Daily Archives: January 8, 2009

Video Feature: How do you get a show steer’s hair to be thick?

Video Feature: How do you get a show steer’s hair to be thick?

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University of Minnesota Beef Team offers two new home study courses focusing on backgrounding and bovine tuberculosis

University of Minnesota Beef Team offers two new home study courses focusing on backgrounding and bovine tuberculosis

The University of Minnesota Beef Team is proud to present the 2009 Beef Home Study Course. This year producers will have the choice of two topics-Bovine Tuberculosis and/or Backgrounding Operations. The home study course assists beef producers in furthering their knowledge of topics that may benefit the management of their beef operation while learning in the comfort of their home or office. There will be six lessons included with each course offering.

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Extension Offers Beef Profitability Workshops in January and February

Extension Offers Beef Profitability Workshops in January and February

How a beef operation is managed can make a significant difference in how profitable it is. With so many variables to consider, such as feed and fuel costs and up-and-down markets, managing profitability and maintaining a healthy bottom line can present an ongoing challenge.

UNL Extension will offer beef profitability workshops in January and February to help producers meet these challenges.

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Marbling Is Good Fat

Marbling Is Good Fat

Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef

Southern Livestock

    Marbling has become one of the least understood concepts in the beef-consuming world. No wonder, with all the competing and contradictory messages from “experts.”

If your blood test shows low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels have jumped, most doctors and nutritionists say cut back on red meat—especially highly marbled beef.

    People use a simplistic filter for diet and health news: fat and cholesterol are bad. But facts are beginning to dispel the clouds.

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Calving Condition

Calving Condition

Troy Smith

Angus Journal

Whether they grew up in the cow business or were drawn to it later in life, most cow-calf producers have relied on sage advice. Maybe it came from Granddad or other wizened mentors – veterans of droughts, bad winters and market swings – who survived and managed cows long enough to use up plenty of herd tally books. Surely, as you learned the ropes, someone warned, “You can’t starve a profit out of a cow.”

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Cattle Preconditioning: Identifying Parasites

Cattle Preconditioning: Identifying Parasites


Stomach Worms. These parasites are a particular problem when pastures are irrigated and in areas of high rainfall. Deworm cattle that graze irrigated pastures or lush, moist pastures or serious infections might develop. In other types of pasture, economic response to deworming is often difficult to demonstrate.

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Mix It Up

Mix It Up

Kim Watson

Beef Today

Taking advantage of lower-cost byproduct feeds or even using your own grain makes an appealing option for feeding cattle. The challenge lies in getting that feed formulated and mixed correctly for the type of cattle you feed.

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UPDATE: Current Interim Akridge named Dean of Purdue Agriculture

UPDATE: Current Interim Akridge named Dean of Purdue Agriculture

Andy Eubank-Beth Forbes

Hoosier AG Today

The interim dean of agriculture at Purdue University won’t need to change offices. Jay Akridge has been named the next Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture. Akridge has been serving as interim dean, and his appointment is pending ratification by the board of trustees. Akridge replaces Randy Woodson who was named Purdue’s provost last May.

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The Trouble of Seedstock in the Market

The Trouble of Seedstock in the Market

There is no question that the beef cattle business has undergone a very tumultuous period over the past few years.


John Grimes, OSU Extension Educator, says that significant changes within the beef industry combined with national and world economic woes have impacted every member of the entire beef production chain. ‘No segment of the industry has been immune to these impacts including cow-calf producers, stocker operations, feedlots, packers, and even those involved in seedstock production’, he writes.

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Grazing Management Strategies Class

Grazing Management Strategies Class

Andrew Keller

Winter usually doesn`t have ranchers working from sunrise to sunset. Because of this spare time, farmers in Dickinson have the opportunity to learn about developing pasture-forage management plans.

In May, Drew Erhardt will be in the real world. He`ll graduate from Dickinson State University and he plans to head back to the family ranch in Center to help his dad with 400 cows. He`s taking his final week of winter break and learning management techniques that could help him in the cattle industry.

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How is your cattle herd’s diet? Educational seminar will help

How is your cattle herd’s diet? Educational seminar will help


Two nutrition training sessions for beef producers are set for Jan. 21 in Webster and Leola.

The South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service will host the events. The first begins at 10 a.m. at the Webster Community Room in the Day County Courthouse. The second session begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Leola Municipal Building.

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Worried about Antibiotics in Your Beef? Vegetables May Be No Better

Worried about Antibiotics in Your Beef? Vegetables May Be No Better

New studies show vegetables like lettuce and potatoes–even organic ones–may carry antibiotics

Matthew Cimitile

Scientific American

For half a century, meat producers have fed antibiotics to farm animals to increase their growth and stave off infections. Now scientists have discovered that those drugs are sprouting up in unexpected places: Vegetables such as corn, potatoes and lettuce absorb antibiotics when grown in soil fertilized with livestock manure, according to tests conducted at the University of Minnesota.

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LOCAL BEEF… it’s what’s for dinner somewhere else

LOCAL BEEF… it’s what’s for dinner somewhere else


Fort Myers Florida Weekly

PHOTOS The labyrinthine cattle market means most of us are unlikely ever to eat beef raised locally.

EVEN NOW, LATE IN THE FIRST DECADE OF THE 21ST CENTURY, YOU CAN still see them on the edges of our lives, often where a few acres lie open with some grass — beef cattle, known generically as cows whether they’re heifers, steers or bulls.

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Profit equals revenue minus costs

Profit equals revenue minus costs

Rick Rasby

Angus Journal

We are all well aware that input costs for cattle enterprises have increased during the past few years. Profit equals revenue minus costs. Profit in the cow-calf enterprise can be increased by reducing annual cow costs, increasing revenue generated in the enterprise, or a combination of decreasing annual cow costs and increasing revenue generated. Sometimes you may need to invest money to generate more revenue. Are there management strategies that don’t take a lot of dollar investment to generate more revenue?

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Ivan Rush retiring

Ivan Rush retiring


University of Nebraska animal science professor Ivan Rush is retiring after 35 years of service to the beef cattle industry. A tribute included in the UNL Animal Science Department’s 2009 Beef Research Reports notes that for many cattlemen in Nebraska and beyond, when UNL is mentioned, Rush is the person who comes to mind.

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