Daily Archives: October 9, 2008

Low Cost Heifer Development Strategies

Low Cost Heifer Development Strategies

Rick Funston, Beef Specialist, University of Nebraska West Central Research and Extension Center, North Platte, NE

Substantial research has been conducted contributing to the traditional guidelines of developing heifers to 60 to 65% of mature body weight at time of breeding. In general, studies evaluating different postweaning rates of gain or target weights have used either different amounts of feed, or different types of feeds varying in energy and/or protein content to obtain differences in rates of growth.

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A Decisive Moment In The Election?

A Decisive Moment In The Election?

Troy Marshall

Beef Magazine

Things certainly look bleak for the McCain/Palin ticket right now. The latest polls have Obama gaining significant momentum. In fact, the latest CBS News poll has Barack Obama with a nine-point advantage. Just two weeks ago, these very same polls showed McCain with all the momentum and leading in the key toss-up states, but things have changed dramatically.

According to the polls, if the election were held today, Obama would enjoy a significant victory in the Electoral College. Certainly, there’s nearly five weeks to go until the upcoming election and there is ample time for voter sentiment to change yet again.

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US Hay Supplies Are Up, but More is Needed

US Hay Supplies Are Up, but More is Needed


Even though the majority of the state is in the midst of a drought, hay supplies are up from last year. However, some livestock producers will still need to find an additional hay source to get through the winter, said Tom Keene, hay marketing specialist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

“Overall, we are in decent to fair shape on cattle hay going into the winter,” he said. “Producers who use high quality hay to feed dairy cattle and horses will likely need to import additional quantities this year to have a sufficient supply.”

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Have you adapted to these megatrends?

Have you adapted to these megatrends?

Kindra Gordon

The Cattle Business Weekly

Colorado beef producer and industry commentator Troy Marshall calls the current state of the industry “interesting times,” and says, “Our industry truly has changed dramatically.”

He cites statistics like the fact that JBS Swift, which didn’t exist a year ago, is now our largest beef packer. As well, in the last 15 years, 240,000 cattle producers have exited the business

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Little-known E. coli strain starts gaining notoriety

Little-known E. coli strain starts gaining notoriety


Daily record.com/USA TODAY

Braylee Beaver, 20 months old, is back to her playful self after a 12-day hospital stay in which she received dialysis treatment and was stuck with so many needles she thought she was being punished, says her father.

Beaver was allegedly sickened by an E. coli bacteria but not E. coli O157:H7, the type that most consumers are aware of. That bacteria drove the recall of almost 30 million pounds of meat last year and was blamed for an outbreak involving fresh spinach in 2006 in which five died.

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Minnesota beef researchers make pasture season longer

Minnesota beef researchers make pasture season longer

Ryon Walker

University of Minnesota Extension

Tri State Neighbor

The livestock industry has been faced with many challenges over the last several years.

Production costs increased 25 percent for the cow/calf producer and 56 percent for the cow/calf through the feedlot phase since 2005. These higher production costs are directly due to high feed, fuel and fertilizer prices.

With this rise in production cost, forages have become a more valuable commodity. Researchers at the University of Minnesota North Central Research and Outreach Center in Grand Rapids, Minn., have been looking at ways to extend the grazing season so that cattle spend fewer months on feed in the winter.

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Canadian COOL response

Canadian COOL response


The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) and the Canadian Pork Council (CPC) officially submitted joint comments, to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), claiming Country-of-Origin Labelling (COOL) legislation discriminates against Canada’s 100,000 livestock producers.

COOL will squeeze more dollars out of Canada’s 90,000 beef cattle producers and 9,000 hog producers say the two groups, whose comments were echoed by the National Cattle Feeders’ Association (NCFA), representing Canada’s provincial cattle feeder organizations.

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