Daily Archives: January 19, 2010



There is a frequently told story by cowmen and veterinarians since herdsmen discovered fire. As I listened to a Georgia farmer recount his own personal version, I found myself imagining how the cow would feel?


Kicking the Haying Habit

Kicking the Haying Habit

Troy Smith

Angus Journal

Rocky Foy was growing tired of the routine. The Glendo, Wyo., rancher spent most of every summer putting up hay, and he spent most of each winter feeding it to his cow herd. It was pretty much the same routine that generations of ranchers and stock farmers have followed. After some honest analysis of his haying enterprise, however, Foy thought there might be a better way.


Find New Ways to Squeeze Profit Out of Your Herd

Find New Ways to Squeeze Profit Out of Your Herd

Del Deterling

DTN/Progressive Farmer

To increase returns this year, Texas economist Stan Bevers says producers will have to find ways either to trim cow costs or add value to their calves to make them worth more at sale time. (DTN/Progressive Farmer image by Jim Patrico)

Producers still are feeling the cost-price squeeze pinching cow/calf profits. It’s a pressure that won’t ease up until consumer demand for beef improves. And that, marketers say, won’t happen until the overall economy takes a significant upward turn. So what’s the best way to turn a profit this year?


Feedlot specialist offers insight on managing livestock in cold weather

Feedlot specialist offers insight on managing livestock in cold weather

Farm Forum

Cold weather and winter storms can impact feedlots, but cattle feeders should try to maintain schedules regardless of weather.

That’s according to Ben Holland, South Dakota Cooperative Extension feedlot specialist, who said consistency pays off in the long run.


Manage Your Forage Dollars Wisely

Manage Your Forage Dollars Wisely

Sara Brown

Beef Today

Marc deManigold knows it’s time to change the ration. At Grace Farms in northern Missouri, cows are about 60 days from calving, a time when unborn calves are rapidly developing and cows are beginning to produce colostrum. He knows his alfalfa hay has more of the nutrients cows need at this time—and he has the numbers to prove it.


Cattle Industry ID Meeting Statement of Principles

Cattle Industry ID Meeting Statement of Principles

Livestock Marketing Council

A meeting of cattle organizations representing the beef, dairy and marketing sectors was held in Kansas City, Missouri, November 4-5, 2009. The participating organizations agreed that a livestock identification plan for the cattle industry should be singularly specie specific because of the diversity in the way cattle are raised, marketed and processed.


Agriculture, animal science classes gain a foothold in urban schools

Agriculture, animal science classes gain a foothold in urban schools

Jane Coaston


Kara Dalton is attempting to control chaos. It’s Monday at the teacher’s pre-veterinary science class at Gateway Institute of Technology high school, and that means baths for the dogs, cats, bunnies, mice, hamsters, guinea pigs and one elusive ferret named Riley.


Fundamentals of Expected Progeny Differences

Fundamentals of Expected Progeny Differences

Darrh Bullock, Extension Professor, University of Kentucky

Beef cattle genetic evaluation is the process of taking all of the relevant information on an animal and converting it into a useful tool for selection. This process was started long ago when livestock producers began to realize that progeny often performed similar to their parents for certain traits.


Minerals For Beef Cattle — Revisited

Minerals For Beef Cattle — Revisited


Research and demonstrations conducted by UT Extension have shown that mineral deficiencies exist in forages. Specifically, the data shows that copper, zinc and selenium need to be available in a supplemental mineral.


American Gelbvieh Association Hires Frank Padilla as Director of Breed Promotion

American Gelbvieh Association Hires Frank Padilla as Director of Breed Promotion

The American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) is pleased to announce the addition of Frank Padilla as the Director of Breed Promotion to the association’s staff. Padilla begins working for the AGA on January 20, 2010.


IBCA Honors Industry’s Best at Awards Banquet

IBCA Honors Industry’s Best at Awards Banquet

Hoosier AG Today

The Indiana Beef Cattle Association (IBCA) honored its best at an awards banquet on Friday evening January 15th at the Farm Bureau building following the 2010 Livestock, Forage & Grain Forum. Beef producers from across the state traveled to Indianapolis to salute the men and women who provide the leadership for the Indiana beef industry.


Snow Affects Winter Grazing

Snow Affects Winter Grazing

Bruce Anderson, University of Nebraska agronomist

Beef Today

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.


Beef production: Myths vs. facts

Beef production: Myths vs. facts

Gary Wilson

The Courier

I recently ran across some information from the National Cattlemen’s Association regarding meat consumption and livestock production. We need to learn the facts refuting outlandish claims against meat production. Consider the following “myth-buster facts”:

Myth One: Meat production wastes crop resources, requiring 16 pounds of grain and soybeans to produce one pound of beef.


Farmers fight back against animal rights groups

Farmers fight back against animal rights groups

Farm Forum

It’s little wonder that farmers fret about the future of the livestock industry. In the past two years, feed costs skyrocketed, pork and dairy prices plummeted, and animal rights groups stepped up efforts to improve living conditions for farm animals.

Some farmers are hoping to strike back with proactive efforts to ward off unwanted legislation and boost the struggling industry.


Falling Corn Prices Boost Feeder Cattle

Falling Corn Prices Boost Feeder Cattle

BEEF Magazine

Cow-calf producers who elected to keep their calves during the fall’s anemic market are being rewarded. Auction prices for calves and feeders continued their surge last week, spurred along by the plunge in corn prices.