Daily Archives: July 3, 2008

Bill Bowman Promoted to American Angus Association® Chief Operating Officer

Bill Bowman has been named the American Angus Association Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective immediately. Bowman has been with the Association for 16 years and also serves in other leadership roles such as vice president of information and data programs, director of performance programs and president of Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI), a subsidiary of the Association. He began his tenure at the Association as a regional manager, traveling Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma, and later became the first director of commercial programs.

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Co-Product Storage To Optimize Ration Expenses

Josie A. Waterbury, Graduate Research Assistant, Darrell R. Mark, Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist, Rick J. Rasby, Extension Beef Specialist, Galen E. Erickson, Extension Beef Feedlot Specialist, University of Nebraska

The rapid growth of the ethanol industry in recent years has led to the formation of a new commodity market for ethanol coproducts. The variability in co-product prices over time and across markets suggests fundamental supply and demand factors are influencing prices. However, the relative infancy of these co-product markets presents cattle producers with the opportunity to benefit from seasonal price changes. Until recently, there was no means in which to arbitrage temporal price differences in coproduct prices because storage was not considered feasible. In the past two years, there has been a substantial amount of research devoted to methods of co-product storage (Erickson et al., 2008). Thus, livestock producers can now take advantage of seasonal price changes in co-products, similar to purchasing and storing grain.

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Cost Analysis: SDSU Release Beef Cow Budget

Thebeefsite.com

An updated resource from South Dakota State University can help producers manage feed costs that account for roughly half of the yearly costs associated with the cow herd.

 “All cattlemen need to take a close look at what they are feeding this year," SDSU Marketing/Farm Business Management Educator Heather Gessner said. “They also need to account for shipping costs and fixed costs as they analyze their operations. Profitability is going to be closely tied to efficiency due to the current grain and livestock market situations.”

“All cattlemen need to take a close look at what they are feeding this year,"

Gessner said producers can gain management insights by putting their current costs into the budget.

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KLA: Cattle Feeding Risk Analyzer Available On-Line

cattlenetwork.com

Kansas State University offers an on-line tool to help cattle feeders determine the potential economic risk in specific groups of cattle. Developed in part by K-State livestock economist Ted Schroeder, the Cattle Feeding Return Risk Analyzer uses basic information provided by the cattle feeder to calculate an expected profit or loss. Variables supplied by the user include date purchased, cattle gender, net in-weight, net feeder purchase price, feedyard location, interest rate and expected finish date.

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Pasture Monitoring 101

It is for every operation, large or small

Codi Vallery

Cattle Business Weekly

In the Great Plains there are two things that you do not take for granted. The amount of annual precipitation you receive and the amount of land available for livestock production.

Learning how to jointly monitor these two elements can help establish a management protocol for your beef cattle operation.

Charlie Orchard of Land EKG, a range monitoring, training and management consulting company in Bozeman, Mont., grew up in the Big Horn Basin of Wyoming, a ranching area by any standards. In 1992 he began addressing issues that concerned him in regards to native rangelands – conservation by livestock operators and the public’s increasing emphasis on environmentally friendly practices.

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Bovine Growth Hormone and Climate Change

Rogue Pundit

A couple of months ago, I touched on the fact (here) that giving beef cattle growth hormones and antibiotics can lower their greenhouse gas emissions.  Faster growth reduces the amount of feed that the cattle require and thus the waste products that they produce.  Yes, there are also downsides to speeding the growth of cattle in this manner.  The subject makes for an interesting debate on the balancing of environmental concerns…at least when people aren’t cowering from the debate.

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Healthy animals mean healthy food

John Schlageck

High Plains Journal

The stereotypical image of the family farm complete with red barn, a few layers (chickens) scratching in the yard, some pigs wallowing in the mud and contented cows chewing their cuds in the field isn’t commonplace anymore. Neither is the farm as a sterile, mechanized emotionless "food factory" an accurate picture.

Today, raising livestock on the farm or ranch is a dynamic, specialized profession that has proven one of the most successful in the world. Only in the United States can less than 2 percent of the population feed 100 percent of our population–and other people around the world–as efficiently as we do.

Because our livestock are the best cared for we can provide such efficiency. Today’s animal husbandry is no accident. Improvements in housing, handling and animal nutrition are the result of billions of dollars of private and government research.

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