Daily Archives: November 27, 2009

Video Feature: America’s Farmers a Vital Part of Our Economy

America’s farmers grow our economy. They ship nearly $100 billion of crops and products to many nations. They provide more than 24 million U.S. jobs. As farming grows, so does our quality of life. Were all connected through agriculture. Americas farmers grow America

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Will 2010 be Missouri’s year?

Will 2010 be Missouri’s year?

Steve Kopperud  

I’ve just gotten word from the Missouri Cattlemen’s Assn. that HSUS filed the necessary paperwork yesterday with the state attorney general to mount a statewide referendum. The question now is, what’s the goal? Word is Paul Shapiro, the 30-something self-styled HSUS farm animal guru, says the initiative will be focused on puppy mills. Time will tell, I guess.

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Feeding Culls May Be Effective Marketing Strategy

Feeding Culls May Be Effective Marketing Strategy

Dr. Rick Rasby, Professor of Animal Science, Animal Science, University of Nebraska

Producers searching for inventive ways to add dollars to their beef cow-calf operations may want to consider retaining and feeding cull cattle as a value-added marketing strategy.

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Tag NAIS Dead But Not Gone

Tag NAIS Dead But Not Gone

John Harrington


A coalition of 100 agricultural groups have sent two letters — one to USDA and one to Congress — urging that the National Animal Identification System be dissolved, according to a release by R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America.

Pointing out that the 2010 Agriculture Appropriations Bill reduced NAIS funding to $5.34 million, without specifying how those funds were to be spent, the coalition asked Congress to "refocus [USDA] on measures that truly improve animal health and … respect the interests of both livestock owners and consumers."

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BeefTalk: Young Minds, More Questions

BeefTalk: Young Minds, More Questions

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

When asked, what do young people ask within the beef business?

Virtually every segment of the industry lives on limited, small margins.

How does someone reach out and make a living in the beef business?

There are many paths. Knowing which path will be the most profitable and fulfill one’s dreams is difficult to predict.

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Bizarre calf mutilations found on Colorado ranch

Bizarre calf mutilations found on Colorado ranch

Capital Press

A creepy string of calf mutilations in southern Colorado has a rancher and sheriff’s officials mystified.

Four calves were found dead in a pasture just north of the New Mexico state line in recent weeks. The dead calves had their skins peeled back and organs cleared from the rib cage. One calf had its tongue removed.

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Top heifer developer to present at RBCS

Top heifer developer to present at RBCS

The Cattle Business Weekly

Patsy Houghton who recently received the 2009 Distinguished Animal Sciences Alumni Awards Purdue University Department of Animal Sciences will be speaking Dec. 1 at the Range Beef Cow Symposium in Casper, WY on custom heifer development strategies.

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Collecting Genetic Material from Beef Cattle

Collecting Genetic Material from Beef Cattle

Matthew McClure, Robert Weaber and KC Olson, Department of Animal Science, university Of Missouri

The beef cattle industry has long awaited the development of genetic tests to assist producers in breeding selection and management and to improve the marketability of cattle. Currently, there are only a handful of genetic tests commercially available for beef cattle.

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Rules For Interstate Meat Sales Need Flexibility

Rules For Interstate Meat Sales Need Flexibility


Federal rules proposed to allow small meat processors to sell their products across state lines miss the mark in some important ways, and need changes before becoming law, Secretary Rod Nilsestuen said in comments submitted to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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Cattle marketers need to wait and see how market develops

Cattle marketers need to wait and see how market develops

Chris Eakin

Fairview Post

Local producers attended a presentation on beef marketing opportunities for the Peace in Fairview last week, but some of what they heard was more of a discouraging nature.

Keynote speaker Ann Dunford was somewhat optimistic, acknowledging that things have been tough but suggesting things will get better.

AFSC’s Jennifer Wood explained their new Cattle Price Insurance (CPI) program that offers producers some protection against the effect of falling prices or border closures.

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Staying Competitive in an Ever Changing Beef Cattle Industry

Staying Competitive in an Ever Changing Beef Cattle Industry


University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension Educators have planned the 2009-2010 Beef Satellite Short Course entitled, “Staying Competitive in an Ever Changing Beef Cattle Industry”. Cattle producers are highly encouraged to attend as there will be multiple sessions covering many different topics! Producers will get to see the latest research findings from UNL and will get to determine if utilizing such practices will assist them in their cattle operations.

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On Thanksgiving, Let’s Give Thanks To Our Farmers and Ranchers

On Thanksgiving, Let’s Give Thanks To Our Farmers and Ranchers

Traci Middleton

NCBA Young Producers Council

Thank you farmers and ranchers! As each of us gather around our dining room tables for our Thanksgiving feast, let us remember the folks that put the food on the tables!  The unwavering dedication and unmatched work ethic of America’s farmers and ranchers continue to sustain our families and our nation and warrant a special thank you this holiday season.

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Cattlemen will address challenges and opportunities Dec. 9-11 in Kearney

Cattlemen will address challenges and opportunities Dec. 9-11 in Kearney

The Grant Tribune Sentinel

Cattle producers from throughout the state will gather in Kearney Dec. 9-11 for the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Annual Convention and Trade Show at the Holiday Inn Convention Center.

They will receive updates, discuss challenges and opportunities and help shape the organization’s positions on pressing issues.

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The Feed Scoop: Quality concerns with 2009 corn crop

The Feed Scoop: Quality concerns with 2009 corn crop

Chad Zehnder

The Cattle Business Weekly

With the late corn harvest and wet cool conditions this fall, producers are reporting higher incidence of mold presence in standing corn. These molds can lead to the production of mycotoxins and thus negative effects on cattle performance. The effects of these mycotoxins include, but are not limited to: reduced intake, reduced ADG, increased disease incidence, fertility reduction, and abortion.

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Funding Available To Red Meat Producers

Funding Available To Red Meat Producers


Brand names are of increasing importance to global consumers looking for quality and consistency. Therefore, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), is providing funding for small US meat companies to help market their products to international buyers.

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