Daily Archives: June 26, 2009

Video Feature: Securing Your Feed Supply

Video Feature: Securing Your Feed Supply

Dr. Ron Lemenager describes best management practices to be used when handling, storing and preparing feeds for beef cattle.

Constitutional Amendment on animal care backed by Ohio lawmakers

Constitutional Amendment on animal care backed by Ohio lawmakers

Feedstuffs FoodLink

A proposed state constitutional amendment in Ohio would establish a 13-member Livestock Care Standards Board.  The board would be charged with developing and enforcing guidelines for livestock and poultry care.

Joint resolutions proposed late last week in the House and Senate, if passed, would get the amendment before voters on Nov. 3.

Ohio Governor Ted Strickland and legislators from both parties and representatives of animal agriculture support the amendment.

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BeefTalk: How Does One Stay in the Beef Business?

BeefTalk: How Does One Stay in the Beef Business?

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Change for the better means data or records to guide in and out value, direct expenses and overhead within a beef operation.

As a profession, the cattle business never has been easy. Many would sum up their experience as “a lot of hard work and little pay,” and adding a final quip, “but it is a good life.”

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Beef Producers Must Select Proper Needles For Injections

Beef Producers Must Select Proper Needles For Injections


Size and length are important considerations in the selection of needles to use when giving injections to beef cattle.

For injections given subcutaneously, a producer should select a needle that is one-half or three-fourth inch long. Using a needle that is longer may result in the muscle being penetrated with the tip.

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The Best Defense Against Foot Rot is a Good Offense

The Best Defense Against Foot Rot is a Good Offense

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D, PAS

Cattle Today

Every year about this time my phone starts ringing from producers looking for solutions to an age-old problem in their cattle – Foot Rot. This condition is not isolated to any specific area of the country and it’s almost impossible to estimate the countless dollars lost annually by cattle producers in terms of labor, medicine cost, performance and even animal loss. This article will review this problem and discuss methods to prevent and treat the condition. Much of the text was adapted from Kirkpatrick and Lalman, Oklahoma State University.

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TSCRA Special Ranger arrests Welch, Oklahoma man for cattle theft

TSCRA Special Ranger arrests Welch, Oklahoma man for cattle theft

North Texas e-News

A Welch, Okla., man was arrested for theft of 65 head of cattle by Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger John Cummings and Lt. Jack Woodall of the Craig County Sheriff’s Office.

John "Ted" Linthicum, a 49-year-old man from Welch, Okla., surrendered to the Craig County Jail on June 13 after confessing he had sold 65 head of cattle at the Fredonia Livestock Auction in Kan. for a total of $39,448.47.

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What’s up (down) with the cull cow market?

What’s up (down) with the cull cow market?

Dillon M. Feuz

Tri State Livestock News

I have been following the cull cow market for 20 years and I have analyzed historical data since before I was born. Of all agricultural markets, this market is more consistent and more predictable than any others I have analyzed. I have looked at cull cow price data from Billings, MT to Amarillo, TX, from Salina, UT to Lexington, KY. The seasonal patterns are nearly identical.

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New Tax Court Case Stresses Importance of Recordkeeping

New Tax Court Case Stresses Importance of Recordkeeping

John Alan Cohan, Attorney at Law

Cattle Today

In a lengthy decision, the Tax Court recently underscored the difficulties taxpayers have in convincing the IRS that family-run farms are engaged in for profit. The case, Smith v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo 2007-368, ruled on two families’ limited partnerships, involving a cow and dairy farm, a cutting horse operation, and dog breeding. The court held that the cow and dairy farm was engaged in for profit under the IRS hobby loss rules, but not the other activities.

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Protecting cattle against summer temperatures

Protecting cattle against summer temperatures

Southwest Farm Press

It has been estimated that heat-related events in the Midwest have cost the cattle industry more than $75 million in the past 10 years. With summer temperatures rising, ranchers must be aware of how heat affects their cattle.

According to Deke Alkire, Ph.D., livestock consultant for The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, the ideal temperature range for beef cattle is between 41 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit. When temperatures exceed this, cattle are at risk of heat stress.

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Waxman-Markey: Man-Made Disaster

Waxman-Markey: Man-Made Disaster

Investor’s Business Daily

The House of Representatives is preparing to vote on an anti-stimulus package that in the name of saving the earth will destroy the American economy. Smoot-Hawley will seem like a speed bump.

Not since a misguided piece of legislation imposed tariffs that turned a recession into a depression has there been a piece of legislation as bad as Waxman-Markey.

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More stockyards packing it in

More stockyards packing it in

Jeff Martin,

Detroit Free Press

On a recent Sunday, Jim Woster felt the need to visit the stockyards here and stand atop the rickety wooden catwalk overlooking the mostly empty cattle pens. There were no cattle sales that day, he recalls. The yards were quiet.

"I just stood up there," said Woster, 68, who began working at the Sioux Falls Stockyards in 1962 and stayed for the next four decades. "If you ask me why I went down there on Sunday, I couldn’t even tell you," he said. "But for 40 years, that’s what I did. It was a way of life."

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Top Notch: Ranch raises a reputation

Top Notch: Ranch raises a reputation


Country World Staff Writer

While his two sons were in school, Larry Little supported all activities they pursued. In high school, they began showing heifers and steers throughout the state, but Little soon realized the boys would get more out of raising and showing heifers than market steers. They kept their show heifers and bred them to high-powered bulls, and molded the building blocks of their registered Angus operation, No Name Cattle Company.

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SD producers experience Young Cattlemen’s Conference

SD producers experience Young Cattlemen’s Conference

Amanda Nolz

TriState Livestock News

Because the beef industry is rapidly changing, it’s important to identify the next leaders that will handle those changes to help guide and strengthen the industry for a better tomorrow. Heather Gessner of Salem, SD is one of those leaders, and she had the opportunity to become an educated advocate for the beef industry during the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC) in the first weeks of June.

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Sometimes the Grass is Weedier on the Other Side of the Fence

Sometimes the Grass is Weedier on the Other Side of the Fence

Cattle Today

Farmers and ranchers are seeing more weeds – both common and unusual varieties – this year, according to Dr. Vanessa Corriher, Texas AgriLife Extension Service forage specialist based at Overton.

Corriher said producers can expect to have more problems with weeds this year because high fertilizer costs limited their use in many pastures last year. Lower fertility means the improved forages such as Bermuda grass are less able to compete with weeds.

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Producers from Iowa and Nebraska Promoting U.S. Corn-Fed Beef in Japan

Producers from Iowa and Nebraska Promoting U.S. Corn-Fed Beef in Japan

Hoosier AG Today

  A group of six producers representing the Iowa Beef Industry Council, Iowa Corn Promotion Board, Nebraska Beef Council and Nebraska Corn Board are in Tokyo for a trade mission organized by the U.S. Meat Export Federation to promote U.S. corn-fed beef in Japan and South Korea. The participants say everyone they meet is upbeat about U.S. beef.

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