Daily Archives: August 17, 2012

Lung adhesions rob profit

Lung adhesions rob profit

The Cattle Business Weekly

An analysis of more than 62,000 calves in Iowa’s Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity (TCSCF) found the presence of lung adhesions from 2002 to 2011 was negatively correlated with those measures.

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Talking BQA Basics- Jeff Jaronek of the Oklahoma Beef Council

Talking BQA Basics- Jeff Jaronek of the Oklahoma Beef Council

Oklahoma Farm Report

Talking BQA Basics- Jeff Jaronek of the Oklahoma Beef Council Jeff Jaronek of the Oklahoma Beef Council has spent the last two years working with producers all across the state with the Beef Quality Assurance program. He said the program is as straight-forward as it can be.

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Soybeans as Emergency Forage

Soybeans as Emergency Forage

 Jim Dickrell

Beef Today

Soybeans can make a good forage ration component if harvested and stored appropriately, says Mike Hutjens, a dairy specialist with the University of Illinois Extension.

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BeefTalk: Grass Versus Corn, TDN Cost Per Unit

BeefTalk: Grass Versus Corn, TDN Cost Per Unit

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

In years past, given the price of feed grains, it was a given to buy grain. If one was short of forage, buy grain. If one was looking to expand, buy grain. If one was thinking of the future, build feed bunks and pens and buy grain.

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Obstacles to Expansion of the U.S. Beef Herd

Obstacles to Expansion of the U.S. Beef Herd

KBTX

Beef cattle prices have been high for the past five years, but so have input costs like corn and diesel, and when input costs are high, beef operations are less profitable, and that causes producers to cut back.

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How Livestock Exacerbate the Drought

How Livestock Exacerbate the Drought

GEORGE WUERTHNER

Counterpunch

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.

The irony of all these efforts to financially assist farmers and ranchers is that they are among the main culprits responsible for the climate-induced drought conditions now affecting their bottom line.

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Is it time to exit the cow, calf industry?

Is it time to exit the cow, calf industry?

Peter Callan

Southwest Farm Press

Many cattle producers are contemplating their future in the industry. Should they hang on and purchase feed or exit the industry? What will feeder cattle prices be in 2013? Who makes this decision? The owner? The bank? Will health issues force the dispersal of the herd?

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Schaefer named Executive Director of the Minnesota Beef Council

Schaefer named Executive Director of the Minnesota Beef Council

Link-line.com

Karin Schaefer will become the new executive director of the Minnesota Beef Council effective October 1. She will be replacing Ron Eustice, who is retiring after 22 years of dedicated service.

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It’s producer ‘decision time’ for cattle restocking

It’s producer ‘decision time’ for cattle restocking

Blair Fannin

North Texas e-news

Texas ranchers considering restocking options should think profitability first and foremost before writing a check, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service economist.

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Drought could be a factor in US anthrax cases

Drought could be a factor in US anthrax cases

DAVID PITT

The Boston Globe

Anthrax has killed more than 100 animals on ranches in Colorado and Texas within the past two weeks, and experts say the risk of infection may be greater with drought covering much of the United States.

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