Daily Archives: May 3, 2013

Genetic Parameters for Udder Quality

Genetic Parameters for Udder Quality

Jack Ward

Hereford World

Udder quality is an important trait for beef producers because udders affect cow longevity and calf performance. The objective was to estimate the genetic parameters for udder quality in Hereford cattle.

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BeefTalk: Keep an Eye on the Bulls Because They Don’t Get a Day Off

BeefTalk: Keep an Eye on the Bulls Because They Don’t Get a Day Off

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Although spring seems to be taking a long time getting here, once it does, time will fly. In the rush, don’t forget to keep an eye on the bulls.

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Livestock Risk Protection for Calves

Livestock Risk Protection for Calves

South Dakota Ag Connection

"LRP for calves works well for cattle producers because a specific number of head can be insured," Diersen said. "In addition, there is a fixed basis adjustment for calves that offers better protection than when using futures or options contracts."

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Market Them to the MAX

Market Them to the MAX

American Cattleman

Market volatility, basis moves and narrow margins make smart marketing and risk management mission critical for beef producers. Producers need it, lenders want it and the times demand it.

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Andy Milstead: Row crops and cows a winning combo

Andy Milstead: Row crops and cows a winning combo

Hembree Brandon

Delta Farm Press      

Andy Milstead always knew he wanted to be a farmer, the same as his father and grandfather had been here in the hills of Tippah County, Miss., not that far from the Tennessee state line.

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Economist: Low cattle prices have time to rebound

Economist: Low cattle prices have time to rebound

Amanda Gee

AG Answers

Although finished-cattle prices that were expected to increase this year for producers remained low in the first quarter, Purdue Extension agricultural economist Chris Hurt said increases could be on the horizon.

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Crooks devoted to helping beef producers and educating consumers

Crooks devoted to helping beef producers and educating consumers

Mara Budde

Agri View

Arin Crooks, superintendent of Lancaster Ag Research station and president of the Wisconsin Cattleman’s Association (WCA), grew up on a small diversified dairy and livestock operation in Brodhead.

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Glass walls at the packing plant

Glass walls at the packing plant

John Maday

Bovine Veterinarian

“What will happen if we show them what we do?”  That was a question the American Meat Institute (AMI) and its meat-packer members asked as they sought to improve transparency and build customer trust. Speaking to the Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholder Summit this week, Janet Riley, AMI’s senior VP for public affairs and professional development, offered some answers to the question.

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Ag-Gag Laws Could Make America Sick

Ag-Gag Laws Could Make America Sick

Brandon Keim

Wired

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.

A wave of laws that target animal welfare activists who take undercover videos at factory farms has been criticized for chilling free speech and allowing cruelty to continue in secret. But it’s not only animal well-being at issue. So is public health.

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EPA continues to release producers’ personal information

EPA continues to release producers’ personal information

Western Livestock Journal

According to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to illegally release information on cattle operations to the activist groups Earth Justice, the Pew Charitable Trust and the Natural Resources Defense Council. In this latest action, the agency again admitted it had released too much information on livestock producers, specifically producers from Montana and Nebraska.

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