Daily Archives: December 2, 2009

All About Relationships

All About Relationships

Dan Rieder


“We buy bulls, regardless of the breed, based largely on personal relationships,” says Matt Pearce of Pearce Cattle Company, Okeechobee, Florida. “We do not buy bulls randomly. We’ve continually purchased them from a handful of producers that we know and respect. Most of the time, we don’t even go to their bull sales – we buy them based on a combination of the breeder’s opinion, by studying the sale catalogs and through DVD observations.”

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Beef Leaders Program inspires, educates students

Beef Leaders Program inspires, educates students

Amanda Nolz

Tri State Livestock News

In an age where the animal agriculture industry is more complex than ever before, it is increasingly important for producers to think beyond the pasture gates. As society demands more out of its beef producers, the challenges young people will inherit as they step into farmer and rancher roles will include more than harvesting beans and feeding cattle.

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The Seismic Tremor of Cow Liquidation

The Seismic Tremor of Cow Liquidation

John Harrington


Those of you who were unnerved several weeks ago by what felt like a major earthquake can cancel your appointment with the ear doctor and resume plans to imbibe in moderate amounts of “Christmas cheer.”

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Senator Introduces Food Safety Legislation

Senator Introduces Food Safety Legislation


California Senator Dianne Feinstein has introduced legislation to require that food producers take responsibility for keeping food free from harmful pathogens.

The bill would amend the Poultry Products Inspection Act, the Federal Meat Inspection Act and the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to prohibit the sale of any food that has not been certified to be pathogen free.

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Autism Allows Scientist to Unlock Animal Brain

Autism Allows Scientist to Unlock Animal Brain

Bonnie Coblentz

Cattle Today

Temple Grandin, an animal scientist from Colorado State University, thinks in pictures, a characteristic that gives her valuable insight in how to handle animals.

Grandin is a best-selling author and a world-renowned speaker. She also has autism. Grandin was the keynote speaker at CVM’s Human-Animal Bond lecture series in late October. She has been instrumental in developing welfare guidelines for handling and transporting livestock and is a past member of the board of directors of the Autism Society of America.

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Cattlemen to Hear Speakers Before Convention

Cattlemen to Hear Speakers Before Convention


Before the Nebraska Cattlemen Convention officially begins in Kearney on the evening of Dec. 9, many cattle producers will arrive early to attend the Cattlemen’s College and hear speakers on five topics. They include cattle enterprise succession planning, cattle genetic profiling, impact of calving dates on profits, successes of producers who have thought outside the box, and how the animal rights movement affects cattle markets. The special presentations on these issues will occur from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Kearney Holiday Inn.

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Supply and Demand

Supply and Demand

Max Thornsberry


I first really began to understand the economic concept of supply and demand in my first college course in Agriculture Economics at the University of Missouri in 1972. My professor had gone bankrupt in the hog business, went back to the University of Missouri, obtained a Ph.D. in Agriculture Economics, and started teaching his students how to not go broke in the hog business. He spent a lot of lecture time – what seemed to me at that time in my life like an inordinate amount of time – on the hog and cattle cycles.

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