Daily Archives: February 5, 2009

Test Your Heat Detection Knowledge

Test Your Heat Detection Knowledge

Sarah Thorson, Training Programs Manager, Genex

An artificial insemination (A.I.) program is an investment in the future of your herd. You need proper procedures to achieve a return on your investment. Accurate and efficient heat detection is one way to maximize the performance of A.I. and boost your profitability.

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Include Scrotal Circumference In Your Bull Selection

Include Scrotal Circumference In Your Bull Selection

Southern Livestock

Scrotal circumference is a trait that commercial cow calf operators should include in their bull selection criteria.  Studies conducted by Cates in 1975 on 1944 bulls indicated that the probability of the beef bull having satisfactory semen quality increased greatly as scrotal circumference increased from 30 to 38 cm.

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Oh. That’s different.

Oh. That’s different.

Steve Cornett

Beef Today

It is good that we talked like this.

I refer to the recent set of blogs and reactions to the trial balloon of a government-funded dairy buyout. The good news, from this writer’s perspective, is that apparently there is not going to be any such program.

The lobby dudes at NCBA tell me they “jumped on it early” while it was still a trial balloon, and said balloon is now deflated.

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“Humane” principles not standardized

“Humane” principles not standardized

Steve Kopperud, Senior Vice President – Policy Directions Inc.

The beef industry, the U.S. government and activist organizations all have broad, differing definitions for humane animal care and handling. Several organizations have capitalized on this discrepancy, instituting marketing claims based upon the various humane production practices outlined by various organizations.

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Rodeo Legend Honored With Endowed Chair At OSU

Rodeo Legend Honored With Endowed Chair At OSU


To honor the legacy of the famous rodeo man, cowboy and Oklahoma congressman Clem McSpadden, an endowed faculty chair has been established in his name at Oklahoma State University.

“Clem McSpadden was well known for the phrase ‘good people on good soil,’ and I believe it was his passion for young people and agriculture that guided his stellar career,” said Dr. Ron Kensinger, head of the department of animal science at OSU. “He also had a passion for OSU and the development of this endowed chair is a perfect fit for his legacy.”

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War on Weeds

War on Weeds

Winter is perfect time to strategize

Jane Mangold, MSU Extension Rangeland Invasive

The Cattle Business Weekly

Efforts to control invasive plants are often described as a “war on weeds,” and, by many estimates, the war is very hard to win. The intelligence gathered before any war is of vital importance to succeeding on the field of battle, and that is certainly the case in the war on weeds.

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Cattle grazing takes away land

Cattle grazing takes away land

Reno Gazette-Journal

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

Do you realize federally controlled land in Nevada is being leased to cattle ranchers for the production of beef?

You would be amazed that this leased land for cattle raising is in larger and larger parcels, taking the range land away from the wild horses.

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Now’s a good time for an analysis

Now’s a good time for an analysis

Tommy Yankey

The Anderson News

Most cattle producers happily waved good-bye to 2008, while crossing their fingers that 2009 will be much better. Many are wrestling with challenging management decisions as a result of the profitability challenges they are facing.

Production costs were extremely high in 2008 and feeder cattle prices fell dramatically from summer to winter.  However, it is difficult to make clear recommendations about strategies without good knowledge of the cost structure of the farm.

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Is eating beef worse than driving a car?

Is eating beef worse than driving a car?

Rick McCarty, Vice President – Issue Analysis and Strategy, NCBA

Pay attention to that word. It is showing up more and more in critical dialogue about agriculture and particularly in discussions of animal agriculture and its environmental effects.

The University of California-Davis fall 2008 Food Foresight trends analysis report said:

“Challenges to the sustainability of large scale industrial agriculture – particularly farm animal production – continue to grow as private foundations, environmental and public health groups, chefs, media and the marketplace call for changes in the name of healthier consumers, healthier farm animals and a healthier planet.”

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Beef production seminars offered in west central Nebraska

Beef production seminars offered in west central Nebraska 

Wauneta Breeze  

Five University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension Beef Production Seminars in West Central Nebraska will present the latest research-based information on herd health and profitability, said Extension Educator, Randy Saner.

These workshops will begin with registration at 9:45 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. local time, Saner said.

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‘Everyone who eats should be scared’

‘Everyone who eats should be scared’

Greg Amos

Daily Herald Tribune

Members of the National Farmers’ Union say livestock farmers are suffering because of industry consolidation that has led to the lowest steer prices in 50 years.

A panel of three speakers told a community meeting that the issue is such a concern that they’ve embarked on a cross-Canada tour to draw attention to it.

‘‘Everyone who eats food in this country should be damn scared right now,’’ said Neil Peacock, a union board member for Region 8, which covers all of B.C. and the Peace River region extending into Alberta.

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Southwest Illinois cattle producers in it for the ‘long’ haul

Southwest Illinois cattle producers in it for the ‘long’ haul



Scott Simmons of Medora may have rushed into the cattle business back in 2000 when he purchased two Longhorn cows and a bull.

But the decision has brought years of enjoyment, not to mention a unique side business, for him and his wife, Dara.

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Time To Double Check Your Heifer Development Program

Time To Double Check Your Heifer Development Program 


The first part of January is an extremely important “check-point” in spring heifer development programs. The key to proper heifer development lies in understanding the factors that influence conception in yearling heifers. One key factor regulating heifer fertility is age at puberty. Most producers don’t consider age at puberty of their heifers to be a major problem, yet few know how many heifers are actually cyclic at the beginning of the breeding season.

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Masquerading animal rights group dupes media into publishing and broadcasting vegetarian propaganda

Masquerading animal rights group dupes media into publishing and broadcasting vegetarian propaganda

David Martosko, Director of Research – Center for Consumer Freedom

By masquerading as a mainstream health group, the Cancer Project activist group has persuaded hundreds of TV and radio stations to air vegetarian propaganda free of charge. Newspaper opinion page editors have also printed such propaganda, which sounds like information from a legitimate cancer charity. However, the Cancer Project is a legal subsidiary of the misnamed Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) offshoot that’s actually 96 percent physician-free.

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Beef Improvement Federation registration open

Beef Improvement Federation registration open


Registration for the Beef Improvement Federation Annual Research Symposium and Annual Meeting 2009, to be held April 30-May 3 in Sacramento, Calif., is now open. The conference will be held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel.

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