Daily Archives: May 5, 2011

Marketing beef, dairy cows & bulls through livestock auction markets

Marketing beef, dairy cows & bulls through livestock auction markets

David L. Morris, DVM, Ph.D.

The Fence Post

In 2009, 3 million beef cows, 2.6 million dairy cows, and 525,000 bulls were slaughtered in the United States, representing 20.4 percent of all cattle slaughtered. Based upon inventory, this represents 9 percent of all beef cows, 28 percent of all dairy cows, and 25 percent of all bulls at that time.

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Least-Cost Didn’t Pay

Least-Cost Didn’t Pay

Miranda Reiman

Angus Beef Bulletin

Dave Guenzi laughs a little bit as he describes his cow herd of years past.

“We got them a couple at a time from the sale barn, and not one of them under 10 years old when we bought them,” the Sterling, Colo., stockman says. Genetics didn’t seem to matter much because their main purpose was to utilize the cornstalks.

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Steve Cornett :  Watering Down the National Animal Identification System

Steve Cornett :  Watering Down the National Animal Identification System

Beef Today

USDA is doing all it can to make its animal traceability program politically acceptable, it seems. But the result might be so wishy-washy that nobody will like it anyhow.

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Texas’ plea for disaster help denied; FEMA defends decision

Texas’ plea for disaster help denied; FEMA defends decision


U.S. Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) wrote a letter to President Barack Obama this week urging him to immediately issue a federal disaster declaration for Texas in light of the nearly 7,000 wildfires the state has experienced since the beginning of this year.

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How Much Water During a Drought?

How Much Water During a Drought?

Dr. Ken McMillan


I’ve always watered my cattle in streams and ponds, but given the drought this year I’ve had to start watering the herd manually. Is there a good rule of thumb as to how much water I should provide?

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Meeting to Address DNA Technology

Meeting to Address DNA Technology


The use of DNA technology — past, present and future — in beef cattle will be addressed at a June 21 conference at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center.

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Dirty Jobs In Texoma: Cattle Rancher

Dirty Jobs In Texoma: Cattle Rancher


We’ve all heard the saying, "it’s a dirty job but somebody’s gotta do it".

Newschannel 6 is starting a series on those so called "dirty jobs".

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Northern SD beef plant eyes late-year opening

Northern SD beef plant eyes late-year opening


A spokesman said Northern Beef Packers has begun hiring workers and plans to open its packing plant near Aberdeen between mid-October and mid-November.

Steve Kaiser (KY’-zur) told the American News that the plant will employ 560 workers at full production.

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Grading Mob Grazing

Grading Mob Grazing

Neil Tietz

Hay and Forage Grower

Mob grazing has increased the carrying capacity of Bruce Anderson’s pastures, but he hasn’t seen any of the other benefits frequently claimed for the method also known as ultra-high stock-density grazing.

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Massachusetts considers farm animal rights’ bill

Massachusetts considers farm animal rights’ bill

Marlys Miller

Pork Network

Animal rights activists are focusing on the Massachusetts State House this week and legislation that would “toughen laws aimed at protecting farm animals.”

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