The State of Arizona in 1970 created the Arizona Beef Council to establish a program to develop and maintain
state, national, and foreign markets for Arizona beef and beef products.
The Arizona Beef Council is funded
by the Beef
Arizona's ranchers are continually challenged to produce high quality beef. With pressure from foreign markets many cow-calf operators were getting less money for the animals they sold. They seemed to be losing repeat customers. Very few Arizona cow-calf producers fed their calves to market size in feedyards and didn't have any production records on them and really did not know what kind of animal they were producing. Data was needed to show buyers in order to get better prices. They also needed this data in order to improve the quality of next year's calf crop.
Since 1997 the Arizona Ranch to Rail program provides data collected at the feedlot and packing plant. Producers send from 5 to 20 calves to Benedict Feedlot where their records are carefully monitored. At the packing plant data is collected on muscling, grade and other quality characteristics. "Carcass data includes their yield grades, their rib-eye measurements, the amount of muscling that the cattle have," Bob Grumbles of Mohave County says. "They're able to see what changes they may need to make in their production systems. Because many of the animal deficits are directly tied back to genetics most typically ranchers will make changes in their tie bull selection. "That's the one thing that they can change very quickly and very easily that can impact major changes in their herds," he says.
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PRODUCERS USE SEVERAL EFFICIENCY MEASURES TO MANAGE BEEF HERDS
Cow-calf producers use a variety of efficiency measures to help manage production systems. Many of these are technical efficiencies that capture physical measures of output and input use and range from very specific measures to more broad-based values that incorporate a range of production components.
UT BEEF SPECIALIST ANSWERS QUESTIONS
Beef producers ask experts lots of questions designed to improve production, so to help them start 2018 with the best practices, University of Tennessee Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Jason Smith answers the four most frequently asked questions of 2017.
GOALS SET FOR TAMU ANIMAL SCIENCE BEEF PROGRAMS
Over the past decade, dramatic weather changes such as drought and parasites have created a set of new challenges for Texas beef cattle producers.
CASTRATION CAN BE A USEFUL MANAGEMENT TOOL
Do you castrate your bulls? In 2006, Oklahoma State University research estimated that more than 17,000,000 bulls between one day and one year of age are castrated in the United States.
BEWARE OF MINERAL DEFICIENCIES DURING WINTER MONTHS
Winter months remind us of possible nutritional concerns cattle can face. There are several nutrients that may become deficient in cattle diets, however this first in a series highlighting some more common mineral deficiencies and toxicities seen in Alabama cows will cover selenium associated problems.
WATER QUALITY IMPORTANT TO GOOD HEALTH OF HERD
The quantity and quality of water required by livestock are important considerations for the overall maintenance of herd health and productivity. If water is suspected of causing a health problem, seek veterinary assistance to determine a diagnosis.
BONES BREAKS IN CALVES REQUIRES IMMEDIATE ATTENTION
Occasionally cattle suffer fractures, and it's generally a leg bone. Often it's a young or newborn calf, and the fractured limb should be cast or splinted.
IT'S THE PITTS -- IF BUTT FOR A NAME
There's a fad occurring in the western world that I'd like to encourage. Ranch people are naming their kids rodeo-inspired words.
MAKE PLANS FOR STRATEGIC FLY CONTROL IN CATTLE HERD
Every cattle farm has flies and are considered a nuisance. However, fly infestation reduces performance and certain flies are responsible for spreading diseases such as pink eye and potentially anaplasmosis.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- FAKED OUT - PART 2
Hooter couldn't remember the last time the inside of a crew cab felt so good. His partial round of miniature golf with Myronjust Myronon a blustery West Texas morning left his hands beyond numb. He knew they'd sting like blazes when they started to thaw.
HEREFORD AND RED ANGUS FORM PARTNERSHIP
Two of the largest beef breed associations in the U.S. have teamed up to offer commercial cattlemen a groundbreaking, genetically verified program to improve their bottom line. The Red Angus Association of America and the American Hereford Association are proud to introduce the "Premium Red Baldy" program, designed to capitalize on the best traits from both breeds while developing supreme quality commercial females.
SURVEY SHOWS GROWING APPROVAL OF CHECKOFF
An independent survey of beef producers found 74 percent continue to approve of the Beef Checkoff Program; this finding is five percent higher than the survey a year ago.
BRANGUS ASSOCIATION HOSTS INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR
The International Brangus® Breeders Association (IBBA) International Committee hosted guests from Ecuador, Guatemala and Nicaragua for an International Brangus Seminar Nov. 26-28 at IBBA headquarters in San Antonio, Texas.
ALFALFA HAS BECOME A GOOD OPTION FOR SOUTHERN PRODUCERS
Livestock producers across the Southeast are always looking for an edge: some forage source that is ideally high-yielding and high-quality, reduces the need for supplemental and stored feed, while it performs well in less-than-ideal soil and weather conditions, and has a fertilizer bill that doesn't break the bank.
TAMU AND COLORADO STATE TEAM UP FOR EXPORT PROJECT
Texas A&M AgriLife and Colorado State University researchers are teaming to evaluate production practice risks to beef trade, develop educational materials and programs to assist producers with meeting requirements for exporting to China, and helping the U.S. beef industry capitalize on future export trade revenue.