Daily Archives: August 24, 2009

Video Feature: Age and Source Verification for Export

Video Feature: Age and Source Verification for Export

With new restrictions on exporting cattle, Dr. Brett Barham, Breeding & Genetics, explains the process of age and source verification for cattle producers. University of Arkansas.

Rebreeding Reminders

Rebreeding Reminders

Kindra Gordon

Angus Beef Bulletin

First- and second-calf females need to be managed closely to avoid a large number of open females in the fall and to reduce dependence on high-cost bred replacements, says Jason Ahola, Extension beef specialist with the University of Idaho.

He adds that ensuring that these young females rebreed can help maximize the number of calves to be sold during 2010 and beyond — a time when calf prices are forecast to be rebounding.

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Cattle feed yards struggle as consumers shy away from beef

Cattle feed yards struggle as consumers shy away from beef


Fort Worth Star Telegram

Cattle feed yards in the Texas Panhandle and elsewhere have been operating at a loss for 18 months, and while many would like to sell their sprawling operations, there are either no buyers or no banks willing to provide financing, industry observers say.

Easing grain prices have lowered feed costs, but in the recession, consumers continue to show low interest in beef, punishing the industry, said Don Close, market director of the Texas Cattle Feeders Association in Amarillo.

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American Simmental Cattle Conference hosted by Purdue University

American Simmental Cattle Conference hosted by Purdue University

AG Answers

Beef researchers from several universities and industry experts will come together at Purdue University’s Beck Agricultural Center for the American Simmental Cattle Conference Aug. 28-29 near West Lafayette.

Both purebred and commercial producers from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin are expected to be in attendance, said Matt Claeys, Purdue Extension livestock specialist and conference coordinator.

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Cattle theft penalty increases, rustlers see jail time

Cattle theft penalty increases, rustlers see jail time

Mindy Ward

Missouri Farmer Today

It was an early Monday morning when Don Hankins realized his cattle were gone. By afternoon, they were sold at an area sale barn.

Since 2004, more than 3,300 head of cattle have been stolen in the state, along with trucks, trailers and cattle equipment. The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association estimates the worth at $1.2 million.

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Are You Working Your Pastures “Hard” or “Smart”?

Are You Working Your Pastures "Hard" or "Smart"?

Hugh Aljoe

Noble Foundation

The "summer" growing season in our geographical region is usually considered to be from about mid-April through mid-November. Most of the grass growth should occur by early July. In fact, 70 percent of the annual production of summer perennial grasses is expected by the first of July. If you are not purchasing hay to extend the grazing season (i.e., providing all forages for your livestock from your property as standing hay or baled hay), you should be about halfway there by the first of June. Now is the time to make an assessment of your pastures, think about what you are seeing and determine if your forage production is on track. Ask yourself, "Am I working my pastures smart or just hard?"

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Attitudes of Small Beef Producers Toward Selected Production and Marketing Practice

Attitudes of Small Beef Producers Toward Selected Production and Marketing Practices

Mississippi State University

Cattle production has historically been an important segment of the agricultural sector in the Southeast. The beef cattle industry in the Southeast is characterized by a predominance of small producers. The average size of beef cattle operations in Mississippi, for example, is about 33 cows. The cattle sector, as reflected by inventory numbers in the Southeast, has been relatively stable over the last 15 years. However, that could change dramatically in the future. Mississippi cattle producers, especially in south Mississippi, have expressed concern over what appears to be an increasing trend in shifting pasture resources, currently used to support cattle production, to timber production.

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Documentary film ‘Food, Inc.’ shows only one side of story

Documentary film ‘Food, Inc.’ shows only one side of story

Advocates for Agriculture

What would you think of a newspaper story that presented only one side of an issue?

You’d call it shoddy journalism.

That’s exactly the impression left by the new documentary film "Food, Inc." In it, the director and producers present a portion of the picture of production agriculture, in the process building a case in favor of locally produced, organic food.

However, huge parts of the story were left out.

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How To Dehorn

How To Dehorn


The easiest method for producing calves without horns is to use a homozygous polled bull. This means that the offspring from that bull does not have the genetic capability to grow horns. However, there are several ways to remove horns or horn buds from nonpolledcattle. This should be done with the goal of preventing re-growth. To accomplish that, a 0.25 to 0.5 inch wide ring of skin should be removed at the base of the horn. As previously mentioned, that band of skin contains the cells that produce the horn material.

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Using Polled Beef Sires to Dehorn Beef Cattle:

Using Polled Beef Sires to Dehorn Beef Cattle:


    Horns on beef cattle pose several disadvantages to the cattle and to the beef industry. Horns are weapons that are used by cattle in competitive encounters at the feed bunk, hay bale, shade tree, water trough, over breeding privileges or dominance and against man in offensive or protective situations. Leaving horns on beef cattle makes all of these encounters potentially more dangerous, both to people and to other cattle.

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Odessa College’s Jim Watkins wins NIRA Coach of the Year before retiring

Odessa College’s Jim Watkins wins NIRA Coach of the Year before retiring

Becky Swan


Jim Watkins’ final year as a coach for Odessa College and his trip to the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) is momentous enough by itself; top it off with a coach of the year honor, and it becomes unforgettable.

Editor’s note: Good things do happen to good people. Jim and I went to college together at Sul Ross. I was a farm boy from Illinois with a lot of hopes and dreams to rodeo. Jim took me under his wing and made me feel welcome at the Bar SR Bar. I will never forget when I won the SB riding at Hardin Simmons in 1966, Jim was as happy as I was. He pulled my bronc saddle more than a few times. He made my bronc spurs in a shop class he took at SR. I never rode one in another pair.  I hope I can get down to Odessa and see Jim and his bride before I die.  This is so kewl for Jim and his family!

-C.J. Oakwood 

C.J. Oakwood graduated from Sul Ross State University in 1969 with degrees in Range Animal Science, Economics, and Business Administration. In his final year of NIRA competition, he drew 4 NFR saddle broncs, riding 3 out of 4.

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Are Litigation Proceeds for Toxic Torts Taxable?

Are Litigation Proceeds for Toxic Torts Taxable?

John Alan Cohan, Attorney at Law

Cattle Today

Most of tax law is in “grey” areas. For instance, reasonable people, including those within the IRS bureaucracy, will disagree on what constitutes an “ordinary and necessary” business expense–a big area of tax deductions.

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Hoop Feeding System One Stop on Summer Tour

Hoop Feeding System One Stop on Summer Tour

 Mindy Ward

Missouri Farmer Today

In just one year, David Salyer more than tripled the number of cattle finished out at his Lafayette County farm.

Salyer was looking for a way to bring his son, Justin, back into the family farming operation. Already farming nearly 1,050 acres including corn, soybeans, wheat, alfalfa, oil seed sunflowers and pasture, he knew expansion would likely happen on the livestock end.

The Salyers own 40 head of cows. In a typical year, they finish up to 80 head. David decided to expand the farm in this area.

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Buying into a heavy issue

Buying into a heavy issue

Weekly Times

Kim Woods

THE practice of overlooking heavily muscled bulls to avoid calving problems in beef herds has been debunked.

A 12-year study, involving more than 1000 matings of light and heavy-muscled beef cows, has revealed extra muscling may be a good thing.

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BeefTalk: One Out of Five Is Not Good Enough

BeefTalk: One Out of Five Is Not Good Enough

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

As fall approaches, producers are thinking about selling calves. This involves the associated management and health programs that go along with preparing calves for market.

The empty pens mean cows and calves are still on grass, but that will change soon. Speaking of change, things change a little each year a producer brings the calves to town.

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