What’s genomic testing, and what does it have to do with beef?

Beef is huge. It’s a huge part of our diets, sure, but also of our global economy. Around the world, an estimated 57 million tons of beef are produced each year. A recent report issued by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association shows that there are more than 700,000 beef cattle ranches in the U.S. alone.

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Fast facts: State of U.S. cattle ranching

A new report commissioned by The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) compiles data based on interviews with nearly 700 cattle ranchers across the U.S., providing the latest information on the demographics of the beef industry.

“By looking so broadly at how American cattlemen and women run their businesses, we are able to assess not only […]

New research weighs environmental pros and cons of livestock grazing

As our world grows a little more crowded by the minute, cattle producers are faced with new pressures regarding sustainability and environmentally friendly practices. The beef industry especially is looking for ways to produce more protein with less land, and with fewer damaging effects on the environment. Now, new research examines how different livestock feeding […]

‘Ig Nobel’ prize winners prove why flies prefer dark-coated animals

A group of prize-winning researchers are at it again with a new study. Though they aren’t Nobel Prize winners, they’re kind of close: winners of the Ig Nobel Prize.

While the Nobel Prize is bestowed upon people whose scientific advances benefit the world, the intent of the Ig Nobel Prize is a little more modest. […]

The heat-resistant ‘cow of the future’

Photo by Raluca Mateescu

Time for some cow math. Angus + Brahman = Brangus.

Angus cattle, originally from Scotland, are one of the most popular breeds for beef in the world. With black or red coloring and natural lack of horns, the breed is used for crossbreeding to introduce positive traits in cows. Angus […]

Beat the heat: Avoiding heat stress in livestock

Like it or not, in most of the northern hemisphere, temperatures are slowly creeping up as summertime makes its grand entrance. During this season, hot and humid weather can be dangerous for both humans and animals, especially livestock, who don’t usually have the luxury of stepping into a refreshing, air conditioned building.

What is heat […]

The meaning behind the moo

It’s no secret that farmers and ranchers have a powerful connection with their animals — it seems as though they can almost understand them. This is the case for cattle in particular and why some researchers today are digging deeper into discovering exactly what cows are saying — and how they communicate through their moos.

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India’s answer to climate change: Cows that belch less

India is home to more than 280 million cows and 200 million more ruminant animals like sheep, goats, yaks and buffalo. According to analysis of satellite data, all those digestive tracts send about 13 million tons of methane into the atmosphere every year — one of the most prevalent greenhouse gases linked to climate change.

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Monday links

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest animal safety, food safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Food Safety

USDA offers advice for holiday food safety – FOX While Thanksgiving is behind us, the holiday season is just gearing up. The USDA is encouraging people to keep their holiday season […]

Tuesday links

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest food safety, animal safety, and agriculture news after the holiday weekend? Get back in the your groove with Tuesday links.

Agriculture

Synergies between China & U.S. agriculture – Caixin Online There are many opportunities for a deepening of the supply chain from America’s fields, oceans […]