Daily Archives: March 15, 2013

BeefTalk: The Plow and Cow Are Strange Companions

BeefTalk: The Plow and Cow Are Strange Companions

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

The world of beef cattle, at least for some, is good and so are profits. The cow-calf enterprise is making money for those who are in the upper 40 percent of gross margins minus direct and overhead expenses.

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Entrepreneurs back cattle breath analyzer

Entrepreneurs back cattle breath analyzer


Will cattlemen someday measure their animals’ breaths and belches to determine feed efficiency or whether they’re getting sick?

Pat and Scott Zimmerman think so.

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Practicality of the United States meat industry

Practicality of the United States meat industry

Tyler Pike

The Daily Barometer

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.

Farmers are increasing their efficiency by producing more food on the same amount of acreage. The average number of people a single farmer feeds also has increased significantly. Today, the average U.S. farmer feeds 155 people. However, despite these facts, there are still hungry people in the world.

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Nevil Speer:  Industry At A Glance: Cattle Vs. The General Economy

Nevil Speer:  Industry At A Glance: Cattle Vs. The General Economy


Commodities have proven to be a popular investment vehicle since the initiation of quantitative easing by the federal government, while the tight supply of cattle has also driven the market higher.

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Nutritional value of red meat

Nutritional value of red meat

Fiona Lake Blog

Today someone asked me ‘what is the nutritional value of red meat’ (in a person’s diet).  Good question!  Unprocessed red meat includes a number of elements vital for human health. Nutrition and human health is an incredibly complicated field; research results often throw up conflicting views, some of which are later discredited.

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Japan May Open Beef in TPP Trade Talks, Former Adviser Says

Japan May Open Beef in TPP Trade Talks, Former Adviser Says

Aya Takada and Yasumasa Song


Eliminating the 38.5 percent tariff on beef would probably spur a jump of as much as 40 percent in imports and help exporters including the U.S. and Australia displace half of local produce, according to Tetsuro Shimizu, a general manager at Norinchukin Research Institute in Tokyo.

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IBBA Recognizes Industry Leaders at Annual Convention Mar 11

IBBA Recognizes Industry Leaders at Annual Convention Mar 11

The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) welcomed IBBA members, convention participants, and more than 200 international guests to Houston February 27 – March 2, 2013, for the IBBA Annual Convention hosted in conjunction with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

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The Rincker Family: Following the Science

The Rincker Family:  Following the Science

Simmental Register

Curt Rincker, who maintains a family-owned cattle operation at Shelbyville, Illinois, is among those breeders who ardently adhere to that on-going philosophy. “As breeders, ASA’s programs and leadership have had a significant influence on the national level and on our ability to improve our bottom line,” he said, referencing  a recent ASA marketing phrase of “We Do the Science,  You Make the Profit!”

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Where’s the beefalo?

Where’s the beefalo?

Loretta Sorensen

Tri-State Livestock News

For 29 years Mark and Linda Merrill have been spreading news about the quality and flavor of the beefalo they have produced through Beefalo Meats Co. at their Kittitas Valley Washington State ranch since 1984.

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Connecting cull cows with beef quality

Connecting cull cows with beef quality



Producing wholesome, high-quality milk is a top priority for dairy producers, and many take great pride in doing so. Milk, however, is not the only consumable product that leaves the farm destined for the food supply.

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