Category: July 2016
Resources from the recent K-State Anaplasmosis symposium held in Salina have been archived online at KSUBeef.org including links to videos which may also be viewed at KSU Beef on You tube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqmrflCbWBTake6k5IUKqLA.
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In recent years, the sale price of beef calves has increased as a result of many factors. While the industry rebuilds the cowherd, there is more demand from producers for high quality females with maternal traits. There are fewer heifer calves sent to feedlots and more being retained for the cowherd. In addition, increased demand from consumers for beef as a source of protein contributes to the price of calves. There are many avenues producers can take to market their calves; auction markets, video auctions, private treaty, and branded beef programs are a few of the options. The objective was to quantify the effect of the potential interaction of breed and gender on sale price of beef calves marketed through video auctions while accounting for all other factors that significantly influenced price.
The Beef Improvement Federation meetings were hosted by Kansas State University in Manhattan, June 15-17. If you missed this meeting, you might want to check out the online coverage provided by Angus Productions, Inc. at
www.bifconference.com. In the newsroom you will find links to proceedings, presentations and audio. More material will be posted in the future.
One of the more interesting discussions for me was the second general session on Thursday morning that revolved around the cowherd and cow efficiency. Feed cost associated with maintaining cows accounts for 60 to 75% of the total feed cost of the herd. This makes maintenance energy requirements economically important and the trait has also been shown to be highly heritable (h2=0.52).
Researchers at the University of Missouri, University of California-Davis, Kansas State University, and the University of New England, New South Wales have been working on a USDA grant aimed at identifying “broken genes” that impact reproduction in beef cattle for the past several years. The project team has developed a website to host educational tools that stem from the grant at
Dr. A.J. Tarpoff has joined the Kansas State University Department of Animal Sciences and Industry department as assistant professor and extension beef veterinarian specialist.
Tarpoff was born and raised in Edwardsville, Illinois. His family owned and operated a beef processing plant and a steakhouse. He received his bachelor’s in animal science at K-State in 2010. In 2012, he received his DVM and Master’s in biomedical science at K-State.