Monthly Archives: July 2010

Lowering Winter Feed Costs

Lowering Winter Feed Costs

This year’s Indiana Integrated Resource Management Program field day on August 31 in Greencastle will focus on helping beef producers lower winter feed costs.

The event will be at the David and Hope Sutherlin Farm, where the cows’ diet includes corn stalks, corn gluten, distiller’s grains and reduced hay consumption during the winter months. Presenters will explain the details of the program and how it has saved them thousands of dollars in feed costs.

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Nelson-Sponsored Bill Will Extend Livestock Price Reporting

Nelson-Sponsored Bill Will Extend Livestock Price Reporting


Nebraska’s Senator Ben Nelson introduced to bipartisan legislation to reauthorize Livestock Mandatory Price Reporting for five years and establish similar systems for pork cuts and dairy products.

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Higher cattle prices provide producers with hope of profits

Higher cattle prices provide producers with hope of profits


Des Moines Register

Just when cattle producers’ long-awaited rally appeared to falter, some hot temperatures in Kansas have put life into cattle and meat prices.

News that more than 2,000 cattle had died of heat stress in Kansas a week ago and that much of the Great Plains had heat advisories pushed up cattle prices from $86 per hundredweight a month ago. They ended at about $92.60 Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.

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Area butchers experience a boom due to ‘buy local’ movement

Area butchers experience a boom due to ‘buy local’ movement

Kristy MacKaben

Altoona Mirror

It’s not just a question of "Where’s the beef?" These days, it’s more, "Where does the beef come from?"

Butcher shops were once a dying breed, replaced by big supermarket chains. In the last few years, however, many remaining shops have enjoyed a boom in business, as interest in local meat has seen a resurgence.

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Monitoring the Feed Requirements of Early Weaned Calves

Monitoring the Feed Requirements of Early Weaned Calves

Laura Nelson

Cattle Today

Part 2

Meeting the nutritional needs of a young calf might sound familiar to parents of young children: feed well, feed often and prepare for pickiness.

Weaning at 90 to 120 days of age has proved to be an effective tool to maximize feed efficiency and stimulate marbling development, but that comes with added nutritional responsibility.

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Third ND anthrax case

Third ND anthrax case

The Cattle Business Weekly

Confirmation of anthrax in Barnes County, North Dakota has prompted state animal health officials to again urge livestock producers, especially in areas with a history of anthrax, to have their animals vaccinated for the disease.

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Feeding cattle: How long?

Feeding cattle: How long?

Amanda Nolz

Tri State Livestock news

USDA Yield Grade 4s and 5s seem commonplace in the packing industry today, just as 1,400- to 1,500-lb. steers are often seen lumbering through the auction ring at the sale barn. Today’s beef cattle are heavier than ever before, and for many, the deciding factors to feed longer help producers gain extra dollars.

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When should solid sides be put on cattle handling facilities?

When should solid sides be put on cattle handling facilities?

Temple Grandin


There is much controversy between cattle handling specialists on the use of solid fences on feedlot processing facilities and loading ramps. Some advocates of low stress handling dislike solid fences because they prevent the cattle from responding to the movements of a handler on the ground.

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Protein labeling study spotlights consumer needs on beef packages

Protein labeling study spotlights consumer needs on beef packages


The Beef Checkoff Program, the National Pork Board and Yerecic Label announces the completion of Phase One of the second Protein Labeling Study (PLS II). The PLS II study identifies current consumer information needs while shopping the meat case, explores consumer recipe use, and tests a variety of on-pack labels for general appeal and functionality.

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New, Easier-To-Use Antibiotic Spray

New, Easier-To-Use Antibiotic Spray

A new oxytetracycline antibiotic spray that promises greater convenience and less product wastage for livestock farmers is available from veterinary practices.

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Video Feature: Genetic Defects in Beef Cattle

Genetic Defects in Beef Cattle

Dr. Terry Stewart, Purdue University, discusses the genetic defects, Syndactyly and Polydactyly, Dwarfism and Osteopetrosis (Marble Bone). First in a series.

Q&A: What will happen if a Foreign Animal Disease is identified on my premise?

Q&A: What will happen if a Foreign Animal Disease is identified on my premise?

If a foreign animal disease such as Foot and Mouth disease is identified on your property, you will receive prompt and thorough instructions from state and federal animal health regulatory agencies about what to do.

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Rotation and Stockpiling Keep Cattle Grazing

Rotation and Stockpiling Keep Cattle Grazing

Becky Mills

Progressive Farmer

Letting the fescue grow in the summer goes against conventional wisdom. Generally, it dictates keeping endophyte-infected fescue grazed down low when the endophyte concentrates in the seed heads can affect cattle performance. But it all plays into Robert Shoemaker’s management plan.

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Summer Breeding Tips

Summer Breeding Tips

Select Sires

We can’t control the summer heat, but we can change management practices to minimize its adverse effects on reproduction. Here are a few tips from Select Sires field staff about improving conception during the summer months.

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Groups to debate state of competition in U.S. cattle and beef industries

Groups to debate state of competition in U.S. cattle and beef industries

Farm Forum

R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard eagerly accepted an invitation from KSDZ-FM in Gordon, Neb., to a live debate – streamed on the Internet – at 6:30 p.m. MDT on Monday, Aug. 9, 2010, with leaders from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), the American Meat Institute (AMI) and the National Meat Association (NMA). The subject will be the current state of competition in the U.S. cattle and beef industries. KSDZ-FM owner Jim Lambley will serve as moderator of the event.

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Summitcrest Farms: Genetics is future of cattle business and the future is now

Summitcrest Farms: Genetics is future of cattle business and the future is now

Kristy Foster

Farm and Dairy

The current Summitcrest Farms began as 160 acres purchased by the late Fred Johnson, although his father farmed before him. Johnson later co-founded Certified Angus Beef, and served as the first treasurer and second chairman of the national Beef Promotion and Research Board. His name is recognized internationally for his dedication to the cattle industry.

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Lardy Receives Animal Science Award

Lardy Receives Animal Science Award

Greg Lardy, head of North Dakota State University’s Animal Sciences Department, is the 2010 recipient of the American Society of Animal Science Extension Award.

The award recognizes recipients for outstanding and noteworthy contributions to Extension animal science programming. Lardy received the award at the society’s annual meeting in Denver.

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Open letter to cattle producers, rural Americans

Open letter to cattle producers, rural Americans

The Cuero Record

Dear U.S. Cattle Producers and Other Rural Americans,

The most important day in the history of your U.S. cattle industry, and perhaps all of Rural America, is soon to arrive. Never in history have two presidential Cabinet members invited Rural Americans to meet with them in the center of the United States to show their support for restoring competition to the U.S. cattle industry. Never in history, that is, until now.

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Quality beef earns praise

Quality beef earns praise

Red Deer Advocate

Anyone who’s ever bought a lottery ticket knows the importance of having the right numbers.

For Ken Malterer, the combination of AAA 30 marbling, an 88-square-cm rib eye and a 719.4-pound (326.3-kg) carcass earned him an $8,000 payout.

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Cattlemen forced to downsize with lacking rain

Cattlemen forced to downsize with lacking rain

Colin Hollister

Free Lance

California’s worst drought in decades is forcing some San Benito County and other California cattle ranchers to downsize their herds because two years of poor rainfall have ravaged millions of acres of rangeland used to feed cows and calves.

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