Daily Archives: August 8, 2006

Drought Affects Nebraska Cattle

Drought Affects Nebraska Cattle

Sara Geake

KOLN-TV (NE)

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.

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Protecting cash cows

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.

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Laptop Marketing

Laptop Marketing

Beef Magazine

From MyCattle.com

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.

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Motive and method

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.

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Live or Die by Your Marketing Program

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.

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Building Balance

Building Balance

by Kindra Gordon

Angus Journal

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.”

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Waging War on Flies

Waging War on Flies

Hereford World

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.

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Missouri Beef Industry Council Hires New Executive Director

Missouri Beef Industry Council Hires New Executive Director

Cattlenetwork.com

(Columbia, MO) – The Missouri Beef Industry Council (MBIC) board of directors John Kleiboekerhas named John Kleiboeker of California, Missouri as the organization’s new Executive Director, effective September 1. Kleiboeker is a beef producer who has served as a volunteer member on the MBIC board since 2001 and has also represented Missouri on the national level as a board member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Federation of State Beef Councils.

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Shipment of U.S. beef arrives in Japan

Shipment of U.S. beef arrives in Japan

By MARI YAMAGUCHI

The Associated Press Birmingham News(AL)

TOKYO (AP) — Japan imported its first shipment of American beef since January on Monday, resuming a once-booming business that has been crippled for nearly three years over fears of mad cow disease.

The 5.1 tons of American chilled beef arrived on a cargo flight at Tokyo’s Narita airport, and its importer and government officials were expected to inspect it on Tuesday, said Health Ministry official Masanori Imagawa.

Japan banned American beef in December 2003 after the first case of mad cow disease in the United States. That ban was eased in December 2005, but was re-imposed after forbidden spine bones were found in an import shipment of veal in January.

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New insurance tools available in 2007 for pasture, rangeland and forage

New insurance tools available in 2007 for pasture, rangeland and forage

Farm and Ranch Guide

Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns today announced the availability of two new risk management tools for pasture, rangeland and forage, beginning with the 2007 crop year.

“These new insurances tools will help farmers and ranchers, especially with operations located in drought impacted areas, to improve their risk management capabilities,” said Johanns. “Designed to operate in a variety of range and pasture environments, these products utilize innovative technology to determine when a producer has suffered a loss.”

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Vet Call-Liver Flukes

Vet Call-Liver Flukes

Angus Journal

by Bob Larson, professor of production medicine, Kansas State University

Liver flukes are parasites of cattle that are particularly problematic in some parts of the United States. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates that approximately 5% of harvested cattle are infected with liver flukes. But in some parts of the country, a very high percentage of adult cows are found to have liver flukes at harvest. …

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