Daily Archives: November 21, 2012

The Great Debate

The Great Debate

Craig Huffhines

American Hereford Association

Today, one of the great debates surfacing within the beef industry is based on whether or not commercial cattlemen should focus their genetic selection decisions on straightbreeding with Angus genetics or use other breeds to crossbreed in order to remain more profitable.

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Skin Problems in Young Cattle: Warts and Ringworm

Skin Problems in Young Cattle: Warts and Ringworm

Heather Smith Thomas

Tri-State Livestock News

Two unsightly skin diseases often appear during winter. Dr. Matt Miesner, Kansas State University says young animals are highly susceptible to warts and ringworm until their immune systems have encountered the causative organisms and build immunity

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Still Getting the Job Done At Age 22

Still Getting the Job Done At Age 22

Del Deterling

Progressive Farmer

With today’s bred heifers bringing record prices, there’s an economic advantage to keeping that old, reliable cow one more year. This 22-year-old still "raises a good calf," and Mississippi cattleman Jacob Megehee says he’s planning to keep her at least one more year.

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Assisting the cow at calving

Assisting the cow at calving

Bob Larson

Angus Journal

Calving season is a time for long hours and the stress of trying to make the best decisions regarding when to assist heifers and cows having difficulty giving birth. Calving problems are a bigger concern for heifers than for cows simply because heifers have not reached their full skeletal size yet, and they don’t have the experience of previous calvings.

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K Bar K Cattle Company focuses on quality and knowledge

K Bar K Cattle Company focuses on quality and knowledge

ANDREA JOHNSON

Minnesota Farm Guide

A Meeker County family of four has agreed to share the story of their seed stock cattle and club lamb enterprises through the winter of 2012/13.

Daniel and Teresa Kohls and their children, Kylee, 13, and Tanner, 9, produce high quality cattle with top genetics. They also maintain a ewe flock to produce market wethers for junior market lamb shows.

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Factors are affecting feeder cattle values

Factors are affecting feeder cattle values

The Stewart Houston Times

At the recent Northeast Tennessee Beef Expo in Greeneville, University of Tennessee agricultural economists Andrew Griffith and Emmit Rawls gave a brief tutorial to producers regarding factors affecting the value of their feeder calves and how to increase their profitability.

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Hereford heritage

Hereford heritage

Richard Anderson

Jackson Hole News and Guide.

As much as Jackson Hole has changed over the past century, one thing has stayed pretty much the same: cattle ranching on the Porter Estate.

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Beef Checkoff dollars tighten

Beef Checkoff dollars tighten

Julie Harker

Brownfield Network

As the drought led cattlemen to shrink their herds so, too, did the dollars shrink to the Beef Checkoff.  But, Nebraska cattlemen Craig Uden, who’s chair of the Federation of State Beef Councils, tells Brownfield they are managing well.

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Making Rural Cool Again

Making Rural Cool Again

Gary Truitt

Hoosier AG Today

In the 1950s and 60s, small town America was an okay place to be. Young men returning home from World War II came back to the small towns and farms they had grown up on and started their lives. They started farming; they opened businesses; and they began raising families.  There was opportunity, education, and community. As time passed things changed, the next generation left for the cities and more career opportunities.

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Pregnancy testing beef cows now a priority due to high hay costs

Pregnancy testing beef cows now a priority due to high hay costs

Frank Wardynski

Michigan State University

 Beef cow/calf producers should pregnancy test cows now, to avoid wasting feed resources and decreasing profits. Open cows should be sold immediately.

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