Daily Archives: August 2, 2010



Stock contractors are an odd lot. They’re not smilers. They’re always on the job…sort of a cross between a prison guard and the captain of a pirate ship! Maybe it’s because they are trying to maintain order in a sea of chaos.

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Industry Politics Boil Over In Denver

Industry Politics Boil Over In Denver

Burt Rutherford

BEEF Magazine

For those looking forward to a relatively calm National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) summer meeting, this week’s release by the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) of the audit, or compliance review, of NCBA’s checkoff expenditures made that notion a wistful thought.

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Them Against Us – Part 1

Them Against Us – Part 1

Wes Ishmael

 “If slaughter houses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian.”

That’s how a solemn Paul McCartney, the ex-Beatle, begins narration of a new video from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). What follows is the same sensationalism and fiction that livestock producers have come to expect from the radical activist group.

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NCBA Releases Responses to Audit

NCBA Releases Responses to Audit

Hoosier AG Today

  The National Cattlemen;s Beef Association has released a 27-page response to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board audit and independent accountant’s report critical of the way NCBA expenses are charged as beef checkoff activities.

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Energy/ Environment Agreement Threatens Ranchers

Energy/ Environment Agreement Threatens Ranchers


A recent settlement agreement between a major energy company and environmental activist groups could have devastating impacts on the livestock industry, say the Public Lands Council.

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House ag committee approves Smith’s veterinarian shortage bill

House ag committee approves Smith’s veterinarian shortage bill

Robert Pore

The Independent

When it comes to cattle, Nebraska is a leader among states with the second highest number of cattle (6.25 million head) and the nation’s leading cattle slaughter (6.72 million head) in 2009. Cash receipts for cattle in Nebraska last year was more than $7 billion.

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Two wrecks for the price of one

Two wrecks for the price of one

Doug Rich

High Plains Journal

Think about the last time you were involved in a car accident. You were probably dazed, confused, angry, possibly injured, and scared all at the same time. Think about being all of those things and unable to communicate with the police, firemen, and bystanders who are there to help you.

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Meet the Gigantic Belgian Monster Cow

Meet the Gigantic Belgian Monster Cow

Tammy Rose


Meet the Super Cow originating in 19th century Belgium, the Gigantic Monster Belgian Cow, is a cross of local cattle with British cattle. The Belgian Blue cattle are gigantic bovine wonders.

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New Iowa cattlemen’s boss points to expansion to prod industry

New Iowa cattlemen’s boss points to expansion to prod industry


Des Moines Register

The new head of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association sees opportunities for economic development in southern counties.

"There would be an excellent place for expansion of Iowa’s cattle industry," Duane Gangwish said. Earlier this year, he came from a lobbyist and environmental position with the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Association to succeed the retiring Bruce Berven as executive director of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association.

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Hereford program at Chico

Hereford program at Chico

Reed Bluff Daily News

Dave Daley, Ph.D., associate dean and University Farm administrator, California State University, Chico, conducted a three-year crossbreeding study and found an economic advantage to using Hereford bulls over Angus bulls in a predominately straight-bred Angus cow herd.

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Young Producers want to shape future

Young Producers want to shape future


Members of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Young Producers’ Council (YPC) held their biannual business meeting this week during the NCBA Summer Conference. During the meeting, the group discussed initiatives for the 2011 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show to better serve the unique membership needs of young producers between the ages of 18 to 35.

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Making an organic farm work in Nebraska’s north country

Making an organic farm work in Nebraska’s north country

Rita Brhel

Crossing into Nance County was like entering another country. The mile sections were replaced with meandering roads that slanted and curved with the topography, without regard to true north or south.

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Livestock Indemnity Program is in effect in Kansas

Livestock Indemnity Program is in effect in Kansas

High Plains Journal

The Kansas Cattlemen’s Association reminds producers that the Livestock Indemnity Program is in effect. If you have cattle loss due to heat stress or other weather related events, you can receive partial reimbursement from USDA.

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Seedstock Producers Offer Alliance Opportunities

Seedstock Producers Offer Alliance Opportunities

Wes Ishmael

BEEF Magazine

If a new bull is the only thing you have to show from your dealings with seedstock suppliers, then you’re probably leaving lots of potential on the table.

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Marrying the Farm to the Ranch

Marrying the Farm to the Ranch


Agriculture producers are constantly looking for ways to improve their bottom line. In this week’s From the Ground Up, Bob French tells us about a local farmer and rancher who’s married his farm and his ranch in an effort to be more efficient.

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