Daily Archives: March 26, 2013

Short-term changes in nutrition can affect embryo survival

Short-term changes in nutrition can affect embryo survival

Sandy Johnson

High Plains Journal

When it comes to replacement heifers, we focus a lot of attention on getting heifers to the appropriate weight and condition for breeding. While this certainly represents a key part of the development process, continued effort is needed to capture all of the benefits from that initial effort.

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Meat Marketing 101

Meat Marketing 101

Randy Kuhn

Beef Today

Think about using the 80/20 Rule, to focus 80 percent of your time and energy on the 20 percent of your work with the greatest return for the project. The business of value added is different than being a producer.

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Stocker Strategy Keeps High-Risk Calves Healthy

Stocker Strategy Keeps High-Risk Calves Healthy

Boyd Kidwell

Progressive Farmer

For more than 30 years, Mike Goldwasser has made a living buying other people’s mismanaged calves. It’s a tough side of the business, but the Hillsville, Va., cattleman has fine-tuned an approach that makes it workable.

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End Meats Help Drive Beef Value

End Meats Help Drive Beef Value

Miranda Reiman

Certified Angus Beef

T-bones, sirloins, filets and strips—these are the beef cuts referred to as “middle meats.” Such steaks make up 12% of the carcass, but represent just under half of its total value.

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Factors Affecting Birth Weight

Factors Affecting Birth Weight

Kalyn Waters

iGrow

Calving difficulties account for a tremendous amount of economic loss in the beef cattle industry. The highest correlated factor contributing to calving difficulties is the size and or body weight of the calf. Of all cases of calving difficult, 60-90% of them can be attributed to the birth weight of the calf.

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2013 BIF Symposium Is June 12-15 in Oklahoma City

2013 BIF Symposium Is June 12-15 in Oklahoma City

Oklahoma State University (OSU), in collaboration with the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF), will host the 45th Annual BIF Research Symposium and Meeting June 12-15, 2013, at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center in Oklahoma City.

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Stretch Livestock Feed Supplies With Lime-Treated Corn Stover

Stretch Livestock Feed Supplies With Lime-Treated Corn Stover

Neil Tietz

Hay & Forage Grower

Lime-treated corn stover can reduce feed costs when substituted for corn silage and/or corn grain in livestock rations. But producers need to plan the treatment carefully to make sure it’s done safely and effectively.

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Decoding the Genetic History of the Texas Longhorn

Decoding the Genetic History of the Texas Longhorn

Science Daily

The study of the genome of the Longhorn and related breeds tells a fascinating global history of human and cattle migration. It traces back through Christopher Columbus’ second voyage to the New World, the Moorish invasion of Spain and the ancient domestication of the aurochs in the Middle East and India.

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Feedlots, meatpackers closing with fewer U.S. cows

Feedlots, meatpackers closing with fewer U.S. cows

ROXANA HEGEMAN

Fosters.com

Years of drought are reshaping the U.S. beef industry with feedlots and a major meatpacking plant closing because there are too few cattle left in the United States to support them.

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Will Age & Source Verification Premiums Continue?

Will Age & Source Verification Premiums Continue?

Calf News

Don’t write off that $25-$50 premium for age and source verification just yet.

Despite Japan’s expansion of U.S. beef imports from cattle 20-30 months of age, age-and-source verification will remain important to Japanese and other Asian consumers, said Phil Seng, president and CEO of the U.S. Meat Export Federation.

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