Monthly Archives: November 2012

Action needed by those engaged in the Eastern Livestock bankruptcy case

Action needed by those engaged in the Eastern Livestock bankruptcy case


The Trustee in the Eastern Livestock bankruptcy has filed his proposed disclosure statement and plan for dissolving the bankruptcy estate. The plan represents a settlement between the bankruptcy estate of Eastern Livestock and Fifth Third Bank.

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Limit Grazing for Cow Herds

Limit Grazing for Cow Herds

Don Stotts

American Cattleman

Assuming more rainfall comes to the Southern Plains states in the weeks ahead, wheat pasture is likely to be a key source of protein and energy for cow herds by late November and early December.

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Growth implants benefit environment, vet says

Growth implants benefit environment, vet says

Julie Harker

Brownfield Network

In light of the drought and feed shortage for cattle, producers are encouraged to efficiently manage their herds. One of the key steps, says Merck animal tech veterinarian Harold Newcomb, is to use growth implants.

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Pre-Breeding Vaccinations Key to Maximizing Returns

Pre-Breeding Vaccinations Key to Maximizing Returns

Beef Today

At a time when producers are watching every dollar tightly, one thing that can’t be taken for granted is reproductive efficiency of the cow herd. With record-low cattle numbers and back-to-back drought years in much of the country, every calf is valuable, and even a single delay in breeding could cost big money.

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Fertility and Longevity are the New Keys to Success

Fertility and Longevity are the New Keys to Success

Boyd Kidwell

Progressive Farmer

Duane Strider sells a lot of bulls, but he believes it’s family that counts. Cow families, that is.

This North Carolina cattleman has built a business around identifying cows with longevity and multiplying those genetics. Duane and wife, Wendy, who raise Gelbvieh cattle, have 25 Dam of Distinction and Dam of Merit cows in their herd of 350.

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Way Beyond Just Black

Way Beyond Just Black

Miranda Reiman

Angus Journal

On the dance floor or sorting cattle, as in life, having a reliable partner can make it a whole lot easier. Joe and Brenda Anderjaska of Hayes Center, Neb., have learned anticipation and a bit of mind reading go a long way.

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Tips For Selecting Replacement Heifers For The Beef Herd

Tips For Selecting Replacement Heifers For The Beef Herd

Burke Teichert


I used to believe that performance records and visual appraisal were sufficient in selecting replacement heifers. I now give Mother Nature or the environment the first chance at selecting efficient replacements.

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The house that beef built

The house that beef built


Northeast News

When Kirkland B. Armour began construction of his palatial mansion on the boulevard that bears the name of his uncle, Simeon B. Armour, the roadway was barely more than a widened city street. This hand-colored postcard published “expressly for S.H. Knox & Co.” of Kansas City shows a time when the road was still covered with macadam and lined with newly planted Dutch Elm trees.

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Watch for nitrate toxicity symptoms

Watch for nitrate toxicity symptoms

Glenn Selk

High Plains Journal

Almost as predictable as the coming of the winter season will be the quickly spread horror story of the death of several cows from a herd that was fed "the good hay" for the first time after the snow storm.

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Drought will impact cattle markets into 2014

Drought will impact cattle markets into 2014


Capital Press

Two years of drought had a dramatic effect on the cattle industry, particularly in the cow/calf and cattle feeding sectors, and the impact will continue into 2013 and 2014.

What’s ahead for the industry was the subject of a webinar last week on managing drought and disaster impacts, sponsored by the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association.

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Baxter Black, DVM:  BARRY AND OTIS

Baxter Black, DVM:  BARRY AND OTIS

Readers send me stories and ideas for the column.  Sometimes they are so good they deserve retellin’ in their own words.  This is Barry’s tale about a “real cowboy,” named Otis.

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Not using productivity-enhancing technologies to raise cattle has unintended consequences

Not using productivity-enhancing technologies to raise cattle has unintended consequences

Prairie Star

The Journal of Animal Science has published new research looking at the consequences if U.S. farmers and ranchers no longer used productivity-enhancing technologies to raise beef cattle.

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Recordkeeping Will Document Production Practices

Recordkeeping Will Document Production Practices

B. Lynn Gordon   


The recent release of the 2011 National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA) conducted by beef industry researchers reconfirms the importance for beef producers to continue to focus on improving recordkeeping methods and tracking.

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Bull-Buying Basics

Bull-Buying Basics

Dr. Ken McMillan

The Progressive Farmer

Protect your herd from disease by running through this checklist.

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Corn-crop residue as a feed source this winter

Corn-crop residue as a feed source this winter

Rick Rasby

Angus Journal

The widespread drought of 2012 has challenged cow-calf producers to source feeds for the cow herd this winter. Many areas of the United States have an abundance of crop residue available for late fall and winter grazing.

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BLM mum about grazing beef

BLM mum about grazing beef

Keith Rogers


Bureau of Land Management law enforcement agents are investigating issues stemming from last spring’s planned roundup of Gold Butte rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle that have been roaming public land northeast of Las Vegas for more than a decade in violation of federal court orders.

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The Continuing Fallout From Mad Cow Disease

The Continuing Fallout From Mad Cow Disease

Urban C. Lehner


A news item the other day said aloud what has been whispered for more than a year: Japan will soon ease its restrictions on imports of U.S. beef. Meat from cattle as old as 30 months will be allowed in; today it must be from cattle no older than 20 months.

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Reduce Long-Term Impacts of Drought On Your Herd’s Reproductive Rate

Reduce Long-Term Impacts of Drought On Your Herd’s Reproductive Rate

Larry Stalcup


After a drought year everyone wants to forget, processing time can help cow-calf producers evaluate the mature weights and body condition scores of cows to help avert long-term damage to a good breeding program, says a leading beef cattle specialist at Kansas State University.

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Cattle Handling And Improvement Seminar

Cattle Handling And Improvement Seminar

Geni Wren

Bovine Veterinarian Magazine

The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine will offer its 2nd Annual Beef Improvement & Low Stress Cattle Handling Seminar January 12, 2013, at the veterinary school in Davis, Calif.

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For First Time Hoosier Beef Congress not in ISF Cattle Barn

For First Time Hoosier Beef Congress not in ISF Cattle Barn

Andy Eubank

Hoosier AG Today

The largest single state cattle show in the U.S. observes its 26th year when it opens this week at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. This will be the first year Hoosier Beef Congress will not be held in the cattle barn itself, according to Joe Moore, Executive Vice President of the Indiana Beef Cattle Association and Indiana Beef Council. Venue adjustments are being made due to renovation to the Pepsi Coliseum.

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