‘Dating app for cows’ helps farmers match cattle

The latest matchmaking app to hit smartphones is like many others: swipe one way for a match, swipe another to reject. The only problem is that it’s a little hard for the targets being matched to swipe with their hooves.

Tudder is an app that allows farmers to swipe through pictures of cattle that might […]

Experts discuss the dairy industry in 50 years: Genomics, regulations and more

In 50 years it will be 2069, and we have no idea what the world will look like. We certainly have hopes for our planet — that our industries will be booming and efficient, particularly our agricultural economy.

University of Minnesota Extension educator James Salfer predicts that changes in the dairy industry over the […]

Cold weather considerations for cattle

Cold snaps and blizzards rocked many parts of the Northern Hemisphere last week, leaving many miserable and uncomfortable. While research shows that not all cows are as pessimistic about their environments as we humans can be, it’s obviously still important to protect them from the harsh elements. Here are some things to keep in mind.

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Report: Global animal genetics market to reach nearly $6 billion by 2023

The global animal genetics market is expected to reach $5.8 billion by 2023, reports research firm MarketsandMarkets.

This is an increase from the 2018 value, which the firm pins at $4.2 billion.

What will drive the increase? The research firm points out a rising demand for animal protein products that goes hand-in-hand with increasing world […]

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 […]