Daily Archives: March 20, 2013

Follow Their Nose & Other Stockmanship Tips

Follow Their Nose & Other Stockmanship Tips

Kindra Gordon

Angus Beef Bulletin

When it comes to working with cattle, Curt Pate says a common mistake he sees is when people walk behind the animal (or the herd) and try to push them forward.

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Feeder markets shackled by feed costs, weak demand

Feeder markets shackled by feed costs, weak demand

Greg Henderson


Heavy feeder cattle sold $2 to $5 per hundredweight lower last week with the full decline on weights over 800 pounds. Demand for grazing cattle has picked up in some areas, but stocker and calf markets were called uneven, depending on local demand and moisture conditions.

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Bull evaluations needed to ensure successful breeding season

Bull evaluations needed to ensure successful breeding season

Amanda Gee

Ag Answers

Bull reproductive evaluations can offer some insurance to beef producers heading into the spring breeding season, and high cattle and feed prices make the exams especially important this year, a Purdue Extension beef specialist says.

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Shrinkage in US cattle herd to boost beef rivals

Shrinkage in US cattle herd to boost beef rivals


The "unprecedented" reduction in the US cattle herd, will playing into the hands of rival producers by allowing them to take America’s share of export markets, a leading analyst said – even as US officials lifted their estimate for Australia’s beef exports.

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Student teamwork culminates in 37th annual CSU Bull Sale

Student teamwork culminates in 37th annual CSU Bull Sale

Brush News Tribune

After six months of genetic analysis, hands-on work and marketing efforts with Colorado State University cattle, students on the Seedstock Merchandising Team are ready for their big finale: the 37th annual CSU Bull Sale.

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Abnormally large ‘super cows’ being manufactured for beef production

Abnormally large ‘super cows’ being manufactured for beef production


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.

Did you know that some varieties of beef on the market today come from cattle that has been deliberately modified to grow abnormally large muscles for beef production? A recent segment aired by the National Geographic Channel offers a glimpse into the eerie production of so-called "super cows," which intentionally bear a defective gene that allows them to grow atypically large with a "double muscle" build.

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The myth behind Meatless Mondays

The myth behind Meatless Mondays


Business Day

LET me start with a confession," says animal scientist Jude Capper, who travels the world explaining why Meatless Mondays are misguided. "When I was 15, I was a vegan. I was going to save the planet.

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Synchronization Questions

Synchronization Questions

ABS Global

Synchronization of beef cows goes hand in hand with AI. The highly researched,  proven, and improved protocols released each year from the Beef Reproduction Task Force and Beef Reproduction Leadership Team have had a highly positive influence on beef cattle AI success.

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Sample Costs for Finishing Beef Cattle on Grass

Sample Costs for Finishing Beef Cattle on Grass

The Beef Site

Production decisions, potential returns, budgets and production loans are considered in a cost analysis of grass finished beef systems by the University of California in light of recent demand shifts to value added, grass fed beef products.

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Get a handle on feedlot acidosis

Get a handle on feedlot acidosis

Ki Fanning, PhD

Bovine Veterinarian

Acidosis is one of the most costly problems in the feedlot. Acidosis is also known as bloat, founder, or sticking an animal. Acute acidosis is easily identifiable in the feedlot whereas subacute acidosis normally goes unnoticed. Hallmarks of acute acidosis are a high left side, long toes, poor doing calves, and sudden death.

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