Monthly Archives: August 2011

Cow-Calf vs. Feedlot

Cow-Calf vs. Feedlot

Troy Marshall

BEEF

Cow-calf producers and feedyard managers seeking different things when it comes to growth and efficiency.

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Under Roof

Under Roof

Troy Smith

Angus Journal

It’s been said, time after time, that getting started in the cattle business is difficult. But young people are doing it, often because they are willing to think outside the box. A case in point is Zach Herz, a 20-something entrepreneur from Lawrence, Neb.

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Watch for poisonous plants

Watch for poisonous plants

Geni Wren

Bovine Veterinarian Magazine

Drought has claimed a lot of good forage this year and hungry cattle will graze undesirable plants, including toxic weeds, flowers and more.

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What is meant by organic production?

What is meant by organic production?

Randy Kuhn

Beef Today

Organic production is a system that is managed in accordance with the Organic Food Production Act of 1990 and regulations in Title 7, Part 205 of the Code of Federal Regulations to respond to site-specific conditions by integrating cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity.

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Where’s the beef? Everywhere!

Where’s the beef? Everywhere!

Jeannine May

BCRNEWS.com

Well, the kids are back to school again, and as they bring all their supplies to school I wonder if they know their crayons and glue were made from beef byproducts?

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Drought focus of cattle conference

Drought focus of cattle conference

Hanaba Munn Welch

Times Record News

Topic to topic, named or not, drought was the underlying theme Thursday at the Big Country Beef Conference.

"Pasture Management and Planning for Recovery" came last on the agenda, reason enough to keep anyone from leaving early — except Larry Pratt.

The Young County cattleman, opening speaker, begged off early.

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Croatians visit Kansas beef operations

Croatians visit Kansas beef operations

Salina.com

A delegation of beef producers from Croatia is touring cattle operations across Kansas to learn how Midwestern ranchers conduct business.

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City slicker tries to feel at home on the range

City slicker tries to feel at home on the range

 Les MacPherson

The StarPhoenix

Last week, while city folk toiled in their grim cubicles, I was in Montana. On horseback. Driving cattle.

Yippie ki-yay . The place was the historic 63 Ranch, a vast spread of pastures and pine trees and mountain meadows, nestled up against the Absaroka Mountain Range, just north of Yellowstone Park.

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Drought, high demand makes hay hard to find

Drought, high demand makes hay hard to find

JOSH FUNK

BND.com

OMAHA, Neb. — 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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Five-state beef conference scheduled

Five-state beef conference scheduled

 High Plains Journal

Many changes have occurred in beef cattle herds this past summer due to the drought and high commodity prices, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service specialist.

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Will Beef Industry Transition Away From Corn?

Will Beef Industry Transition Away From Corn?

Troy Marshall

BEEF Magazine

The cattle industry is still learning to deal with the new reality of ethanol subsidies. As livestock producers, we can’t compete with the subsidized ethanol industry for corn, and globally the declining value of the dollar makes us even less competitive for the crop with other countries.

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Legume Bloat in Cattle

Legume Bloat in Cattle

Darrell L. Rankins, Jr.,

Auburn University

  A nutritional disorder that can occur during the spring of the year is bloat as a result of clover consumption.  Bloat is an accumulation of gas in the rumen and although it is not always fatal, it can be. 

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Study Describes Importance of Agriculture and Agbiosciences

Study Describes Importance of Agriculture and Agbiosciences

North Dakota State University

A study, “Power and Promise: Agbioscience in the North Central United States,” finds that agriculture and agricultural bioscience (agbioscience) are providing wide-ranging opportunities for economic growth and job creation in the U.S.

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BeefTalk: School Bells Are Ringing

BeefTalk: School Bells Are Ringing

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Fall, despite the ups and downs of weather and other difficult issues, always means a new school year. Summer vacation is over and life starts to migrate toward thoughts of learning and advancing in life.

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Red Angus Breeders to Assemble in North Carolina

Red Angus Breeders to Assemble in North Carolina

Cattle Today

Red Angus breeders will assemble on the east coast for the Red Angus National Convention Sept. 14 – 16. This year’s convention takes place at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Durham, N.C., with a post-convention tour set for Sept. 17.

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Media Training 101

Media Training 101

Kindra Gordon

Angus Journal

The phone rings and there’s a reporter on the line wanting to ask you some questions about your beef operation. What should you do?

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Improving Artificial Insemination Techniques

Improving Artificial Insemination Techniques

W. M. Graves and R.C. Smith, Department of Animal and Dairy Science

University of Georgia

Using incorrect A.I. techniques can lower the overall success rate of the A.I. breeding program. Most producers learned correct semen handling techniques and insemination procedures at one time; unfortunately, many have developed bad habits that have lowered their success rates.

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Managing Frost-Damaged Silage Corn

Managing Frost-Damaged Silage Corn

University of Delaware

The key to a profitable silage crop is optimizing your harvest strategy to reduce yield losses yet maintain forage quality. This challenge is greatest when an early frost or freeze damages silage corn.

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Quality is still the largest contributor toward earning a premium.

Quality is still the largest contributor toward earning a premium.

Steve Suther

The market signals keep flashing on the need for still more high-quality beef. Brian Bertelsen, vice president of field operations for U.S. Premium Beef LLC (USPB), provided analysis of data from cattle harvested on the USPB Base grid during its fiscal year (FY) 2010.

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Cattle On Stalks May Not Be Best Option This Year

Cattle On Stalks May Not Be Best Option This Year

KRVN

A common practice for many producers is to graze cornstalks in the fall and feed hay in the winter and spring until it’s time to go out to grass again. But is this traditional method of feeding going to be the best option this year? A feature article in the September Nebraska Cattleman magazine addresses this topic.

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