Daily Archives: January 12, 2009

Video Feature: What advice do you have for a first time heifer exhibitor?

Video Feature: What advice do you have for a first time heifer exhibitor?

Purina Mills



‘ALWAYS BE RIDIN’ YER HORSE’ A good cowboy passed along that bit of wisdom he learned from his dad.

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Whitestone-Krebs cattle at home in Russia

Whitestone-Krebs cattle at home in Russia

Not your average shipping day

Lyn Messersmith

The Cattle Business Weekly

September 9th and 16th , 2008 weren’t ordinary sale days for Whitestone-Krebs Angus of Gordon, Neb. The shipment of two hundred fifty heifers and ten bulls to Russia had involved months of preparation, which culminated in two short days.

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Emerging Economic Shadow of COOL Legislation

Emerging Economic Shadow of COOL Legislation


As the recent Country of Origin Labelling legislation descends into legal battles, the financial effect that this move has had begins to take shape.

According to a recent report by Truth About Trade and Technology, one thing to keep in mind when looking at the data is not just the date when MCOOL went into effect (September 30) but also the provision in the last farm bill that all cattle imported in the US before July 15 would be considered of US origin while those imported after that date would be considered of foreign origin, thus impacting the terms with which they were sold to packing plants.

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Perkins Named Executive Vice President of BBU

Perkins Named Executive Vice President of BBU

Cattle Today

Dr. Tommy Perkins of Willard, Mo. has been named executive vice president for Beefmaster Breeders United. He will assume his duties on January 1, 2009.

Prior to accepting the position with Beefmaster Breeders United, Perkins was Director of the Beef Teaching and Research Program and Professor for the Department of Agriculture, Missouri State University, Springfield, Mo.

Dr. Perkins received his B.S. and M.A. degrees from West Texas State University, Canyon, Texas. and his Ph.D. from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas. in Animal Breeding and Genetics.

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SoCal slaughter plant abuse not systemic

SoCal slaughter plant abuse not systemic

High Plains Journal

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s inspector general said, Dec. 10, that there wasn’t a systemic failure behind the cattle abuse that led to the nation’s biggest beef recall last February.

But the IG also said in a report that better management controls are needed to prevent further incidents of the kind of abuse that happened at Southern California’s Westland/Hallmark Meat Co.

Workers at the plant were recorded on undercover video abusing and prodding cattle to force them to slaughter. The scandal led the USDA to ban slaughter of all ‘downer’ cows that are too weak to stand.

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Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Announces Pruismann as the New President

Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Announces Pruismann as the New President


The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) held elections for their Executive Board the evening of January 5, 2009 prior to the kickoff of the 2009 ICA Annual Convention, January 6-7, at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center in Ames, Iowa.

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Composting helping Kentucky farms go green

Composting helping Kentucky farms go green

High Plains Journal

Some Kentucky horse and cattle farms looking to cut costs have found the answer on the bottom of their shoes.


The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that at least 50 farms across the state are using a process called aerobic hot composting to turn horse manure into fertilizer that can be used in pastures and flower beds.

“There’s no downside to this,” said Brad Caron, director of facilities at Three Chimneys Farm.

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National Western Stock Show Seen As Economic Spur

National Western Stock Show Seen As Economic Spur

Judith Kohler

CBS 4 Denver

Pat Grant has a 103-year-old idea for spurring the economy — keep the National Western Stock Show going and growing so it endures for several more decades.

The 103rd edition of the stock show, rodeo and horse competition that started Saturday is at a critical juncture, said Grant, National Western president and chief executive.

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Wanted: livestock veterinarians

Wanted: livestock veterinarians

Betsy Burke Parker

Fauquier Weekend

They might not feel the pinch, yet.

But Farm Bureau officials warn they will.

While veterinary schools continue to graduate plenty of qualified veterinarians, fewer of those grads are seeking careers working with food animals. That’s a huge concern if you raise livestock.

It’s significant even if you don’t.

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Maps trace historic cattle trails

Maps trace historic cattle trails


The history of cattle trails created by cattle barons like Francisco Coronado, Charles Goodnight, Jesse Chisholm and others has been marked on America’s Cattle Trails map available through the Union County Cattlemen’s Association and the Union County Museum Society.

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MT rancher shares concerns in DC

MT rancher shares concerns in DC


The General Accountability Office recently invited R-CALF Chief Executive Officer Bill Bullard to travel to Washington to discuss the state of the cattle industry.

During his trip Bullard also met with President-Elect Barack Obama’s transition team as well as the U.S. House Agriculture Chair.

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Virginian Lives His Dream of Raising Cattle

Virginian Lives His Dream of Raising Cattle

Rocky Womack

Lancaster Farming

As a young boy, Zach Tucker was interested in the farm life and often visited Four Locust Farm, the dairy operation of his grandfather, George O. Pettus Jr. Tucker’s passion though lied with beef cattle, so in 2000 his father, Robert, gave him 20 commercial heifers as a graduation gift from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. Eventually, his father steered him toward raising purebreds, too.

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Evaluate Winter Forage and Feeding to Improve Performance

Evaluate Winter Forage and Feeding to Improve Performance

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS

Cattle Today

By this time of the year producers are well into the winter feeding season. Most decisions have been made, hopefully, months ago. With the uncertainty of the current feed and commodity markets this is not always the case. In many cases, about this time, many cattlemen realize – “I may not have enough hay or forage to carry my herd through,” being unfortunate enough to live in an area affected by drought. Or perhaps your question is “feed prices look like they may go back up, what should I do to protect my cost position?”

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Pa. Farm Show opens

Pa. Farm Show opens


The Herald Mail

These days, the Pennsylvania Farm Show hardly is about the countless competitions that are held throughout the week.

While a ribbon always is nice, there’s a sort of understanding between the entrants to the show.

“It’s basically just about being here with other people — cattle people — and we share our ideas,” said Steve Upperman, 49, of Chambersburg, Pa. “A lot of people think it’s about the best animal, but it’s also about communication and talking about what’s going on around the show.”

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