Daily Archives: July 31, 2012



Russ normally would not have kept the heifer he called “The Pirate” but, he did.  It was one of those chilly 5:30 spring mornings in southeast Idaho. 

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Pigeon Fever Spreading

Pigeon Fever Spreading

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

An outbreak of Pigeon Fever is most likely to affect horses, but in some cases the disease can occur in cattle herds.

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Steve Cornett:  USDA’s anti-meat “mistake”

Steve Cornett:  USDA’s anti-meat “mistake”

Beef Today

Texas Ag Commissioner Todd Staples says USDA’s "unauthorized" endorsement of meatless Mondays was "treasonous."

A little over the top, maybe. It’s not like meatless Mondays are cooked up by Iran or North Korea or something.

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Drought-driven changes in feedlot cost of gain and feeder cattle prices

Drought-driven changes in feedlot cost of gain and feeder cattle prices

Dillon Feuz

Tri-State Livestock News

How can feeder cattle prices decline more than $20 per hundredweight in five weeks when fed cattle prices remained unchanged? Answer: when projected feedlot costs per hundredweight of gain increase more than $25 during that same time period.

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Science Vs. Perception Is The Industry Struggle

Science Vs. Perception Is The Industry Struggle

Troy Marshall


If there was anything the media debacle over “pink slime” taught the industry it was that we have to take a hard look at issue management and be more proactive in our response to such issues. It also raises the philosophical debate about whether or not good science or public perception is more important.

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Clemson experts look to offset corn costs for cattlemen

Clemson experts look to offset corn costs for cattlemen

The Newberry Observer

Clemson cattle researchers see green pastures as a way for ranchers and consumers to cope with the costs of the 2012 corn fizzle. Scientists are investigating pasture-finished beef, where cattle grow to market size on grasses instead of feedlot corn.

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Investing in quality corn silage can pay off           

Investing in quality corn silage can pay off                                  

Chad Howlett   

Progressive Cattleman

While the future of this corn crop is still very much in doubt, it goes without saying that we want to try and make the best feed we can for our cattle and generate the most return per harvested acre. If that means making lemonade

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State’s ranchers hit by Midwest drought

State’s ranchers hit by Midwest drought

Carolyn Lochhead

San Francisco Chronicle

California ranchers may be hit harder by the drought in the nation’s heartland than farmers in the corn belt.

Most corn farmers have subsidized crop insurance, a program so generous that farmers who lose their entire crop could wind up making more money than if there were no drought at all.

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Cattle-Fax: It’s not all doom and gloom

Cattle-Fax: It’s not all doom and gloom

John Maday


While this year’s drought has profoundly affected the cattle outlook, Cattle-Fax analyst Kevin Good presented some signs of hope Friday during the Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver.

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Fewer cattle, lower prices

Fewer cattle, lower prices

Chris Lehr


Every once in a while when I write a report explaining why I am bearish or have a negative slant on prices I get a call or email saying if it wasn’t for people like myself or “those Chicago traders” prices wouldn’t fall or fall as hard.

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