Daily Archives: November 12, 2009

The Impact of Dressing Percent on Cull Cow Marketing

The Impact of Dressing Percent on Cull Cow Marketing

Dr. Glenn Selk, Professor-Animal Reproduction Specialist, Animal Science – Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

Cull cows that are destined to be go to the packing house are graded by their fleshiness. The fattest cows are called “Breakers”. Moderately fleshed cows are “Boners”. Thin cows are called “Leans” or “Lights”, depending upon the weight of the cow. There will be price differences among these four grades.

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SD farm kid launches exciting cattle industry career

SD farm kid launches exciting cattle industry career

Amanda Nolz

It’s no secret that the current cattle markets are less than ideal. With escalating input costs in the beef cattle business, it is becoming increasingly impossible for the next generation to stay involved in production agriculture. More often than not, farm and ranch kids are leaving home in pursuit of higher paying jobs in large cities, and who could blame them?

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4-H: Cruel to animals and kids

4-H: Cruel to animals and kids

Chicago Tribune

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

Like most little girls, my stepdaughter loves animals. She joined a local 4-H club when she was 9, solely because “cows are cool.” Now that the fall 4-H animal auctions are upon us, I can’t help but remember Bonnie’s first “assignment” a beautiful cow named Dana with long lashes and ears as soft as velvet. We all grew to love Dana, but none more so than Bonnie, who spent hours grooming her and walking her on a lead.

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How Much DDG is in Cattle Feed in Nebraska?

How Much DDG is in Cattle Feed in Nebraska?


There are multiple products available which include: dry distillers grains plus solubles (DDGS), wet distillers grains plus solubles (WDGS), and wet corn gluten feed (WCGF). The use of them varies greatly from operation to operation depending on distance from ethanol plants, other feed byproducts, size of operation and price. As price increases in distillers grain, inclusion levels decrease.

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Pregnant cows shot, mutilated

Pregnant cows shot, mutilated

Ashland Daily Tidings

A Jacksonville rancher said he is shocked by the weekend shooting of three of his pregnant cows, including one that was mutilated by the side of the road after being dragged a half mile.

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Bovine practitioners weigh role in drug residues, antimicrobial resistance

Bovine practitioners weigh role in drug residues, antimicrobial resistance


Evolving drug regulations and public health concerns mean that bovine practitioners should be even more careful to use pharmaceuticals legally and judiciously, according to speakers at the recent conference of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners.

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8 Culling Criteria

8 Culling Criteria

Kindra Gordon

The Cattle Business Weekly

Now that calves are weaned, fall is a good time to re-examine the cow herd and look for cows that might be candidates to be culled. An annual culling process can help keep the herd productive and trim their grocery bill going into winter.

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Cattle Grazing Behavior can be used to Manage Cattle

Cattle Grazing Behavior can be used to Manage Cattle

Heather Smith Thomas

Cattle Today

Cattle are grazers and browsers, eating a wide variety of grasses, forbs and leaves/bark from shrubs and trees. Not having upper front teeth, cattle can’t nip off plants as a horse does but use their flexible tongue to wrap around a "bite" and break it off with a movement of the head. They bite short grass with the lower teeth and hard upper palate, but cannot graze as closely as a horse or sheep.

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Life on a ranch with the Truitts

Life on a ranch with the Truitts

Murphy Givens


The Truitt family packed up and left Corpus Christi in the summer of 1902 for the Rio Grande. The Truitts were moving to Rancho Capisallo owned by Brownsville political boss James B. Wells, who also was the attorney for King Ranch. Alfred Levi Truitt had been hired to manage Wells’ ranch.

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Lineup set for S.D. Cattlemen’s Association’s annual event

Lineup set for S.D. Cattlemen’s Association’s annual event

Argus Leader

The South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association has set its speaker lineup for the 61st Annual Convention and Trade Show scheduled for Dec. 2-3 at the Ramkota Convention Center in Sioux Falls.

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Book celebrates life of the Florida cowboy

Book celebrates life of the Florida cowboy

Tampa Bay Online

Hidden between the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coastlines, amid 7 million acres of this state’s interior, is the world of the Florida cowboy.

Outshone by tourist attractions and hundreds of miles of beaches, the state’s cattle industry manages 1.75 million head of beef on one-fifth of the peninsula, yet remains virtually invisible. It’s an insular world of foggy morning pastures penetrated by cracking whips, cows and bulls chased through razor-sharp saw palmetto and howling cattle dogs keeping herds in check.

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Meaty issues

Meaty issues

Baltimore Sun

Scott Barao sold 420 pounds of ground beef one day last week at his Frederick County farm store, up from the 100 pounds he moves most weekdays. The reason for the run on his $4.95-a-pound burger meat: Bad beef in the news.

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Creative Advertising Beneficial for Tax Purposes

Creative Advertising Beneficial for Tax Purposes

John Alan Cohan, Attorney at Law

Cattle Today

Advertising and promotion are important for any ongoing business or service, even if you have significant good will and public recognition of your product or service. This is true for farmers, ranchers and horse owners just as in other businesses.

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Fetal programming checklist starts now

Fetal programming checklist starts now

The Cattle Business Weekly

Your cowherd checklist might look pretty sparse after the calves are weaned and rebreeding is confirmed. Maybe the cows regained some condition and they’re coasting now on crop residue. Next item would be, what, calving?

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BIF selects Cassady as executive director

BIF selects Cassady as executive director


Joe Cassady of Raleigh, N.C., took the reins as executive director of the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) during the organization’s mid-year board meeting in Saint Joseph, Mo., Nov. 9.

An associate professor in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at North Carolina State University (NCSU), Cassady has research interests in quantitative and molecular genetic applications to improve food animal production, including feed efficiency in beef cattle.

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