Daily Archives: November 30, 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

BEEF

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

BBC

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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