Monthly Archives: November 2012

Family friend of Leachman vouches for breeder’s character, knowledge

Family friend of Leachman vouches for breeder’s character, knowledge

Billings Gazette

Jan Falstad

When Curt Rodger heard that Billings livestock breeder James Leachman was charged with abusing horses, the Missouri cattleman said he was so shocked that he volunteered to fly to Montana to be a character witness at his trial.

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CAB, Nolan Ryan Prove Quality, Consistency Pay

CAB, Nolan Ryan Prove Quality, Consistency Pay

Steve Kay


Quality and consistency pay, even in a soft economy. Just ask those involved in the industry’s most successful branded beef program, Certified Angus Beef® (CAB). The program, which began in 1978, reported record sales for a sixth consecutive fiscal year (FY) that ended Sept. 30.

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Feeding post-drought calves

Feeding post-drought calves

Geni Wren

Bovine Veterinarian Magazine

The drought has had huge nutritional impacts on cow-calf production. In many places because grass wasn’t available, there were increased costs of production when producers had to feed some type of supplement.

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Feeder calf buyers want preconditioned calves

Feeder calf buyers want preconditioned calves

The Stock Exchange

A survey of buyers at the October 2012 West Branch Feeder Calf Sale shows that buyers value weaned and vaccinated calves.

The West Branch Feeder Calf Sale was held in October and according to sale organizers, was highly successful.

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Former Ag Secretary Talks Fiscal Cliff, Farm Bill and Estate Tax

Former Ag Secretary Talks Fiscal Cliff, Farm Bill and Estate Tax

Andy Eubank

Hoosier AG Today

The fiscal cliff keeps getting closer and Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns says there is a path to the budget deal even though true tax code and entitlement reform can’t happen in the next 30 days.

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Tips to Minimize Shrink in Calves

Tips to Minimize Shrink in Calves

Heather Smith Thomas

Tri-State Livestock News

Cattle have a large digestive tract, holding many gallons of feed and fluid. The body weight of an individual may vary, depending on whether the tract is full or empty. This will depend on time of day, how much the animal has eaten or exercised, or how far it has been hauled.

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BeefTalk: Cows Are Bred Well

BeefTalk: Cows Are Bred Well

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

The fall cow shuffle is close to being over. Cold weather, frozen water and the absence of feed tells one it is time for a change.

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More expensive than buying Hay

More expensive than buying Hay

Miranda Reiman

Cattle Today

Some costs of the drought are easy to calculate. Like the extra hay or supplement you have to buy this year at higher prices. It’s those longer-term costs that get a little hard to figure when trying to assign exact values.

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Cattle Feeder Days to focus on managing feedlot efficiency

Cattle Feeder Days to focus on managing feedlot efficiency

Morris Sun Tribune

Feeding and managing for efficiency in the feedlot while finishing cattle at heavier weights is the theme for the 2012 University of Minnesota Cattle Feeder Day Program.

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Smaller, fewer, thinner – the future for American beef?

Smaller, fewer, thinner – the future for American beef?

Matt McGrath


The country that is synonymous with steaks as big as Texas is suffering a serious shortage of cattle. The US national herd is now at an all time low. Numbers peaked at 132 million head of cattle in 1975. At the start of this year this was down to just under 91 million.

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Prepare Cattle For Winter

Prepare Cattle For Winter

Heather Smith Thomas

American Cattleman

Cattle need care during cold or wet weather to make sure they stay healthy and perform well. A well managed program to prepare cattle for winter and minimize cold stress can save money and reduce the number of sick animals.

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Livestock Industry concerned about tax benefits

Livestock Industry concerned about tax benefits

John Alan Cohan, Attorney at Law

Cattle Today

Proper decision making and advance planning are crucial elements in operating a profitable livestock venture. Ever since the inception of income tax, all areas of farming have enjoyed generous tax benefits.

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The Cattle Market’s Fiscal Cliff

The Cattle Market’s Fiscal Cliff

John Harrington


With political stumps still smoldering and errant yard signs yet tattering in the wind, you don’t have to tell the 125 million besieged voters who participated in the presidential election that it’s been a long, long fall.

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Beef Producers Claim Shortage Of Large-Animal Vets; Vets Say No

Beef Producers Claim Shortage Of Large-Animal Vets; Vets Say No

Joe Roybal     


A looming shortage of large-animal vets in rural America was a big worry six years ago. In fact, the August 2006 issue of BEEF magazine included a report on a survey of U.S. beef producers and bovine practitioners that found almost 49% of producer respondents worried about a long-run shortage of large-animal practitioners in their community, and 14% said there already was a shortage.

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Climate change could force grazing cuts in West        

Climate change could force grazing cuts in West                         

Progressive Cattleman

Significant reductions in grazing on public land – in some places outright elimination of the activity – is justified because of the impacts of a warming climate, scientists say in a new report.

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Stockgrowers book highlights Montana ranches

Stockgrowers book highlights Montana ranches

Kristen Cates

Great Falls Tribune

Upset by the negative connotations national programs such as “Food Inc.” were making about agriculture and the cattle industry, the Montana Stockgrowers Association set out to tell its story in a new way and with the help of a city girl.

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Status of Use of Implants in Beef Cattle Production

Status of Use of Implants in Beef Cattle Production

University of Nebraska

Implants are a valuable tool for beef producers that have been well researched, increase saleable weight, and have the largest return on investment of any technology available today for beef producers.

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Hopes rise for Aberdeen packing plant, South Dakota Certified Beef

Hopes rise for Aberdeen packing plant, South Dakota Certified Beef

Tom Lawrence

The Daily Republic

After years of delay and numerous problems, production at an Aberdeen beef processing plant is under way.

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Beef prices at all-time highs as supply falls

Beef prices at all-time highs as supply falls

Art Hovey

Columbus Telegram

Turkey’s turn in the holiday spotlight is over, and it’s time to notice some things about beef.

On the supply side, the last time the cow census got this low nationally, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was president and Joseph Stalin was Time magazine’s Man of the Year.

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High Feed Costs Impact The Cattle Industry

High Feed Costs Impact The Cattle Industry



You know last year we were feeding cattle for in the neighborhood of a hundred and three to a hundred and ten dollars a ton. That’s to the cattle with yardage. This year we are upwards of a hundred and twenty five dollars to a hundred thirty for the same ration,” said Dan Schaeffer, a cattle farmer from Rupert.

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