Month: February 2015

In Research: Non-Breeding Potential Bulls Castration Research

By Maggie Stephens, graduate studies, BCI Castration is one of the beef industry’s most common management practices. Reasons for castrating male cattle include the improvement of carcass quality and aggressive behavior issues. In recent years, painful surgical procedures such as

Rural Practitioner

Dr. Wade Taylor Independent Feedlot Consultant Oakley, Kansas By Audrey Hambright Growing up on a beef cattle and wheat farm near Winona, Kansas, Dr. Wade Taylor always enjoyed being around beef cattle, horses and dogs.  It was this very ambition to stay involved

Producer Spotlight

Martin Family Fort Scott Livestock Market Inc. Fort Scott, Kansas By Audrey Hambright   Jim Martin didn’t plan to make the livestock marketing business a way of life. In fact, he had wanted to become an airline pilot. Yet from the time

BCI Student Spotlight

Dr. Tiffany Lee Hometown: Leavenworth, KS Major: Animal Welfare and Consumer Perception in the Beef Industry Student Status: Graduate PhD Pathobiology-D Favorite project with the BCI: Review of evidence-based medicine and its use in animal welfare monitoring. What have you learned from the BCI: Being

New Educational Tool Available for Locomotion Scoring and Beef Lameness Management

Cattle producers now have a new tool for identifying and managing beef cattle lameness with the Step-Up Management Program. Working with the BCI, Zinpro Corporation recently launched the Step-Up™ mobile application, a new educational training resource for the beef cattle

Changes to Antibiotics Regulations Coming December 2016

By Dr. Mike Apley The discussion of antibiotic use in food animals continues to get a lot of attention as new regulations are scheduled to take effect. Per the last update from Dr. Mike Apley, professor of veterinary clinical sciences at

Free BQA Certification Period Kicks Off at Annual Cattlemen’s Convention

By Melissa Sandfort, Beef Board During the Annual Cattle Industry Convention, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI), announced a Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) free-certification period— from now through April 15. Beef and dairy producers can take advantage of free BQA certification

Calving Schools Provide Hands-On Experience for Kansas Producers

BCI’s Dr. Dave Rethorst teams up with K-State Research & Extenstion to host producer education workshops across the state.  By Audrey Hambright Prior to the ongoing calving season, Dr. Dave Rethorst, outreach director of the Beef Cattle Institute (BCI) joined