Daily Archives: January 22, 2009

Video Feature: Where is the best place to buy a prospect steer or heifer?

Video Feature: Where is the best place to buy a prospect steer or heifer?

Purina Mills

Baxter Black: PET YER DOG

Baxter Black


What did we do to deserve dogs? Is it because we always treat them kindly, never yell at them or kick ‘em? Or because we promise to pamper them and pick up their poop? Why did God decide to gift humans with such a loyal companion?

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The Obama administration could change the cattle industry

The Obama administration could change the cattle industry

Steve Cornett

Beef Today

A big question is where Barack Obama will try to lead the cattle industry.

During the campaign, he sounded a bit animal rightsy and a bit anti-trade and a bit populist and a bit anti-big business and more than a bit environmentalist.

But then he is, as his preacher mentioned, a politician and so who knows?

Anyhow, the guys at R-CALF and their splintered-off U.S. Cattlemen’s Association, have cause to be optimistic that with Obama and a heavily Democratic Congress, “the environment is now right to implement some of the issues we’ve been working on for 10 years,” to quote the former organization’s Bill Bullard.

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Cattlemen’s Convention Goes Coast to Coast on TV

Cattlemen’s Convention Goes Coast to Coast on TV


Cattle producers across the US will be able to “virtually attend” the 2009 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Phoenix 28 January when RFD-TV carries a live two-hour show from the trade show floor.

RFD-TV and NCBA Live! will run from 6 to 8 p.m. MST (8-10 p.m. EST) on RFD-TV.

“This annual event is the premier occasion for cattlemen throughout the United States,” says Melissa Tessitore, executive producer of NCBA’s award-winning Cattlemen to Cattlemen television programme on RFD-TV.

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Saving a buck

Saving a buck

Miranda Reiman

These are penny-pinching times. Thermostats and consumer spending are down. People are traveling less and doing without frills.

Cattlemen often embrace this conservative spirit, even in the good years. We know that the cattle cycle turns, and favorable prices can only last so long.

Maybe you hear the echo from dad or grandpa: “Waste not, want not.” Living through the Great Depression, they taught you to see the second or third life in all supplies.

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Ranchers can Get Tax Deductions for Donating Property

Ranchers can Get Tax Deductions for Donating Property

 John Alan Cohan, Attorney at Law

Cattle Today

Farmers, ranchers and horse owners can get significant tax deductions by making noncash charitable contributions of farm property to qualified donees–such as agricultural schools or government programs. This serves two purposes: one, there is a tax deduction available; and two, by culling unneeded animals or equipment, or even land, this shows the IRS that you are mindful of costs and that you are doing what you can to operate in a businesslike manner –so as to move closer towards making a profit.

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Shortage of livestock vets worries Pa.

Shortage of livestock vets worries Pa.

Amy Worden

Philadelphia Inquirer

When Westmoreland County dairy farmer Rick Ebert desperately needs a veterinarian for emergencies on his 450-acre farm, he can’t always count on one getting there in time.

In the last two years, he has lost two pregnant heifers during problem deliveries because his two vets were helping farmers in other counties.

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Guaranteed tenderness’ labels a step closer thanks to infrared

Guaranteed tenderness’ labels a step closer thanks to infrared

Dan Buglass


NEW technology that can quickly measure tenderness of meat at the abattoir is looking promising.

Delegates to yesterday’s annual research and development conference staged by Quality Meat Scotland in Perth saw samples of beef and lamb tested using near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy.

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Top-notch beef cattle conference set

Top-notch beef cattle conference set

Mark Keaton

Baxter Bulletinn

Beef cattle producers can learn the latest on producing quality cattle by attending the upcoming River Valley & KOMA Beef Cattle Conference Feb. 10 at the I-40 Livestock Auction in Ozark.

The River Valley Beef Cattle & KOMA Conference is a joint educational effort by the Division of Agriculture and Farm Credit Services of Western Arkansas.

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Another Delay for COOL

Another Delay for COOL

Hoosier Ag Today

  The flurry of last minute rulemaking under the Bush Administration has been halted. An Obama Administration memorandum directs agency heads to withdraw all proposed or final regulations, with the exception of emergency situations or specific urgent circumstances that have not been published in the Federal Register.

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Meetings offer advice for beef farmers

Meetings offer advice for beef farmers

 Janelle Skrinjar

Farm and Dairy

Turbulent change has rattled the beef industry recently, leaving many producers wondering how to take the next step. A February meeting series called Managing Dynamic Change in the Beef Industry will guide farmers through the process of understanding today’s beef cattle business.

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Why Is The Time In Which A Newborn Receives Colostrum So Important?

Why Is The Time In Which A Newborn Receives Colostrum So Important?


By the 24-hour mark the gut begins to close and it becomes extremely difficult for the calf to absorb the antibodies in the colostrum. The calf’s intestine becomes impermeable to large proteins. Studies have shown, that at six hours after birth, calves absorbed 66 % of the immunoglobulins in colostrum, but at 36 hours after birth calves were able to absorb only 7 % of immunoglobulins.

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Vilsack Confirmed as Secretary of Agriculture

Vilsack Confirmed as Secretary of Agriculture

Hoosier Ag Today

  Just a few hours after Barack Obama took the oath of President of the United States, the U.S. Senate confirmed seven of his cabinet appointees. Among them, Tom Vilsack was confirmed Secretary of Agriculture. Vilsack’s appointment had the support of Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, who was first to speak in the Senate following the inauguration.

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From Russia for beef

From Russia for beef

Russian delegation toured Timmerman Feeding Company near Sterling

Callie Jones

Journal Advocate

Russia wants to restore its agriculture economy and infrastructure and in order to do that they’re researching the U.S. beef industry. Part of the research involved sending a Russian delegation to the U.S. to view the U.S. cattle industry

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Missouri ag industry leaders paint grim picture for lawmakers

Missouri ag industry leaders paint grim picture for lawmakers

Julie Harker

Brownfield Network

Ag leaders in the nation’s second leading state for cow-calf operations are sharing their concerns with state lawmakers. Agriculture leaders in Missouri painted a grim picture for state senators this week, detailing the many problems facing producers. Jeff Windett with the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association says the last year-and-a-half has been very challenging for cattle producers. Windett says, “We’ve seen unprecedented high input costs from feed, fuel and fertilizer and a weakened dollar have all contributed to that decline in cattle operations throughout the United States and especially in Missouri.”

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