Daily Archives: December 17, 2009

Crossbreeding- Its Cool Again! Part 1

Crossbreeding- Its Cool Again! Part 1

Dr. Scott P. Greiner, Extension Animal Scientist, VA Tech

The economic climate of today’s beef business is challenging.  Commercial cow-calf producers are faced with optimizing a number of economically important traits, while simultaneously reducing costs of production in order to remain competitive.

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Controlling the Breeding and Calving Season

Controlling the Breeding and Calving Season


The first step in reproductive management is controlling the breeding and calving seasons. Whichever calving season (winter, spring, or fall) is chosen, the following reasons illustrate why a controlled, seasonal calving schedule is desirable.

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Steve Cornett:  Eating Meat and Two-Piece Bathing Suits

Steve Cornett:  Eating Meat and Two-Piece Bathing Suits

Beef Today

A quick browse through responses to my most recent blog makes you think “passionate” is an understatement.  “Rabid” would be a more apt.  The point of the piece was sort of joking around, teasing our meat-phobic neighbors about a popular song that gently suggested the writer would rather hang with her dog than a “vegan and a pothead.”

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Kentucky Hereford Breeders Collaboration Pays Off

Kentucky Hereford Breeders Collaboration Pays Off

Only in its first year, the Kentucky Certified Hereford Influenced Sale was a great success.

October 27 sellers earned premiums of more than $8 per hundredweight (cwt.) for steers and $10 per cwt. for heifers. Those premiums were multiplied on 532 head sold at the Blue Grass Stockyards South, Stanford, Ky.

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Effects of GHG Regulations on Farmers

Effects of GHG Regulations on Farmers


Secretary Vilsack ventured gingerly into the climate change debate on last Wednesday in a press conference called for that purpose. He took the occasion to reassert that agricultural benefits from climate change legislation will far outweigh any additional costs.

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Feeding Moldy Hay

Feeding Moldy Hay

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

Feeding moldy hay to livestock is a tough decision. Although all hay contains some mold, when mold becomes noticeable the decisions become important. Usually, mold makes hay less palatable, which can result in lower intake or in animals refusing to eat the hay.

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Ranchers partner with Game, Fish & Parks for Habitat Development

Ranchers partner with Game, Fish & Parks for Habitat Development

Tri State Livestock News

Like most western South Dakota ranchers, Jim Johnson relies on his ranches’ dams to provide his cow/calf herd with an adequate water supply.

“Dams help spread out your grazing. When my dams are full my cows don’t have to travel as far to the water tanks,” said Johnson, 59, who ranches 13 miles north of Quinn, SD.

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Estate Tax Extension Blocked

Estate Tax Extension Blocked

Hoosier AG Today

  Senate Republicans have blocked efforts to renew estate tax law. The law expires at the end of this year. Wednesday, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus asked to introduce a measure that would have extended the tax for two months, providing more time to work out a deal. But that move failed.

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NCBA unveils enhanced educational platform for 2010 Cattle Industry Convention

NCBA unveils enhanced educational platform for 2010 Cattle Industry Convention

High Plains Journal

New, dynamic educational sessions with direct access to the leading authorities on pressing cattle industry issues, as well as discussion with other producers facing similar challenges, are available at the 2010 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas starting Jan. 27.

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Keys to economic survival

Keys to economic survival


Tough financial times have hit communities across the United States and beyond, but the problems are not just urban and suburban. Many farm families have been hit hard by economic forces, many of which were beyond their control.

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Pfizer expects new product to beef up cattle-growers’ results

Pfizer expects new product to beef up cattle-growers’ results
Al Jones

Kalamazoo Gazette

Pfizer Animal Genetics will launch in January a new genomic test that is expected to greatly expand the way cattle are evaluated — increasing the chances for ranchers and others to improve the quality and value of beef that is ultimately produced.

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Beef Co-Op Moo-ving Forward

Beef Co-Op Moo-ving Forward

 Luther Johnson


With the push to buy local, farmers are looking for where and how they can get their product sold locally.

During their December membership meeting, the Page County Farmer’s Association heard from members of the Shenandoah Valley Beef Cooperative.

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Nugget Hereford Champions Named

Nugget Hereford Champions Named

Golden Oak Outcross 18U and C -S Gran Torino ET won the grand champion bull titles at the 2009 Western Nugget National Hereford Show Dec. 4-5 in Reno, Nev.

 Brian Baragree, Absarokee, Mont., evaluated the 223-head show, which included 35 polled bulls, 27 horned bulls, 87 polled heifers and 74 horned heifers.

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UNL Nebraska Beef Cattle Report Available

UNL Nebraska Beef Cattle Report Available


It’s officially out… you can now pick up your copy of the University of Nebraska …..Beef Cattle Report. The annual report is very comprehensive since so many researchers across the state contribute to the publication.

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EPA: No Follow Up Report Required of CAFO Operators

EPA: No Follow Up Report Required of CAFO Operators

Darryal Ray

Alabama Farmers Federation

Large concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) which reported the potential release of ammonia and hydrogen sulfide in January 2009 will not be required to report again in January 2010, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

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