Daily Archives: April 12, 2011

Low-Stress professional halter breaking beef cattle Part 1

University of Missouri instructor demonstrates a low-stress method of halter breaking a beef animal. Many professionals use these same methods for other animals. It is low stress for the handler and the animal.

 

Baxter Black, DVM:  THE WANDERING BULL

Baxter Black, DVM:  THE WANDERING BULL

June was taking a renegade bull with a tendency to “wander” to the sale barn in Dodge City.

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Do You Know Where Your Food Comes From?

Do You Know Where Your Food Comes From?

The Oprah Winfrey Show 

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

Nobody gets us thinking more about what we eat than Michael Pollan does. For the past 25 years, the best-selling author has been opening our eyes to food with books like The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals and Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual.

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Are Cattle Rustlers Going Online?

Are Cattle Rustlers Going Online?

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

Looking back, John Collins knows the thieves were watching him. Four of them killed time at a nearby truck stop, driving by his corrals periodically to see if he was still there tending to his newborn calves. After he left, sometime before 6 a.m., they loaded up five black and black baldie calves and drove off.

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New insights on reproductive management of beef cattle

New insights on reproductive management of beef cattle

Dr. Allen Bridges

Sleepyeye News

Pounds of calf weaned per breeding female is one of the most important variables affecting profitability in a beef cow/calf operation. The reason is simple: beef producers market total pounds produced and have the expense of maintaining cows. The more cows that have a calf, the more pounds of beef can be marketed.

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Focus on what you can control

Focus on what you can control

Derrell Peel

Drovers

For many years I have heard cattle producers say that production is easy and marketing is hard.  At today’s record price levels, I would argue that the opposite is true and will be for some time to come.

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Missed the Memo

Missed the Memo

Cheryl Day

Beef Today

In a giving day, my attire can vary from a business suit to manure on the blue jeans. It is all in day’s work and depends on the agenda for the day. In fact, I openly admit I change my clothes many times in day. The clothes I wear do not make me better farmer.

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Keeping Herd Conception Rates High

Keeping Herd Conception Rates High

Becky Mills

Progressive Farmer

Obviously your cows need to get pregnant if you’re going to have calves to sell. With input costs and overhead going nowhere but up, the more calves per herd the better. It’s simple economics.

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Spring Branding at the Rocker b Ranch

Spring Branding at the Rocker b Ranch

Carol Hutchison

The Cattleman

Mitchell Sawyer drives the calves into a working pen.

Most Texas ranches seem to have interesting and colorful histories attached to them. The Rocker b Ranch at Barnhart and its cowboys have more than their share.

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Cargill Beef struggling to increase profits, safety

Cargill Beef struggling to increase profits, safety

TribLive

The giant Cargill Beef slaughter plant on the east edge of the city is a factory — in reverse. It takes 6,000 cattle a day and within a few hours divides the carcasses into hundreds of cuts of meat and byproducts.

"It’s like Henry Ford in reverse," said Mike Martin, spokesman for the company, as he made his way through a main processing room.

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