Monthly Archives: May 2011

Choosing Cattle Breeding Season Dates

Choosing Cattle Breeding Season Dates

Robert Fears

Cattle Management

The two best options for calf delivery are when forage is most abundant and nutritious or when the market is usually at its annual peak.

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Gary Sides shares what feedlots want at Montana Livestock Forum

Gary Sides shares what feedlots want at Montana Livestock Forum

Bill Brewster

Tri State Livestock News

A beef nutritionist with Pfizer Animal Health offered suggestions about what feedlot operators want from ranchers during the Montana Livestock Forum and Nutrition Conference held in Bozeman, MT.

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Beef Market Globalization

Beef Market Globalization

Mathew Elliott

Angus Journal

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere." Those famous words sung by Jimmy Buffett, often used as an excuse to leave work a little early, are truer than you might imagine. But, it works the other way, too.

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Hereford Youth Preparing for “Kicking it in Kansas”

Hereford Youth Preparing for “Kicking it in Kansas”

Cattle Today

National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) members look forward to the event all year, preparing not only their cattle, but also themselves, for a variety of fun-filled and educational activities and contests. Last year, the JNHE drew more than 2,000 people to Indianapolis.

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Va-based food distributor using DNA to track beef sold to US restaurants

Va-based food distributor using DNA to track beef sold to US restaurants

Washington Post

First came organic, then free-range, then local. Now discerning diners with a penchant for spending a premium to know where food comes from are pushing DNA-traceable meat onto restaurant menus.

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Fly Control for the Beef Herd

Fly Control for the Beef Herd

B. C. Allison

North Carolina State University

The necessity for a fly control program for beef herds is inevitable and now is the time to plan your’s for this year. The two major species of flies that cause the most serious decreases in beef production and require the most control efforts are the horn fly and face fly. The horn fly alone is estimated to cause animal losses to the U.S. beef industry of $700 million.

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Beef Lovers Unveil a New Website

Beef Lovers Unveil a New Website

KNEB

Do you love beef? Nebraska Cattlemen has an opportunity for everyone to become more involved in the cattle industry.

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Police milk livestock training for all it’s worth

Police milk livestock training for all it’s worth

Bailey Harsh

The Lantern

The first annual Animal Control Technique (ACT) clinic gave police officers the chance to develop first-hand experience with large animal livestock.

"We decided to hold this program because events last year really brought to light that loose animal incidents were difficult to contain since many people just don’t know that much about handling large animals," said Stephanie Neal, a fourth-year in animal sciences and ACT coordinator.

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Cost of Texas drought climbing with each dry day

Cost of Texas drought climbing with each dry day

Betsy Blaney

Lubbock Online

A historic drought has already cost Texas farmers and ranchers an estimated $1.5 billion, and the cost is growing daily as parched conditions persist in much of the state.

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Feed Restriction Turns Scrawny Calves Into Profit Machines

Feed Restriction Turns Scrawny Calves Into Profit Machines

Del Deterling

Progressive Farmer

Rich Porter thrives on ugly cattle. His order buyers in Georgia and Kentucky sit on their hands as their counterparts compete to outbid each other for the sleek, preconditioned calves that bring top dollar.

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Capturing the Power of Breeding Bull Selection

Capturing the Power of Breeding Bull Selection

Robert Fears

Cattle Management

The term, “Bull Power,” is a favorite conversation topic among cattlemen with the discussion often ending in controversy over what the term means. A generally accepted definition of bull power is the genetic contributions of a bull to the cow herd.

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Steve Cornett:  Revisiting Oprah’s Beef with Beef

Steve Cornett:  Revisiting Oprah’s Beef with Beef

Beef Today

One hates to brag on one’s local newspaper, but Chip Chandler did a very nice story http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2011-05-22/we-cleaned-her-act recounting the Oprah Winfrey mad cow debacle of 1996.

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Vladimir Mironov’s Lab-Grown Meat: Would You Eat It?

Vladimir Mironov’s Lab-Grown Meat: Would You Eat It?

Camille Lamb

Miami New Times

The cows that make up our burgers consume 80 percent of the planet’s farmland, generate 20 percent of our greenhouse emissions, and consume 10 percent of our fresh water. Also, cows don’t like getting killed.

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Producers of beef go online to create buzz

Producers of beef go online to create buzz

ALAN SCHER ZAGIER

Salina Journal

The national beef industry has enlisted college students across the country in its public relations fight for America’s hearts, minds and stomachs. The Masters of Beef Advocacy program also recruits farmers, ranchers, high-end chefs and school dietitians to spread the gospel of red meat consumption

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Cattle Producers Don’t Want to Miss Summer Conference

Cattle Producers Don’t Want to Miss Summer Conference

KRVN

The 2011 Cattle Industry Summer Conference will be held in Kissimmee, Florida August 1st through the 4th. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Bill Donald says cattlemen can expect to hear from a variety of speakers and hear about the latest trends in cattle marketing and management.

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What’s a Beefalo?

What’s a Beefalo?

Pat Stockett Johnston

Yahoo!

I have to confess. Before I visited the Terry Bison Ranch in Cheyenne, Wyoming I had never heard of a Beefalo. Not until our ranch train tour guide John told us to look out for the one Beefalo on the ranch.

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NCBA Leads Industry Charge for Immediate Passage of FTAs

NCBA Leads Industry Charge for Immediate Passage of FTAs

PR WEB

In recognition of World Trade Month and National Beef Month, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) today, May 24, 2011, hosted a news conference on Capitol Hill urging the Obama administration to send pending free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea to Congress immediately.

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Drought and fire jeopardize ranching lifestyle in Texas

Drought and fire jeopardize ranching lifestyle in Texas

Elliott Blackburn

Reuters

A miserable sea of dry brown West Texas grass and charred scrub could cripple ranching operations in the country’s top beef-producing state.

"Right now, it’s literally day-to-day, and Mother Nature’s holding all the cards," said Dennis Braden, general manager of the 130,000-acre Swenson Land and Cattle Co.

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How do cows feed? Why it matters to you

How do cows feed? Why it matters to you

Robert Patterson

Cows – like any other animal have evolved over millions of years. Like us their interact with the food that they have evolved over time to eat. In their case – they eat grass. No bovine ate any grain at all until very recently.

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Mono-slope Project Open House Features Air Quality and Cattle Performance

Mono-slope Project Open House Features Air Quality and Cattle Performance

Sherry Hoyer, Beth Doran, Christopher Weishaar

Iowa State University

Managing mono-slope barns to improve air quality and cattle performance will be featured at an open house on June 22. The open house will be at the Ron and Clayton Christensen barn near Royal, Iowa, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Iowa State University (ISU) Extension beef program specialist Beth Doran said the barn is one of four involved in the Tri-State Air Quality project.

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