Daily Archives: August 26, 2008

Video Feature: Dr. Jeff Savell: Are we filling the demand for quality beef today?

Dr. Jeff Savell, meat scientist with Texas A&M University, provides a summary and discussion of the results of three recent check-off funded beef quality studies – the National Beef Quality Audit, the National Beef Tenderness Survey, and the National Beef Market Basket Survey. Recorded at the 2007 Beef Quality Summit, Omaha, NE

Planning for profitability, Learn to be pre-active not reactive

Cattle Business Weekly

For some ranchers, strategic planning may seem tedious. For others, it may seem something a large corporation – not a working cattle operation – would do. But Texas A&M University – Kingsville’s King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management Executive

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Manure Management Web Resource Available

Thebeefsite.com

The topic is always the science of manure management at the Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center, which connects experts from land-grant universities and federal agencies with animal producers and their advisers.

The primary tool for making this connection is http://www.extension.org/, then click on Animal Manure Management. This is the Web-based collaborative environment where research experts share knowledge to help producers and their advisers solve challenges.

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Enhancing profits while managing risk for 2008’s calf crop

Alfredo DiCostanzo, University of Minnesota Beef Team

Summer is a good time to start thinking of marketing the 2008 calf crop. Mandatory COOL will go into effect September 30, 2008, and packers and beef retailers will need to provide country of origin of the product they will be selling. Additionally, price conditions for cattle and corn in 2008 have defied all odds. Increasing corn prices since the 2007 corn harvest were expected to have a negative impact on feeder prices. Although early in 2008 feeder prices weakened somewhat, steady to increasing fed cattle prices have sustained feeder prices more recently.

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Branded Programs Can Add Value to Calf Crops

Clifford Mitchell

Cattle Today

There are many economic philosophies that can be applied to different situations. Business professors across the land preach macro-and micro-economic principles to future MBA holders that take a seat at the head of the corporate table. The rural CEO of his outfit (rancher) does not have time to sort through these highly sophisticated ideas when it’s time for a calf to be pulled, water to be hauled in a drought or ice to be chopped in a winter storm, but when the calf crop is marketed, each has a rough handle on the theories that will affect the bottom line.

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Winter Pastures Good Bet Despite High Seed Costs

cattlenetwork.com

Along with driving up the costs of inputs such as nitrogen fertilizer, high fuel prices are raising the cost of seed for ryegrass and other small grains, according to a Texas AgriLife Research scientist.

Ryegrass seed, which is used in winter pastures, will probably be about $60 a hundredweight this year, said Dr. Lloyd Nelson, AgriLife Research small grains breeder.

"That’s up about $10 a hundredweight compared to last year," he said. "I’m talking about premium varieties."

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“From Birth to the Bank” Cattle Seminar

Mexia Daily News

Texas AgriLife Extension Service agriculture committees in McLennan, Hill, Limestone, Coryell and Bosque Counties are sponsoring a “From Birth to the Bank” Cattle Seminar on Wednesday, September 24, 2008, from 1-4 PM at the West Auction Barn in West, Texas.

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Gelbvieh owner honored

The Glasgow Daily Times

Single Tree Farm in Knob Lick was recently recognized by the American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) as the owner of three Gelbvieh cows exhibiting the consistent maternal efficiency typical of “The Continental Breed of Choice.” The AGA has designated these outstanding beef females as Dam of Merit and Dam of Distinction.

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National Beef Stocker Survey Results To Be Disclosed

Beef Magazine

Key findings of the National Stocker Survey, recently completed by BEEF magazine and 12 land-grant universities, is among the highlights of the K-State Beef Stocker Field Day, Oct. 2.

Registration is at 9:30 a.m., with the program beginning at 10:15 a.m. at Kansas State University’s (KSU) Beef Stocker Unit, located west of Manhattan on west Marlatt Ave.

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Animal ID Feature: The Next Frontier – Five Rivers Cattle Feeding

cattlenetwork.com

An operation as large as Five Rivers Ranch Cattle Feeding, it is hard to imagine monitoring and managing each animal as an individual. But that is where they are headed. Five Rivers is the world’s largest cattle feeder, with a one-time capacity of over 800,000 head in 10 feedyards, finishing between 1.5 million and 1.7 million head of company and customer cattle per year.

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Tramar Farms ‘As close to nature as possible’

Dan Whitney

Chronicle Times

Randy Hofmeyer grew up on the farm, working with his dad, Arvin, and started farming "on his own" in 1985, at a site two miles northeast of Paullina, at 4330 Redwood Avenue.

His wife, Rowena, joined the operation when she married Randy in 1986 and their children, Aaron, Michael, Thomas and Aislinn, have helped to make this a true "family farm," as have Arvin and his wife Twila, who still contribute, making their business,Tramar Farms, a three generation family operation.

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LA Cattlemen’s Association holds conference

Pamela Hickman

Beauregard Daily News

The Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association held their summer conference Friday at the Dry Creek Baptist Camp to discuss current topics in the beef industry.

One of the most prevalent topics discussed was that of properly identifying cattle. With the exportation of beef to countries such as Mexico and Japan, tagging cattle is increasingly important for the business to survive. One program named COOL (Country of Origin Labeling) will become law on September 30, and will mandate the identification of all cattle in the beef market. COOL is being implemented as a way to discern packaged meat and the country it is supplied from.

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Young Angus Leaders Participate in LEAD

Cattle Today

National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) members from 33 states and Canada participated in the LEAD (Leaders Engaged in Angus Development) Conference, Aug. 1-4 in Billings, Mont. The 215 youth and advisors enhanced their interpersonal talents while learning more leadership skills and touring the “Big Sky” country of Montana. “Take it to the Top” was this year’s theme for LEAD, which is funded through the Angus Foundation and designed for NJAA members 14- to 21-years old.

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Grass-Fed Beef Gains Favor With Consumers, But Niche Limited

cattlenetwork.com

In frontier days and well into the 20th century, America’s cattle grazed on grass, whether on the rolling prairies or in the family farm pasture. As the landscape changed, the grasslands gave way to cropland, and cattle producers looked for more efficient ways of getting beef to market.

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And on that farm the cows face north – says Google

 Ewen Callaway

NewScientist.com

They could be the world’s smelliest magnets. Grazing cows tend to face the North and South Poles, claims a new study of 308 herds made using Google Earth satellite photos.

The ungulate’s orientation suggests that they, like migratory birds, sea turtles and monarch butterflies, tune into Earth’s magnetic fields, says Hynek Burda, a biologist at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany.

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