Daily Archives: April 5, 2013

BeefTalk: One-way Ticket to Town

BeefTalk: One-way Ticket to Town

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Bull 50 just bought himself a one-way ticket to town. For bulls, there are only two pens. One is the pen for breeding bulls, while the other bulls go to the “for beef market” pen.

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Indiana Beef Evaluation Program to hold bull auction

Indiana Beef Evaluation Program to hold bull auction

Jennifer Stewart

AG Answers

The Indiana Beef Evaluation Program will host its 71st bull sale on April 18 in Springville.

All of the 108 bulls offered for sale completed the IBEP’s rigorous 125-day performance test at the Feldun-Purdue Agricultural Center and are in ideal body condition for use this spring.

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The Incredibly Shrinking Feedlot Margin

The Incredibly Shrinking Feedlot Margin

Nevil Speer   


Managing margin is challenging for any type of business. However, when it comes to commodity industries – those entities that operate strictly off the buy-sell margin – the challenges can be especially brutal from year to year. And that principle certainly exists in the beef complex, particularly the feedlot sector.

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15 Reasons to Date a Farmer

15 Reasons to Date a Farmer


Unless you suffer from hay fever and hate the country, farmers make pretty great dates.

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Protecting U.S. consumers from ‘Big Cattle’

Protecting U.S. consumers from ‘Big Cattle’

K. William Watson


More than eight months after losing a case at the World Trade Organization, the United States has finally begun changing its protectionist regulations for mandatory country-of-origin labels (COOL) on meat. Unfortunately, while the Obama administration claims that it is implementing the WTO’s recommendations, it is actually making the regulations more protectionist.

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Guinea pig on the menu in some restaurants

Guinea pig on the menu in some restaurants

Mark Russell

USA Today

New Mexico is thinking about processing horse meat. Montanans have roadkill. And now the latest in offbeat meat appears to be … guinea pigs.

NPR reports on an American trend fueled by South American expats and the U.S. restaurants that serve such cuisine, and bolstered by foodies’ penchant for trying — and blogging about — something new.

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Missouri Cattle Thefts Increase Need for Producer Diligence

Missouri Cattle Thefts Increase Need for Producer Diligence

Sara Brown

Beef Today

Higher cattle prices have led to more cases of stolen cattle across the country. University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist Eldon Cole says southwest Missouri has had more than its fair share. In the last three years, he estimates there were more than 500 head of cattle stolen in the area, with thefts escalating in the last 18 months.

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