Daily Archives: February 12, 2008

Focus On Stocker Cattle

Focus On Stocker Cattle


Growing cattle. Backgrounding. Stocker programs. Preconditioning. Developing. The path a calf takes from weaning to the feedlot or breeding herd can follow many different routes. Available resources and market conditions drive the differences between geographic regions, between operations, and even between years on the same operation. Despite these differences, all operations share some common goals.


Baxter Black: Large Animal Vets and Bronc Riders

Baxter Black:  Large Animal Vets and Bronc Riders

The Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) is making an effort to encourage more young people to participate in the Bareback, Saddle Bronc and Bull Riding events. Simultaneously, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is making an effort to encourage more students to become livestock and equine veterinarians. Does that mean more young people are less interested in riding or doctoring untamed large herbivorous animals? Exactly!

In both cases the primary reasons given by the ‘non-interested’ are; the work is too hard and the pay is not enough. American and Canadian young people, as a rule, have become more worldly, resigned to life, and content with the path most frequently traveled, i.e., team roping and pet practice.


Register Now for Early Bird Discount for NIAA Annual Meeting

Register Now for Early Bird Discount for NIAA Annual Meeting

Cattle Today

If you’re involved in animal agriculture, then you’ll want to attend the 2008 annual meeting of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA), April 1-3, in Indianapolis, Indiana. And you can save $50 by registering before February 25.

“This year NIAA’s annual meeting is taking an in-depth look at animal care and well-being,” states Dr. Jerome Geiger, chair of NIAA’s Annual Meeting Planning Committee. “We’re focusing on the ‘what,’ ‘so what’ and ‘now what’ regarding animal agriculture’s real issues and perceived issues.”


NCBA goes head to head with report linking beef to cancer

NCBA goes head to head with report linking beef to cancer

WJBC Radio Bloomington

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is declaring victory after going head to head with a highly publicized report released at the end of October blaming red meat for some big health woes…

NCBA Nutrition Vice President Mary Young says checkoff money paid for a team of independent researchers to study the issue…

Young says the fear in the cattle industry was that beef would become a primary target for health advocates. Young says after that checkoff-funded study, beef was mentioned in news articles almost as an afterthought, with highly processed meats and alcohol taking the lion’s share of the blame.


USDA: Number of beef cows down

USDA: Number of beef cows down

Tom Wray


Drought conditions and rising feed costs may be why beef cow and beef replacement heifer numbers were down as of Jan. 1, according to a South Dakota economist.

“The decline in heifers is among those expected to calve in 2008,” Matthew Diersen, a South Dakota State University economist, told the Associated Press. “It is as though the industry is geared up to try again to expand, unless cost conditions worsen.”

The beef cow and replacement numbers suggest a small calf crop for 2008, but calf prices will remain similar to last fall, according to Diersen.


Cattle Producers Beef Up Ad Budget

Cattle Producers Beef Up Ad Budget

Around the Net/Reuters

Cattle producers are boosting the fees they pay to finance the “Beef, It’s What’s For Dinner” advertising campaign and other programs as inflation and other costs cut into their buying power. At the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association annual convention over the weekend, members voted to increase the fee. Although no amount was included, an accompanying directive should kick it up to $2 per head–double the current rate.


Downer Recall is Perfect Storm for New Ag Secretary Shafer

Downer Recall is Perfect Storm for New Ag Secretary Shafer

By Martha Rosenberg


Like Goldie Hawn in Private Benjamin carrying a rucksack in the rain protesting “I joined the army with the swimming pools and sunsets,” people eat food from happy animals in shady pastures not the godforsaken ones shown in undercover videos.

Until now.

Now that people realize their children have been eating beef from the Hallmark/Westland Meat Company through the National School Lunch, Program Ed Schafer, the new Agriculture Secretary, has the perfect storm on his hands.