Monthly Archives: February 2012

Evaluate bull fertility for best breeding results

Evaluate bull fertility for best breeding results

Eddie Baggs

Denton Record Chronicle

Research suggests bulls that are evaluated and found satisfactory have a 6 percent higher fertility advantage.

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Polyculture versus Monoculture: Which is Better?

Polyculture versus Monoculture: Which is Better?

Robert Peterson

        Virginia farmer Joel Salatin, featured in the films “FRESH” and “Food, Inc.,” is a living example of how incredibly successful and sustainable natural farming can be. He produces beef, chicken, eggs, turkey, rabbits and vegetables. Full Story

10 tips for using new technologies in your beef operation

10 tips for using new technologies in your beef operation

Agri View

For past couple of years, I have been exploring the social media and mobile devices (smartphones, smartbooks) to see if these tools could be effective in communicating information to beef producers.

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The disconnect between academic idea and cowherd application

The disconnect between academic idea and cowherd application

Farm and Ranch Guide

Common sense makes it clear: simplicity rules. However, ranching profitability is a model of complexity.

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Are your Legume Pastures Cattle Friendly?

Are your Legume Pastures Cattle Friendly?

Randy Kuhn

Beef Today

Legumes can capture nitrogen from the air and use it for their own growth as well as for the benefit of other plants around them. The bacteria that inhabit root nodules trigger a chemical reaction to convert nitrogen gas into a form that is easily used by the plant and put back into the soil.

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Black Ink-Beating Expectations

Black Ink-Beating Expectations

 Steve Suther

Cattle Today

We may think about calving season as one of new beginnings, but it’s really just part of a cycle that started at least nine months earlier and hopefully before that when breeding plans were set.

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Maternal undernutrition: Effects depend on timing

Maternal undernutrition: Effects depend on timing

Bill Beal

Angus Journal

Undernutrition of cows during pregnancy is most often reflected in lower birth weights of their calves and greater susceptibility of calves to calfhood diseases. Depending on when nutrient restriction occurs, however, the effects of maternal undernutrition may be less direct or occur later in the life of the calf.

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Spring Pastures – Grass Tetany and Bloat

Spring Pastures – Grass Tetany and Bloat

Ron Lemenager, Allen Bridges, Matt Claeys, and Keith Johnson

Purdue University Departments of Animal Sciences and Agronomy

Most cattlemen look forward to warmer temperatures and spring grass. As temperatures begin to warm, cool-season grasses and legumes begin a rapid growth phase resulting in the production of large amounts of lush, palatable, green pasture.

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No Future For Ag Students? Bunk!

No Future For Ag Students? Bunk!

Nevill Speer


Several weeks ago, I made a presentation to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Cattlemen’s College in Nashville, TN, which carried a theme of “Finding Profitability In Volatile Times.” Following my discussion, there were a number of excellent questions about capital requirements, lending policies and currency exchange rates.

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Tim Steffens discusses how to determine the correct stocking rate and how this can make or break cattle profitability

Tim Steffens discusses how to determine the correct stocking rate and how this can make or break cattle profitability

Gayle Smith

Tri State Livestock News

When Tim Steffens first became interested in analyzing stocking rates on grazing land, he lived by the assumption that a person could never go broke being under stocked. Since then, Steffens, who is the United States Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources and Conservation Services multi-county, rangeland management specialist for southeastern Colorado, has learned differently.

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BeefTalk: It Is in Caring That We Will Survive

BeefTalk: It Is in Caring That We Will Survive

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Recently, one of the family dogs died. Bonsi, like many loyal family friends, had been with us for more than a decade. As a loyal guard dog that was part Komondor and part Newfoundland, she was very diligent.

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Steve Cornett:  The Future of Beef?

Steve Cornett:  The Future of Beef?

Beef Today

You know that some day, our children or grandchildren or more distant descendants will be eating real factory-grown meat. But this video of  Dr Mark Post of the Netherland’s Maastricht University makes you fret about how soon that may be.

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Beef producers need to remain focused on animal welfare issues

Beef producers need to remain focused on animal welfare issues

Gayle Smith

Tri State Livestock News

Producers need to continue to address animal welfare issues on their ranches and feedlots to continue to stay one step ahead of animal rights groups, according to the project manager of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association U.S. beef sustainability project.

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South Korea FTA to be up and running on March 15

South Korea FTA to be up and running on March 15

David Bennett

Delta Farm Press

The Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the United States and South Korea will be operational on March 15. The news of the deal’s implementation comes after trade officials tied up legal loose ends in recent days.

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Seven Expansion Strategies For Cow-Calf Producers

Seven Expansion Strategies For Cow-Calf Producers

Harlan Hughes


Given the prospect of increasing beef prices, a key current question for ranchers is whether herd expansion is warranted? Back in the days of predictable cattle cycles, I would give an emphatic “yes,” but it’s a more difficult question to answer in today’s biofuels-driven “new normal.”

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Alternative range cubes give producers new feedstuff

Alternative range cubes give producers new feedstuff

Robyn Scherer

The Fence Post

Winter feeding can be stressful for cattle producers, especially when hay prices are high. Corn stalks and pastures are the most economically feasible options, but they don’t always provide all the nutrients cattle need.

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Be selective when choosing herd bulls for cattle operation

Be selective when choosing herd bulls for cattle operation

Agrilife Today

Beef producers don’t want to miss out on profit potential when it comes to selection and performance of breeding bulls, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist.

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Are cattle markets top heavy?

Are cattle markets top heavy?



Is it possible that the rally on Feb. 17 was a blow off top for Live Cattle Futures? Beef packers certainly would like it. They are working in the red and have been slowing kills to keep boxed beef prices from falling.

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Your Burrito with a Side of Deceit

Your Burrito with a Side of Deceit

Joe Epperly

Some of you might have recently been exposed to Chipotle’s two minute commercial entitled “Back to the Start” featuring Willie Nelson singing “The Scientist” when it played during the Grammys last week.

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Beef expert says time to walk the walk for animal welfare

Beef expert says time to walk the walk for animal welfare

Terry Anderson

Midwest Producer

The cattle industry has talked the talk and now needs to walk the walk, a new beef expert at Kansas State University told those who attended a series of animal welfare seminars across Nebraska.

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