Daily Archives: September 4, 2009

Video Feature: Glenn Beck- An end to the Cattle Business?

On Wednesdays Program Glenn’s guest puts forward a theory on the planned end of the cattle business.

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How much time between spraying and grazing?

How much time between spraying and grazing?

Dr. Jerry Volesky, Associate Professor of Agronomy,West Central Research & Extension Center

Both Roundup (glyphosate) or 2,4-D with Banvel are equally effective in controlling field bindweed in stubble.

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Agro-terrorism threat a real one

Agro-terrorism threat a real one

Advocates for Agriculture

An author and terrorism expert says as the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks approaches, Americans need to be aware of the threat of agro-terrorism and the impact it could have on the nation’s food supply.

Tim Downs is the author of Ends of the Earth (Thomas Nelson, September 2009), a novel which explores the scenario of a terrorist attack on U.S. farms which contaminates the nation’s food supply. Downs, who has done extensive research on agro-terrorism, says it is especially difficult to defend against.

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Economic Impact of Artificial Insemination vs. Natural Mating for Beef Cattle Herds

Economic Impact of Artificial Insemination vs. Natural Mating for Beef Cattle Herds

Mississippi State University

Artificial insemination (AI) has been commercially available as a viable technology since the 1940’s. It has been used extensively in the dairy cattle industry over the last several decades and has totally changed the genetic structure of the national dairy herd.

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Early Weaning Pays

Early Weaning Pays

Miranda Reiman

Angus Journal

It’s too good to be true. That’s what many producers think when they’re told they can sell heavier, higher-quality calves while reducing cow costs with one simple management strategy.

Animal scientists give validity to what otherwise seems an unlikely possibility.

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Buying versus Raising Replacement Heifers

Buying versus Raising Replacement Heifers

Dr. Glenn Selk, Extension Cattle Specialist, Oklahoma State University

Dr. Dillon Feuz, University of Nebraska Agricultural Economist at the Panhandle Research Station recently addressed the issue of raising versus buying replacement heifers. He carefully examined the costs of raising replacements and correctly included the value of increased carrying capacity of the operation, if replacements are purchased. Using cattle prices and input prices that are in line with today’s markets, Dr. Feuz arrives at a "cost" of raising a bred commercial replacement heifer at approximately $700.

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Cattle prices could move higher as a result of less supply

Cattle prices could move higher as a result of less supply

Blair Fannin

Agrilife News

With more people eating at home as a result of the recession, an improved economy could encourage consumers to spend more money eating out in the coming months, which could be good news for cattle producers later this year and into 2010, said a Texas AgriLife Extension Service livestock economist.

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BeefTalk: Knowledge and Wisdom Should be the Goal

BeefTalk: Knowledge and Wisdom Should be the Goal

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

The heart of the issue is not the failings of systems that try their best to keep up with our expectations, but rather our demands in the first place.

There are weeks where the pace of our lives overcomes the point of most discussions. We sometimes struggle finding what the point was. Some would say it’s the pace at which we live, so get used to it.

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Speaking up for beef

Speaking up for beef

Kindra Gordon

The Cattle Business Weekly

New program helps build confidence in beef

How do you answer questions when someone asks ‘Why is beef healthy for you?’ or ‘How can I be sure beef is safe?’ Thankfully, a new program launched by NCBA called the Masters of Beef Advocacy program, or MBA for short, is designed to help beef supporters learn the facts and find just the right words to help answer such beef-related questions.

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Texas cattle prices remain steady despite harsh drought

Texas cattle prices remain steady despite harsh drought


The Eagle

It’s no secret that ranches have had a tough year: As the economy dried up, so did the stock tanks and grazing grass.

But a silver lining is emerging as cattle prices remain constant.

"Prices have been holding steady for the last couple of months," said David Anderson, livestock economist with Texas AgriLife Extension, based in College Station.

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More Rough Times Ahead For Beef Industry

More Rough Times Ahead For Beef Industry

BEEF Magazine

There are more tough times ahead for the beef industry but – thanks to tightening supplies – the beginnings of a recovery are possible late next year, says ag economist Jim Mintert of Purdue University.

Speaking at Kansas State University’s (KSU) Risk and Profit Conference, Mintert says consumers have responded to the U.S. economic downturn by saving more and spending less. The problem is they’re spending less on beef.

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Purdue Forage Day Set For Sept. 17

Purdue Forage Day Set For Sept. 17

Hay and Forage Grower

Controlling weeds, double-cropping forages, bale silage, equipment demonstrations and a hay quality contest will be offered at the Sept. 17 Purdue Forage Day near Cambridge City, IN.

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Ever wonder why a cheeseburger costs less than a salad?

Ever wonder why a cheeseburger costs less than a salad?

Nathan Hansen  

The Spectrum

Have you ever walked into a McDonald’s or a Culver’s or most any restaurant and wondered why you could get a Big Mac, a large fries and a coke for around five dollars, but a bowl of fresh greens and a little bit of dressing costs just the same or even more than the extra value meal?

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Expert doubts JBS chicken deal

Expert doubts JBS chicken deal

Bill Jackson

Greeley Tribune

JBS S.A. getting into the chicken business is highly unlikely, according to at least one industry source.

“Why would JBS get into the chicken business when they know nothing about the business?” Steve Kay wondered. Kay, publisher of Cattle Buyers Weekly, a beef industry trade publication, admitted the Batista family, owners of JBS S.A., the parent company of Greeley-based JBS USA, “are probably capable of anything,” but he said he has been unable to verify the Brazilian company has any interest in Pilgrim’s Pride Corp.

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National ID – Through Another Route?

National ID – Through Another Route?


Even though Congress voted earlier this year to stop funding the National Animal Identification System, there is some thinking within the livestock industry that identification could conceivably be implemented through other legislation.

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