Daily Archives: June 20, 2008

BeefTalk: With Cow Size, One Can’t Forget Production Potential

BeefTalk: With Cow Size, One Can’t Forget Production Potential

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Percentage of Cow Weight Weaned Percentage of Cow Weight Weaned

What size cow is right?

The Dickinson Research Extension Center recently established two sets of cattle based on body weight. Since the year was dry, the cow size question came up quickly.

What size cow is right? How does one measure inputs versus production?

These two herds (groups) of cattle were weighed in the late fall or early winter. The difference in weight was 355 pounds.

The first herd of 52 cows averaged 1,216 pounds (856 to 1,395 pounds). The second herd of 50 cows averaged 1,571 pounds (1,350 to 1,935 pounds).

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The Seedstock Industry Has Lost A Little Confidence

The Seedstock Industry Has Lost A Little Confidence

Troy Marshall

Beef Magazine

Few would describe the U.S. beef industry as overly optimistic these days. After all, the prodigious and deep change wracking the beef economy has most folks concerned and anxious, and the uncertainty is especially acute in the seedstock segment.

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Cattlemen Support Waiver of Renewable Fuels Standard Mandate

Cattlemen Support Waiver of Renewable Fuels Standard Mandate

Cattle Today

In comments filed today with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is supporting a petition filed by the State of Texas to reduce federal mandates for production of grain-based fuels. The petition requests that EPA use its statutory authority to reduce the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) mandate for 2008 by 50 percent – trimming the mandate to 4.5 billion gallons of feedgrain-based ethanol, from the current 9 billion gallons.

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Speaker raises prospect of corn rationing

Speaker raises prospect of corn rationing

Canyon News

Record corn prices are creating major concerns for the livestock feeding industry, and if the run-up continues, corn rationing for animals may be an option, according to one expert at the 2008 Texas Ag Forum in Austin this week.

Cattle feedlot operators are becoming less tolerant of record corn prices, and some feedlots are on the brink of putting themselves up for sale or going out of business, speakers said.

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Farmers squeezed by waning profits despite rise in food prices

Farmers squeezed by waning profits despite rise in food prices

Mike Copeland

Tribune-Herald

Last year, Bobby Nedbalek spent about $680 to fill up his combine and tractor with diesel for a day of harvesting.

Turns out that was a bargain.

Now he’s spending $1,290 a day to fill up that equipment.

“Some would say farmers are on the verge of a crisis,” said Stefphanie Gambrell, a domestic policy economist for the American Farm Bureau Federation. She blames high fuel prices.

Nedbalek serves as vice president of the Waco-based Texas Farm Bureau when he’s not working his family farm in San Patricio County.

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Pasture Prime

Pasture Prime

Why grass-fed beef is the next big thing in Minnesota farming—and local dining

Tim Gihring

Minnesota Monthly

TWENTY YEARS AGO, MIKE NOBLE’S spread was everything a modern farm is supposed to be: flush with fertilizers, high-yielding hybrid seeds, and hogs confined like shoes in a box, the better to fatten the beasts with factory-like efficiency. But it was killing his family. His wife became mysteriously sickened from working in the hog barn—chemicals, most likely, in the feed or manure had built up in her body. Their son nearly died from an antibiotic-resistant strain of E. coli, which was present in the pork. So they shuttered the hog operation, prompting their banker (who’d hoped they would expand) to pull their loan. It was the mid-1980s and the Nobles were broke—ruined by the modernization that had promised them prosperity.

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Champion Bulls and Backyard Barbeques

Champion Bulls and Backyard Barbeques 

Alan Miller

KFYR-TV

A cattleman certainly knows his way around a barbecue, and Chad Berger obviously does.

Berger not only raises his cattle for beef, he also develops champions.

For Berger is hands down the top stock contractor for the Professional Bull Riders.

You wouldn`t ever want to get to Copperhead Slinger, the number two bull in the world, who lives just outside of Mandan. At 1,850 pounds, he`s a force to be reckoned with. His father is Mossy Oak Mudslinger from Oklahoma, the 2006 Bull of the Year.

Berger thinks nothing of traveling the country buying the biggest and meanest bulls around, kind of like George Steinbrenner with his Yankees payroll.

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