Daily Archives: June 4, 2009

Better Times Ahead

Better Times Ahead

Burt Rutherford

BEEF Magazine

Cow-calf producers might look at 2009 in the same light as their sophomore year in high school — something to be endured while they look forward to the rewards that come with being a senior.

Since it’s likely that your sophomore experience is but a dim memory, focus instead on your senior year. Chances are, the memories still shine bright. So it may be in the cattle business, too.

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It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a real cowboy walk into the urban world spotlight and take it by storm! Not since Ben Johnson, Wilford Brimley, Nolan Ryan and Mac Baldridge, could I have pointed and said, “He’s one of us.”

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Predicting Bull Fertility

Predicting Bull Fertility

W. Dee Whittier and Thomas Bailey, Extension Veterinarians, Cattle, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech

Reproductive efficiency is a major determinant of cow-calf profitability. The bull’s contribution to pregnancy rates is often overlooked. Breeding a large number of cows in a short breeding season requires fertile bulls. Fertility of the male is a major contributor to overall reproductive performance in mating systems that use natural service.

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Alberta To Launch Cattle Price Insurance Program – Susan Crump of AFSC

Alberta To Launch Cattle Price Insurance Program – Susan Crump of AFSC


I have been getting a number of calls from feedlot producers to discuss the new Cattle Price Insurance Program (CPIP) that will be launched by AFSC this summer for Albertan cattle feeders. I talked to Susan Crump, Senior Project Manager, Program Development and Policy at AFSC about some of the preliminary details of the coming program.

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Start Looking at Marketing Plans for Calves

Start Looking at Marketing Plans for Calves

Justin Gleghorn, Brock Thompson Trading


While weaning time is still a few months away, it never hurts to evaluate market plans for the calf crop. Given the current cattle market, the question arises over whether or not retain ownership or sell calves into the feeder market.

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JBS to cease cattle ownership

JBS to cease cattle ownership

The Cattle Business Weekly

Meatpacker JBS S.A. says that its JBS USA business has entered into an agreement with J&F Oklahoma in which J&F will own the cattle formerly owned and fed by JBS USA’s cattle feeding operation — JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeding — and JBS Five Rivers then will custom feed those cattle for J&F.

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Merck May Sell Animal Drug Assets Before Merger

Merck May Sell Animal Drug Assets Before Merger


Drugmaker Merck & Co. is considering selling some of its veterinary medicine assets or the animal health business of Schering-Plough Corp., as it prepares to acquire its New Jersey neighbor.

Merck executives said as much when they announced the $41.1 billion deal on March 9. As the two companies move closer to the deal’s expected fourth-quarter closing, they are exploring their options for divesting either business, Merck spokeswoman Amy Rose said Wednesday.

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NFU Renews Call for Support of COOL

NFU Renews Call for Support of COOL


National Farmers Union today strongly urged the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to defend mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) against a World Trade Organization (WTO) challenge. The Canadian and Mexican governments claim the labeling law violates existing WTO obligations.

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UT Beef and Forage Field Day scheduled for June 11

UT Beef and Forage Field Day scheduled for June 11

The Daily Times

A beef cattle and forage production field day will be held on June 11 at the UT East Tennessee Research and Education Center — Blount Unit, which is located off Alcoa Highway on Singleton Station Road.

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Annual Brangus Summit to be Held in Oklahoma City

Annual Brangus Summit to be Held in Oklahoma City


The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) is pleased to announce that 2009 Annual IBBA Summit will be hosted in Oklahoma City, OK, September 23-25, 2009. The 3-day educational event is held in conjunction with the IBBA fall governance meetings, and provides breeders the opportunity to showcase their ranch with booth space. The Summit is occurring simultaneously with the Western National Show.

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Where’s the beef? Rustlers stole it your majesty

Where’s the beef? Rustlers stole it your majesty


Cattle rustlers stole prized cows and bulls from an English country estate of Queen Elizabeth that were being fattened up for the royal dining table.

Tony Barratt, the farmer in charge of some 300 livestock on the British queen’s Sandringham estate in southeastern England, told Reuters on Wednesday that police were investigating the disappearance of the cattle over the last week and said they had probably been illegally slaughtered by now.

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The Mr. Ed Syndrome

The Mr. Ed Syndrome

John Harrington, DTN Livestock Analyst

(meatingplace.com) — “A group of horse industry leaders and organizations have banded together behind an umbrella organization, the United Organizations of the Horse, to provide information on and protect the rights of horse owners in the United States.

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Reproductive tract scoring as a predictor of fertility and production outcomes in beef heifers

Reproductive tract scoring as a predictor of fertility and production outcomes in beef heifers

Journal of Animal Science

D. E. Holm, P. N. Thompson and P. C. Irons, Department of Production Animal Studies, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria

In this study, 272 beef heifers were studied from just before their first breeding season (October 15, 2003), through their second breeding season, and until just after they had weaned their first calves in March, 2005.

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The Cost of Being Green

The Cost of Being Green

Gary Truitt

Hoosier AG Today

Being green is everything today. From consumer products to government policy, care for the environment is a powerful force guiding massive changes in our economy, our morals, and our way of life. No other force has the power to change the basic tenets of our democracy the way care of the environment can. Public opinion polls show that about half of the American public put the environment at the top of their priority list.

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Dr. Temple Grandin to speak in SD

Dr. Temple Grandin to speak in SD

The Cattle Business Wekly

Renowned livestock handling expert Dr. Temple Grandin will be in South Dakota on Thursday, June 11.

Dr. Grandin, a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, will deliver a livestock handling presentation at South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Bill Even’s farm near Humboldt, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

This event is free and open to the public.

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