Daily Archives: September 12, 2012

Value Of Gain Favors Heavier Start Weights

Value Of Gain Favors Heavier Start Weights

Wes Ishmael

BEEF

“The prospect of winter grazing will likely increase demand for lightweight stockers with prices remaining strong or going higher,” Peel says in his recent market comments. “At the same time, high feedlot cost of gain and the likelihood of continued cattle feeding losses mean that upward price potential for middle- and heavyweight feeders is limited.

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Ranchers cope with herd losses from Isaac’s floods

Ranchers cope with herd losses from Isaac’s floods

CAIN BURDEAU

NBC News

In August, the ranchlands spreading over the boot of Louisiana were dotted with hundreds of cows and calves grazing on a smorgasbord of tall marsh grasses.

But Hurricane Isaac took all that away, turning some of the best cattle country on the Mississippi River delta into brackish, foul-smelling floodwater stretching for miles.

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Nebraska Livestock Specialist Turns Heifer Target Weight Recommendations on Their Ear

Nebraska Livestock Specialist Turns Heifer Target Weight Recommendations on Their Ear

Oklahoma Farm Report

Beef reproductive physiology specialist Rick Funston from the University of Nebraska knows a lot about helping cattle producers develop replacement females for cow herds.

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Avoid ‘Brown Paper Bag’ Bull Buys

Avoid ‘Brown Paper Bag’ Bull Buys

Barb Baylor Anderson

Angus Beef Bulletin

Shopping for a bull should be no different than shopping for seedcorn, asserts Dave Seibert, retired University of Illinois animal systems educator. Speaking at the Beef Sire Selection & Management Seminar in southern Illinois recently, Seibert told producers in attendance that the “brown paper bag” concept doesn’t work. In other words, given the high cost of production, producers should not gamble with using unknown genetics.

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Getting Show Heifers Ready

Getting Show Heifers Ready

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

There are several options when it comes to treating cattle for ringworm, but some can stain the coat — not a good option if you’re headed to the show ring.

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Alternative actions to be considered, evaluated for drought, fires

Alternative actions to be considered, evaluated for drought, fires

Dillon Feuz

Tri-State Livestock News

Ranchers who have been affected by the recent drought or fires will generally have to consider some difficult decisions. Some of these decisions will primarily affect costs and revenues in the coming year while others will affect a ranchers “bottom line” for several years.

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DNA technology could change the production

DNA technology could change the production

Miranda Reiman

Cattle Today

Right now, it’s hard to imagine how future tools will change the beef cowherd.

Today, heifer development costs are high and getting higher as ranch profit goals demand efficiency while consumers want quality.

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16-year-old cattle rustler and pardner nabbed for Dartmouth cow heist

16-year-old cattle rustler and pardner nabbed for Dartmouth cow heist

Matt Stout

Boston Herald

A 16-year-old cattle rustler and his teen friend orchestrated Dartmouth’s now infamous cow caper, rounding up 49 livestock under the cloak of night and trying to sell them off at a Pennsylvania auction last week, cops said.

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Steve Cornett:  Why We Need a Farm Bill Now!

Steve Cornett:  Why We Need a Farm Bill Now!

Beef Today

Even agricultural producers who don’t participate in government subsidized programs need to know what the central planners have in mind for the next few years.

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Feds doing 1st investigation of major meatpackers

Feds doing 1st investigation of major meatpackers

KHQA

The federal government is conducting its first investigation into whether the handful of large meatpackers that slaughter most of the nation’s cattle are illegally or unfairly driving down cattle prices, according to an official representing independent beef producers nationwide.

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