Monthly Archives: August 2011

If Feed Is Short, Should You Feed Or Ship?

If Feed Is Short, Should You Feed Or Ship?

Wes Ishmael


It’s difficult in any significant drought to decide whether to sell out and buy back in later, or to feed through it. For producers living through the current drought, deciding is extra tough because cattle prices are so high.

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Farm-a-cology a great teaching tool

Farm-a-cology a great teaching tool

Geni Wren

Bovine Veterinarian Magazine

Veterinarians now have an interactive teaching tool for dairy clients on the proper use of drugs on the dairy, preventing residues and acting in accordance with VCPRs, ELDUs and AMDUCA.

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Declining Corn Crop Renews Fears of Rationing

Declining Corn Crop Renews Fears of Rationing

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

Good news is getting hard to find in Midwestern corn fields, and that has renewed concerns among livestock producers that feed rationing could become a reality this fall.

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Drought, high demand makes hay hard to find

Drought, high demand makes hay hard to find

Lubbock Online

A scorching drought in the southern Plains has caused hay prices to soar, benefiting farmers to the north but forcing many ranchers to make a difficult choice between paying high prices or selling their cattle.

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NMSU to host field day on bovine high altitude disease among cattle

NMSU to host field day on bovine high altitude disease among cattle


New Mexico State University has announced that it will give cattle producers a chance to learn more about bovine high altitude disease and cattle dying from hypertension while grazing in the mountains.

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New report provides in-depth profiles of top animal health, nutrition companie

New report provides in-depth profiles of top animal health, nutrition companies


A comprehensive report providing in-depth profiles of more than 130 animal health and nutrition companies is now available from Fountain Agricounsel LLC, a leading management-consultant company that specializes in this industry.

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State legislators to compete in showmanship contest at state fair

State legislators to compete in showmanship contest at state fair

Argus Leader

About 20 of South Dakota’s legislators will try their hand at showing beef cattle Saturday at this year’s South Dakota State Fair.

The annual Legislative Showmanship Competition – a friendly competition – pairs legislators with a youth livestock exhibitor from their district.

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Checkoff history

Checkoff history

Bill Slovek

Tri State Livestock News

Over the past year there has been a lot of press concerning the checkoff, NCBA and the CBB, so I wanted to take a moment to give you all a brief history.

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The All-Around Cattleman

The All-Around Cattleman

Sara Gugelmeyer

Hereford World

Few people have their finger on the pulse of the cattle industry like local sale barn managers. Bill Goehring of southeastern Iowa is no exception

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Chipotle Takes Stab at “Factory Farms”

Chipotle Takes Stab at "Factory Farms"

Anna-Lisa Giannini

Chipotle has a history of portraying a negative picture of modern agriculture. The chain of restaraunts advocates an anti "big ag" position. Their websites states that they use locally grown and family farm raised ingredients "when practical" and their campaign

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Baxter Black DVM: Spotting a cattle expert ain’t easy

Baxter Black DVM: Spotting a cattle expert ain’t easy

Amarillo Globe News

An interviewer asked me how one can make a living in the cow business.

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Equal Is Not Necessarily Fair

Equal Is Not Necessarily Fair

Burt Rutherford


The terms “fair” and “equal” are often used interchangeably. However, according to Scott Heintzelman, CPA with McKonly and Asbury LLP in Camp Hill, PA, the two aren’t synonymous, especially when it comes to passing the family ranch or farm to the next generation.

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What beef farmers can learn from the poultry producers

What beef farmers can learn from the poultry producers

Beef Journal

While it may seem churlish to try to draw comparisons between intensive poultry and the production of suckled calves, the meticulous attention to every facet of management and performance that underpins David Speller’s broiler unit near Chesterfield must prove that there are lessons to be learned by the beef sector.

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Beef demand on the rise for several reasons

Beef demand on the rise for several reasons

Dillon Feuz

Tri State Livestock News

Fed steer prices in Nebraska through mid-August have averaged $112 per hundredweight this year. Over the same time period last year they averaged $92 per hundredweight.

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OSU spreadsheets help producers make cattle culling decisions

OSU spreadsheets help producers make cattle culling decisions

Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma State University’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources has made available three easy-to-use spreadsheet tools to assist cattle producers with drought-related culling decisions.

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Licence Agreement To Speed Up Genetic Progress

Licence Agreement To Speed Up Genetic Progress

Cellectis bioresearch has granted Recombinetics an exclusive license agreement for the use of targeted nucleases in cattle, pigs and sheep, opening a new field of applications for the former organization’s technologies.

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Nutrition Key in Feed Measurements

Nutrition Key in Feed Measurements

Dr. Ken McMillan

Progressive Farmer

Because different feeds are very different in their nutrient density. I compare it to a steak dinner. Picture in your mind 8 ounces of lettuce next to an 8-ounce steak.

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Building beef demand

Building beef demand

Dave Barz, DVM

Tri State Livestock News

August has been great so far. The temperatures moderated for Dakotafest, the big storms missed us and we received some rain to keep everything going.

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Say a prayer for Texas farmers

Say a prayer for Texas farmers

Bill Croushore

Daily American

I had an opportunity to go Texas recently for a continuing education meeting. When I arrived at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to get my connecting flight to San Antonio, I got the impression that the people of Texas took a lot of pride in the fact that they are from Texas.

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Grazing workshop planned in Dickinson

Grazing workshop planned in Dickinson

Bismarck Tribune

The fourth annual Beef Cattle and Forage Grazing Workshop will be held Sept. 13 at the Dickinson Research Extension Center Ranch headquarters southwest of Manning, according to program coordinator Doug Landblom The program will run 1-5 p.m.

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