The State of Nebraska Beef
Cattle producers from across Nebraska converged in Kearney Thursday to talk about the state of the beef industry.
Of major concern is getting the younger generation involved on the state’s farms and ranches. In a state with more cattle than people, industry leaders say the people that raise those cattle are doing well this year.
“Cattle markets in Nebraska have been very high this year. We’ve had good fat cattle markets and we’ve had excellent feeder cattle markets,” said Todd Schroeder Nebraska Cattlemen vice president.
“We’re out in the drought area and even though our crops have not been very good the past five years. The beef industry has been holding up quite well for us,” he said.
At the Marana Stockyards dozens of head of cattle are up on the auction block.
But with beef prices falling recently, it’s putting ranchers like Peggy Rowley in a pinch.
“That’s huge for us. When you drop ten to twenty cents a pound on a 500 pound steer, you do the math– it’s another chopping that’s unbelievable,” she says.
An ongoing drought is forcing cattle growers like Peggy to cut back on cattle. A few years ago she would bring 300 head of cattle to an auction. Thursday she brought 120 head of cattle.
UNL programs focus on by-product feeding
LINCOLN—Two upcoming University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension programs Dec. 5 and 19 will use ongoing UNL research to help producers determine if by-product feeding is a economical feed staple in their operations.
The expansion of the ethanol production industry in Nebraska has created opportunities for cattle producers to use byproducts as a feed source. The programs will focus on using ethanol byproducts from feed rations to storage.
The programs run from 7-9 p.m. Both programs will be at the Saunders County Extension Office located at the UNL Agricultural Research and Development Center’s August. N. Christenson Research and Education Building near Mead.
Training will help track CAFO numbers
By Sven Berg
Magic Valley Times-News
Sometime in the next two weeks, Cassia County Compliance Officer Mel-issa Price will take a training course to improve her cow-counting skills.
Marv Patten, chief of the Idaho State Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Dairying, will present the training, which is designed to help the county keep better track of the number of animals maintained in confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs).
The ability to reliably measure the number of animals maintained in the county’s CAFOs has long been an obstacle to enforcing compliance with the terms of CAFO permits. While counting cows may seem like a simple task, when it comes to counting tens of thousands of them, the job gets a bit trickier. For one thing, cows don’t typically stand still long enough to make sure they’re being counted once, and not two or three times.
Circle A Angus adds CAB feedlot
Certified Angus Beef
Circle A Angus Ranch opened a 5,000 head, all-under-roof feedlot in Huntsville, Mo. in May. Circle A Feeders is the only finishing yard in Missouri to join the Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) Feedlot Licensing Program (FLP).
The FLP is designed to reward producers for high-quality cattle that meet Certified Angus Beef ® brand specifications. Partner feedlots enroll cattle in the FLP, and licensed packers pay premiums for those that qualify for the brand. Circle A joins a network of 63 CAB feedlots in 15 states.
General manager Mark Akin says Circle A Feeders is unique because it focuses on buying calves from customers that utilize Circle A Angus genetics. The feedlot purchases 100% interest in steer and heifer calves that are offspring of bulls and females bought directly from Circle A customers are eligible for premiums of up to $45 a head for these calves.
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King Ranch Institute Seeking Students for 2008 Masters Degree Program
King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management is now seeking applicants to begin in their 2008-2009 Master’s degree program in ranch management.
The King Ranch Institute, which was created in 2003 to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the King Ranch, is the only Master’s degree program of its kind in the United States. Each year, the Institute selects four students to be part of this unique and exceptional academic program.
“The King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management’s graduate program helps ambitious young people clearly differentiate themselves in a very competitive world,” said Dr. Barry H. Dunn, Executive Director, King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management. “This degree is unique in the world, but more importantly, the education, training, exposure, and experience that our graduates gain prepares them for outstanding careers and will reward them with countless benefits throughout their lives. “
Certified Angus Beef: Getting It All
Efficiency and quality are two important words in the beef industry. Both were covered during the Feeding Quality Forums, Nov. 13 in Garden City, Kan., and Nov. 15 in South Sioux City, Neb.
Robert Strong, editor of Feedlot magazine, kicked off the programs by stressing the importance of continually building on the beef industry’s body of knowledge.
“In the future, we will use more information and technology, which will make life more interesting, predictable and profitable for all of us in the cattle industry,” he said.
Feedlot co-sponsored the meetings with Pfizer Animal Health, Land O’Lakes Purina Feeds LLC, and Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB). Topics fit what were on cattle feeders’ minds.