John Harrington: GIPSA, This Doesn’t Help
A New Albany [Kentucky]company that’s one of the largest livestock brokerages in the country is under federal investigation after allegedly issuing millions of dollars in worthless checks — or making no payment at all, in some cases — for cattle put on the market earlier this month.
Cull cow feeding and management
Tri State Livestock News
My last column discussed making the decision whether or not to feed cull cows. Several factors, and several decisions, made up front, help to determine the profitability and success of a cull cow feeding operation.
Barb Baylor Anderson
Donating cattle, embryos or semen to universities that may benefit from your operation’s genetics can go a long way toward helping advance beef industry research. Southern Cattle Co., Marianna, Fla., found such a fit earlier this year at the University of Illinois (U of I).
Braunvieh Cattle Offer Value to the Beef Industry
Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS
The beef industry touches virtually every part of the globe. Worldwide there are over 250 recognized breeds of cattle of which approximately 70 are found in the United States. The crossbreeding combinations are infinite.
Things To Do Before Purchasing A Bull
I know many producers spend many hours in the process of purchasing a bull. It’s a big decision – one that can impact your herd for many years beyond the expected usefulness of the bull due to his daughters remaining in production. It pays to do some homework on determining what kind of bull you need prior to purchase. Here are some steps to help guide you through the process.
Selecting Docility Genetics
Sally Northcutt & Bill Bowman
Cattle behavior has been documented to influence economically important traits. Quality grade was also greatly enhanced in the more docile cattle, with double the percentage of carcasses grading USDA Prime and premium Choice.
Virginia Charolais Leader James E. Kindig Passes
Staunton News Leader
James Earl Kindig, 85, of Stuarts Draft passed away Nov. 20, 2010, at the Shenandoah Hospice House.
Earl traveled throughout North America to find the optimum mix of genetics and confirmation to improve his herd. In 1970, he traveled to Oregon with his son, James Lee, and purchased the "Poller" bull, which was the first homozygous polled Charolais bull and became nationally known for siring only polled offspring.
Beef Industry Long Range Plan is in Development
A team of 18 beef industry leaders gathered in Denver Oct. 18 and 19 to initiate the beef industry’s 2011 long-range planning process. The group’s final report will be a three-year strategic plan for the beef industry.
On the lighter side: Bloat
Kenny Barrett Jr., DVM, MS
Tri State Livestock News
A few months back I was asked to evaluate a chronically bloating feedlot heifer. That’s when things exploded. The client was concerned about the persistent, but yet ever-fluctuating degrees of inflation. A “bloater valve” was in order.
Cashing in on Commingling
Every cattleman doesn’t always have enough calves to fill a trailer. But that shouldn’t mean he gets paid less for good, healthy, preconditioned animals. That’s where commingling works best.