Daily Archives: May 24, 2011

Beef cattle implant considerations

Beef cattle implant considerations

Dave Barz, DVM

Tri State Livestock News

Things are really late this spring! Some of the corn is planted, but other areas have very little field work completed. We have had plenty of moisture, but the lack of heat has really slowed the growth of alfalfa and grass.

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Beef Market Golbalization

Beef Market Golbalization

Mathew Elliott

Angus Journal

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere." Those famous words sung by Jimmy Buffett, often used as an excuse to leave work a little early, are truer than you might imagine. But, it works the other way, too.

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Study Examines Impact of Small Meat Processors in Iowa

Study Examines Impact of Small Meat Processors in Iowa

Laura Miller

Beef Today

Investing in Iowa’s small meat processing plants could have positive local impacts in rural communities, according to a new report by Iowa State University economist Dave Swenson.

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Begin Planning for Newly Weaned Calves

Begin Planning for Newly Weaned Calves

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS

Cattle Today

This may seem a little early to be discussing weaning calves and the management of these cattle while in transition. Normally, we see larger numbers in the spring and fall when huge numbers of freshly weaned cattle are shipped from the ranch to grass and grazing programs.

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2011 Cattle Industry Summer Conference details released

2011 Cattle Industry Summer Conference details released


National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Bill Donald said cattlemen shouldn’t underestimate the importance of attending the 2011 Cattle Industry Summer Conference Aug. 1-4 in Kissimmee, Fla.

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Mexican Cattle Flood into Southern Plains Feedlots as US Supplies Dwindle

Mexican Cattle Flood into Southern Plains Feedlots as US Supplies Dwindle

Oklahoma Farm Report

Mexican Cattle Flood into Southern Plains Feedlots as US Supplies Dwindle Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel offers the following analysis of the cattle market in the aftermath of the Friday Cattle on Feed Report that shows big April placements this year compared to both 2010 and the five year average.

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Figuring Freezer Weights

Figuring Freezer Weights

Dr. Ken McMillan


The dressing percentage, or the amount of the live weight that remains after the harvest process, varies depending on several factors.

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Big beef with some in Congress

Big beef with some in Congress

Elanor Starmer

San Francisco Chronicle

Today, I’ve been thinking about beef.

Not just any beef: Beef from hardworking independent family ranchers in California. Local beef raised on the grass of our fine state. Beef that’s sought after by many a restaurateur and foodie luminary in the Bay Area.

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Drought getting critical for cattlemen

Drought getting critical for cattlemen

East Texas News

The lack of rainfall so for this year has already cost local cattle-raisers one cutting of hay, but AgriLife Extension Agent Mark Currie said it’s not too late to salvage pastures and hay crops if the rain starts soon. “We should be just about read to make a first cutting, and we’re not even close,” Currie said Tuesday. “We’ve already got a lot of pastures that are already grazed out.”

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In a Beef Over Branding

In a Beef Over Branding

Stephanie Simon

Wall Street Journal

In the chill of a damp spring morning, rancher Wil Bledsoe pressed two red-hot branding irons to the flank of a bellowing young calf. The smell of burning hair filled the barn.

When Mr. Bledsoe lifted the irons, the calf jumped up, wobbled a moment, then scampered back to his herd, a frying-pan logo seared into his shaggy hide.

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