Daily Archives: September 4, 2008

Video Feature: Dirty Jobs with Cattle

Video Feature: Dirty Jobs with Cattle

Mike Rowe learns about persuading cattle. It’s a dirty job. From the Discover Channel’s “Dirty Jobs.”

Five Places To Save Five Places To Spend

Five Places To Save Five Places To Spend

Clint Peck

Beef Magazine

Two beef production specialists offer some tips on how to make this winter easier on the pocketbooks of cattle ranchers.

Like never before, ranchers are faced with increasing costs of production, and it’s causing many of them to rethink their production strategies. But, as they look ahead to winter herd management, cutting costs just for cost-cutting sake may not be the best approach.

Ron Gill, Texas AgriLife Extension livestock specialist, and John Paterson, Montana State University Extension beef specialist, were asked to take a look at places to save and spend money this winter.

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Factors Affecting Sale Price Of Calves In Feeder Auctions

Factors Affecting Sale Price Of Calves In Feeder Auctions


In a three-state collaborative study, beef cattle specialists from North and South Dakota and the Univ. of Montana evaluated premiums paid for feeder calves in those states across auction sales for three consecutive weeks in October and November, 2006. The dataset consisted of a total of 68,475 calves (6,251 lots) having an average weight of 520 lb. Following is a brief summary of results (SOURCE: North Dakota State Univ.).

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New initiative launched to create understanding of livestock ID effort

New initiative launched to create understanding of livestock ID effort

American Cowman

The Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium (WLIC) has introduced the Livestock Vantage, a nationwide initiative to help create understanding, awareness and motivation for a unified livestock identification and traceability effort. The Livestock Vantage draws attention to the need for and value of a comprehensive system which can easily be utilized by livestock producers – regardless of size or species.

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Randazzo Joins Red Angus Association

Randazzo Joins Red Angus Association

Cattle Today

Mikalena Randazzo has been hired as the Commercial Marketing Specialist for the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA). Randazzo was raised on a commercial cow/calf operation near McAlester, Okla. She brings experience from the family operation as well as from her former position as the Office Secretary of Oklahoma BEEF Incorporated (OBI). While working for OBI she was responsible for data entry, maintenance of the OBI website, data extractions for catalog preparation and coordinating sale day activities. Randazzo received her Associates Degree in Agriculture from Connors State College and her Bachelors of Science in Animal Science from Oklahoma State University. Randazzo was hired as an RAAA intern receiving training in the Feeder Calf Certification Program’s (FCCP) supplier evaluation process, registration data input, sale catalog data extraction and website content, layout and design.

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Elanco Announces Location for New Global Headquarters

Elanco Announces Location for New Global Headquarters

Hoosier AG Today

  Elanco, a global animal health company, announced Tuesday that it has chosen a site at I-70 and Ind. 9 as the location for its new worldwide headquarters. Construction on the state-of-the-art facility, set to begin in March 2009, marks the launch of a 52-acre business and life sciences park being developed by Browning Investments.

“We are excited to not only stay in Hancock County, but also to be residents of the City of Greenfield,” said Jeff Simmons, president of Elanco, a division of Eli Lilly & Co. “This location plays a key role in providing Elanco employees a great new home, as well as a strong identity and presence in the city. It also gives our customers a great place to visit.

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Q&A What is the formula to calulate 35% wet distillers to corn price or the other way around. Example $40/ton WDGS.

Q&A   What is the formula to calulate 35% wet distillers to corn price or the other way around. Example $40/ton WDGS.

Dr. Rick Rasby, Professor of Animal Science, Animal Science, University of Nebraska

A:   Wet distiller grains = 136% the energy value of corn (this is dependent on level in a finishing diet (125% to 127% with forage)

Dry distillers grains = 110 to 115% the energy value of corn in finishing diets (research – Loy at Nebraska found 125 in forage diets, Ham at Nebraska found a little less)

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How Commercial Bull Buyers Vote With Their Pocketbooks

How Commercial Bull Buyers Vote With Their Pocketbooks

Relationships Between Various Performance Measures & Sale Prices of Bulls in VA BCIA Test Stations

Scott P. Greiner, Joi Saville, and Jean Eaton , APSC, VA Tech

Test and sale data from the Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association Central Bull Test Station program were utilized to investigate the relationship between various performance measures and the sale price of bulls.  Data on Angus bulls from five test seasons (2002-03 through 2006-07), representing the tests and sales for both Senior and Junior bulls at the Culpeper and Southwest locations were evaluated.  A total of 1061 bulls were included in the analysis after edits.  Sale value of each individual bull was expressed as the deviation from sale average (within year, location, and test age group).  Similarly, expected progeny differences (EPDs) were expressed on a percentile rank basis to account for genetic trend over time.  Test performance measures (yearling weight, average daily gain) were included in the analysis as ratios to account for differences across test groups, locations, and years.

