Daily Archives: August 12, 2011

More Cattle, Just Less of Them

More Cattle, Just Less of Them

Beef Today

Small changes are made to the 2011 forecast of total red meat and poultry production.  Beef production is reduced slightly.  Although fed cattle slaughter is raised to reflect the large number of cattle placed in feedlots during the second quarter due to drought in the Southern Plains, second-half carcass weights have been reduced.

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Trailer Care Important to Modern Cattle Drive

Trailer Care Important to Modern Cattle Drive

Carole Hicks

Cattle Today

Long gone are the days of the traditional cattle drive. Cowboys on horseback would round up cattle and drive the cattle hundreds, if not thousands, of miles to railheads and stockyards.

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Doing What Works

Doing What Works

Katrina Huffstutler

The Cattleman

Leon Langford grew up liking Hereford cattle with "lots of meat and bone in them that were still easy to look at."

Some things never change.

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DOT abandons proposal to require ranchers to obtain CDL

DOT abandons proposal to require ranchers to obtain CDL


The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) decision not to consider a proposal Wednesday that could have required tractors and loaded stock trailers weighing 26,000 pounds or more to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL).

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I am not a factory

I am not a factory

Geni Wren

Bovine Veterinarian Magazine

Feedlots and other livestock operations of a certain size are called CAFOs – confined animal feeding operations. Some in the industry shy away from calling their operation a CAFO in conversation because somehow it has an “industrial” connotation.

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BeefTalk: Prepare to Age and Source Your Calves Correctly

BeefTalk: Prepare to Age and Source Your Calves Correctly

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Another glaring example of an almost missed opportunity arrived the other day. Sixty-seven head of cattle were sent to harvest. During the process, the cattle numbers were read and verified. However, the alarms sounded and people jumped when the numbers that were in the harvest process did not match the shipping manifest.

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Federation Action at Summer Conference

Federation Action at Summer Conference


Additional funding will go to programs funded through the Beef Promotion Operating Committee (BPOC) and a special Federation Initiative Fund that channels money from states with large cattle populations to those with large consumer populations.

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Looking for Jobs? Check Under That Hay Bale

Looking for Jobs? Check Under That Hay Bale

Elanor Starmer

Huffington Post

The midsized family farms that used to dominate U.S. agriculture are disappearing, and with them, the jobs they once brought on and off the farm. That’s largely a consequence of the fact that over the last few decades, the number of companies that buy food from farmers, process it, and distribute it to consumers has shrunk while the size of the few left has grown dramatically.

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From the Ground Up – Beef Short Course

From the Ground Up – Beef Short Course


Last week the annual Beef Short Course was hosted by Texas Agrilife Extension and Texas A&M’s Animal Science Department on the College Station campus, and this time last year the beef industry was hoping that lower prices in past years would be overcome by a stabilization of demand and a short supply of beef that would lead to higher prices for producers.

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Cattlemen Win with Renewed Partnership

Cattlemen Win with Renewed Partnership


It was the difference between night and day. The 2011 Cattle Industry Summer Conference, held in Kissimmee, Fla., Aug. 1-4, was nothing like the one held last year in Denver. In Kissimmee, there was no rancor, no animosity; just honest discussions, conducted in a way that will help move the cattle industry forward. You could feel the momentum beginning to build in a positive direction.

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