Feed Lot

DEC 2017

Feedlots and cow/calf operations in the beef industry who feed 500 or more has annually on grains and concentrates; maintain 500 or more beef cows; backgrounder, stocker/grower, preconditioner; veterinarian, nutritionist, consultant

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FEED•LOT  December 2017 25 ADVANTAGE ADVERTISING National Cow and Bull Beef Quality Audit Newly released audit data about market cows and bulls suggests the industry has made significant im- provements in several areas, includ- ing: herd management techniques, animal welfare and handling, hide damage, injection-site location and bruises. In all cattle types surveyed, the vast majority of cattle walked nor- mally into the packing facility with no apparent lameness. There has been a trend toward increased body condition scores in beef and dairy cows since 2007, the research showed, while body condition has stayed relatively constant for the bull population. Meanwhile, about 98 percent of cattle surveyed had no visible swellings resulting from an injection of animal health prod- ucts, and incidence of injection-site lesions in the round have dropped considerably since 1998. While identification of bruising in the 1999 National Cow and Bull Beef Quality Audit helped lead to significant industry improvements in bruise reduction from 1999 to 2007, there is still an opportunity to decrease the prevalence of car- cass bruising. In addition, greater attention to the size and location of brands could reduce lost oppor- tunities in hide value. The research relative to market cows and bulls was last conducted in 2007. The 2016 data is the sec- ond part of the National Beef Quality Audit. Both the Steer and Heifer studies and Cow and Bull studies were funded by the Beef Checkoff Program. "Cows and bulls are the founda- tion of our cattle herds. They also are significant sources of beef that are well worth understanding," said Dan Kniffen, Beef Quality As- surance Advisory Board chairman. "Well-being is of critical impor- tance to the animals and to us as beef producers who are stewards of their care. The NBQA helps us find ways to improve our produc- t ion practices of cows and bulls." The following four directives were identified for industry improvement: • Recognize and optimize the val- ue of market cows and bulls; • Proactively ensure the safety and integrity of the product; • Use appropriate management and handling practices to pre- vent quality defects; and • Closely monitor herd health and market cattle appropriately and in a timely fashion. "Additional emphasis on educa- tion contained in the Dairy FARM a nd Beef Quality Assurance pro- grams can further propel the mo- mentum of the cow and bull indus- try," said Kniffen. For more information about the National Beef Quality Audit, visit BQA.org. For more information about your beef checkoff investment, visit MyBeefCheckoff.com. FL National Beef Quality... from previous page

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