Daily Archives: December 1, 2009

Video Feature: Some Food for Thought

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In my travels I continue to be amazed by the technologies being used in ranching and feedlot operations. The close monitoring, record keeping and decision-making as a result of implant or ear tag scanning and computer tracking of individual beasts, is fine-tuning and improving our productive efficiency

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Cut Winter Feed Costs With Byproducts

Cut Winter Feed Costs With Byproducts

Del Deterling

DTN/Progressive Farmer

Today’s cow/calf producers don’t just want to cut costs; in many cases they have to cut them to survive. This has everyone looking at a wide array of byproducts to help winter dry cows more economically.

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New breeds book adds ND breed: BueLingos

New breeds book adds ND breed: BueLingos

Mikkel Pates


A new edition of a nationally known book — Breeds of Cattle: Updated and Revised Second Edition — includes a fascinating essay on a North Dakota-based cattle breed, the BueLingo, and some fascinating Dakota connections.

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Cornstalk Grazing Warning: Mycotoxins Can Be a Problem

Cornstalk Grazing Warning: Mycotoxins Can Be a Problem

Dakota Farmer

Mold can be 5-10 worse in the cob and husk than in the grain, says SDSU beef specialist.

Turning beef cattle out on corn stalks might be a problem this year, says Cody Wright, SDSU Extension beef specialist.

"Mycotoxins can be found in different concentrations in different parts of the plant, and in some cases concentrations of deoxynivalenol and fumonisin may be 5-10 times greater in the cob and husk than in the grain," Wright says.

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National Western Angus Sale to Feature Top Genetics

National Western Angus Sale to Feature Top Genetics


Some of the Angus breed’s top genetics will again be offered at auction during the 2010 National Western Angus Bull Sale, Thursday, Jan. 14 at the Beef Palace Auction Arena at the Stock Show Complex in Denver, Colo.

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Cattle producers hope to be heard

Cattle producers hope to be heard

Sheri Levisay

Argus Leader

Tax rules, environmental issues high on their agenda at convention

To Jodie Hickman, farming and ranching is a family affair.

That’s one of Hickman’s major themes heading into the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association’s annual convention and trade show this week. She is the executive director of the group.

Cattle producers will debate, among other issues, the effects of potential environmental legislation on their operations.

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New Data Finds Braunvieh Cattle Have More Longevity

New Data Finds Braunvieh Cattle Have More Longevity

Cattle Today

Recent data from the JHL Ranch, Ashby, Neb., a 1,500-head commercial cow operation, indicates that Braunvieh cows have from five to 10 percent more staying power at 9-11 years of age than other breeds in the ranches’ commercial herd.

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Steve Cornett: A Vegan or a Pothead?

Steve Cornett: A Vegan or a Pothead?

Beef Today

At least two members of the cultural elite seem to be noticing some of the same things I’ve noticed about the anti-meat crowd. The no-meat message is going stale.

It’s rare enough to see ANY celebrity throwing thorns rather than roses at the animal rights movement that it seems worthy of mention.

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First Montana Hereford Feeder Calf Sale A Success

First Montana Hereford Feeder Calf Sale A Success


Nearly 1,200 head of Hereford and Hereford-influenced feeder calves sold Nov. 16 at the first Montana Hereford Association (MHA) sponsored feeder calf sale at Three Forks, Mont. The calves sold at the MHA sale brought as much as $6 per hundredweight (cwt.) per head more than the USDA average in Montana that week for that weight group.

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Raising beef cattle naturally an option

Raising beef cattle naturally an option

Tri State Livestock News

The need for more return per calf has beef cattle producers looking at alternative production practices.

“Raising cattle naturally is a method that has attracted consumer demand,” says Karl Hoppe, North Dakota State University Extension Service area livestock specialist at the Carrington Research Extension Center. “Not to be confused with organic beef production, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has specific standards for raising cattle naturally.”

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Donation of Montana Ranch Energizes Angus Foundation Event in Louisville

Donation of Montana Ranch Energizes Angus Foundation Event in Louisville

She is a woman who loves the land and Angus cattle. She believes in educating our young people and promoting the future of the beef industry. She is a woman who has no need for the spotlight or accolades, but on November 14 at the Angus Foundation’s Supporter Recognition Event  in Louisville, Ky., her voice and words spoke volumes.

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UNL Extension Beef Satellite Short-course Set

UNL Extension Beef Satellite Short-course Set


University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension educators have planned the 2009-2010 Beef Satellite Short-course, "Staying Competitive in an Ever Changing Beef Cattle Industry". Cattle producers are highly encouraged to attend one or all of the courses as there will be multiple sessions covering many different topics.

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Remaking agriculture’s image: Time for a ‘parallel response’

Remaking agriculture’s image: Time for a ‘parallel response’


The Land

To get their message out today, food producers need to have an entirely new sense of urgency and need to use an entirely new set of alliances and tools, according to one specialist in issues management.

This requires first a desire to actually respond, then alliances with interests that are not traditional to agriculture, then capabilities to communicate plus outreach that transmit messages consistently, continuously and rapidly, explained George Clark, director of the issues and crisis group at Burson-Marsteller in Washington, D.C.

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Know the Score: Improved Body Condition in Beef Cows Increases Conception Rates, Decreases Postpartum Intervals…

Know the Score: Improved Body Condition in Beef Cows Increases Conception Rates, Decreases Postpartum Intervals…

BARN Radio

Cow-calf operators constantly struggle to find the right balance between optimal body condition scores — which improve conception rates — and keeping feed costs as low as possible.

Research has shown the body condition of cows at breeding and calving plays a major role in the length of the postpartum interval and conception rates. It is generally accepted that a minimum body condition score of five must be achieved and maintained to have good conception rates

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