Daily Archives: June 19, 2012



My friend and utility consultant, Stevo, often points out the obvious in a sea of obfuscating shrapnel.

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Tips for making good hay

Tips for making good hay

Ken Olson

Tri State Livestock News

As I traveled around western South Dakota the last few days, there is a lot of first-cutting hay being cut. It seems early, but everything has been two to three weeks early because of the warm, dry spring across most of the Northern Plains.

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Stocker and Feedlot Margins: A Study in Contrasts

Stocker and Feedlot Margins: A Study in Contrasts

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


The stocker and feedlot sectors provide a dramatic contrast in the economics of two beef industry sectors. While the stocker sector sees opportunities with strong values for forage-based gains, the feedlot sector is under increasing pressure as limited feeder cattle supplies, high feed prices and excess capacity combine to result in severe feedlot losses.

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To fix the climate, take meat off the menu

To fix the climate, take meat off the menu

Matthew Hollister

The Washington Post

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.

More than 50,000 U.N. officials, scientists, environmental advocates and a few heads of state will gather this coming week in Rio de Janeiro for a conference on sustainable development.

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Carnivores for Climate Change

Carnivores for Climate Change

John Hinderaker


. . .Thankfully, hardly anyone is silly enough to believe that humanity can regulate the Earth’s climate by eating tofu instead of bacon. Still, next time you are in a restaurant, it might be fun to order a 32-ounce Porterhouse. In addition to all the usual reasons, you will be defying some of the world’s most obnoxious busybodies.

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US dryness starting to erode cattle prices – USDA

US dryness starting to erode cattle prices – USDA


The US Department of Agriculture heightened concerns over the impact of dryness on cattle markets, blaming renewed fears for pasture conditions for "causing consternation" among ranchers and eroding prices.

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Merck Animal Health Introduces Zuprevo For BRD

Merck Animal Health Introduces Zuprevo For BRD

Prairie Farmer

On June 15 Merck Animal Health introduces a new BRD treatment and control antimicrobial which its data shows has great promise to help battle the shipping fever complex, a key animal health challenge.

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Governor Plays Cowboy For Day

Governor Plays Cowboy For Day

Southwest Florida Online

Continuing his focus on job creation and promoting Florida’s agriculture industry, Governor Rick Scott spent his tenth ‘Let’s Get to Work’ Day as a ranch hand with the Williamson Cattle Company in Okeechobee.

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‘Pure Beef’ by Lynne Curry ruminates on the virtues of grass-fed meat

‘Pure Beef’ by Lynne Curry ruminates on the virtues of grass-fed meat

The Oregonian

Lynne Curry, a Foodday contributor, is a writer and chef living in eastern Oregon cattle country. Her new book, "Pure Beef: An Essential Guide to Artisan Meat With Recipes for Every Cut," is about the benefits of grass-fed beef and its ranching, processing and cooking.

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