Daily Archives: February 7, 2011

USDA Urges Ranchers to Seek Aid Over Snow-Related Cattle Deaths

USDA Urges Ranchers to Seek Aid Over Snow-Related Cattle Deaths


The 2,000-mile band of wintry weather that swept across the country this week did more than shut down highways, cancel flights and dump unseemly amounts of snow. For Midwestern ranchers, it threatened their livelihood — cattle.

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Ultrasound to Determine Finish Dates for Feeders

Ultrasound to Determine Finish Dates for Feeders

Gayle Smith

The Fence Post

Although ultrasound isn’t new to the cattle industry, ways to use the device to make cattle more profitable crop up all the time. Tom Williams, one of the co-owners of the Chappell Feedlot in Chappell, Neb., uses the device to determine how much feed a calf needs until it is correctly finished.

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Five centuries of Florida ranching on exhibit at museum

Five centuries of Florida ranching on exhibit at museum

Around Osceola

Grab your boots and mosey down to the Florida Museum of Natural History for the opening of “Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition” and “Florida Cowboys: Keepers of the Last Frontier, Photographs by Carlton Ward Jr.,” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 12.

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Cattle Producers Challenged

Cattle Producers Challenged


Karl Rove, former senior advisor and deputy White House Chief of Staff for President George W. Bush, and incoming National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Bill Donald told NCBA members that our country and the beef industry are at a crossroads. However, both challenged cattlemen and women to step up to the challenge and determine the path forward.

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Ranchers accuse meatpackers of price-fixing

Ranchers accuse meatpackers of price-fixing

Carolyn Lochhead


Modern packinghouses and feedlots, concentrated east of the Rocky Mountains, have become a symbol of factory farming and have left California ranchers in a pinch because most of the two-dozen major slaughterhouses that existed in California in the 1980s are gone.

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Cattlemen’s College Focuses on Regulations

Cattlemen’s College Focuses on Regulations


More than 750 cattle producers from around the country made it to Denver this week to participate in the 18thannual Cattlemen’s College ® held during the 2011 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade Show.

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Are Your Cows Slowly Starving on a Full Belly?

Are Your Cows Slowly Starving on a Full Belly?

Stan Smith, Fairfield County, OSU Extension

"My cows are eating all they want, and they are full . . . why does it appear they might be losing weight?" Seems like a dumb question doesn’t it? Over the years I’ve heard it many times . . . "look at those cows . . . their bellies are full . . . and to think you told me they wouldn’t do any good on (you fill in the blank here) my first cutting hay or corn stalks or soybean stubble or tree twigs or . . . " You name it, I think I’ve heard it.

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NCBA members approve policy resolutions

NCBA members approve policy resolutions


During the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) membership meeting, NCBA members approved 2011 policy resolutions developed by cattlemen and women during NCBA’s policy committee meetings held yesterday, Feb. 4, 2011, during NCBA’s convention in Denver

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Distillers grain accident raises awareness of farm safety

Distillers grain accident raises awareness of farm safety

Richard C. Snell

High Plains Journal

A month or more ago, a couple of young boys in Barton County were severely burned by jumping into a fresh batch of wet distillers grains. They could have died.

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Farming Quote of the day

Farming Quote of the day

New York Times

“In the military, grunts are the guys who get dirty, do the work and are generally underappreciated,” said Colin Archipley, a decorated Marine Corps infantry sergeant turned organic farmer, who developed the program with his wife, Karen, after his three tours in Iraq. “I think farmers are the same.”

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