Daily Archives: September 14, 2012

BeefTalk: Drought Strategy: Wean the Calf, Salvage the Cow

BeefTalk: Drought Strategy: Wean the Calf, Salvage the Cow

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Everyone is tired of hearing about drought. The skies are stark blue, usually considered nice, but most would appreciate some clouds and rain.

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Exactly What Feedyards Want

Exactly What Feedyards Want

Steve Suther

Angus Beef Bulletin

Some cattle grow like weeds; some hit the high-grade targets. Some do both, some neither. That’s the way it goes in the world of commodity cattle. But cattle can be so much more, adding profit throughout the supply chain.

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Japan May Relax Import Rules on Age for Beef

Japan May Relax Import Rules on Age for Beef

Richard Smith

DTN

Japan will probably raise the age limit for beef imports from the U.S. and Canada, following a Sept. 5 report from an expert panel.

Ranchers will have more flexibility on when to slaughter cattle for export if prospective new rules are adopted in Japan.

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Corn silage considerations during drought

Corn silage considerations during drought

Travis Meteer

Bovine Veterinarian

This year the drought has put a lot of stress on cattle feeders. Because of low yields, many cornfields were harvested as silage for cattle feed. The current question is, how can silage be used best to keep costs down?

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A shift in herd management

A shift in herd management

Amanda Radke

Tri-State Livestock News

What type of change is right for your cattle operation now? That was the question posed during a livestock production panel at Dakotafest on Aug. 23, in Mitchell, SD. As a drought plagues the U.S., cattlemen need to become better managers of their herd.

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Drought can cause vitamin A deficiencies in cattle

Drought can cause vitamin A deficiencies in cattle

Donald Stotts

Southwest Farm Press

Cattle producers in Oklahoma and other Southern Plains states need to be aware that drought conditions may cause vitamin A deficiencies in their animals.

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High Feed Costs To Force Structural Change

High Feed Costs To Force Structural Change

Burt Rutherford       

Cattle feeders have another year of high feed costs in front of them. Adapting to that environment will force structural change in the industry.

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UNL Talks Beef, Drought at Husker Harvest Days

UNL Talks Beef, Drought at Husker Harvest Days

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UNL is talking beef at this year’s Husker Harvest Days through hands on education like their Mobile Beef Lab, and by letting people try new things through a meat cutting and sampling demonstration.

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Producer of ‘pink slime’ textured beef suing ABC and ABC News

Producer of ‘pink slime’ textured beef suing ABC and ABC News

Tim Carman

Washington Post

Of all the media outlets that have taken shots at Beef Products and its “lean, finely textured beef,” the South Dakota-based company apparently feels slimed by only one: ABC and its ABC News division.

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The need to contract cattle

The need to contract cattle

Chris Lehner

Agri View

Recently I came across an article I saved from November 2011: “How Long Before a Feedlot/Packer Washout?” It was about the oversupply of feedlot bunk space and the possibility packers will be closing slaughter plants due to the shrinking cowherd.

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