Daily Archives: March 16, 2012

The Value of Insemination

The Value of Insemination

David Hoffman

The Smithville Herald

Artificial insemination (AI) is one of the most effective tools available to cattle producers to improve productivity and profitability of their cattle operation. Artificial insemination has been commercially available for more than 65 years and utilized very effectively in the dairy industry.

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Understanding controversial beef product’s role in meat industry

Understanding controversial beef product’s role in meat industry

Kristie Martin


It’s fueled a frenzy and debate over what’s in the food being served in our schools. We’re talking about LFTB otherwise known as Lean, Finely Textured Beef.

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Cattle slaughter mix changing

Cattle slaughter mix changing

Western Livestock Journal

U.S. weekly harvest of cattle so far this year has averaged about 40,000 head (6 percent) below a year ago, mostly due to poor packer margins. So far this year, eight weeks of data have been reported by USDA on the mix of cattle slaughtered.

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Signs of US herd rebuild pile pressure on feedlots

Signs of US herd rebuild pile pressure on feedlots


Feedlots, which have not achieved a profit on cattle bought since at least 2010, face further months in the red thanks to competition with breeders, who are showing increasing signs of restocking, the US Department of Agriculture said.

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Nat’l Cattlemen’s Beef Assn Urges Reform In Checkoff Program

Nat’l Cattlemen’s Beef Assn Urges Reform In Checkoff Program


Yesterday, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) submitted comments on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service proposed rule pertaining to the Beef Checkoff Program.

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BeefTalk: Carcass Merit Pays

BeefTalk: Carcass Merit Pays

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

At one time, the carcass that is on the rail had a home. At one point, a producer made the decision to mate cows to a particular bull. The steer calf that resulted from the mating spent his early life nursing on his mother and growing. Eventually, the calf was weaned, allowed to grow and moved through a feed yard to be finished.

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Take Necessary Steps to Solve Bull Management Problems

Take Necessary Steps to Solve Bull Management Problems

Cattle Today

A bull is kept around for one thing — to sire calves. For many producers, bulls also cause problems. They tear up equipment, fight, get in the way of your grazing system, get out and breed your neighbor’s heifers, etc.

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