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New website caters to beginning farmers

New website caters to beginning farmers

American Cowman

“What are my marketing options?” “How can I finance my farm start-up?” “What should I grow on my land?” If you have questions about starting a farm or are considering diversifying your farm enterprises, the new New York Beginning Farmers Resource Center at http://beginningfarmers.cce.cornell.edu can offer you information and inspiration to help you begin.

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Northey highlights restrictions Montana cattle

Northey highlights restrictions Montana cattle

Tristate Neighbor

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today highlighted for Iowa cattle producers the fact that the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has downgraded Montana’s brucellosis status from Class Free to Class A.

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Former Creekstone CEO predicts DNA-traced beef on horizon

Former Creekstone CEO predicts DNA-traced beef on horizon

Joel Crews


NORTHFIELD, ILL. – John Stewart, the former, high-profile head of Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, who now champions DNA-traceable pork as chief executive of Nature’s Premium Brand, says the same technology will be coming to a beef processor near you.

Stewart, who boldly battled the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow Creekstone to test 100% of its cattle for bovine spongiform encephalopathy to protect its export business, says DNA-based traceability is one way for U.S. beef exporters to begin gaining back customers in Korea and Japan.

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Food Safety Education Goes Nationwide

Food Safety Education Goes Nationwide

Food Product Design

Kansas State University expanded its distance education offerings to accommodate food industry professionals throughout the nation seeking further education in their field.

“The distance courses are designed for distance students and for any on-campus students who want to take them,” said Kelly Getty, an assistant professor in K-State’s Food Science Institute who coordinates distance education initiatives. “Our distance students are getting master’s degrees. They are from all over the U.S. There are about 70 in the master’s distance program. They’re coming from various food

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Forage Focus: Fall Grazing Management

Forage Focus: Fall Grazing Management


Fall grazing management is important because fall is when the grass plant needs to build up carbohydrate root reserves. The grass plants in the pasture are perennial plants, which means that they survive from year to year. Although seed production is one way that a perennial plant can survive from year to year, in pastures the more important way that plants survive is regrowth from buds located at the crown of the plant. It is during the short day, long night periods in the fall of the year that flower buds are formed/initiated on the crown of the plant. In the spring new growth comes from these buds that draw upon carbohydrate reserves stored in the roots, rhizomes, stolens and/or stem bases of the plants.

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One Hundred Thirty=five years of Angus Heritage to be Celebrated at Kansas Angus Field Day

One Hundred Thirty=five years of Angus Heritage to be Celebrated at Kansas Angus Field Day

Cattle Today

The Kansas Angus Association will host its 2008 field day on Sept. 27 in Victoria, in conjunction with a day of celebration of the heritage of Angus cattle and the 125th Anniversary of the American Angus Association®. A day-long program is planned, and will include a historical perspective, featured speakers and a Certified Angus Beef® lunch. Area Angus breeders will also display cattle around the Grant Cemetery monument, which is located at 1st Street & Angus Drive.

The field day begins at 10 a.m., with cattle viewing. A formal program will follow lunch along with the unveiling of the monument renovations. The American Angus Association has been working closely to revitalize the monument that honors Grant and those first Angus bulls during this year—the 125th anniversary of the Association.

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Designer beef

Designer beef

Spring Creek’s eco-friendly take is proving popular across Alberta


VUE Weekly

Consumers are no longer opening their mouths and accepting the taste of genetically modified foods—but eating healthy and environmentally-conscious foods usually comes with a high price tag. Thankfully a local producer is providing a natural beef option that tastes good at an acceptable price.

 Spring Creek Ranch is a fourth-generation family ranch near Vegreville with deep agriculture roots in Alberta. You could say they have gone back to the basics by producing Spring Creek Premium Beef that is never treated with hormones or antibiotics; however, they are also embracing advances in modern technology that promote efficiency while ensuring that agriculture’s resources remain renewable.

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