beef industry is a major part of the California
economy. The $1.42 Billion of cattle
sales is 7.8 percent of all agricultural production and
28 percent of the state's livestock and poultry sales. These percentages have increased over the past
few years as cattle prices have increased and crop prices and production levels
in California have remained level. Profitability of the California agricultural economy is directly related to performance in the livestock sector.
These figures represent only a portion of the total economic
impact of the beef industry. Including the meat
processing sector, an estimated 26,130 jobs and $1.635 million of personal
income are generated each year in California by the beef industry. Details the size of the beef industry from
the production, processing, preparation, and transportation involved
in getting beef to consumers are available here.
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THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- UNEXPLAINED FLAPPING OBJECT
Even by the standards of Apache Flats and the Rio Rojo Cattlemen's Association (RRCA), the annual Harvest Moon festival was remarkable.
TAKES STEPS TO MAKE SURE CALVES NEVER HAVE A BAD DAY
You've heard that the key to beef quality could lie in making sure a calf never has a bad day. A paper in the Journal of Dairy Science adds validity-and before you quit reading because the work didn't come from the beef side, think for a minute about the dairy cow.
KEEP TRACK OF WITHDRAWAL TIMES IN CATTLE
When a food animal is given medication systemically (such as injection of antibiotic), it takes a certain amount of time for the body to break down and eliminate it. During that period the animal should not enter the food chain. Different drugs and medications have different withdrawal times before the animal can be slaughtered.
THOMAS AND SONS BRANGUS SALE HELD
Fifty-six registered buyers from 10 states participated in a stellar offering of registered and commercial cattle at the recent Don Thomas and Sons Cadillac of Brangus Sales.
BURDOCK CAN CAUSE EYE IRRITATION IN CATTLE
Eye problems in cattle and horses can be caused by burdock slivers. This plant has seeds that stick to fur or clothing. When ripe, the burrs release hundreds of microscopic barbed slivers. If a sliver gets into the eye, it can cause inflammation and infection that may puzzle your veterinarian, since the microscopic sliver is not easily seen. The cornea of the eye may become inflamed and ulcerated; the eye may turn cloudy and have a white spot or bulge on it.
CHANGING WEATHER AFFECTS HEALTH OF CALVES
Experience tells us that fall can be a treacherous season for keeping calves healthy. Calves come into the season stout, thrifty and with the expectation of doing well. But changing weather conditions, management systems and nutritional programs can catch the calves off guard and send them into a tail spin of poor health and performance.
PARASITE RESISTANCE IN CATTLE AT CRITICAL LEVEL
Controlling internal parasites in cattle is challenging these days.
BEWARE OF POTENTIAL THREAT TO DEER POPULATIONS
Diseases are a big concern for deer biologists and managers. Since the reestablishment of white-tailed deer across the Southeast, hemorrhagic disease has had a negative impact on their populations. Hemorrhagic disease in deer can be caused by epizootic hemorrhagic disease viruses, or bluetongue viruses, and is spread by black gnats.
SVF CATTLE COUNTRY COMMERCIAL REPLACEMENT SALE HELD AUG. 31ST
One thousand, one hundred and eleven commercial females from Florida's leading ranchers found ready acceptance at the recent Cattle Country Sale in Brighton, Fla.
IT'S THE PITTS -- A MOTHER'S PLEA
I'm not in the mood today to try and be funny. And normally I don't believe writers should use their podium to preach to people. In most cases I don't have the qualifications or the credentials.
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- DEMAND-AGGRESSIVE MARKETING BUOY CATTLE PRICES
Cattle numbers continue to grow with national cowherd expansion, and various data suggest herd expansion is continuing this year.
CHUTE-SIDE VACCINE COOLER IS A USEFUL TOOL
A few simple steps can help cattle producers become more effective in battling respiratory disease in their herd, get full value of any vaccine they purchase, and possibly increase their operational profit in the process.
PRODUCERS BENEFIT FROM YEAR-ROUND HERD HEALTH PROGRAM
Many times a producer does not consider or appreciate the value of a good year-round herd health program until confronted with a difficult calving season or an unacceptable level of calf loss from health challenges.
GET CALVES STARTED ON THE RIGHT FOOT AT WEANING
During this time of the year, some producers may consider preconditioning beef calves prior to sale. This involves a multi-step process including weaning, a defined health protocol, nutrition, and marketing plan. The following article describes a few helpful tips for weaning and getting calves started on the right foot:
EARLY WEANING BENEFITS FIRST-CALF COWS
Summer heat can be hard on pastures, cows and calves, especially first-calf cows. These cows are in a special class as they are still trying to maintain body condition, actively grow, support reproduction by gestating with her second calf, and lactating.