Daily Archives: December 3, 2012

The Human Component of the Stocker Business

The Human Component of the Stocker Business

Lorie Woodward Cantu

The Cattleman

While some management and production practices in the stocker industry are easy to put a pencil to, there are other hard-to-value intangibles that separate successful operations from marginal operations.

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Parker Ranch – Home of the Hawaiian Cowboy

Parker Ranch – Home of the Hawaiian Cowboy

American Cattleman

I feel a particularly special responsibility,” said Dutch Kuyper, President and CEO of Hawaii’s historic Parker Ranch.  “Staring at me now is a portrait of A.W. Carter, who ran the Ranch as manager from 1899 to 1937.”  Kuyper’s high-ceilinged office is just off the grand parlor of sixth-generation Parker family home “Puuopelu.”   It looks over windswept green pastures and aloha-tended gardens, a spread ascending into the foothills of Kohala and Mauna Kea mountains of “the Big Island” and beyond.

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Despite drop in shipments, there is a bright spot in beef exports

Despite drop in shipments, there is a bright spot in beef exports

Cindy Snyder

 The Prairie Star

High prices are slowing U.S. beef exports, but producers aren’t seeing the impact.

A challenging economic environment is making it difficult to match last year’s export volume, but U.S. products continue to command an excellent price in international markets and provide substantial returns to producers.

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Dr. Oz Endorses Conventional Milk, Beef

Dr. Oz Endorses Conventional Milk, Beef

Jim Dickrell

Beef Today

In Time magazine’s December 3 cover story, Dr. Mehmet Oz has endorsed “supermarket” (or conventional milk) over organic. You remember Dr. Oz—he’s the doctor Oprah made famous.

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Industry At A Glance: Feedlot, Packing Overcapacity

Industry At A Glance: Feedlot, Packing Overcapacity

Nevil Speer

BEEF

Relative overcapacity has spurred rivalry in the industry in both the feedlot and processing sectors. Increased competition for cattle by feedyards and packers ultimately bites into margins over time.

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Seminar to focus on cattle breed development in South Texas

Seminar to focus on cattle breed development in South Texas

Logan Hawkes          

Southwest Farm Press

In a state where the Spanish first introduced cattle to the New World, the long history of cattle breeding and development in the Americas runs about as deep as Texas pride. On Monday, Dec. 3, Texas AgriLife Extension cattle specialist Dr. Joe Paschal will lead a special seminar focusing on the history of cattle in Texas and the evolution of cattle breeds and breeding in the United States.

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Use of digital infrared thermal imaging to assess feed efficiency in Angus bulls

Use of digital infrared thermal imaging to assess feed efficiency in Angus bulls

G. Huntington, J. Cassady, K. Gray, M. Poore, S. Whisnant, G. Hansen

CiteUlike.com

Feed intake, ADG, and feed efficiency were measured for 84 d on 277 yearling Angus bulls, from 60 to 81 bulls each year, for 4 yr. Digital infrared thermal images of areas of the left ribs, with hair or with hair removed by clippers, were recorded for each bull. The bulls were housed in groups of 12 and were individually fed once daily a TMR of corn silage and supplement.

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Parts of Texas move back into drought

Parts of Texas move back into drought

The Victoria Advocate

A dry fall that is on track to making the record books has sent portions of Texas, including Houston and Fort Worth, back into severe drought, raising concerns about wildfires and the health of wheat crops and tree farms, climatologists said Thursday.

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More Iowa farmers relying on corn stover

More Iowa farmers relying on corn stover

DAVE DEWITTE

WHIO

When Iowa farmers were done harvesting this year’s drought-stunted 2012 corn crop this fall, many of them didn’t stop there.

They returned to the fields to chop and rake the dried cornstalks into round bales that, at first glance, don’t look much different from hay bales.

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Humane farm animal care: How it affects what you eat

Humane farm animal care: How it affects what you eat

Examiner.com

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

It is no secret that the food industry engages in some pretty gruesome practices. Beef cattle, standing up to their bellies in their own waste, can’t lie down or move due to the practice of bunching the cattle into tight stalls a few weeks before slaughter.

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