plan to harmonise activity with the environment. Based on a survey that revealed unexpected plant and animal treasures on a Western Cape Farm, we developed an ecosystem management plan to harmonise economic activity with the natural environment. Voorhoede Farm near Caledon in the ...

  • 19 Things the AP Got Wrong

    The Associated Press recently published an article on “the secret environmental cost of U.S. ethanol policy.” There is much in this article that is too misleading, poor or deficient analysis, over-simplistic, or poorly drawn conclusions to comment on, but here are 19 big things the AP got wrong. ...


    By National Farmers Union

  • Study of 2,4–dinitrophenol adsorption from aqueous solution on bovine bone char

    A sample of bovine bone, an industrial by–product, was submitted to carbonisation at 800°C for 2 h at a heating rate of 3°C min−1 and a N2 flow of 80 cm3 min−1. The char obtained was characterised by nitrogen adsorption isotherms at 77 K using scanning ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • South East framing review

    Drilling a borehole on a farm can cost less than a conventional water supply and cut the carbon footprint from pumping and treating mains water. "There is an environmental as well as a cost argument for drilling a borehole,' said Ben Nicholls, joint managing director with his brother Richard of Nicholls Boreholes, which is based in West Sussex. Nicholls Boreholes is in an office on an ...

  • Impacts of beef producer compensation programmes to remediate negative economic outcomes of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in Canada

    Before the first domestic case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was identified in May 2003, Canada was the world's third largest exporter of cattle behind the USA and Australia. After the detection of BSE, over 30 countries imposed an immediate ban on imported Canadian beef and cattle products, including the USA. The interdependence of the Canadian beef industry with that of the US ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Lessons learned from bovine spongiform encephalopathy for the future management of the Canadian cattle industry

    Globally, Canada is only a minor beef producing country, and yet ranks fourth among countries exporting beef products. That fact alone shows considerable market vulnerability. When coupled with dependence on corporate-owned slaughter capacity and heavy reliance on only one export market (the USA), that vulnerability is magnified. Economic losses from BSE in Canada following the occurrence of the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A review of bovine spongiform encephalopathy and its management in Canada and the USA

    Geographic proximity and a long history of integration between US and Canadian cattle industries have resulted in similar management of BSE risk factors. Both countries have had a single imported case of BSE followed by multiple endemic cases of the bovine disease. Comparable risk management strategies have been put in place, such as a ban on the feeding of ruminant materials to other ruminants, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Bovine spongiform encephalopathy risk management in Latin America: Costa Rica as a representative country for risk management and policy

    Costa Rica is a representative Latin American country with significant regional cattle production for its size. The country experienced an exceedingly low challenge for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) as evidenced by no direct meat and bone meal imports from the UK, few imported cattle, no specified risk materials imports from high risk countries, and cattle that are entirely grass-fed. In ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Supplementation strategies effects on performance of beef heifers grazing stockpiled pastures

    The increased cost of inputs has led livestock producers in the southeastern United States to use alternative management practices to supplement beef cattle (Bos spp.) on pastures. The objective of this study was to evaluate the performance of beef heifers grazing stockpiled limpograss [Hemarthria altissima (Poir.) Stapf & C.E. Hubb.] pastures supplemented with cottonseed meal (CSM, Gossypium ...

  • Fatty acid profiles of orchardgrass, tall fescue, perennial ryegrass, and alfalfa

    Recent research shows that the meat from beef animals finished on pasture has greater concentrations of omega-3 fatty acid (FA) and conjugated linoleic acids (CLA) compared with animals finished on high-concentrate diets. However, little is known about the FA concentrations in forage that might alter these FA in the meat of pasture-finished beef. The objective was to determine the FA variation ...

  • Barley yield and nutrient uptake for soil amended with fresh and composted cattle manure

    Limited research exists on the long-term effect of fresh (FM) versus composted manure (CM) from beef cattle on barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) yield and nutrient uptake. Barley was grown (1999–2007) as silage on an irrigated clay loam soil in southern Alberta where organic amendments and fertilizer were annually applied for 9 yr in the fall of 1998 to 2006. The treatments were three rates (13, 39, 77 ...

  • Barley yield and nutrient uptake for soil amended with fresh and composted cattle manure

    Limited research exists on the long-term effect of fresh (FM) versus composted manure (CM) from beef cattle on barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) yield and nutrient uptake. Barley was grown (1999–2007) as silage on an irrigated clay loam soil in southern Alberta where organic amendments and fertilizer were annually applied for 9 yr in the fall of 1998 to 2006. The treatments were three rates (13, 39, 77 ...

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