Monthly Archives: August 2010

Economic Analysis Of Proposed GIPSA Rule

Economic Analysis Of Proposed GIPSA Rule

In a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, Representative Jack Kingston (R-GA) called for a sound economic analysis to judge both the need and the utility of a proposed Grain Inspection, Packer and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) rule that deals with the procurement of livestock.


Maximizing gain in your stocker program

Maximizing gain in your stocker program

By Lura Roti

The Cattle Business Weekly

Stocker operators are beginning to pull their summer herds from pasture in preparation of fall selling. Soon, management efforts will be realized in the form of a paycheck.


Effects Of High Beef Demand With Short Supply – From The Ground Up

Effects Of High Beef Demand With Short Supply – From The Ground Up

Bob French


While a short supply of beef when there is a good demand results in favorable prices for beef producers, it may also negatively impact some different sectors of the beef industry overall. Bob French has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.


Going against the grain: Grass-fed beef a niche for Utah farmers

Going against the grain: Grass-fed beef a niche for Utah farmers

Amelia Nielson-Stowell

Deseret News

Nick Larson stands in the Star G Bar booth in the heart of the Downtown Farmers Market, surrounded by coolers of prepackaged meat, pictures of cattle grazing in Chaco Canyon and a steady stream of customers.

"It’s 100 percent grass-fed," Larson tells a woman, "from start to finish."


Beef Bash field day planned for Research Center

Beef Bash field day planned for Research Center

Times Leader

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture and the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Asso­ciation will host Beef Bash 2010, a unique field day for Kentucky beef cattle producers, Sept. 23, at the Research and Education Center in Princeton.


Divided beef industry to meet with feds in Fort Collins

Divided beef industry to meet with feds in Fort Collins

By Jason Blevins

The Denver Post

Farmers and ranchers from across the country converge on Fort Collins today for a rare opportunity to meet with top federal officials and air long-standing concerns over the state of the country’s beef business.


BVD surveillance of purchased commercial heifers

BVD surveillance of purchased commercial heifers

Bill Beal

Angus Journal

Purchasing commercial heifers to use as embryo transfer (ET) recipients is a fairly common practice. Purchased heifers introduced to a herd should have received recommended preweaning vaccinations and be tested for persistent infection (PI) with BVD (bovine viral diarrhea).


New Round Cuts Offer Six More Value-Added Beef Options

New Round Cuts Offer Six More Value-Added Beef Options

PR Web

The Beef Innovations Group (BIG) debuted six new cuts today from the beef round at the first Innovative Beef Symposium in Denver, part of its effort to help meat processors, manufacturers, retailers, foodservice operators and cattle producers maximize yield, add versatility and increase profitability.


New name could earn farmers better connotation

New name could earn farmers better connotation

The Cattle Business Weekly

New name could earn farmers better connotation

I am disturbed by the number of people in this country who seem to take agriculture for granted. Many have had little to no experience with the land and only know what they read and hear from what are often unreliable sources.


Putting the finish on

Putting the finish on

Gayle Smith

Tri State Livestock News

As grass-fed beef becomes more popular, producers are looking for an economical way to put those final few pounds of finish. According to Bob Scriven, a grazing consultant from Kearney, NE, grazing standing corn is a viable option for some producers.


Cut Cow Feed Costs by a Dollar a Day

Cut Cow Feed Costs by a Dollar a Day

Beef Today

University of Illinois researchers recently discovered that feeding co-products and cornstalk residue in the winter can save cow-calf producers up to $1 per day per cow as compared to feeding hay.


A Dozen Marketing Tips

A Dozen Marketing Tips

Kindra Gordon

Hereford World

The key to successful marketing is often remembering the basics — and capitalizing on the details to earn extra value for calves. That said, for beef producers to earn a higher price for calves in 2010, Jason Ahola, an animal science professor with Colorado State University, offers the following list of management options to consider.


Forage Field Guide Features New, Expanded Sections

Forage Field Guide Features New, Expanded Sections

Hoosier AG Today

  A Purdue University Extension publication gives forage producers much to chew on about everything from seeding to using their crop. With numerous new and expanded sections, the second edition Forage Field Guide is 61 pages longer than the 2004 first edition.


Corn byproduct use in the beef cattle enterprise

Corn byproduct use in the beef cattle enterprise

Rick Rasby

Angus Journal

Recently I discussed obtaining byproduct from the ethanol industry this summer and feeding it in late fall and winter. In review, corn byproducts can be used as either a protein or an energy supplement for backgrounding or replacement heifer/cow diets.


Ultrasound measures fat marbling in cattle

Ultrasound measures fat marbling in cattle


Toronto Sun

The laptop computer looked somewhat out of place inside the rustic barn, but Buis Beef has no problem doing things a little differently.

The cattle farm, located on the outskirts of Chatham, Ont., uses ultrasound to determine the fat marbling of an animal, as well as predict the optimal day to market it.


Manage Tall Fescue To Soften Endophyte’s Blow

Manage Tall Fescue To Soften Endophyte’s Blow

Hay and Forage Grower

Careful management of endophyte-infected tall fescue can reduce losses from fescue toxicosis, says Craig Roberts, University of Missouri Extension forage specialist.

Missouri beef producers lose $160 million a year from poor-gaining calves and open cows grazing infected fescue, but most don’t see the loss, says Roberts.


Why Do We Have Fairs and Shows?

Why Do We Have Fairs and Shows?

Beef Magazine

The Ohio State Fair has concluded and, by the end of the month, the majority of county fairs in the state will have taken place. As a County Extension Educator and cattle producer who has two daughters who love to show cattle, I am fully aware of the time and effort of a large number of people who work together to make shows and exhibitions possible.


Steve Cornett: Cattlemen Shouting Into the Wind

Steve Cornett: Cattlemen Shouting Into the Wind

Beef Today

The upcoming USDA-DOJ hearing, scheduled this week in Fort Collins, Col., bodes to be more fun than a chicken fight.

And probably louder.


Cattle Industry Needs to Work Together

Cattle Industry Needs to Work Together

Indiana Prairie Farmer

Ahead of the Cattle Industry Summer Conference, the Cattlemen’s Beef Board Executive Committee voted for separation of the Federation of State Beef Councils and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. The full board voted to reject that separation, but NCBA President-Elect Bill Donald says a positive realization came out of it all.


Managing the Postpartum Interval

Managing the Postpartum Interval

Rick Funston, Extension Beef Specialist, Montana State University

Do you want to receive more money for your calves this fall? Of course, we all do, the key is to receive a greater return than the investment. There are several critical success factors in every beef cattle operation; including managing cow costs, weaning weights and % calf crop. The most critical time period for opportunity to influence these factors is just prior to and after calving.