Daily Archives: May 6, 2010

Video Feature: Drovers TV

This Drovers TV webcast features:

– Choosing the sex of calves

– Put extra land to work

– Promoting their bulls and their school

– A full plate

– Feedyard preg tests

– Archives: Leachman talks profits

The many uses of carcass ultrasound

The many uses of carcass ultrasound

Codi Vallery-Mills

The Cattle Business Weekly

With higher prices seen in the cattle market these past weeks and an optimistic outlook towards fall calf prices producers throughout the country are hoping their 2010 calf crop blossoms over the next 6 months and last year’s bull selections will prove themselves.

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Embryo Transfer Allows Producers to Maximize Superior Genetics

Embryo Transfer Allows Producers to Maximize Superior Genetics

Clifford Mitchell

Cattle Today

Although fads and trends sometimes disguise what the industry is truly looking for, the goal of most cattlemen is to produce the best genetic specimen for the times. In days gone by, the cattle barons knew the tough old Longhorns or “mavericks”, as they were called when Charlie Goodnight and Oliver Loving made the initial journey over the Goodnight-Loving trail, needed to be upgraded to produce better beef and cattle the could be more well adapted to the range.

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Recollections from an early cowboy

Recollections from an early cowboy

Susan Davis


When I was given the opportunity to read a recollection written by an early cowboy, I was thrilled. The manuscript contained various accounts of his life after he moved out west. His stories were filled with a lot of authentic history.

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That queasy feeling. What had she read?

That queasy feeling. What had she read?

Greg Henderson 


A good portion of my days are spent sifting through e-mails, reading news, responding to readers, advertisers and co-workers. Most of those efforts are productive, but there’s also the wasted time spent deleting unwanted or unsolicited e-mail. There are the ones from the widows in Nairobi or Madagascar who urgently need my help converting their late husband’s fortunes into U.S. dollars, or the ones offering huge savings on Viagra.

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Trich Makes A Comeback

Trich Makes A Comeback

Kim Watson-Potts

Beef Today

Trichomoniasis (trich), often a concern for Western cattle producers, is now affecting areas not accustomed to it, says Missouri veterinarian Dan Goehl. “When introduced into a herd, it can be one of the most devastating reproductive diseases we face.”

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Rancher found to be an “unfit owner” of cattle

Rancher found to be an "unfit owner" of cattle

Howard Pankratz

The Denver Post

The owner of a a ranch where 79 decomposing cattle carcasses were found in March has been declared an "unfit owner" by a judge.

The judge also ordered that ownership of 28 cattle seized by the state’s Bureau of Animal Protection in April be turned over to the state of Colorado until they are sold at auction.

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Distillers Grains Offer Winter Options In The Corn Belt

Distillers Grains Offer Winter Options In The Corn Belt

Burt Rutherford

BEEF Magazine

The old maxim of “location, location, location” not only holds true in real estate, it’s become a factor when considering whether distillers grain (DG) can help you cut winter feed bills.

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Eliminating Weeds Could Put More Cows on the Pasture

Eliminating Weeds Could Put More Cows on the Pasture

Science Daily

A weed calculator developed by an Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist tells ranchers the number of additional cows they could raise if they eliminated one or two widespread exotic invasive weeds.

Rangeland ecologist Matt Rinella at the ARS Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Research Laboratory in Miles City, Mont., created a computer model that predicts weed impacts on forage production.

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BQA generates food-safety results

BQA generates food-safety results


Since it was introduced, this nation’s beef quality assurance program has measurably improved safety, helped reduce chemical residues in beef and given producers new models for quality production.

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UNL Research Finds Feeding Corn Coproducts to Reproducing Cows Positive

UNL Research Finds Feeding Corn Coproducts to Reproducing Cows Positive

University of Nebraska

University of Nebraska-Lincoln research finds feeding reproducing cows corn coproducts is beneficial to their post calving gain, reproduction and may improve beef production sustainability.

Dried distillers grains plus solubles or wet corn gluten feed are co-produced during the fermentation process of ethanol or corn sweetener, so they are a readily available, economical feed choice for Nebraska cattle producers.

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Supplemental Feeding Of Stocker Cattle

Supplemental Feeding Of Stocker Cattle


Feeding a supplement in addition to allowing stockers to graze is a practice that can have some benefits. However, the decisions to supplement and what to supplement should not be made lightly and require some planning. Factors such as forage quality and availability, feed availability, desired animal performance, and marketing objectives all weigh into the decision of whether or not to supplement and exactly what to supplement.

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Grain and Protein Supplements for Beef Cattle on Pasture

Grain and Protein Supplements for Beef Cattle on Pasture

Homer B. Sewell,  Department of Animal Sciences, University of Missouri

Cool-season grasses mature in summer and become too low in energy and protein to meet the requirements of stocker cattle. Unless these pastures contain a considerable quantity of legume, cattle don’t make acceptable rates of gain in late summer.

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Yellow Tag Program Adds Profitability to Red Angus

Yellow Tag Program Adds Profitability to Red Angus

Cattle Today

Profitability drives the decisions commercial beef producers make and cattlemen who use Red Angus genetics know that enrolling in the Feeder Calf Certification Program (FCCP) helps them garner a market premium on their cattle through age, source and genetic verification.

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Fighting to farm

Fighting to farm

Heidi Clausen

The Country Today

What began as one woman’s plan to graze a few head of beef cattle on her grandparents’ Sawyer County farm has become a long legal battle and a sort of case study for Wisconsin agriculture.

For five years, Linda Zillmer of Birchwood has battled lakeshore neighbors and county officials in her bid to start a small grazing farm in the town of Edgewater.

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