Daily Archives: December 24, 2008

Ask the Vet: Bull Soundness

Ask the Vet: Bull Soundness

Dr. Ken McMillan.

Progressive Farmer

The risk of not doing a Breeding Soundness Evaluation (BSE) is too big a gamble. A BSE does not measure libido, so you must be sure the bull is interested in breeding cows. Certain problems with a bull’s penis do not show up during a BSE so you must be sure he can breed cows.

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Considerations For 2008 Taxes

Considerations For 2008 Taxes

Southernlivestock.com

This year farmers have more alternatives to consider with respect to cost recovery or depreciation on assets that they placed in service during 2008, said a Purdue University tax law specialist.

“Congress wanted to stimulate the economy, so they made two changes that apply to 2008,” said George Patrick. “Both of these essentially give you more of your purchase price back in the year that it was placed in service.”

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Q&A: I recently bought seven older bred cows, 8-10 yrs old, that are a bit on the thin side. What is the best way to get them back in good condition before the March calving season?

Q&A:   I recently bought seven older bred cows, 8-10 yrs old, that are a bit on the thin side. What is the best way to get them back in good condition before the March calving season?

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

A:   If you have corn stalk residue available that has some down ear corn, this would one of the cheapest opportunities to get condition back on thin cows before calving in March. If there is not some ear drop in the stalk field, consider supplementing the thin cows with some distillers grains, gluten feed, or alfalfa.

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Who is Tom Vilsack?

Who is Tom Vilsack?

Next Secretary of Ag a corn pusher

Cattle Business Weekly

President-elect Barack Obama’s selection of former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack as the new Secretary of Agriculture is being widely accepted by agricultural, conservation and environmental communities alike.

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Santa Finds it hard to be jolly in a Modern World

Santa Finds it hard to be jolly in a Modern World

Gary Truitt

Hoosier AG Today

“Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” Clement Clark Moore would have found it impossible to write his classic “A Visit from St. Nicholas” poem today. Government regulations, social activists, and political correctness would have kept that “jolly old elf” from making his annual trip. I originally wrote this column for Christmas 2002, but in the last few years there have been many new developments that I felt the need to update my list of Christmas gifts that are not acceptable for the politically, environmentally, and humanely correct person.

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Nebraska Cattlemen Approves Policies, Select Leaders

Nebraska Cattlemen Approves Policies, Select Leaders

KNEB

Despite the Economy, the discussions, crowd and weather were all good for the NC Convention and Trade Show in Kearney. NC membership conducted the association’s business with over 500 attendees participating.

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Amen Departs Whole Foods to Join NCBA’s Western Channel Marketing Team

Amen Departs Whole Foods to Join NCBA’s Western Channel Marketing Team

THR.com

Trevor Amen, former market analyst in the national meat purchasing office of Whole Foods Market, joined the Beef Checkoff-funded National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) channel marketing team.

Before Whole Foods, Amen began his career with Safeway Inc., as a marketing trainee, and quickly moved into the position of national commodity specialist, spending two years as a buyer at the supermarket chain.

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