Daily Archives: November 17, 2010

Analysis: Eastern Livestock Bond Not Worth Much

Analysis: Eastern Livestock Bond Not Worth Much

Greg Vincent

Beef Today

The recent case of Eastern Livestock’s receivership proceedings, which was filed last week under pressure from Fifth Third Bank, is shedding some light on the dark corners of the beef industry. Many would probably like to keep that quiet. For example, when forced into bankruptcy last week, Eastern had some $80 million in bad checks floating around. They were bonded for $875,000.


John Stossel:  Natural Isn’t Always Better

John Stossel:  Natural Isn’t Always Better


What are some of the things we know that aren’t so? Here’s one: Grass-fed "free-range" beef cattle are better for the environment — and for you — than factory-farmed corn-fed cattle. It does seem to make sense that the steer raised in the more "natural" environment would be better for the world.


What Impact Will GIPSA Have On The Cattle Industry?

What Impact Will GIPSA Have On The Cattle Industry?


The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) television programme, Cattlemen to Cattlemen, is hosting a live episode tonight (Tuesday Nov. 16), featuring numerous experts explaining the impact of the rule, proposed June 22 by USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, on the cattle industry.


Classes of Cull Cows

Classes of Cull Cows

Troy Smth

Angus Journal

Most cattle folk understand the concept of carcass quality grade. They’re familiar with the terms Prime, Choice, Select and Standard. They know those terms relate to the amount and distribution of intramuscular fat (marbling) visible in the ribeye muscle. They probably know that maturity, or the animal’s physiological age, also applies when determining quality grade. So they might know the aforementioned grades are applied to carcasses from young animals — fed steers and heifers — but not to carcasses from animals older than 42 months of age.


Plan Ahead to Reduce Production Costs

Plan Ahead to Reduce Production Costs

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS

Cattle Today

Survival in the cattle industry is on based on a list of factors. Low cost producers (in all segments of the production chain) will survive in this system of competitive markets. Others (high-cost producers) will eventually be unable to compete and will exit the business.


Steve Cornett: Eastern Livestock’s Bond

Steve Cornett: Eastern Livestock’s Bond

Beef Today

After my post yesterday about Eastern Livestock, in which I cited a rumor about the size of the company’s bond, John Robinson at the Western Livestock Journal sent me a note pointing out that GIPSA maintains a website listing the bonds maintained by traders. http://archive.gipsa.usda.gov/psp/dealersBOC_list.pdf


Cattle producers’ bull-buying season is upon us

Cattle producers’ bull-buying season is upon us

Carl Stafford

Culpeper Star Exponent

Fall is bull-buying season for beef cattle producers with sales scheduled on farms, at local sale facilities, over the phone and on the Internet. Today’s cattle breeders have more buying choices than ever but seem to come back to reliable sources they know and trust.


Color Doesn’t Necessarily Insure a Premium

Color Doesn’t Necessarily Insure a Premium

Cattle Today

When Dale Moore, of Cattleman’s Choice Feedyard, receives a load of black cattle in the yard, he already knows what ranchers will ask when they get their carcass data back.


Mobile Meat Processing coming to Nebraska

Mobile Meat Processing coming to Nebraska

Gayle Smith

The Fence Post

Livestock producers in rural areas of Nebraska may soon have better and closer access to meat processing facilities thanks to a mobile meat processing unit that has been built, and is currently awaiting USDA approval.


Ivan Rush: Reducing winter feed costs with corn stalk grazing

Ivan Rush: Reducing winter feed costs with corn stalk grazing

Ivan G. Rush

Tri State Livestock News

In my last column, I discussed the concern for ever increasing costs and indicated that harvested feed still accounts for one of the major costs of producing a calf. We were blessed with considerable and timely spring and early-summer rains, but then it stopped in a lot of the High Plains area; thus very little green-up has occurred with the cool season grasses in the fall.