Daily Archives: October 10, 2008

BeefTalk: Pregnancy Check – Better to be Surprised Now Than at Calving

BeefTalk: Pregnancy Check – Better to be Surprised Now Than at Calving

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Not a Great Day! Not a Great Day!

Keep an eye on what’s going on around you and never assume things were done or done right.

Fall means gathering the cattle and assessing the summer grazing season. If not already done, calf vaccinations should be completed in preparation for weaning and marketing.

Some areas already may have weaned because pastures are short. Others will be letting cows and calves stay a little longer to take advantage of the extra growth because of good rains. Nobody ever said life is fair.

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Carcass Ultrasound 101: Becoming A Carcass Ultrasound Technician

Carcass Ultrasound 101: Becoming A Carcass Ultrasound Technician

Patrick Wall, Director of Communications, The National CUP Lab

American Chianina Journal

The telephone at The National CUP Lab rings often in the spring of each year, but as the bull & female sale  season winds down, the clients’ questions begin to change from barnsheets, images and data processing to  “How do I become a field technician?” Despite the rapid growth of available scanning technicians in the last five  years, there are still parts of the country that thirst for someone to scan their cattle. Seeing an opportunity, a  number of creative cattlemen have filled the void in their area by becoming a certified technician. On the surface,  getting into the ultrasound scanning business seems quite simple: learn the science, buy equipment, find cattle  and scan ‘em. However, there is a lot more involved in building a successful business in the carcass ultrasound  industry. Passing the initial certification exam is just one step; mastering the craft of carcass ultrasound takes  diligence and literally thousands of head of practice.

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The Herd That Feedback Built

The Herd That Feedback Built

Larry Stalcup

Angus Journal

Seventeen years of feeding at Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) feedlots has helped a Texas producer build a solid foundation. He figures selection for a high-quality carcass leads to a high-quality herd.

Michael Klein operates Windy Bar Ranch, an Angus seedstock operation near Stonewall, west of Austin, Texas. Every year he castrates up to half of his bulls and sends them to the feedyard, along with a number of heifers. The feedlot performance and harvest data help guide his herd management.

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Q&A Can you explain the numbers that people use to indicate the kind of cattle they want when they place an order with an order buyer? For example….someone might order #1 black and whites or #1, 1/8 ear exotics. The ” #1″ part of that order is what I would like explained. Also, are there any websites you know of that I could go to to see examples?

Q&A   Can you explain the numbers that people use to indicate the kind of cattle they want when they place an order with an order buyer? For example….someone might order #1 black and whites or #1, 1/8 ear exotics. The ” #1″ part of that order is what I would like explained. Also, are there any websites you know of that I could go to to see examples?

Dr. Rick Rasby, Professor of Animal Science, Animal Science, University of Nebraska

Black and white denote hair color. The other numbers are part of a Feeder Grade system that describes the cattle in regard to skeletal size (frame size), muscling, and thirftiness.

Frame size is used because frame is an inherited characteristic that is not greatly affected by normal management practices. Frame size relates to height but also to the weight at which an animal will produce a carcass of a given grade. Larger framed cattle typically reach equal fat thickness at heavier weights than smaller framed cattle.

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Implant Strategies for Grid Marketed Cattle

Implant Strategies for Grid Marketed Cattle

Court Campbell, Ph.D., Fort Dodge Animal Health

University of Minnesota

INTRODUCTION

With the introduction of grids back a few years ago, the job description of the feed yard manager/owner changed. For sure, the duties and responsibilities didn’t decline. Along with the duties and responsibilities you had back in the 80’s and early 90’s, you were also given the task of maximizing cattle profitability based on what you thought a set of cattle looked like under the hide.

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Quality over quantity

Quality over quantity

Cattle Business Weekly

John David is not big on words, just results. Those can speak volumes. That low key, high achievement approach also resulted in the David Ranch feedlot winning a national honor from Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB).

The Lenora, Kan., operation was recognized at the CAB Annual Conference in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Sept. 15, with a 2008 Quality Focus Award, for less than 15,000-head feedlots.

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Camp Cooley Announces Final Dispersal

Camp Cooley Announces Final Dispersal

Cattle Today

Klaus Birkel announced today the final and complete dispersal of the Camp Cooley Ranch registered cow herd. This herd, unmatched in the industry, is the culmination of 15 years of unparalleled breeding and management practices with a continual quest to stay on the leading edge of the genetic curve.

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