Daily Archives: May 15, 2009

Video Feature: Value Added Calves also important to Packing, Retail Secotrs

Video Feature: Value Added Calves also important to Packing, Retail Secotrs

NCBA Cattlemen to Cattlemen

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BeefTalk: One Needs to know Costs

BeefTalk: One Needs to know Costs

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Selected Five-year Average Managerial Decisions Selected Five-year Average Managerial Decisions

Calving at a later date gives producers an increased opportunity to place cows on grass while the cow is either very pregnant or milking.

Managerial changes require a review of both the positive and negative. Previous discussion on changing the calving date has resulted in two major points: reducing the cows’ winter feeding costs and lower the death loss among newborn calves.

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Pinkeye prevention for the coming summer

Pinkeye prevention for the coming summer

Ken Olson

Tri State Livestock News

Conditions this spring are right to increase the opportunity for pinkeye problems in cattle. Thus, now is the time to think ahead for preventive measures. First, pinkeye is the common name for Infectious Bovine Keratoconjunctivitis, a highly infectious disease that affects the eyes of cattle.

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Portion Patrol

Portion Patrol

Kindra Gordon

Angus Journal

Did you know if you order a meat, fish or poultry entrée at a restaurant, the proper, healthy serving size is about the size of a deck of cards; a baked potato should be no larger than a computer mouse; and a single serving of pasta would equal the size of a tennis ball? But chances are you’ve gotten a plate heaped full of much more food than that.


Strategies to speak up for ag

Strategies to speak up for ag

The Cattle Business Weekly

To ensure a viable future for agriculture and meet the challenges that animal rights groups present against the industry, everyone in agriculture is encouraged to speak up for animal welfare and assure the public that livestock producers take the care of our animals seriously.

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Hereford Breeder Bruce Orvis Recognized as BIF Pioneer

Hereford Breeder Bruce Orvis Recognized as BIF Pioneer

Cattle Today

Bruce Orvis of Orvis Cattle Co., Farmington, Calif., was honored with the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Pioneer Award during the 2009 BIF Annual Meeting and Research Symposium April 30-May 2. BIF presents the Pioneer Award each year to deserving individuals who have made contributions to the genetic improvement of the beef industry.

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Road Test Review: 2009 Ford F-150 King Ranch

Road Test Review: 2009 Ford F-150 King Ranch

Sue Mead


No one knows why Richard King chose the famous “Running W” as the main brand of the legendary King Ranch in Kingsville, Texas. The question of why the country’s largest and most prestigious ranch uses Fords as its main pickup trucks, however, has an easy answer: Mr. Bob. That’s Robert Kleberg, president and CEO of the ranch for 50 years.

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Grazing rates losing steam

Grazing rates losing steam

Mike Fritz

Southwest Farm Press

Private grazing rates across the Western U.S. inched up just 1.4 percent over the past year to $14.70/animal unit month (AUM) as of Jan. 1. That’s down sharply from the prior year’s 5 percent pace and the smallest annual increase since 2006, according to the latest USDA January Cattle Survey.

More downward pressure on lease rates is expected as the impact of the global economic slump crimps consumer demand for meat and ranchers respond to weakening operating margins by making deeper herd cuts.

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Elanco, Starpharma ink deal to develop new animal-health products

Elanco, Starpharma ink deal to develop new animal-health products


Elanco Animal Health signed a deal with Australia-based Starpharma Holding Limited this week to collaborate on the development of new animal-health products.

The collaborative research, license and commercialization agreement gives Elanco access to Starpharma’s dendrimer technology. Dendrimers are considered a unique class of polymers that play a role in nanotechnology as carrier molecules and building blocks.

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Junior stock shows defy economy

Junior stock shows defy economy

Matthew Weaver

Capital Press

There were more entries than expected this year at the Junior Livestock Show of Spokane.

Show manager Lynn Cotter said she had anticipated fewer animals due to poor economic conditions across the country.

“But our numbers are still great,” Cotter said. “I would think steer is the most expensive project to raise, but the kids have still done it. They’ve done a great job.”

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Horse slaughter dream could be financial nightmare

Horse slaughter dream could be financial nightmare

John Holland and Vicki Tobin


The dream of horse slaughter supporters to bring the industry back to the United States may have just been dealt what could be its death blow.

The blow came not from anti-slaughter advocates, nor public revulsion, nor Congress, but from a horse slaughter industry insider whose opinion piece, entitled “Meat plant: a cautionary tale”, appeared on April 30 in the Western Producer, a subscription-only Canadian online animal agriculture journal.

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Sandhills Cattle Assn. Annual Convention set for May 21

Sandhills Cattle Assn. Annual Convention set for May 21

The Fence Post

The Sandhills Cattle Association will hold its 70th Annual Convention on Thursday, May 21 at the Cherry County Fairgrounds in Valentine, Neb. The convention program will provide a day full of engaging speakers discussing timely topics along with an industry trade show and annual benefit auction.

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Major death losses, carcass disposal an issue

Major death losses, carcass disposal an issue

The Cattle Business Weekly

With large numbers of livestock losses being reported in several Great Plains states, South Dakota’s Acting State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven gives advice on how to dispose of carcasses in a proper and timely manner.

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US Cattle Farmers Protecting Ecosystems

US Cattle Farmers Protecting Ecosystems


New survey data show that America’s cattle farmers and ranchers are raising a lot more than just cattle on their ranches.

From endangered species to native trees and grasses, America’s farms and ranches are hosting, and often actively supporting, wildlife, natural ecosystems and the environment, says US Beef Checkoff.

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Feeding Colostrum To A Calf

Feeding Colostrum To A Calf


When a calf is born it is virtually unprotected against infectious diseases until it absorbs an adequate supply of colostrum. Generally, we must rely on good management and a sanitary environment to help protect the calf from immediate infection.

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