The selection of two new inductees to the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame for 2013 will once again pay tribute to individuals who have made exceptional, lasting contributions to the cattle feeding industry.
Demonstrating its continuing, strong commitment to America’s cattle industry, Merck Animal Health recently conducted a series of Responsible Beef Workshops to help empower cattle feeders to create and tell their story about responsible beef production.
The Responsible Beef initiative is designed to help members of the cattle industry demonstrate their vital role in delivering safe, wholesome beef products.
An implant program undoubtedly is the most important factor for improving margin in cattle. Before cattle arrive at a feedyard, managers need to decide if they want to implement an aggressive strategy or a more conservative one.
There are two old sayings that fit when you are deciding on an implant strategy: 1) “Buy with the end in mind,” and 2) “The eye of the master fattens the calf.”
The receiving process — one of the most important aspects of feeding cattle — provides the feedyard with the opportunity to start cattle correctly, with the goal of achieving the highest possible margin. All the decisions in the feedyard should be made with the idea of maximizing the health of the rumen and immune system of these cattle. To achieve maximized production, everyone in the feedyard must work as a team to improve the processing procedures for animal handling, feeding and health.
Backgrounding — a process that begins after weaning and ends at the placement of thriving cattle in a feedyard — adds pounds to calves by paying special attention to their health and nutrition in the hopes of higher returns. Some cow/calf producers may decide to incorporate a backgrounding program within their operation. For those who do, Eric Moore, D.V.M., Merck Animal Health, reminds these producers that backgrounding brings another set of issues to manage.