Daily Archives: November 1, 2011

As The Quality Spread Widens, Prepared Cattlemen Profit

As The Quality Spread Widens, Prepared Cattlemen Profit

Perishable News

The spread between USDA Choice beef and lower quality Select, moderate since 2008, shot up $15 per hundredweight in a matter of weeks. It was partly attributed to a major retailer switching to higher quality beef, but others had set the stage.

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PAMTA on back burner, for now

PAMTA on back burner, for now

Rick Jordahl

Bovine Veterinarian

The Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act, or PAMTA, is still alive but stalled due to lack of attention as Congress focuses on U.S. budget priorities. The legislation, which would eliminate certain uses of antimicrobials in livestock, was introduced to Congress earlier this year.

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Cattle producers prepare for another dry winter

Cattle producers prepare for another dry winter

Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension livestock marketing specialist


The last 30 days has brought significant rainfall to parts of Oklahoma. Much of the central and south central parts of the state have received very timely rains with respect to wheat production. Winter wheat planting is about on track compared to normal at this time of the year.

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Certified Angus Beef reports record sales

Certified Angus Beef reports record sales

Provisioner Online

Certified Angus Beef LLC, for the fifth consecutive year, reported record sales for its signature brand of beef, with nine out of 12 months in fiscal 2011 hitting new heights.

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Co-Products Make Backgrounding Calves a Viable Option

Co-Products Make Backgrounding Calves a Viable Option

Cheryl Anderson


Karl Hoppe, extension livestock specialist at NDSU’s Carrington Research Extension Center, looked at how much distillers grain could be produced for 860,000 cattle. He said that North Dakota’s five ethanol plants can produce enough distillers grain for 19 pounds per cow per day for six months.

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Turning To Turnips

Turning To Turnips

John Dietz

Hay & Forage Grower

Two Canadians are finding that turnips can be a high-quality, tasty grazing option for their livestock.

A mature turnip crop is about 2′ tall and has a very dense leaf structure, he says.

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Steve Cornett:  More Help with Beef’s Image Problem

Steve Cornett:  More Help with Beef’s Image Problem

Beef Today

Merck had its Zilmax team in Texas last week, and I spent a day with them.  We visited the West Texas A&M University’s impressive meats lab program and a couple of feedyards that are 100 percenters on the Zilmax product.

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Lightning and Cows Don’t Mix

Lightning and Cows Don’t Mix

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Cows can get hit by lightning. But how do you know if that’s what really killed them?

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Make informed decisions about protein supplementation

Make informed decisions about protein supplementation

Greg Lardy

Tri State Livestock News

Many ranchers in the region utilize dormant forages, crop residues, or other low-quality forages for a portion of their forage resources for winter grazing.

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Distillers grains initiative yields know-how more quickly

Distillers grains initiative yields know-how more quickly

Ethanol Producer

A three-year initiative that created a beef cattle advisory committee to oversee a research partnership between the Nebraska Corn Board and University of Nebraska resulted in a number of important breakthroughs when it comes to feeding distillers grains to cattle.

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