Drought Affects Nebraska Cattle
Nebraska’s drought is putting a major strain on cattle producers. More of the state’s herds are being sold and officials say cattle are being sold up to 2 years earlier than normal.
So far angus breeder Dick Hartman has escaped the effects of a seven year drought.
“We’ve been lucky enough. Our grass has held up but it has affected a lot of people around,” says Hartman.
But he worries his luck won’t hold out.
“If this hangs on a year or two and the grass, we don’t get some good moisture around it’ll affect everybody,” says Hartman.
For many Nebraska farmers and ranchers, it already has. Officials at Nebraska Cattlemen say producers are selling sooner and weaning calves earlier.
Protecting cash cows
Cattle rustling can bring big money quickly, but ranchers say they’re making inroads …
By CLAIRE CUMMINGS / The Dallas Morning News
EMORY, Texas – A smart cattle rustler can make $20,000 in one hit. The payoff is quick and the turnaround appealing.
Cattle brought to the Emory Livestock Auction in East Texas are identified upon arrival with bright yellow tags that are glued to their flanks – a useful tool in the increasingly sophisticated battle against livestock theft.
But ranchers and investigators say it’s becoming harder than ever to get away with stealing cattle – once a hanging offense – thanks to an electronic database that gives authorities more time to devote to investigations.
Even though much evidence still starts on paper, a relatively new computer system that transfers brand inspection forms onto CDs has shaved about three weeks off investigations, said Larry Gray, law enforcement director for the Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, an industry group.
by Larry Stalcup
Bill O’Brien has a permit to open an e-futures market, and he probably would have if the Chicago Mercantile Exchange’s (CME) electronic cattle futures trading hadn’t emerged a few years ago. But that hasn’t stopped O’Brien, of Amarillo, TX, from developing an e-system enabling customers to sell and clear cattle on a cash basis – from their laptop if they wish.
O’Brien and his family are well known for their high-quality cow-calf, stocker and cattle-feeding operations. Their Texas Beef Producers company operates two feedyards in the northern Texas Panhandle. Bill has always been direct when it comes to marketing cattle. He was even part of the group that took on Oprah Winfrey in the late 1990s, claiming the media star caused beef prices to tumble when she bad-mouthed burgers.
Motive and method
Suzanne B. Bopp
Food Systems Insider
Vegetarianism has gained a small but steady – and slowly growing – hold among consumers. In the U.S. alone, the vegetarian food market is forecast to grow to over $1.7 billion in sales in the next five years. It’s vital that meat-industry stakeholders understand this movement and recognize its issues. Vegetarian consumers are choosing to not use your product. Here’s who they are and why they make that choice.
Who they are
Today, about 3 percent of the U.S. population never eats fish, red meat or poultry. In 1997, it was about 1 percent, according to the Vegetarian Resource Group. And that’s not counting part-timers: 7 percent say their diet is “usually” vegetarian.
Live or Die by Your Marketing Program
by Keith Evans
American Chianina Journal
The tools for breeding superior registered beef cattle are available to nearly everyone today. And most serious registered breeders take advantage of them. You must have top quality cattle to compete in today’s market. However it is profitable sales that pay the bills, and for that you need a marketing program.
Most breeders are familiar with the cattle buying cycle and how it works over an extended period of time. They know the importance of achieving top-of mind awareness with as many potential customers as possible. Yet, it is virtually impossible to exploit these two marketing phenomena without a program. I have long compared marketing programming to physical conditioning. Suppose my doctor tells me that to improve my health I must shape up and lose weight. Taking his advice to heart I skip lunch. That evening I do sit-ups and pushups until I can do no more. Next I run until I nearly drop. I forgo beef roast with potatoes and gravy for supper and dine on steamed vegetables a lettuce salad with vinegar dressing.
by Kindra Gordon
Ten years ago, Ray-Mar Angus Ranch in Oakdale, Calif., was just embarking into the seedstock business. Family patriarch Ray Alger has more than 50 years of diverse experience in agriculture — from beef to dairy to feedlot operations.
Of his entry into raising registered Angus, he says, “We have been raising commercial cattle from several breeds for a long time. We’ve always found Angus to be the most efficient users of native California winter hill grazing. Our goal was to produce our own bulls, so we began by buying some elite purebred cows and have grown from there.”
Waging War on Flies
It’s a war that’s been fought by generations of cattle producers. They face staggering odds — an adversary of countless number. Even with their arsenal of technologically advanced weapons, producers struggle to hold the enemy at bay. The war is never decisively won. After seasonal lulls in the action, a reinforced foe advances again, wave after wave.