Daily Archives: September 28, 2009

Savvy Producers Know How to Cash in on Weight Gains, Market Opportunit

Savvy Producers Know How to Cash in on Weight Gains, Market Opportunity

Boyd Kidwell

DTN/Progressive Farmer

The constant ups and downs in the cattle market highlight the economic risks of preconditioning. You can invest time and money in preconditioning and health care, but there’s no guarantee buyers always will cover your costs.

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Weights, Measures, and Doses:   What Every Cattleman Should Know

Weights, Measures, and Doses:   What Every Cattleman Should Know

Dave Sparks DVM, Oklahoma State University Extension Food Animal Health Specialist

Grams, kilograms, ml, cc; what does it all mean?  What cattleman hasn’t stood with medication in hand and wondered if he was helping or making things worse with a wrong dosage.  It really isn’t complicated, but it may seem that way to livestock producers who do not use these applications in everyday life.  Let’s open the curtains and see if we can let some light in on the subject.

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Make Preparations for Fall and Winter Feeding Management

Make Preparations for Fall and Winter Feeding Management

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS

Cattlemen are faced with a host of decisions they have to make but the period in advance of the upcoming fall and winter tends to be the most stressful. Most producers focus on how they will manage and care for their herd over the next few months – primarily winter. In some areas that’s not a great problem. If you are somewhere that has enjoyed plentiful rainfall, the likelihood is good that you have a fair amount of standing forage and cows are in pretty good condition.

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Field Peas for Cattle

Field Peas for Cattle

Mark Watson

KTIC

Karla H Jenkins, Ph.D. is the Cow/Calf Range Management Specialist for UNL at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff. Her research and extension efforts focus on grazing and supplementation systems for beef cattle that are profitable for the producer while maintaining the sustainability of the range. She received her B.S. degree from Texas A&M in agriculture education and her M.S. and PhD at UNL in ruminant nutrition.

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Cattlemen’s Capitol Concerns

Cattlemen’s Capitol Concerns

KRVN

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a final rule on Tuesday to require livestock operations that emit 25,000 tons or more of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) per year from their manure management systems to report those emissions as part of a mandatory greenhouse gas registry.

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Specter of bovine TB haunts cattle producers in Indiana

Specter of bovine TB haunts cattle producers in Indiana

Will Higgins

Indianapolis Star

Indiana’s cattle producers — their billion-dollar-a-year industry threatened by an obscure bacterium — turn their eyes anxiously to Franklin County.

There on a small farm lived a cow that had bovine tuberculosis. The disease was detected in the cow at a slaughterhouse in Pennsylvania in December.

The State Board of Animal Health tested all the cows on the Franklin County farm and an adjacent cattle farm for bovine TB — twice. All tested negative.

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Feeding the calf crop

Feeding the calf crop

Ivan G. Rush

Tri State Livestock News

The cattle industry continues to be a dynamic and complex industry providing plenty of challenges and opportunities to producers. A year ago when cattle were selling in the mid 90s and a lower number of beef cows were in inventory, economic projections for this fall looked really good for both the cow-calf producer and the feeder. Unfortunately those predictions did not materialize.

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Cattle producers fight Pilgrim’s Pride buyout

Cattle producers fight Pilgrim’s Pride buyout

KAREN ROBINSON-JACOBS

The Dallas Morning News

A cattle producers group said Thursday that it has asked the U.S. Justice Department to block the acquisition of poultry producer Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. by a Brazilian beef giant.

It’s one of the first formal challenges to a deal that anchors the effort of Pilgrim’s Pride to emerge from bankruptcy.

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Getting Involved In MyBeefCheckoff

Getting Involved In MyBeefCheckoff

AgWeb.com

On behalf of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board and MyBeefCheckoff, also joining you this  year in Madison is:

Nancy Thomas, who was raised on a dairy, beef and hog farm in Monticello, Wisc., and graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Home Economics. She and her husband, Deane, own and operate DNT Farms in Cobb, including beef cattle, hogs and crops.

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Group explores cattle welfare

Group explores cattle welfare

TIM HEARDEN

Capital Press

Beef industry leaders and researchers have launched a new commission that will work to prevent or reverse some negative stereotypes about animal welfare.

The North American Food Animal Well-Being Commission for Beef will gather experts to advocate for increased research and publicize the results, according to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

The 21-member panel will also share best management practices in cattle health and welfare and serve as an unbiased resource for addressing concerns about animal well-being, according to a news release.

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NILE showcases traditional events, unveils new ones Oct. 10-17

NILE showcases traditional events, unveils new ones Oct. 10-17

TERRI ADAMS

The Prairie Star

According to Justin Mills, general manager of the NILE Stockshow, ProRodeo and Western Expo, there will be lots of new and exciting events this year.

The 42nd annual NILE show will be held Oct. 10-17, at the MetraPark in Billings, Mont.

The NILE Show, which stands for Northern International Livestock Exposi-tion, began at the public auction yard in Billings in 1967. Over the last four decades it has outgrown its local beginnings and is now one of the largest agricultural events in the Northwest.

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Oklahoma Quality Beef Network adds value to beef cattle

Oklahoma Quality Beef Network adds value to beef cattle

DAVID CANTRELL

McAlester News-Capital

With the tight profit margin in the cow-calf segment, producers are aggressively looking at ways to add value to their calf crop and increase their net profits. Value is created when a product or service is enhanced to meet or exceed the expectation of the consumer consistently. In terms of a beef cattle producer, value is created when production practices are implemented to increase the market demands of the cattle.

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Cattlemen building herd of Wagyu

Cattlemen building herd of Wagyu

The Dickinson Press

A New Mexico excursion to explore a niche market convinced Salina cattleman Jack Cossette that the Japanese Wagyu breed was worth a try to increase profits.

The ultimate decision rested on his taste buds.

One bite of a steak at the Lone Mountain Cattle Co. auction in April 2008 tipped him into believing that his brother, Jerrold Cossette, was right to pursue the Wagyu.

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Nebraska symposium includes beef industry guidance

Nebraska symposium includes beef industry guidance

KCAU

A leadership symposium will give Nebraska high school students a look at careers in the beef industry.

The seventh annual Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium has been scheduled for Nov. 21-23 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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NE governor: Be proactive against animal rights groups

NE governor: Be proactive against animal rights groups

Advocates for Agriculture

State by state, the Humane Society of the United States is methodically advancing its animal rights agenda across the U.S.

Michigan is the latest to succumb. That state’s pork and poultry groups have compromised with HSUS on legislation that contains regulations similar to those found in California’s Proposition 2.

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