Daily Archives: January 19, 2011

Graze Standing Corn for Forage Flexibility

Graze Standing Corn for Forage Flexibility

Troy Smith

Angus Journal

Gleaning crop residues after grain harvest is nothing new, but purposely grazing standing corn is not a common practice among U.S. cattlemen. Some producers have utilized green, growing corn as a grazing resource for stockers or cattle being grass-finished, and more rarely with cows.

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Cattle genetics: Selecting a maternal sire

Cattle genetics: Selecting a maternal sire

Heather Smith Thomas

Tri State Livestock News

There are several important factors to consider when selecting a bull to sire replacement females. The bull makes a lasting contribution to the herd, be it good or bad.

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Proper Late Gestation Nutrition Gets Results

Proper Late Gestation Nutrition Gets Results

Clifford Mitchell

Cattle Today

Multi-tasking has been linked to job performance and, of recent times, valued as one of the intangibles workers exhibit. The ability to perform a variety of tasks makes that employee a vital member of the team.

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What’s Wrong With This Picture?

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

John Harrington

DTN

Consider the price changes that the following commodities have experienced over the last 30 days: March corn, up 9 percent; August live cattle, up 7 percent; March feeder cattle, up 6 percent. What’s wrong with this picture?

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Hedge-Fund Bets on Feeder-Cattle Gain Reach Highest Since 2006

Hedge-Fund Bets on Feeder-Cattle Gain Reach Highest Since 2006

Elizabeth Campbell

Bloomberg

Hedge funds are the most bullish on feeder-cattle futures since at least 2006, a sign that speculators may expect tight supplies of the animals to boost prices that already have surged to a record in Chicago.

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Can Bison Actually Transmit Brucellosis to Cattle?

Can Bison Actually Transmit Brucellosis to Cattle?

Kate Whittle

New West

In a laboratory, it’s happened before. In a natural setting, it’s a more remote possibility. But the fear of roaming buffalo infecting a herd of cattle still frightens ranchers.

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Fort Worth rightly claims the Chisholm Trail

Fort Worth rightly claims the Chisholm Trail

Bob Ray Sanders

Fort Worth Star Telegram

Keep movin’, movin’, movin’,

Though they’re disapprovin’,

Keep them dogies movin’, rawhide.

Don’t try to understand ’em,

Just rope ’em, throw and brand ’em.

Soon we’ll be livin’ high and wide.

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Nutrition labeling coming to meat, poultry

Nutrition labeling coming to meat, poultry

PHILIP BRASHER

The Des Moines Register

When shoppers in Iowa check the nutrition labels in the meat case, they can be in for a surprise: One type of skinless chicken breast can have three times as much sodium as another.

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Cattle Prices at Record High

Cattle Prices at Record High

Myhighplains.com

The rate cattle price has climbed has even surpised the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.  Its now at $108/hundred weight.

The association cited two factors causing the hike.  Don Close, the marketing director, said one is a short supply of cattle because ranchers had to cut back during the recession, and the other is an increase in demand across the globe.  He said demand to many Asian markets have increased.

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Using DNA technology to profile genetic potential in cattle

Using DNA technology to profile genetic potential in cattle

Amanda Radke

TriState Livestock News

Today’s cattle business is all about data collection. Flip through any sale catalog these days and you’ll find a wealth of information: expected progeny differences (EPDs) for everything from performance traits to docility; ultrasound data measuring carcass traits like marbling and ribeye area; and the traditional numbers like birth, weaning and yearling weights and average daily gain.

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