Monthly Archives: December 2011

End of Ethanol Tax Credits Affects Corn, Feed and Biofuel Markets

End of Ethanol Tax Credits Affects Corn, Feed and Biofuel Markets

Thebeefsite.com

The US ethanol tax credit which is worth roughly $6 billion is due to end at the turn of the year, writes TheCattleSite Editor in Chief Chris Harris.

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Dairy Steers Need Special Care

Dairy Steers Need Special Care

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Colostrum, sanitation and good nutrition are the foundation of a good program to raise dairy steers. After that, be sure you’re using the right vaccines to keep them healthy.

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Beef Replacement Heifer Management

Beef Replacement Heifer Management

Dan Goehl, DVM

Beef Today

Replacement heifers represent the future of the cow-calf operation. These females are the genetics behind the next generation of farm offspring. Efficient development is critical as raising a replacement heifer represents a significant asset that does not generate a return until the first calf is sold.

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Self-fed cattle supplements

Self-fed cattle supplements

Ken Olson

Tri State Livestock News

Winter supplementation of beef cattle is an important economic and production decision that producers make each year.

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Balance Beef Herd Females With Expected Forage Supplies

Balance Beef Herd Females With Expected Forage Supplies

Oklahoma Farm Report

Balance Beef Herd Females With Expected Forage Supplies As we wrap up 2011- several lessons in managing our beef cattle operations have been force fed to cattle producers- and one of the most important of those lessons is to make sure you keep the proper balance between the amount of forage you have available and the number of animals you keep in your operation- irregardless of whether you run a seedstock operation, commercial cow calf operation or even a stocker operation.

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Western cattle drives really began ‘out East’

Western cattle drives really began ‘out East’

Leon Metz

ElPaso Times

Western movies rarely reach the theaters, and I’ve often wondered how well Western books are selling. I remember back when cowboys and cattle drives were movie and book staples, although that era now seems to be drifting away.

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Japan halts imports from JBS Nebraska plant

Japan halts imports from JBS Nebraska plant

National Provisioner

Japan halted beef imports from a JBS Swift plant in Grand Island, Neb., after finding material prohibited under rules to control the risk of mad cow disease, the government said on Wednesday.

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Cattleman’s dedication to unique breed pays off

Cattleman’s dedication to unique breed pays off

Alvin Benn

Montgomery Advertiser

It’s a long way from Alabama to Montana, but Harrell Watts Jr. doesn’t mind the trip because he knows he’ll be surrounded by friends who share his passion — raising a unique breed of cattle.

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From the range to the Olympics

From the range to the Olympics

Charlotte Burrous

Fremont County Events Examiner

The saga began for Grant Adkisson when his mother’s father walked from Virginia to Missouri, where he started working in the cattle business. In 1888, his grandfather homesteaded property above Canon City, where his family raised beef for the goldminers in Cripple Creek.

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Research Shows the Good, Bad of Feeding Cattle DDGs

Research Shows the Good, Bad of Feeding Cattle DDGs

Dr. Rosie Nold, South Dakota State University

AgriMarketing

The presence of ethanol plants across the state has brought a ready source of high energy, high protein feed, in the form of distillers grains.

Distillers grains are often a cost-effective addition to feedlot diets, but rumors sometimes say feeding distillers may create problems with beef quality.

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Fundamentals and Technique of Oral Fluid Therapy

Fundamentals and Technique of Oral Fluid Therapy

Edward W. Duren, Marie Bulgin, Veterinarian, Joe Magrath

Iowa State University

Whole-body dehydration results from either inadequate fluid intake or abnormally rapid losses of body fluids. Inadequate fluid intake may occur when cattle are restricted or denied free access to drinking water for extended periods of time.

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Estrogen Implants Reduce Carcass Value

Estrogen Implants Reduce Carcass Value

Thebeefsite.com

US – Conventional US cattle-production systems are designed to provide consumers with a consistent supply of high-quality, grain-fed beef, which is preferred in current mainstream US beef markets (both domestic and export).

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Three Different Ways to Focus on the Forage

Three Different Ways to Focus on the Forage

Mark Parker

Beef Today

Cattle come and go at Gaither Ranch, but the pastures they graze are a permanent factory, building beef from sunlight, rain and John Gaither’s constant attention.

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Bringing the cows to the feed in winter

Bringing the cows to the feed in winter

SUE ROESLER

Farm & Ranch Guide

Hay bales at the Hein Ranch in central North Dakota aren’t piled up in the yard at home in December.

They are set out at a certain distance to each other in several different pastures for their cattle to do bale grazing this winter.

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South Texas Beef Cattle Short Course set for January in San Antonio

South Texas Beef Cattle Short Course set for January in San Antonio

Southwest Farm Press

The South Texas Beef Cattle Short Course, presented by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Bexar Beef Cattle Committee, will be held on three consecutive Thursday evenings in January at Palo Alto Community College, 1400 W. Villaret in San Antonio.

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Cattle mutilation hurting local ranchers

Cattle mutilation hurting local ranchers

WBBH

A Fort Myers rancher says he found one of his calves slaughtered and left in pieces Friday morning. He says it’s not the first time someone has come onto his property.

Several ranchers we spoke with Monday say at first, they just thought their calves were just missing – until they made the gruesome discoveries.

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Consider Adding Chromium to Your Trace Mineral Supplementation

Consider Adding Chromium to Your Trace Mineral Supplementation

Whitney Rounds, Ph.D.

Beef Today

In today’s market, beef cattle fed under commercial feeding practices are subject to multiple stresses, all potentially detracting from maximizing red meat production at the lowest possible cost.

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First it was Julia, now its Jordyn’s turn

First it was Julia, now its Jordyn’s turn

Brownfield Network

25 years ago Julia Wickard, then Julia Brown, showed cattle in the very first Hoosier Beef Congress.

“I was, I was 15 years old and this is a pretty special place, a very special place in my heart having worked for the Indiana Beef Cattle Association, but also having grown up in the livestock industry, raising beef cattle,” said Wickard.

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Controlling parasites in beef cattle

Controlling parasites in beef cattle

DALE HILDEBRANT

Farm & Ranch Guide

Many beef producers are feeding an uninvited guest each time they feed their herd – parasites – and, according to research done at the Iowa Beef Center, producers could be losing as much as $3 billion on an annual basis.

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Which food activists did Santa tell to stuff it?

Which food activists did Santa tell to stuff it?

Rick Berman

The Daily Caller

. . . loads of these donations from dog-and-cat lovers go to political initiatives aimed at, among other things, bankrupting America’s livestock farmers. HSUS’s then vice president for farm animal issues laid it out a few years back at an animal-rights conference: “We don’t want any of these animals to be raised and killed.” Read: Goodbye omelets, bacon cheeseburgers, and grande lattes — unless you can figure out a way to produce them in a lab.

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