Monthly Archives: February 2013

Pooling Preconditioned Calves Maximizes Returns

Pooling Preconditioned Calves Maximizes Returns

Karl Wolfshohl

Progressive Farmer

There’s a saying in Texas that everything is bigger. But when it comes to the state’s famous Hill Country, individual cow herds don’t number in the thousands. On the contrary, many operations are quite small.

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Illinois Cattle Feeders to feature four industry experts at seminar

Illinois Cattle Feeders to feature four industry experts at seminar

The Journal Standard

The Illinois Cattle Feeders will hold a seminar featuring four cattle industry experts from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 6 at the Ogle County Farm Bureau, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon, Ill.

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Cattle graze amid Beale’s spy planes

Cattle graze amid Beale’s spy planes

Appealdemocrat.com

As sleek jets, unmanned drones and famous spy planes roar overhead, one group of Beale Air Force residents couldn’t care less. They’re much more likely to get excited by sunshine, a spot of green grass and cool water to quench their thirst.

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Oklahoma cow-calf producers face critical decisions

Oklahoma cow-calf producers face critical decisions

Donald Stotts

Southwest Farm Press

Oklahoma State University’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources is recommending that cow-calf producers plan now for the next two-to-four months, regardless of whether the producer has a spring- or fall-calving herd.

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Beef: It’s more than just meat

Beef: It’s more than just meat

NELDA STARKS

Starkville Daily News

Beef production represents the largest single segment of American agriculture. In fact, USDA says more farms are classified as beef cattle operations (35 percent) than any other type.

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Beef Cattle Lice Control

Beef Cattle Lice Control

Robert D. Hall

University of Missouri

Chewing lice feed on hair, scabs and excretions from the animal’s skin and irritate the skin with their sharp claws and mandibles. Chewing lice infestations weaken the animal, interrupt normal feeding activities and make the animal more susceptible to diseases.

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Feed Cattle, Not Birds

Feed Cattle, Not Birds

American Cattleman

European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) were first introduced to the United States in the late 1800s. It is believed that starlings were imported from Europe and released in New York City’s Central Park so that all birds mentioned in Shakespeare’s works would inhabit the new country.

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Beef producers: MORE tech coming

Beef producers: MORE tech coming

Gene Johnston

Agriculture.com

While the headline on this story is true, don’t be scared by the thought of more technology to keep up with. Some of the technology coming in agriculture is actually low-tech; as in, using farm dogs.

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U.S. cattle herd declines but northern states see increases

U.S. cattle herd declines but northern states see increases

TIM PETRY

The Prairie Star

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released the much anticipated "Cattle" report on Feb 1.

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Barley Grain and Forage for Beef Cattle

Barley Grain and Forage for Beef Cattle

Vern Anderson, Greg Lardy, Marc Bauer, Kendall Swanson, Steve Zwinger

North Dakota State University

Barley is an ancient crop dating back to  7000 B.C. and is considered one of the most  widely adapted grain crops in the world. Barley is the fourth most important cereal grain in the world, with uses by humans and animals for food, feed and beverages.

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Contain forage feeding losses

Contain forage feeding losses

Rick Rasby

Angus Journal

In drought years, forages are expensive. It is less expensive to have cows graze to meet their nutrient needs compared to hauling harvested forages to them.

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Developing Heifers in Era of High Feed Costs

Developing Heifers in Era of High Feed Costs

Troy Smith

Angus Journal

Cow-calf producers who raise their own replacement females are often advised to develop heifers to an appropriate weight for breeding in order to achieve reproductive success.

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Can We Really Blend Shows and ERTs? . . .YES

Can We Really Blend Shows and ERTs? . . .YES

Dr. Scott Greiner

Simmental Register

Cattle shows have existed nearly as long as cattle have been domesticated. Historically, shows and exhibitions have played an important role in the promotion of breeds and breed ideals and for individual breeders and programs, created a forum for discussion and interaction among cattlemen, provided youth education and development, contributed to valuation of livestock, and have been a tool for genetic change.

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High profit cattle breed looks promising to producers

High profit cattle breed looks promising to producers

Logan Hawkes          

Southwest Farm Press

By continuing the same careful selection process, the Akaushi brought to Texas remained true to the genetics of the breed. No single trait was sacrificed to develop the U.S. herd.

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What Will It Take To Rebuild The U.S. Beef Cowherd?

What Will It Take To Rebuild The U.S. Beef Cowherd?

Steve Kay

BEEF

Timely spring rains and an improvement in pasture conditions will be vital for some cow-calf producers to stay in business this year. After all, record-high calf and feeder cattle prices can’t save an operation if it can’t feed or water its animals.

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Producers Find Benefits in Using A.I.

Producers Find Benefits in Using A.I.

Heather Smith Thomas

Cattle Today

“We are seeing increased use of AI in beef cattle,” says Carl Rugg (Bovine Elite). “This past year with the drought in southern states, breeders who were able to keep females have trimmed their herds—keeping just the best cows—and they will be using more AI this year.

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Producers should control lice in cold weather

Producers should control lice in cold weather

Amanda Gee

AG Answers

Beef producers should be on the lookout for lice infestations and have a plan for controlling the spread to prevent animal stress, a Purdue Extension beef specialist says.

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Hereford bull smashes record

Hereford bull smashes record

CARLA WIESE-SMITH

Country Life

A Hereford bull sold for the world record price of $600,000 in Bruneau, Idaho, US, on Monday.

C Miles McKee 2103 ET, sold by Colyer Herefords at its annual production sale, was purchased by the Miles McKee Syndicate at Dunlap, Iowa.

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Kansas Continues Marketing Beef Cattle in Russia

Kansas Continues Marketing Beef Cattle in Russia

Kansas AG Land

As middle class populations continue to grow around the world, many consumers begin asking, “Where’s the beef?”

Not only has the growing middle class contributed to record beef exports for large beef producing states such as Kansas, it has also resulted in many foreign countries striving to build domestic beef production, according to J.J. Jones, Kansas Department of Agriculture marketing and trade director.

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Hagerstown hosts Md. cattle industry convention this weekend

Hagerstown hosts Md. cattle industry convention this weekend

Herald Mail

The 26th annual Maryland Cattle Industry Convention, along with the Maryland Hay and Pasture Conference, will be held at the Clarion Hotel and Hager Hall Convention Center on Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2.

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