Daily Archives: September 26, 2008

Stokes resigns as CEO of NCBA

Stokes resigns as CEO of NCBA


Terry Stokes, chief executive officer of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), announced today he will resign from his position following the 2009 Cattle Industry Convention, January 31, 2009.

Stokes said representing cattlemen and championing their cause has been the greatest honor and the most fulfilling job of his career, but he explained it also is all-consuming. He said he is looking forward to spending time with his family and exploring new opportunities.

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Angus breed tackling Curly Calf Syndrome

Angus breed tackling Curly Calf Syndrome

Gardiner Angus suspected, helping with research

Codi Vallery

The Cattle Business Weekly

The Curly Calf Syndrome being talked about recently in Angus cattle has been tentatively traced to the GAR Precision 1680 bloodlines, according to Dr. Jonathan E. Beever and Dr. David Steffen who are working in cooperation with the American Angus Association.

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BeefTalk: Tips for Marketing Cows and Bulls

BeefTalk: Tips for Marketing Cows and Bulls

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Key Points: Executive Summary of the 2007 National Market Cow and Bull Beef Quality Audit Key Points: Executive Summary of the 2007 National Market Cow and Bull Beef Quality Audit

When producers band together, industry weak points can be identified and eliminated.

Every year, beef operators need to make decisions on how many cows and bulls will remain on the production inventory sheet and how many will shift to the market column. In preparation for that shift, as well as management during the marketing process, beef producers need to recap the year’s production and review their marketing strategies.

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America Faces Critical Shortage Of Veterinarians

America Faces Critical Shortage Of Veterinarians


America has a growing shortage of veterinarians. It’s become a career with almost no unemployment, because there aren’t enough veterinarians to fill available jobs.

This shortage is starting to reach crisis levels in some areas, reports the American Veterinary Medical Association. For example, dozens of rural counties across the country lack large-animal veterinarians to treat livestock and poultry-putting the country’s food supply in jeopardy.

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COOL Recordkeeping Now Necessary Part of Livestock Marketing

COOL Recordkeeping Now Necessary Part of Livestock Marketing

Tim Petry, Livestock Marketing Economist, NDSU Extension Service

The USDA has issued an Interim Final Rule for the implementation of Country of Origin Labeling and is taking comments until Sept. 30.

Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for retail packages of beef, chicken, goat, lamb and pork will become mandatory in the U.S. on Sept. 30. Beef, lamb and pork were included in the 2002 farm bill. Chicken and goat meat were added in the 2008 farm bill.

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Support and attend ninth annual Minnesota Beef Expo

Support and attend ninth annual Minnesota Beef Expo


Minnesota Farm Guide

The Minnesota Beef Expo just keeps getting bigger and better!

This year’s premier beef event in the upper Midwest will take place at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, Thursday, Oct. 16 through Sunday, Oct. 19.

The four-day event includes a junior show featuring approximately 550 head of cattle competing for over $10,000 in prize money.

Junior events also include cattle judging, showmanship competition, and presentation of seven Minnesota Youth Beef Experience Program heifers.

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Stage, Moisture Vital To Making Silage

Stage, Moisture Vital To Making Silage


If your field corn maturity is behind schedule, the silage corn certainly will be late.

“We are now at the time of the year that frost often determines when to begin chopping,” says J.W. Schroeder, North Dakota State University Extension Service dairy specialist. “But without a frost forcing the decision, producers may be looking to begin chopping now.”

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