Daily Archives: December 23, 2010

Black Ink: Here in the real world

Black Ink: Here in the real world

Steve Suther

The real world ain’t what it used to be. Of course, it changes all the time. But the idea may have changed fastest of all.

Back in the 1950s, Einstein called reality “merely an illusion … a very persistent one.” That mathematical postulate has wormed its way into our culture, along with its inverse: illusion has become a persistent reality.

Full Story

Know the Basics Before Putting Beef in the Freezer

Know the Basics Before Putting Beef in the Freezer

University Of Missouri

Interest in putting large quantities of beef in the freezer seems to pick up this time of year. Additionally, as more home-raised beef appears along with all-natural, forage or grass-fed beef, questions arise about the yield of packaged beef you’ll take to the freezer out of a 1000 to 1200 pound animal.

Full Story

Secretary, NCBA React to Food Safety Law

Secretary, NCBA React to Food Safety Law

Hoosier AG Today

  With the Food Safety bill becoming law, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said – the Food Safety bill will provide the Federal Government with improved tools to prevent foodborne illness and address challenges in the food safety system by promoting a prevention-oriented approach.

Full Story

Marketing Cull Cows

Marketing Cull Cows

Ron Lemenager, Extension Beef specialist, Purdue University, Department of Animal Sciences

Cull breeding animals represents an estimated 20 percent of the gross receipts in a typical cow-calf operation. Many factors influence cull values, but two that producers can use to their advantage are price seasonality and weight/condition.

Full Story

Marketing and Management of Cull Cows

Marketing and Management of Cull Cows

Terry J. Engelken, DVM, MS, Veterinary Diagnostics and Production Animal Medicine, College of Veterinary, Medicine, Iowa State University

Considering the amount of capital that cow/calf producers have invested in their operations, it is important that they be able to identify those females that excel in reproductive performance and longevity.

Full Story

A glimpse at ag’s future

A glimpse at ag’s future

The Cattle Business Weekly

As today’s economy and consumers evolve, so too does the demand on food and agriculture.

Lowell Catlett, agricultural economist, futurist, and dean of New Mexico State University’s College of Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences, says the future of food continues to evolve from the basic sustenance of nourishment for human life to the consumer’s desire for a personal involvement in the food supply.

Full Story

David White: Ohio’s experience with activist groups, potential impact on U.S. agriculture

David White: Ohio’s experience with activist groups, potential impact on U.S. agriculture

Amanda Radke

Tri State Livestock News

In 2009, Ohio livestock producers took a proactive approach to set the standards for animal welfare in their state; they did so with the passing of Issue 2, which established the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board.

Full Story

Your Herd Might be Trich-Infected If …

Your Herd Might be Trich-Infected If …

Troy Smith

Angus Journal

If pregnancy testing results in an unusually high percentage of open cows — your herd might be trich-infected.

Or, if calving season went fine for the first 21 days, then the delivery rate slowed dramatically before speeding up again late in the season — your herd might be trich-infected.

Full Story

NCBA Opposes Judge Appointment

NCBA Opposes Judge Appointment

KNEB

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has sent a letter to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell opposing the nomination of Judge Benita Pearson to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Full Story

Rotation and Stockpiling Keep Feed Bills Low

Rotation and Stockpiling Keep Feed Bills Low

Becky Mills

DTN

"Our operation isn’t fancy," says Robert Shoemaker. "We let the cows do the work." And work they do. Using rotational grazing and stockpiled forages, the Delaplane, Va., cattleman runs 250 cows and 50 bred heifers year-round with little hay or supplement.

Full Story