Daily Archives: September 1, 2009

Pounds+Premiums =Profits

Pounds+Premiums =Profits

Dan Rieder


Krieger Farms, owned and operated by Mark and Jame Krieger (rhymes with eager) of Universal, Indiana, focuses on the production of Simmental- cross commercial cattle that consistently bring bottom-line enhancing premiums at the sale barn. “We strongly believe in the SimChoice program,” Mark says. “Buyers are willing to pay a premium of $10 to $15 more per hundredweight when our calves show up with those Simmental Genetic ear tags, just because they know that the calves are age-and-source verified. It is a powerful and effective sales tool for us.”

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Farm Groups on Opposite Sides of Climate Change Debate

Farm Groups on Opposite Sides of Climate Change Debate

Hoosier AG Today

  Depending on whom you ask, cap and trade can be a good thing for farmers or it can hurt farmers financially. National Farmers Union has endorsed the House-passed bill on climate change. NFU President Roger Johnson says one reason it needed to be passed is because it sends a message to other countries that the U.S. is serious about taking steps toward a better environment. “One thing is very clear. If the U.S. has passed nothing by the time Copenhagen talks begin in December, the rest of the world will look at the U.S. as having really no moral authority.

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What A Cattle Buyer Wants

What A Cattle Buyer Wants

Sara Brown

Beef Today

What do buyers want? You don’t need to be hit by lightning to know the inner thoughts of a cattle buyer. All you need is his cell phone number and a dose of patience.

Still, it’s tough to catch an order buyers. They travel to two, three, sometimes four sales per week, are in constant communication with multiple clients and often making farm visits at clients’ request. Cattle buyers’ customers—the next owner of your cattle (backgrounders, feeders and packing plants)—put their trust in them to deliver the type and quality of cattle they expect from the farm level.

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House bill would ban some antibiotics for food animals

House bill would ban some antibiotics for food animals

Christina Macejko


While FDA pushes forward, AVMA forms task force to examine issue

With the backing of the Obama administration, a new measure introduced in the House of Representatives seeks to ban some uses of antibiotics for food animals because they are considered too important for human health.

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) opposes the bill, known as the "Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act of 2009."

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There are globally astute, politically tuned, conscientiously correct people who watch C-Span and write letters to the editor. When the letter “A” is flashed before their eyes they immediately think Ahmadinejad (president of Iran), Ambassador or Al Gore.

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Salvaging Soybeans As Hay And Silage

Salvaging Soybeans As Hay And Silage

Dr. Bruce Anderson, Professor of Agronomy, Agronomy & Horticulture, University of Nebraska

Late-planted soybeans that don’t mature before the fall frost can be salvaged as hay or silage, says Bruce Anderson, University of Nebraska Extension forage specialist. He says soybean hay and silage can have feeding values very similar to alfalfa, at least when they’re made right.

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Time writer admits to pursuing his own angle

Time writer admits to pursuing his own angle

Thomas Quaife

Dairy Herd Management

Bryan Walsh, who wrote a damning article on modern agriculture in Time magazine, admitted in an AgriTalk interview Monday morning that the story took the angle he wanted to pursue rather than presenting both sides in a balanced, objective manner.

He said it’s been a trend at Time to have “more stories angled toward the point of view of the writer.”

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