Daily Archives: November 6, 2007

Baxter Black: The Trainwreck

Baxter Black:  The Trainwreck

We all face our own addictions; to chocolate, horse training clinics or chewing tobacco. Lonnie’s curse was whiskey. With the help of AA and a loving family, he finally put his demon behind him. But those who know the problem appreciate that the demon waits just around the corner

Lonnie worked for the BNSF Railroad. He and his pardner Paco were called out in the middle of the night to help with a train derailment. Normally Lonnie would have picked Paco up and given him a ride since Paco’s wife worked nights and had their car. Problem was, Lonnie’s car wouldn’t start.

Lonnie had a loving daughter named Lisa who still lived at home. She had a good job, but also the wisdom of a child raised by a compromised parent. Her pride and joy was a classic Thunderbird, 2-seater, painted baby blue. And in spite of her love for her father, she refused to allow him to drive it even after he had been sober for a year. But tonight was an emergency, he explained. His boss had insisted he come. It was 40 miles away. He needed to borrow his daughter’s little Thunderbird. He pleaded with her and promised he’d be careful.


Storage Life of Livestock Feeds – Frequently Asked Questions

Storage Life of Livestock Feeds – Frequently Asked Questions

Ropin’ the Web

Grains and roughages have varying “shelf lives” depending on how they were harvested, processed and stored. Becoming familiar with how certain processes affect livestock feeds will enable you to retain quality and palatability from these feeds. Being aware of proper storage conditions and recommended shelf life will also help you to reduce waste and maintain consistent performance when feeding livestock.

The only way to know what quality of feed you are feeding is to submit samples for nutrient analysis. Understanding and interpreting moisture level, protein, energy and some macro minerals will enable you to develop a suitable ration for your livestock. Feed test in the fall and keep these tips on storage times in mind so adjustments to the feeding program can be made if necessary.


Beef Quality Advocate

Beef Quality Advocate

By Clint Peck Contributing Editor, BEEF Magazine

The beef industry must work day to day to keep its eye on the target. That’s the motivation for Carl Crabtree, a Grangeville, ID rancher, in his efforts to make sure Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) programming remains “job one” throughout the U.S. beef industry.

For nearly 20 years, BQA educational programming has reached thousands of beef and dairy producers in nearly every state. BQA concepts have been instrumental in encouraging producers to use the latest in science and technology in producing safe, wholesome and quality beef.


Cattle Breeds: $35,750 In Scholarships Awarded To Hereford Youth

Cattle Breeds: $35,750 In Scholarships Awarded To Hereford Youth


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Fourteen National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) members were awarded scholarships totaling $35,750 from the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA). All scholarship winners were recognized at the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) “Harvest Gala” on Oct. 21 in Kansas City, Mo. Youth recognized were: Cassie Bacon, Amy Berry, Jessie Berry, Jocelyn Butler, Robert Craig, Tyler Cowan, Mason McClintock, Madeline Moore, Roger Morgan, Katlin Mulvaney, Drew Perez, Nicole Starr, Ashley Steckel-Stryker and Brandy Valek.


Cattle Diseases: Urinary Calculi in Beef Cattle

Cattle Diseases:  Urinary Calculi in Beef Cattle

Bill Kvasnicka, Extension Veterinarian, University of Nevada

Urinary calculi are sometimes a problem in feedlot and range steers, and less often in intact males. Calculi are hard aggregations of mineral salts and tissue cells that form either in the kidney or the bladder. They may produce a mechanical irritation and a chronic bladder inflammation. A more serious complication results when they lodge in the urethra, and partially or completely block the flow of urine.


What’s Your Goal For This Winter?

What’s Your Goal For This Winter?


The current feed shortage has stimulated a lot of “panic buying” of low quality feeds and producers are baling anything that will roll up. We have to ask the question “what is your goal for this winter?” Some people would say “just keep ‘em alive until spring”. In that case, you might be okay. But, if the goal is to maintain a productive herd, some feedstuffs which are very low in their nutrient content will be a problem. If we don’t address this problem, Kentucky beef producers will see the effects of the ’07 drought on their 2008 and 2009 calf crops.


ASA Introduces New Programs to Capture Value

ASA Introduces New Programs to Capture Value

Cattle Today.com

Bozeman, Mont. — The American Simmental Association (ASA) has recently introduced 70:70 as a new program, to complement SimChoicesv, helping address these multi-faceted value added issues. Jerry Lipsey, Ph.D., Executive Vice President of ASA, stated that, “SimChoicesv is a program designed to add value to age/source identified cattle. Currently, age and source premiums are paid on both feeder and fed cattle. These premiums are substantial because of export requirements, but even without those constraints, the potential to add value by introducing more information and accountability is real.”