Daily Archives: January 7, 2010

Video Feature: History of National Western Stock Show-I am Angus

The history of the National Western Stock Show including the story of the Charolais steer painted black and shown as an Angus.

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Q&A:   What is the going rate to charge for calving out and yardage of first calf heifers?

Q&A:   What is the going rate to charge for calving out and yardage of first calf heifers?

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

A:   This information is from an old survey conducted by Dr. Gosey in 199?, but is a good reference to get you started. Feed costs have gone up and labor costs, so you would want to make those adjustments.

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Cattle Tuberculosis Confirmed In South Dakota

Cattle Tuberculosis Confirmed In South Dakota

Bovine Veterinarian

A Yankton County cattle herd has been found positive for bovine tuberculosis (TB) after a 3-year-old cow from the herd was confirmed to be infected with the disease.

State Veterinarian Dr. Dustin Oedekoven said the herd has been quarantined for additional testing.

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Lowlines Fit Niche

Lowlines Fit Niche

Kindra Gordon

Why raise Lowlines? Ask someone who raises this special breed and they’ll likely say, "Why not?"

An ancestor of the Angus breed, Lowlines are about 30% smaller than full-sized Angus cattle – which means they are efficient and offer attributes like calving ease.

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Massive investments in the cattle industry for Russia

Massive investments in the cattle industry for Russia

Evegen Vorotnikov

Meat International

The Russian government will continue to hugely invest in the national meat industry this year, according to local media reports.

According to an official source of the Russian government, next year the total amount of investments in the domestic meat industry will exceed 108 billion rubles (EUR 2 billion), that would be generally consistent with the previous year.

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Wisconsin Beef Continues to Impact State Economy

Wisconsin Beef Continues to Impact State Economy

Wisconsin Ag Connection

More Wisconsin producers are adding beef cattle to their farm operations, which is making a noticeable contribution to the state’s overall economy.

Statistics from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture show 2,000 more farms raised beef cows in 2009 than did in 2008, with a total of 265,000 beef cows on 14,800 farms in Wisconsin.

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Beef Basics II Course now being offered to beef producers

Beef Basics II Course now being offered to beef producers


A home study course aimed at providing important information for beef producers has been updated to include the latest research available, according to University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.

Beef Basics II recently was unveiled, focusing on breeding for profitability, said Steve Pritchard, extension educator in Boone and Nance counties who chairs the program.

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Pew Livestock Report Biased, Say Animal Scientists

Pew Livestock Report Biased, Say Animal Scientists

Beef Today

The Federation of Animal Science Societies (FASS) has analyzed the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production’s report “Putting Meat on the Table: Industrial Farm Animal Production in America” as well as the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) response to the report. After a review by FASS’ Scientific Advisory Committees, FASS agrees with AVMA that there are significant flaws in the Pew report.

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NCBA Announces Speaker Line-up for Convention

NCBA Announces Speaker Line-up for Convention


The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is pleased to announce the line-up of speakers for the 2010 Cattle Industry Convention. Christopher Gardner, author and inspiration for the 2006 film, The Pursuit of Happyness, will officially kick off the convention with keynote remarks at the opening general session, sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim.

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Area producer receives Iowa Beef Quality Assurance Award

Area producer receives Iowa Beef Quality Assurance Award

The Daily Reporter

A cattle producer and livestock auction market operator was named the 2010 Iowa Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Award winner for his focus on animal care practices. Morris Larson, Spencer Livestock Sales, of Spencer, was honored at the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Annual Convention in Ames on Jan. 5.

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Cargill to sell Billings plant

Cargill to sell Billings plant

The Billings Outpost

Cargill announced Tuesday that it has reached an agreement with Westfeeds to buy Cargill’s Billings feed mill and property. Officials from both companies anticipate that the sale will close by mid-February.

According to Westfeeds officials, the addition of the Billings feed mill facility will complement the company’s existing presence in Billings as well as regionally.

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Nicolette Hahn Niman-The vegetarian rancher

Nicolette Hahn Niman-The vegetarian rancher

Twilight Greenaway


Many of the books on this topic have been written by people who are totally opposed to raising animals for food — they think it’s ravaging the environment and that it’s inherently inhumane. Then there are people who think we can all eat as much meat as we want, and they believe the criticism of over-consumption is hype, that it’s coming from a bunch of “wackos.”

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Rod Morrison serves up more Ask the Butcher info, Part 1

Rod Morrison serves up more Ask the Butcher info, Part 1

Natalie Rotunda

Organic Food Examiner

Rod Morrison, president and CEO of Rocky Mountain Organic Meats. Of course, he has a viewpoint not commonly shared (yet) with a majority of Americans, and, of course, he wants to sell his meat to us. But if you care about where your beef comes from and how it’s raised, then you’ll want to listen to what he has to say.

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Rustlers in the Great Basin

Rustlers in the Great Basin

Jeff Barnard

The Cattle Business Weekly

Cruising down a two-lane blacktop where Oregon’s Catlow Rim drops down into a broad valley of sagebrush and bunchgrass, ranch manager Stacy Davies pulls his pickup over to let pass a herd of young bulls being trailed along the road by a couple of his buckaroos, as ranch hands are called here.

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Farmers cut back on antibiotics

Farmers cut back on antibiotics

Leslie Reed

Omaha World Herald

Farmers in Nebraska and Iowa say they are curbing their use of antibiotics in livestock in response to growing national concern about the proliferation of drug-resistant infections in people.

Researchers say the widespread use of antibiotics has led to the development of germs that are immune to the drugs — germs that could be passed along to humans.

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