Video Feature: K-State Legacy Bull Sale 2009
Join us for the 32nd Annual Legacy Sale, March 6, 2009 -3:30 p.m. at the K-State Purebred Beef Unit. The sale will be held in conjunction with K-State Cattlemen’s Day. Students learn livestock marketing from participating in this informative class.
How Can A Marker Genotype Be Helpful In Selection?
When making selection decisions based on marker genotypes, it is important to know what information can be inferred from the marker genotypes. Use of direct markers is straightforward, as the marker genotype give a direct indication of the QTL genotype. The problem is how to base decisions based on indirect markers.
CCA to host Capitol Conversations, a bi-weekly conference call
High Plains Journal
The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association will be hosting a bi-weekly conference call to inform beef producers of legislative activities. The conference call will take place the second and fourth Thursday of each month through April 24. A call on May 7 will serve as a final wrap-up to the session.
CCA has a daily presence at the capitol during the legislative session to ensure that beef producers are represented on issues important to their business and livelihood. CCA tracks and actively works on any and all proposed legislation that affects the beef cattle industry, property rights, and our members’ ways of life.
Good Decisions Help Producers Maintain Profitability
Most cattlemen are no strangers to hard work. Blood, sweat and tears have been the heart and soul of more than one successful operation. Stories are told about seemingly immortal cattlemen willing a herd through uncharted territory to the marketplace. This no-nonsense attitude of toughness and strong resolve has helped more than one firm stay the course. However, in today’s market these ideals may not be enough to hang on and stay in business.
Vitamin E Improves Meat Shelf Life
When shopping at the local grocery store, consumers are looking to buy that fresh steak. Studies have shown that animal diets supplemented with wet distillers grains reduces the shelf life of meat. At the Nebraska Beef Feedlot Roundtable in Bridgeport Thursday, Chris Calkins, University of Nebraska Meat Scientist presented research showing if cattle are supplemented with vitamin E will minimize the oxidation of fresh meat. Calkins says vitamin E supplementation is a added investment of $1 – $1.50 per head.
School of Agriculture acquires 1,900-acre track of land
Tennessee Tech Oracle
The School of Agriculture signed a lease to acquire the Oakley Farm in Livingston, Tenn. The deal, signed on January 1, provides the school with a near 2,000 acres and one of the biggest cattle farms in the state.
Pat Bagley, the dean of the School of Agriculture, has big prospects for the Oakley Farm, a place he said, “sticks out like a beauty over the horizon.”
“A lot of agriculture students in bigger cities are limited with what they can experience because of the population and the geography,” Bagley said. “Instead, we’re doing the opposite.”
Dickinson sees the world as a veterinarian
For Ridgway-native Charles Edward Dickinson, studying veterinary medicine became a way for the 53-year-old to see the world.
Born April 24, 1955, in Ridgway, son of Robert James and Josephine (Andrews) Dickinson, the current professor of veterinary medicine grew up at Grant Meadow in Ridgway.
“I grew up in Ridgway during the 1960s and early 1970s,” Dickinson said. “Those were trying times for the country in general, and small town America was affected in unique ways.”
Unique cattle program turns dreams into reality
To pay the bills, Richard Cool drives 45 miles down a lonely highway from the family ranch to an auto parts factory where he works the overnight shift.
It ends at 6 a.m., then Cool’s future begins.
He says he’s been hoping for 15 years to own his own cattle, and now he sees it as a possibility.
Mad cow proposal worries farmers
New rule could limit rendering
Gregory A. Hall
Louisville Courier Journal
Some farmers in Kentucky, which has more beef cattle than any other state east of the Mississippi River, are concerned about a proposed federal regulation that would prevent rendering many cow brains and spines into animal food.
R-CALF: CEO Meets with Vilsack Staff To Advance Members’ Competition-Related Priorities
R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard this week joined with members of a broad-based livestock competition coalition to participate in a meeting with an official from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Bullard discussed the competition-related priorities of the organization’s members.
Farm groups dissect stimulus bill
Farm Bureau lobbies for infrastructure, rural broadband
As the House and Senate reached a tentative compromise Wednesday, Feb. 11, on a nearly $800 billion stimulus package, farm groups continued to lobby for programs to benefit farm and rural interests.
Mark Maslyn, executive director of public policy for the American Farm Bureau Federation, said issues share “first among equals” status for his organization’s hopes for the final stimulus package.
ILC examines new marketing trends
High Plains Journal
The cattle industry must adapt to emerging new demographics if it wants to capture new market share.
So said Dr. Lowell Catlett, regent’s professor and dean and chief administrative officer of the College of Agriculture and Home Economics at New Mexico State University.
Catlett, considered a leading agricultural futurist, was the keynote speaker at the third International Livestock Congress, held recently at Denver, Colo.
One Calving Season Versus Two Calving Seasons
Deciding on the use of one calving season or two calving seasons is a big first decision when producers are choosing calving seasons. Many fall calving seasons have arisen from elongated spring seasons. Two calving seasons fits best for herds with more than 80 cows. To take full advantage of the economies of scale, a ranch needs to produce at least 20 steer calves in the same season to realize the price advantage associated with increased lot size. Therefore having forty cows in each season as a minimum seems to make some sense.
New program helps create cattle owners
The Imperial Republican
When Joe and Connie Cool of Callaway saw an article in the Custer County Chief about the 100 Beef Cow Outreach program offered by Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis, they made a decision that they hope will change their lives.
Joe, who grew up on a farm and has been a farm hand for 15 years, enrolled in the program at NCTA to gain more knowledge about the beef cattle industry so he and his family could start their own operation. Once Joe enrolled in the classes, he spent about two days a month working at hands-on courses.
In ranch country, fewer riding the range
To pay the bills, Richard Cool drives 45 miles down a lonely highway from the family ranch to a small-town auto parts factory where he works the overnight shift.
It ends at 6 a.m., then Cool’s future begins.
“Not only have I been hoping for the past 15 years that I could own cattle of my own, I’m now seeing it becoming a real possibility,” he said.