Daily Archives: February 18, 2013

It’s the Calf’s Call

It’s the Calf’s Call

The Stock Exchange

Labor, it is nothing new to beef cattle producers. Be it spring or fall, calving season brings with it a bucket load of challenges and needs from the cowherd. While the bulls are enjoying their vacation, the females are hard at work.

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So what’s the real reason for the steer-heifer price spread?

So what’s the real reason for the steer-heifer price spread?

The Prairie Star

RON TORELL

Why do heifer calves sell so far back from their steer mates?

Regardless of the similarities between the cost of production with steers and heifers, steer calves generally demand up to a dime more per pound at weaning than their heifer mates.

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Cows need adequate nutrition in winter before calving time

Cows need adequate nutrition in winter before calving time

Coshocton Tribune

The late winter to early spring timeframe is an important time to provide adequate nutrition for cows that will be calving. This also can be a challenging time of year to feed cattle when profitability is a goal for your operation.

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Contentious meat-labeling rule moves to White House

Contentious meat-labeling rule moves to White House

Ben Goad

The Hill

Facing the prospect of damaging trade sanctions, the Obama administration is hustling to bring U.S. meat-labeling rules into compliance with international standards.

But the American meat and cattle industry is sharply divided about the path forward.

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D.C. Basolo, Beefalo creator, dies at 89

D.C. Basolo, Beefalo creator, dies at 89

UPI

D.C. "Bud" Basolo, the creator of Beefalo, and a "character with a capital C," died at the age of 89 at his ranch in Tracy, Calif., his daughter said.

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Rough idea – average annual profit per beef cow over cattle cycle

Rough idea – average annual profit per beef cow over cattle cycle

Agriculture.com

I’ve been looking at a lot of cow calf budgets online but would like input from the pros on this forum.

I’m in my early 50s and have been away from the farm for 30 years.    My folks sold out in the 90s and I didn’t jump on it because we had a pretty good deal going in a small city about 4 hours away.   Not big money but secure and like the coworkers and people in the neighborhood.  

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Why Beef Is Becoming More Like Chicken

Why Beef Is Becoming More Like Chicken

Christopher Leonard

Slate.com

A new cattle drug called Zilmax is being widely used in the industrial feedlots where most of America’s beef comes from, but not because it produces a better sirloin. In fact, it has been shown to make steak less flavorful and juicy than beef from untreated cattle.

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Sam Washburn honored by IBCA

Sam Washburn honored by IBCA

Dave Russell

Brownfield Network

Sam Washburn, who served as President of the Indiana Beef Cattle Association (IBCA) in 1978 and then as President of the National Cattlemen’s Association (NCA) in 1982, was presented the Robert C. Peterson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Indiana Beef Cattle Association during their annual awards banquet February 10.

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Rising beef prices worry producers

Rising beef prices worry producers

USA Today

Beef prices are expected to increase as much as 10% by summer, leading beef producers and sellers to worry that their product might become a luxury.

"We can’t let beef turn into lobster," said Ed Greiman of Garner, the president of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association.

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