Daily Archives: November 11, 2010

US officials investigate unpaid bills at cattle brokerage

US officials investigate unpaid bills at cattle brokerage


Eastern Livestock, which is located in New Albany, Ind., describes itself on its website as one of the largest cattle brokerage companies in the U.S. The company declined to comment when contacted Friday.

"Currently, Gipsa has investigators at Eastern Livestock," Johnson said. "There appears to be a significant amount that is owed for cattle to sellers in several states. The amount unpaid likely exceeds $10 million."

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Beware the Myths of Feedlot Marketeers

Beware the Myths of Feedlot Marketeers

Andrew Gunther

Huffington Post

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.

It’s fair to say that intensive livestock farming is under the spotlight, and rightly so. Industrialized animal agriculture has a lot to answer for when it comes to its impact on animal welfare, the environment, and the livelihood of family farms.

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GIPSA Rule’s Costs Substantial, Analysis Finds

GIPSA Rule’s Costs Substantial, Analysis Finds


Confirming what food-animal producers have suspected about a proposed federal rule on buying and selling livestock and poultry, a comprehensive economic analysis of the US Department of Agriculture’s proposed regulation found it would be bad for farmers and ranchers, bad for consumers and bad for rural America.

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How feedlot respiratory viruses behave

How feedlot respiratory viruses behave

Geni Wren

Bovine Veterinarian

Respiratory disease in feedlot cattle is caused by a mixed bag of pathogens. Notable among the viral pathogens are bovine respiratory syncytial virus (BRSV), bovine herpesvirus-1 (BHV-1) which causes infectious bovine rhinotracheitis, bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) and parainfluenza-3 virus (PI3V). It would probably be easier to manage bovine respiratory disease (BRD) caused by these viruses if they behaved the same way, but Mother Nature has given them unique attributes that challenge their prevention and control to this day.

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Utilizing conservation programs for a more sustainable operation

Utilizing conservation programs for a more sustainable operation

Sara Thissen

The Cattle Business Weekly

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the beginning of the federal commitment to conserving natural resources on private land. The NRCS works with producers who need financial assistance to help with various conservation practices, from reducing erosion to improving fish and wildlife habitat and on to improving air quality.

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Oneida Nation Cattle Dispersal Scheduled

Oneida Nation Cattle Dispersal Scheduled

Utica Daily News

As previously announced, the Oneida Indian Nation is dispersing its entire beef cattle herd located near Oneida.

Some cattle have already been sold. The remaining livestock will be available for sale at auction on two dates. Feeder cattle and first calf heifers from the herd will be sold starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov 20. Then on Saturday, Nov. 27 starting at 10 a.m. the remaining cows and bred heifers will be sold.

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Beef Cattle Competition Teaches Youth Farm to Market Management Techniques

Beef Cattle Competition Teaches Youth Farm to Market Management Techniques

Media Newswire

The best quality steaks that consumers demand at the grocery store start with the right beef cattle management techniques on the farm, and Ohio youth can learn what it takes to be successful in the livestock industry through a "real world" Ohio State University Extension beef cattle production competition.

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10 cattle handling tips

10 cattle handling tips

Kindra Gordon

The Cattle Business Weekly

“The only way to work cattle quickly is slowly” – that’s one of the sage pieces of advice that Ron Gill offers when he talks to producers about cattle handling. Gill is an Extension livestock specialist with Texas A&M.

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Ranching still way of life on Katy Prairie despite urban sprawl

Ranching still way of life on Katy Prairie despite urban sprawl

Beverly Moseley

The Waller County News Citizen

Located west of Houston, the Katy Prairie has been home to Raymond Dollins’ family ranch for decades. The prairie soil nourishes the ranch’s crops, forages and cattle that provide his living.

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Going With the Flow

Going With the Flow

Ed Haag

Angus Journal

Mike Widman of Baker City, Ore., has a reputation for being one smart operator when it comes to making money on heifers. In addition to managing a commercial herd of 500 mother cows, the savvy cattleman has made an art of squeezing a dollar out of young females.

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