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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