Daily Archives: November 8, 2010

Is average fair? GIPSA rule puts industry at risk

Is average fair? GIPSA rule puts industry at risk

Gregg Doud

AG Weekly

The second oldest sport in the history of the cattle business is beating up on the packer. I’m guessing the oldest involved a cowboy on a horse trying to rope a steer.

No one likes the packer, which is actually strange when you think about it because “the packer” is an absolutely necessary entity during “the process” of converting beef with the hide on it to beef without the hide on it. Who likes to eat hide?

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Weaning Calves

Weaning Calves

Bob Larson

Angus Journal

In the life of a beef animal, the risk of sickness and death around the time of weaning is second only to the risks at calving and during the first few days of life. This is particularly true if the calves are transported shortly after weaning. Several major changes can occur at weaning, including removal of milk from the diet, removal from the care and attention of the dam, and placement into a new lot or pasture environment.

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Grass-finished meat presents challenges

Grass-finished meat presents challenges

STEVE BROWN

Capital Press

Labeling is a significant challenge in producing grass-finished beef, a livestock expert says.

Jeff Schahczenski, an agricultural specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology, described challenges to making such a venture profitable.

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Why Greener Beef Will Mean Less Grass, More Feedlots

Why Greener Beef Will Mean Less Grass, More Feedlots

Melanie Warner

BNET

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

As the beef industry grapples with ways to make its product more environmentally sustainable, one of the things that’s likely to happen — besides more obvious steps like methane capture operations and using manure to generate electricity — is that many beef producers around the world will migrate towards the U.S. model of confined feeding and hormones.

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Should cow/calf producers keep or sell their heifers?

Should cow/calf producers keep or sell their heifers?

TERRI ADAMS

The Prairie Star

With calves bringing $1.15 a pound, the decision to sell heifers or grow them is one that will be crossing the minds of many cattle producers this year. As they make the decision, there are some basic questions producers should ask.

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Purdue Economist says Elections Likely to Mean Status Quo for Agriculture

Purdue Economist says Elections Likely to Mean Status Quo for Agriculture

Hoosier AG Today

  Farmers who favor continuation of federal commodity payments should come away from Tuesday’s election feeling good, a Purdue University agricultural economist said. While Republicans regained control of the U.S. House of Representatives and Democrats held onto the majority in the Senate, the new agricultural committees in each chamber aren’t likely to touch farm subsidy programs, said Otto Doering, a farm policy specialist.

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Dillon Feuz: Is backgrounding calves profitable?

Dillon Feuz: Is backgrounding calves profitable?

Dillon M. Feuz

Tri State Livestock News

A couple of years ago I wrote an article on financial versus economic costs. I was tempted to just use that article again, because it may provide the key to be able to answer the question posed in the title. For those who didn’t read that article, or who can’t remember it, I will refresh your memory with the definition of financial versus economic costs.

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