Monthly Archives: July 2008

By the Numbers, EPDs and what they tell us

Sally Northcutt

Angus Journal

Sometimes, in our attempt to always access and use the most current information or understand the latest in decision-making tools, we take for granted that all who read this column on a monthly basis have been exposed to the basics of animal breeding tools. It may seem redundant to say that an expected progeny difference (EPD) predicts “differences” in how future progeny are expected to perform. Yet a commonly asked question received in the Performance Programs Department at the Association regarding EPDs is “what will the calves weigh?”

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Watch Your Withdrawal Periods

Do you know what the withdrawal period is for the various animal health products that you administer to your livestock?  For that matter, do you know what a withdrawal period is established for?

As livestock producers, we are the first line of defense in ensuring that the American meat supply is a quality, wholesome, and safe product.  To help meet that goal, withdrawal periods have been established for many of the animal health products that are used in livestock production.  This is a period of time beginning with the administration of a pharmaceutical product and lasting a set length that has been pre-determined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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$37 Million To Pen Up Excess Wild Horses?

Robert M. Thorson

Hartford Courant

Wild horses: Let’s kill ’em.

That’s my opinion, based on a recent spate of articles and blog postings about the excess population of so-called wild horses on our federally owned Home on the Range. The Bureau of Land Management, which has the responsibility for managing these "feral equids" on publicly owned land in 10 Western states, hopes to euthanize those it can’t find the money to take care of.

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Farmers try to shrug off rising fuel costs



Farmers who are typically fatalistic about bad news like a wet growing season are trying to shrug off rising fuel costs.

Although the ripple effect of higher petroleum costs has inflated the cost of just about everything from animal feed to utility costs and plastic packaging, farmers here are banking on a strong consumer demand and higher sales volume to offset a shrinking profit margin.

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States help graying farmers find successors


Seattle Post Intelligencer

Mike Cullipher used to juggle his farm chores and a full-time job, working 275 acres on nights and weekends. Now he’s trying to make a go of it as a full-time farmer, and he’s wondering about his father’s plans for the property.

But when he asks 73-year-old Louis Cullipher, who is still active on the Virginia Beach farm, how he will divide the business among his three children, "He just puts his hands up and says ‘we’ll talk another day,’" the younger Cullipher says.

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Proving beef’s worth

By Miranda Reiman

People often measure value by their expectations. 

The bargain bin toolsets are OK for folks with occasional need, but your own shop bench is lined with Snap-On® and Craftsman®. After all, they have to stand up to a lot of heavy use.

You might buy a set of dishes at the “dollar store” because they’ll last long enough for your teenager to get through college, but your cupboards are stocked with those from a brand-name department store.

The bottom line is, you’re willing to pay more for an item if you know it’s worth it. 

Even a routine Saturday night out on the town could illustrate that point. Buck’s Steakhouse might be a bit pricier than the local drive-in, but the food and atmosphere keep you coming back. 

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Beef Queen mixes faith, showing cattle — ‘it’s a lifestyle’


Wapakoneta Daily News

Not that the 2008 Auglaize County beef queen would want to or had to, but she finds it hard to imagine herself doing anything else.

Sarah Wireman, the 19-year-old daughter of Millie and David Wireman, of Waynesfield, grew up in a family where showing steers weighing more than 2,000 pounds was the norm. Her mother and father showed steers when they were their daughter’s age. In fact, that’s how the  couple met.

Showing steer came naturally as they were raising their children, including Sarah, her fraternal twin sister, Laina, and their older brother Drand, 24.

Sarah’s grandfather, R.L. Miller, also served as a big influence in the family’s involvement in cattle.

Starting when they were 8, Sarah and Laina, began showing feeder calves in the open show at the Auglaize County Fair. The following year, as 9-year-olds, the girls were showing 1,200-pound steers in the Market Steer Show.

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