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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