Daily Archives: December 6, 2011

Grazing Corn Stalk Residue

Grazing Corn Stalk Residue

University of Nebraska

Seems that annual cow costs get higher each year, or at least they can potentially increase each year. This year is no exception. Drought has increased forages prices nationally. There are some management practices that are essential to consider this year.

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Avoid nitrate toxicity during first winter storm

Avoid nitrate toxicity during first winter storm

Glenn Selk

FarmTalk

Almost as predictable as the coming of the winter season, will be the quickly spread horror story of the death of several cows from a herd that was fed "the good hay" for the first time after a snow storm.

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Hitting the Highs on Rebreeding

Hitting the Highs on Rebreeding

Becky Mills

DTN

Nutrition is the key to consistently high pregnancy rates.

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Why you could one day be picking your meat by its DNA

Why you could one day be picking your meat by its DNA

Jonathan Bender

The Pitch

It’s a little bit of CSI meets CSA, but in the future, you could be picking your ground beef based on its genes. The Lawrence-Journal World has the story of Lawrence-based IdentiGEN, a company that has figured out how to use DNA to allow restaurants and food processors (and theoretically consumers) to track cattle from where they were raised to the plate on which they’re served as a hamburger.

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Photos from the Farmer’s March on Wall Street

Photos from the Farmer’s March on Wall Street

Eddie C

Daily Kos

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

On December 4th there was a food policy protest in Manhattan. The farmers joining Occupy Wall Street was a co-production of Occupy Wall Street’s food justice committee and Food Democracy Now.

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ABS Global Names New Beef Sire Acquisition Manager

ABS Global Names New Beef Sire Acquisition Manager

AgriMarketing

ABS Global, Inc. welcomes Ben Lohmann to the ABS beef team, assuming the position of beef sire acquisition manager.

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The use of endocrine treatments to improve pregnancy rates in cattle

The use of endocrine treatments to improve pregnancy rates in cattle

R. S. Bisinotto A and J. E. P. Santos A B

CSIRO

Reproduction is critical for the success of both dairy and beef cattle production. Inadequate reproduction impairs profitability by compromising production, delaying genetic progress and increasing expenses. A major impediment to the use of artificial insemination (AI) is the ability to detect oestrus for optimum timing of breeding.

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Thoughts on the changing structure of beef production

Thoughts on the changing structure of beef production

Gayle Smith

Tri State Livestock News

A tremendous opportunity exists for producers and stocker/feeder operators to add value by wintering calves until they are yearlings next fall, according to Tom Brink, chief risk officer and senior vice president for JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeding LLC.

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Keeping up with the grain cart

Keeping up with the grain cart

John Maday

Drovers’

While corn growers employ technology including GPS-guided machinery, genetically modified hybrid seed and precision application of crop-protection products, veterinarian Jerry Stokka asks whether beef producers are keeping up.

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National Beef Packing Company, LLC Owners Reach Agreement to Sell

National Beef Packing Company, LLC Owners Reach Agreement to Sell

U.S. Premium Beef, LLC (USPB) and National Beef Packing Company, LLC (National Beef) today announced that the owners of National Beef have entered into a Membership Interest Purchase Agreement with Leucadia National Corporation (Leucadia) under which Leucadia will acquire approximately 79% of the outstanding ownership interests in National Beef. The operations and management structure of National Beef will remain unchanged.

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