Daily Archives: December 8, 2010

All cattle sell on grids, says buyer

All cattle sell on grids, says buyer

Certified Angus Beef

“Even if you don’t grid your cattle, you do grid.” Cattleman and packer-buyer Tim Schiefelbein didn’t say that to confuse people. He just shared that bit of reality with Feeding Quality Forum attendees last month. “When a packer goes to buy your cattle, he looks at his report card and he says, ‘How is this guy doing?’ If your cattle have done well, he’s going to be more likely to buy them,” he said. “And you’re going to have an easier time selling them or another group of cattle that might not be as good.”

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Butchering the Rules :: Part 1

Butchering the Rules :: Part 1

Dr. Chris Raines, Pennsylvania State University

Each week I visit with a variety of small-scale meat processors in and around Pennsylvania, sharing with me their most recent concerns or challenges.  The Commonwealth is a bit of an anomaly when it comes to local meat processing infrastructure … because it has one.

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Dr. Dan Moser Featured Speaker for VT Beef Webinar January 11

Dr. Dan Moser Featured Speaker for VT Beef Webinar January 11

Dr. Scott P. Greiner, Extension Animal Scientist, VA Tech

Dr. Dan Moser from Kansas State University will be the featured speaker for the second Beef Webinar sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension and scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 11th. Dr. Moser will provinsight as the role and use of genomics in beef cattle selection through the webinar titled “Utilizing DNA for Genetic Improvement of Beef Cattle: Past, Present, and Future.”

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How Cow Weight and Milk Output Effect Feed Costs

How Cow Weight and Milk Output Effect Feed Costs

Dr. Rick Rasby, Professor of Animal Science, Animal Science, University of Nebraska

Because feed costs are between 40% to 60% of annual cow costs, what are the forage feed costs differences between herds that have cows different mature weights but the same milk output?

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New edition of corn co-products manual for feedlots available

New edition of corn co-products manual for feedlots available


A new edition of “Feeding Corn Milling Co-Products to Feedlot Cattle,” a popular publication that provides feedlot operators, animal nutritionists and others with the latest research and sound recommendations on feeding corn co-products like distillers grains to cattle, is now available from the Nebraska Corn Board and University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Livestock Vandalism Cases Reported in Iowa

Livestock Vandalism Cases Reported in Iowa

Beef Today

Several livestock farms in northeast Iowa have been the target of vandalism in the past couple weeks, causing considerable damage to confinement buildings. As a result, the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) is advising farmers and livestock operators across the state to be cautious and aware of suspicious people or vehicles around farms, especially livestock operations.

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Gregg Doud: 2011 economic outlook for cattle businesses

Gregg Doud: 2011 economic outlook for cattle businesses

Amanda Radke

Tri State Livestock News

Gregg Doud’s matter-of-fact attitude about the state of the global economy and how it will impact beef producers in the future fired up those attending the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association (SDCA) 62nd Annual Convention and Trade Show on Dec. 1, 2010 in Aberdeen, SD, setting the tone for the rest of the meetings.

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The Humane Society of the United States is not what you think

The Humane Society of the United States is not what you think

Ron Arnold

Washington Examiner

If you donate to the Humane Society of the United States for supporting the homeless doggies and kitties in your local animal shelter, you’ve likely been suckered by one of Big Green’s most notorious propaganda mills.

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Q&A:Does a market steer get more out of cracked or whole corn?

Q&A:Does a market steer get more out of cracked or whole corn?


Cracking the kernel opens it up for digestion by the bacteria in the rumen, making the nutrients contained in it more available to the animal.

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Interpreting RFV of Grass Hay

Interpreting RFV of Grass Hay

Dr. Bruce Anderson, Professor of Agronomy, University of Nebraska

Livestock producers often tell me their prairie hay or cane hay or other grass hay looks really good but when a lab tested it the relative feed value, also called RFV, was surprisingly low. Protein was good, TDN was okay, and the animals did just fine. So what’s wrong with relative feed value?

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