Daily Archives: December 15, 2009

Video Feature: Comparing Protein Costs

Producers need to compare the costs of available sources of protein for the beef herd. Costs need to be compared on a cost per pound of protein, not just cost per ton of feed.

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Cattlemen Watching to See if 2010 is Year to Bump Up Beef Numbers

Cattlemen Watching to See if 2010 is Year to Bump Up Beef Numbers

Del Deterling

DTN/Progressive Farmer

Hank Maxey is armed, loaded and ready. He’s just not sure when he’ll pull the trigger.

Maxey has wanted to expand herd numbers for several years, but the incentives haven’t been there. "We’re in position to begin increasing cow numbers as soon as we see a definite turnaround in cattle prices," he says.

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Animal welfare organization finds religion

Animal welfare organization finds religion

High Plains Journal

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has discovered religion and that is not necessarily a good thing for animal agriculture, according to Wes Jamison.

Jamison, an associate professor of communication at Palm Beach Atlantic University, was a featured speaker at the Nebraska Ag Classic held Dec. 1 and 2 in Lincoln, Neb. His presentation was entitled "Ready for Combustion: Animals, Religion, Politics & the HSUS."

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Snow Affects Winter Grazing

Snow Affects Winter Grazing

Dr. Bruce Anderson, Professor of Agronomy, Agronomy & Horticulture, University of Nebraska

It seems to me that it has been colder and snowier than usual, at least for this early in the season. If this is correct, it can affect the ability of your cattle to get the nutrition they need from grazing corn stalks or winter pasture.

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Economic outlook and feeding in the Midwest

Economic outlook and feeding in the Midwest

Amanda Nolz

Tri State Livestock News

It seems everyone in agriculture these days is speculating about when the industry will make a turn for the better. While beef cattle experts and economists all agree that farmers and ranchers are struggling in this current economy, views differ on the reasons for it and just when things will start looking positive for producers.

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Bion gets community support for upstate NY integrated beef finishing/biofuel project

Bion gets community support for upstate NY integrated beef finishing/biofuel project

AG Professional

Bion Environmental Technologies Inc. announced today that it has received the unanimous support of the Schroeppel, N.Y., Town Board for the development of a large scale integrated beef cattle closed-loop project. The project’s initial phase will include finishing facilities for 72,000 head of beef cattle, ethanol production and an associated beef processing plant.

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Bringing educational outreach to Russia offers many benefits

Bringing educational outreach to Russia offers many benefits


Farm and Ranch Guide

The University of Minnesota Beef Team is taking their outreach education program quite literally, reaching out far beyond the borders of Minnesota and, in fact, the United States.

In June 2009, four educators and two members of the Extension leadership traveled to Russia as part of their outreach program.

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Winter Dangers for Cattle

Winter Dangers for Cattle

W. Alan Bruhin

Seymour Herald

Every winter, cattle farmers across the United States lose cattle to the dangers that winter brings. Since the value of cattle is expected to increase in the coming year, it is more important than ever to protect them from these dangers.

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NDSU Schedules Dakota Cow-calf Clinic

NDSU Schedules Dakota Cow-calf Clinic

A videoconference for cow-calf producers will be held at six locations in January.

Cow-calf producers will get a peek at the economic future of the beef industry and their operation at the Dakota Cow-calf Clinic, an interactive videoconference set for Jan. 7, 2010.

The clinic will be broadcast from the Bottineau, Steele, Griggs and LaMoure County courthouses; North Dakota State University Carrington Research Extension Center; and the Chase building in Grafton.

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Beef export volume climbs 12 percent over September, value up 5 percent

Beef export volume climbs 12 percent over September, value up 5 percent

AG Professional

While the sluggish global economy and depressed currencies of many major trading partners have kept beef exports down, October showed promising signs of a rebound. Exports totaled 82,627 metric tons (182.2 million pounds) valued at $274.7 million, the largest monthly volume and third-highest monthly value (slightly behind May and June) of the year. 

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East Texas rancher claims top YF&R honors

East Texas rancher claims top YF&R honors

Southwest Farm Press

A fourth generation East Texas cattleman took home top prize in Texas Farm Bureau’s 2009 Outstanding Young Farmer and Rancher Contest.

Ernest Bailes IV, 27, and wife, Courtney, of Shepherd were selected over two other finalists Sunday at the 76th annual state convention of the state’s largest farm organization in Fort Worth. Runners-up were Paul and Monica Minzenmayer, who farm and ranch near Rowena, and Michael and Leigh Welch, who farm and ranch near Troy.

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NCBA Task Force Recommends Major Structural Change

NCBA Task Force Recommends Major Structural Change

Agri Marketing

The cattle industry is in the fight of its life, and members of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) are considering a structure change that would allow the nation’s largest cattle organization to quickly and efficiently address industry challenges without sacrificing grassroots input. The change is being recommended by producers and state organization executives from across the country who participated in NCBA’s Governance Task Force.

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Cattle producers face competition for land

Cattle producers face competition for land

High Plains Journal

Cow-calf producers have to make forage pay for itself, according to John Lawrence, director of the Iowa Beef Center.

Lawrence discussed the issue with producers during the Iowa Forage and Grassland conference held recently in Des Moines.

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Why The Organic Label Isn’t Good Enough

Why The Organic Label Isn’t Good Enough


Care2 via Organic Consumers Assn

Environmentalists, sustainable agriculture advocate and farmers have all been stressing the same thing for years: Buy Organic. But earlier this week, a fiasco involving one of the largest organic cattle producers in the country proves that just looking for the ‘USDA Organic’ label won’t protect you from foods manufactured with questionable practices, pesticides, hormones, and other nasty stuff.

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Braunvieh Tops 2009 Beef Empire Days Steer Trial

Braunvieh Tops 2009 Beef Empire Days Steer Trial

Cattle Today

Braunvieh breeders Mike Long of Rocking L Cattle Co. and Mike Long, Nick Long and Matt Traster of LLT Cattle Co. from Ulysses, Kansas continued their success in the Beef Empire Steer Trial (BEST) contest held in conjunction with Beef Empire Days in Garden City, Kansas. They have won this contest with Braunvieh-influenced cattle for the past four years.

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