Daily Archives: November 1, 2010

Choosing the grass-fed niche cattle market

Choosing the grass-fed niche cattle market

ROBYN KRUGER

The Messenger

Experts: Know technology before getting in

Producers who are considering switching to grass-only or grass-finishing their cattle, need to know the technology behind the method, as well as the niche market they would be trying to sell into.

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Baxter Black, DVM: GIVING

Baxter Black, DVM:  GIVING

Last spring many criticized Florida strawberry growers for plowing under their crop when it was obvious that spending more money to pick and distribute it, would only add to their financial loss.

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 Be proactive in Beef Quality Assurance

Be proactive in Beef Quality Assurance

High Plains Journal

The beef checkoff continues to encourage beef and dairy producers to be proactive when it comes to Beef Quality Assurance: learning about best practices and how to utilize them to help produce safe, wholesome beef for consumers.

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Lonely Livestock: The Only Cow in Manhattan

Lonely Livestock: The Only Cow in Manhattan

Jesse Hirsch

Wall Street Journal

Do-it-yourself food cultivation has found a home in New York City, with backyard chicken coops, honeybee apiaries and rooftop gardens sprouting like spring lettuce inside America’s largest metropolis. But the urban farming trend has its limits. In Manhattan, at least, the locavore line appears to be drawn at the cow.

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Ranch Management University helping with decision making

Ranch Management University helping with decision making

Blair Fanin

TAMU

At Ranch Management University, students come from not just Texas, but California, Illinois – even Costa Rica – to learn more about managing agriculture and natural resources.

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Hormone debate: efficiency versus quality

Hormone debate: efficiency versus quality

BARBARA DUCKWORTH

Producer.com

Millions of steers and heifers are fattened in North American feedlots each year, and most receive growth hormones.

The ear implants improve average daily gain and increase red meat yields with proportionately less fat, said Marshall Streeter, a veterinarian with Intervet Schering Plough Animal Health, which manufactures products such as Revalor and the feed additive Zilmax.

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Biosecurity Important Part of Beef Production

Biosecurity Important Part of Beef Production

W.F. “Frank” Owsley

Cattle Today

Biosecurity is an important part of animal production, regardless of facilities, size, and type of production. Cattle in a closed group will develop immunity to strains of organisms in the group.

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Calculating stocking rates of cows

Calculating stocking rates of cows

High Plains Journal

A beef cow eats 3 percent of her body weight in forage daily. A 1,200-pound cow will need 36 pounds of grass per day.

Those facts are a start for calculating stocking rates of cows per acre.

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Ben Spitzer Joins Brangus Association Team 

Ben Spitzer Joins Brangus Association Team

PR.com

The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) has hired Ben Spitzer as Marketing Programs Director. Ben was born into a family whose involvement in the cattle industry dates back several generations with both commercial and registered cattle. He grew up with a heavy involvement with FFA, 4H, the SC Junior Cattlemen’s Association and the Junior Brangus program.

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Mid-Term Elections May Hold Key To Next Farm Bill

Mid-Term Elections May Hold Key To Next Farm Bill

Gary Truitt

Hoosier AG Today

In just a few days, Americans will be going to the polls to cast their votes in the 2010 election. Judging by most reports, many voters will be going to vote in very bad moods.

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