Daily Archives: July 22, 2008

Vintage Video Feature: The Cattle Feeders part 3

ISU Special Collection

This film profiles three cattle feeders who show a great disparity in their facilities and methods for handling cattle.

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Global View Required For Beef Industry Today, Producers Told

NCBA News

Beef producers should think globally when considering their future, a leading Washington insider told cattle producers at the Cattle Industry Summer Conference here today. Jim Wiesemeyer, vice president, policy and trade issues, for Informa Economics Inc., told about 700 producers at the opening session that exports are “going to be your margins in the future. That is your growth market.”

He noted beef exports in May were up 32 percent over last year, and were the largest since 2003. The industry has momentum, he says, through the new managed trade agreement with South Korea. “Hopefully, Japan will come along,” he said.

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Baxter Black: SERIOUS ROPIN’ UPDATE

If yer a sorry roper, friend, let me commiserate And pass along some wisdom that may help to set you straight.

The reason that yer just no good and why you’ve never won Is…You’ve got the false impression that ropin’ should be fun!

Don’t kid yourself. It’s just like golf. We’re talkin’ sacrifice! To rope and win consistently you have to pay the price.

Eliminate the little things that busy up yer life, Those bothersome distractions like house payments and a wife.

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Internal Parasites in Cattle Hinder Optimum Production

Heather Smith Thomas

Cattle Today

Internal parasites (stomach and intestinal worms) rob cattle of nutrition, reducing growth and weight gains in young cattle and hindering optimum production in all classes of cattle. Heavy infestations can also create health issues; worms can be a stress, making the host animal more vulnerable to disease. Deworming cattle at the proper time in the life cycle of the target parasite to eliminate egg-laying adults in the tract, or at a time of year to most effectively minimize re-contamination of pasture with worm eggs, can keep re-infection at a low level.

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New owners lack connection with ag producers

Ron De Yong

Great Falls Tribune

Montana’s farm and ranch families can be forgiven if they feel threatened, even besieged, by the upheaval occurring in commodity markets. They are blamed unjustly for high food costs, struggle to justify staggeringly high fuel and fertilizer costs, and suddenly find fewer opportunities to use traditional futures markets to cushion the risks they are asked to accept.

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Fly control important for cattle producers

Walter Earle, Agriculture Extension director

The Wilson Times

As the temperatures rise, so do the number of flies that are feeding on and, in general, harassing your cattle.

Flies are a nuisance for humans, but an even greater nuisance for cattle. Studies have shown that producers suffer economic losses when fly populations reach 200 flies per animal.

Therefore, controlling fly population in cattle will have a positive effect on a producer’s bottom line. The two species of flies that cause cattle the most problems are the horn fly and the face fly.

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NCBA Task Force members hear from cattlemen

Peter Shinn

Brownfield Network

A task force charged with examining the structure and governance of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) held a public listening session at the Summer Cattle Industry Convention last week in Denver. And a member of that task force told Brownfield the tone of the meeting was overwhelmingly positive.

Nebraska Cattlemen Executive Vice President and task force member Michael Kelsey described the listening session as at a standing room-only affair, at least at times. And according to Kelsey, one clear theme emerged about NCBA’s structure and governance from listening session participants.

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