Daily Archives: July 17, 2008

Video Feature: Handling Cattle Quietly in Pens


Handling Cattle Quietly in Pens

Temple Grandin explains behavior methods of low stress cattle handling methods for moving groups of cattle through gates.

Tucker, Deppe Top Junior National Hereford Steer Show


Exhibitors from across the U.S. gathered for the 2008 Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) in Kansas City, Mo., July 16, and it was Mitchell Tucker, North Platte, Neb., who walked away with grand champion honors in the steer show. 

Judge Kent Habeger, Burt, Iowa, commented that amongst the 78 steers exhibited, “You juniors should be proud to be on the halter of a steer in the championship drive. I don’t know if it could get much better than this.”

Mitchell Tucker’s 1,211-lb. steer was sired by SR CG Hard Rock 5073. Habeger commented on the eye appeal and market ready potential of Tucker’s grand champion.

Habeger followed with Montana Deppe, Maquoketa, Iowa, for reserve with a 1,268-lb. steer sired by Schu-Lar 9R of 9L P606 ET.

At check-in ultrasound data was collected on all steers for the carcass contest. Steers were scanned for fat thickness, ribeye area and marbling score.

Reba Hurst, Nevada, Mo., won grand champion carcass steer honors with a 1,213lb. steer sired by DB Grand Slam. The steer scanned a ribeye area (REA) of 14.6 square inches, .43 inch backfat (BF) and a 4.21 marbling score, which calculated into a 2.46 yield grade and a 752- lb. carcass weight.

Jody Miller, Thorntown, Ind., won reserve champion carcass steer honors with a 1,226-lb. steer sired by Grandview 7Oaks Sonora 145R. The steer scanned a 13.6 REA of 13.6 square inches, .41 inch BF and 4.25 marbling score, which calculated into a 2.76 yield grade and a 760-lb. carcass weight.

Photos and further results click here

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Cattle Feeding: Managing CRP For Hay Or Pasture


The  extensive flooding in the Midwest U.S. and its effect on forage and livestock enterprises have prompted our government officials to permit haying and grazing on land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) through several ‘emergency use’ programs. One permits haying or grazing after August 1 with a nominal ‘administration fee’. The other permits only grazing – sooner, but at a cost of 25 percent of the annual CRP rental payment. If you are considering the use of CRP land for haying or grazing there are some considerations and important first steps that you need to follow.


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Forage Focus: Manage Your Pasture’s N Cycle


In the past I’ve discussed how effectively pastures can run on legume nitrogen (N) alone. While legumes can put quite a bit of N into the pasture, the next question is how effectively are you recycling N in your pasture system?

Whether it comes from legumes or fertilizer, N in pasture can be recycled for new pasture growth. The more effective job you do of managing the natural N cycle, the less money you will spend on N fertilizer.

While cattle consume a lot of N as protein in the forage, less than 5% of the N is retained in their bodies. The rest is excreted as either dung or urine.


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McCain, Obama Pledge Support of Agriculture to Farm Bureau Presidents

American Farm Bureau Federation

Presumptive presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain spoke to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Council of Presidents meeting Wednesday by teleconference, both pledging their continued support for American agriculture.

Sen. McCain (R-Ariz.), first to speak, pledged to support trade agreements that will open markets to U.S. agriculture. “I believe the American agricultural worker is the most efficient and productive in the world and one of my jobs is to open every market in the world to your products,” McCain said.


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Marketing Basics: Examining Different Strategies

Sara Gugelmeyer and Angie Stump Denton

Hereford World

It’s easy to get stuck in old routines of marketing cattle in the same way at the same time every year because it’s convenient, then complain because prices are so low it’s hard to make ends meet, let alone live prosperously. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Marketing should be treated as a dynamic process that is always changing and re-evaluated every production cycle, based on specific circumstances for the individual.

Marketing should be approached this way because it is arguably the most important thing a producer does. It doesn’t matter what else is done — even with the best, most impressive cattle. If cattle aren’t marketed the right way or at the right time, the producer is no better off than the neighbor. Furthermore, one can spend money on extra inputs, but if he doesn’t have a market for the cattle that will reward that extra effort, it’s money down the drain.


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Feed Prices May Encourage Creep-Feeding

Miranda Reiman

Angus Journal

‘As we look at the times of high feed prices, people would say, ‘Maybe that’s a reason not to creep-feed,’ ” says Dan Faulkner, University of Illinois animal scientist. “But it may be even more of a reason to creep-feed, because feedlots are wanting more weight on the calves.”

In the past, “fleshy” cattle brought discounts at the auction barn, but that’s shifting.

“We’ve always had lighter calves bring more than heavier calves because we had cheap feed. We could put gain on cheaper than we could buy that gain,” he says. “If it cost more to put it on than it does to buy it, feeders are going to want to buy more of that weight.”

Mike Krakoviak, director of Land O’ Lakes Purina Feed’s cattle business group, says creep-fed calves can be worth more for other reasons, too.


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