Kent Habeger, Cattle Breeder, Judge passes
Kent Habeger had a huge impact on the cattle industry and more importantly he was a great guy outside of the industry! Kent tragically died on his rural farm in Burt, IA on December 8, 2008, when a cornstalk bale rolled and crushed him in his tractor. I got the chance to know Kent personally, he was a great friend, husband and father! He also judged shows on every level, jackpot, county fairs, state fairs, and national shows! He has a great eye and love for cattle and was truly a sport with the kids in the ring as well!
Sorting Cows in the Fall for Efficient Winter Feeding
Dr. Glenn Selk, Extension Cattle Specialist, Oklahoma State University
Sound sorting concepts of the spring-calving beef cow herd in the fall should improve the efficiency of the feeding program throughout the winter. Before we divide up the herd, it makes some sense to inventory the cows to be divided. How many cows of each age group do we have? Every herd will be a little bit different, but a Research Station Herd in North Dakota can give us data to use as a guideline.
Aiming For Prime
The high-quality beef market has its rewards. But grabbing the brass ring is not easy, nor is it foolproof.
Fillets selling for $75 a pound? Rib eyes going for $50 a pound? How about ground beef priced from $7.50 to $14 a pound? Go to the Internet and click Wagyu (or Kobe) beef and you might think producers of this specialty beef cattle have discovered the road to riches.
Everything is on the decline, what gives?
The Cattle Business Weekly
Since midsummer new-crop December corn futures prices have declined more than $4 per bushel from the $7.88-per-bushel high. During the same time, November feeder cattle futures prices declined more than $20 per hundredweight (cwt) from highs of more than $119.
Rep. Salazar possible ag secretary pick
Congressman Becerra Under Consideration as U.S. trade representative
Tri State Livestock News
President-elect Barack Obama is considering nominating two middle-of-the-road Hispanic, Western U.S. congressmen to the positions of agriculture secretary and U.S. trade representative.
Rep. John Salazar, D-CO, is under consideration for agriculture secretary, and Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-CA, is under consideration as trade representative
NCBA: Important Topics Front-&-Center At 2009 Cattle Industry Convention & Trade Show
Everyday issues facing cattle producers throughout the country will be the topic of discussion as Cattlemen’s College® celebrates its 16th year in January. The program, which has been educating cattlemen on how to protect and improve their profitability for 16 years, will be held during the 2009 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Phoenix, Ariz. Jan. 28-31.
Sponsored by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Pfizer Animal Health, Cattlemen’s College® offers solutions to challenges cattlemen face on a daily basis. The sessions, which start at 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 28, provide outstanding opportunity to hear from leading authorities on the issues, as well as discussion with other producers facing similar challenges.
Amish farmers up in arms over electronic ID tags
The Cattle Business Weekly
The United Kingdom’s Telegraph Newspaper recently ran an interesting article on one U.S. farming group that is often overlooked – the Amish.
With a population totaling 231,000, and predominately residing in rural states like Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana, the religious sect leads a simplistic lifestyle and generally keeps quiet about any national hot topics.
Veterinary Basics Form Unusual Course Names
Titles like “You Want To Put What, Where?” and “We Don’t Just Shoot ‘Em Anymore” put a light-hearted spin on some complex science in an attempt to recruit students to a new class that offers a look at veterinary medicine.
Dr. Patty Lathan offered this approach as an introduction to veterinary medicine for the first time this fall at Mississippi State University. Lathan, who is certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, teaches small animal medicine at the veterinary college.
Early Weaning For Cattle May Be Good Idea
Early weaning may be a good option for some cow-calf operations. Extension Beef Specialist, Trey Patterson, says that early weaning is not a clear-cut decision for producers; instead it’s a yearly business decision. There are several factors that need to be considered when making the choice. Early weaning in August versus November or December can improve the cow’s body condition in the fall.
Applied Repro Symposium: Physiological Principles of Estrus Synchronization
Development of technologies to increase reproductive efficiency and improve genetic merit has occurred at a rapid pace to include embryo transfer (ET), ultrasonography, transgenics and cloning. Of all available reproductive technologies, University of Missouri (MU) animal scientist Michael Smith ranks estrus synchronization and artificial insemination (AI) among the most powerful and applicable.
Just Your Standard Bull
As we near the close of 2008 and approach the new era of change that our new president has promised us, I am left wondering whether anyone truly knows what our future holds and who truly is responsible for shaping that future. We have heard the rhetoric for months now, statements like we cannot endure four more years of Bush economics and that real change is needed so that we can ensure a brighter future for not only us but for our children. We’ve all heard it—and we’ve all used it. Both sides of the aisle!
Cattle plan hinges on risk
Under brucellosis proposal, herds that most mingle with elk would face toughest testing
The Billings Gazette
The first time Montana tried to rid its cattle of brucellosis, Bill Myers was just a boy and the work fell to his father and grandfather. It wasn’t easy then. It won’t be easy now.
“I remember when we did it in the 1950s. We tested every dairy cow for Bangs” as the disease is also known, Myers said. “My dad would come home all beat up from wrestling dairy calves. It was hard, but you’ve never seen somebody cry until you’ve seen a rancher sitting on his back porch while you haul his cows away.”
With mad cow disease, the only thing cattlemen have to fear is the press itself
“Texas has had one variant CJD case,” the Texas Department of State Health Services Infectious Disease Control Unit assures the public on its web site after a November mad cow scare. “Investigators have concluded that the patient was a former resident of the UK where exposure was likely to have occurred.”
Waste Peel From Pomegranate Juice Factories Makes Healthy Cattle Feed
Pomegranate peel left over from production of the juice renowned for its potential health benefits can make a nutritious feed supplement for cattle, researchers in Israel report. The peel packs some of the weight-boosting and health-enhancing effects of antibiotics and hormones without the detrimental effects, and researchers say it may yield meat with higher levels of beneficial antioxidants.
Analyst: People turning to cheaper beef cuts
As the recession deepens, people are buying less expensive cuts of beef like hamburger and chuck, an industry analyst told the Kansas Livestock Association.
Per capita consumption of chuck was up 10 percent, while consumption of more expensive loin was down 7 percent so far this year, statistics show.