Daily Archives: March 22, 2010

Video Feature: The Cowboy Vegetarian Cookbook – Baxter Black

The Cowboy Vegetarian Cookbook – Baxter offers coboy recipes for meatless meals!

Short Term Calf Removal May Help After Tough Winter

Short Term Calf Removal May Help After Tough Winter

Dr. Glenn Selk, Professor-Animal Reproduction Specialist, Animal Science – Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

The long, wet and sometimes cold winter has left many cows in less-than-desirable body condition during this spring calving season. Lower body condition at calving equates to a longer time interval until the cows return to heat cycles to have a chance to rebreed. One management strategy that offers a small amount of relief from this situation is called “short-term calf removal”

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Feedlots Cut Cattle Purchases on Wet Winter Weather

Feedlots Cut Cattle Purchases on Wet Winter Weather

Whitney McFerron


U.S. feedlots cut purchases of young cattle in February by 0.8 percent from a year earlier, as wet weather muddied holding pens, discouraging expansion.

Areas of Texas, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota received three times the normal amount of precipitation over the past two months, according to the National Weather Service. Cattle spend more energy moving through mud and staying warm during cold, wet weather, eroding weight gains. Lighter cattle yield less beef

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States Look to Join Agricultural Antitrust Fight

States Look to Join Agricultural Antitrust Fight

Matt Volz

Flathead Beacon

Montana is leading a 16-state effort to save small farmers and ranchers by urging the federal government to use antitrust weapons and enlist the states’ help to fight increasing consolidation in agriculture.

The feds are listening. Attorney General Eric Holder and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack say a series of workshops on competition in the industry an unprecedented act of cooperation between their agencies. But they also say it’s not clear what actions will come from the hearings, which are examining competition in U.S. dairy, seed, meatpacking and crop production.

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What’s With This Cattle Market?

What’s With This Cattle Market?

Gregg Doud, NCBA chief economist


Slowly, methodically and seemingly without fanfare, the cattle market has been rising since about Thanksgiving. As of late, however, the continuation of this "run" in cattle prices has started to gather attention and it has several asking how, why, and more importantly, will it continue?

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Ranchers learn about developing grass

Ranchers learn about developing grass

Gayle Smith

The Fence Post

“Do you think of yourself as a beef producer or a grass producer?” a representative from DuPont asked a group of ranchers during his presentation at the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic. “If you don’t grow grass, you can’t grow beef.”

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Economists reveal meatpackers’ effect on cattle pricing not as big as many believe

Economists reveal meatpackers’ effect on cattle pricing not as big as many believe

Bill Jackson

Greeley Tribune

Stephen Koontz probably didn’t make any new friends, but he sure may have influenced a few people.

Koontz, an agricultural economist at Colorado State University, teamed with Clem Ward, a counterpart at Oklahoma State University, to study the impact of consolidation in the meatpacking industry and its effect on cattle pricing. For years, there have been those who would swear on their deathbed that the big meatpackers are responsible for keeping cattle prices down.

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Barbecue on Capitol lawn protests Granholm’s call for ‘Meatout Day’

Barbecue on Capitol lawn protests Granholm’s call for ‘Meatout Day’

Kris Turner

Lansing State Journal

Gov. Jennifer Granholm got a meaty response to her call for a statewide "Meatout Day" on Saturday.

Herded together in front of the state Capitol, local meat vendors and farmers handed out hot dogs and hamburgers in protest.

George Hubak, who organized the event, said he was baffled as to why the governor would make a proclamation calling for a meatless day in a state with a large agriculture sector. After backlash against her initial proclamation, Granholm also declared Saturday "Michigan Agriculture Day."

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Burger and a beer? Brewery byproduct feeds cows

Burger and a beer? Brewery byproduct feeds cows

Laura Rillos


What does a pint of Ninkasi beer have to do with cows? 

They’re two of the ingredients in Oregon Natural Meats, a new Eugene-based company hoping peddling it’s natural beef to locavores in the community.

"It’s a pretty simple concept that ties in all the elements of sustainability, of local, of natural, of high quality meat," explained Stephen Neel, the company’s CEO.  Neel has a PhD.

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Large-animal veterinarians becoming scarce

Large-animal veterinarians becoming scarce

Rebecca Tonn

Colorado Springs Business Journal

Fewer students are entering school to become large-animal veterinarians, resulting in a growing shortage among those on the front lines in protecting the nation’s food supply.

Part of the problem is that treating large animals — beef or dairy cattle, horses, lamas, bison — is hard work with odd hours and, unless it is a federal government job, it’s not especially lucrative.

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Lab a ‘critical asset, Work to target dire livestock diseases

Lab a ‘critical asset, Work to target dire livestock diseases

Kevin Welch


A state agency is spending $1.7 million to build a lab in Amarillo it hopes will help stop catastrophic livestock diseases before they damage the industry.

"It will be a very critical asset," said Tammy Beckham, state director of the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory. "It’s a high-containment facility that will allow testing for diseases that could cause severe economic impact – things like foot-and-mouth you don’t find in the U.S., but they could be introduced accidentally or intentionally."

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Manage grass to lessen effect of endophyte

Manage grass to lessen effect of endophyte

Rusty Evans

Grass management can be key to the performance of beef cattle, according to a livestock expert with University of Tennessee Extension.

With warm weather on the way, producers should be diligent.

The endophyte in fescue decreases the performance of beef cattle. However, its detrimental effects can be reduced by improving grass management practices, says professor Clyde Lane Jr. of the UT Animal Science Department.

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JBS set to acquire second Australian beef company

JBS set to acquire second Australian beef company

Greeley Tribune

The parent company to Greeley-based JBS USA is not yet done with its expansion plans.

After spreading rapidly in the last few years throughout the globe, JBS South America on Friday announced its intentions to acquire a second Australian beef company.

The company announced it has reached an agreement with shareholders of the Rockdale Beef Partnership to acquire the Rockdale Beef business.

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Family Enjoys Raising Simmental Beef Cattle

Family Enjoys Raising Simmental Beef Cattle

Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Lancaster Farming

Raising Simmental beef cattle is a family affair for Randy and Karen Rugenstein. Their 35-head operation, Rugenstein Family Farm, began when daughters Amy and Rebecca — who were then 4-H youngsters — wanted to raise livestock 16 years ago.

“We ended up buying them a couple of beef calves, and they were really responsible,” recalled Karen. “They just loved the beef cattle.”

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Canada’s other red & white emblem

Canada’s other red & white emblem

Barbara Duckworth


It was 1860 and Queen Victoria was on the throne, Confederation had not been negotiated and there was no national railroad or reliable highway system.

With names like Domino, Standard Lad and Britisher, the Hereford was to become the number one breed in Canada and held onto that position for 70 years, said Canadian Hereford Association manager Gordon Stephenson.

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