Strategies For Adjusting Livestock Inventory During Drought

Nebraska’s cattle producers face almost annual pressure to consider options for reducing stocking rates on rangeland and pasture when dry conditions persist. There are three main options to reduce stocking rates: supplement/substitute feed, ship cattle to non-drought areas and sell cattle, according to Aaron Berger, beef educator at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Supplement/Substitute Feed Feeding cattle […]

Antibiotic Residue & Tissue Risk Assessment  

The Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program for antibiotic stewardship is rooted in a cattleman’s belief of doing the right thing. The judicious use of antibiotic technologies is no exception to the goal of producing high-quality, wholesome and healthy beef. BQA guidelines are designed to make certain all beef consumers can take pride in what they […]

Top Signs That Can Mean an Animal is Sick

Ranchers can’t always tell if they have a sick animal in their herd. That’s because, as prey animals, they don’t want predators to know they’re sick, so they’ve become pretty good at masking symptoms. That means you have to know what normal looks like so you can watch for small differences in behavior.   Luckily, there […]

The Code of Cattle Care

Beef cattle producers take pride in their responsibility to provide proper care to cattle.   This Code of Cattle Care from Beef Quality Assurance lists general recommendations for care and handling of cattle that all responsible ranchers should follow:   Provide necessary food, water and care to protect the health and well-being of animals.   Provide disease prevention […]

Purpose and Components of Beef Cattle Handling Facilities 

Good cattle handling facilities are necessary for all cattle operations, regardless of the number of cattle.   Cattle handling facilities have multiple uses:  There are several important issues to consider when developing new or renovating existing animal handling facilities, according to the Mississippi State University Extesion. The most important consideration is the intended uses or objectives. […]

How to Use Antibiotics Judiciously on Your Ranch  

The Beef Quality Assurance Program (BQA) provides 14 Guidelines for the Judicious Use of Antibiotics. Get a framework for decision making here. Ranchers can find more information on these guidelines in the BQA Antibiotics Stewardship for Beef Producers Guidebook, according to the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef.   Download the 14 Guidelines For Antibiotic Use to […]

Beef Cattle Handling Facility Design and Construction Considerations 

When evaluating or building infrastructure, ranchers have a lot of considerations, including site drainage, proximity to neighbors (for courtesy and privacy reasons), proximity to utilities, ease of access by vehicles and from pastures, and amount of acreage and cattle capacity served. In some situations, ranchers may need multiple cattle handling sites on one operation to […]

Cattle Record Keeping Best Practices

Record keeping is a key element of Beef Quality Assurance and a good business practice in general. A quality record keeping system is one that cattle raisers are comfortable using and that maintains accurate, thorough and timely production records. Follow these record-keeping best practices. Cattle Identification Cattle identification and its associated contributions to quality record […]

Establishing a Veterinary-Client-Patient Relationship For Disease Prevention 

Ranchers want to stay ahead of any potential diseases or animal health issues, and a veterinary-client-patient relationship (VCPR) helps specify the responsibilities of the producer and veterinarian, as well as to meet legal obligations for some antibiotics and medications that might be needed should an animal become ill.   A valid VCPR requires the following:   Remember, […]