Daily Archives: June 3, 2013

Balancing Cattle Nutrition With Genetics Key To Ranch Success

Balancing Cattle Nutrition With Genetics Key To Ranch Success

Christy Couch Lee

BEEF

It’s been seen time and again. Cattle with the same genetics—the same strong EPDs (expected progeny differences)—performing well for one ranch, while performing off the charts for another.

What’s the difference?

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Caviness Packing pulls out of San Angelo packing facility

Caviness Packing pulls out of San Angelo packing facility

Kevin Welch

Amarillo Globe News

Caviness Packing, with locations in Amarillo and Hereford, is closing its beef operations in San Angelo after deciding the proposed purchase of San Angelo Packing was not in its best interests.

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Spring storms and the cow herd

Spring storms and the cow herd

Glenn Selk        

Progressive Cattleman

Springtime is thunderstorm season across the Plains. Spring storms occasionally bring severe winds or even tornadoes. Cleaning up after a severe storm is difficult enough. Losing valuable cattle brings additional financial hardship to the situation.

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Where’s my revenue-based cow-calf insurance?

Where’s my revenue-based cow-calf insurance?

ALAN GUEBERT

Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

It was evident from the hello that the South Dakota rancher had practiced his pitch before he dialed my office.

"I’m (so and so)," he said in a clipped, clear voice, "an independent cow-calf producer west of the (Missouri) river with 500 cows. I’m calling with one question: Where do I go to sign up for revenue-based cow-calf insurance?"

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The Truth About Grassfed Beef

The Truth About Grassfed Beef

John Robbins

The Food Revolution

. . . If you read on, you’ll see why I’ve concluded that grassfed is indeed better.  But then, almost anything would be.  Putting beef cattle in feedlots and feeding them grain may actually be one of the dumbest ideas in the history of western civilization.

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Nebraska cattle feeder produces three types of beef

Nebraska cattle feeder produces three types of beef

Ken Anderson

Brownfield Network

Hank Klosterman manages Grass Valley Farms, a family-owned and family-run cattle operation near David City in east-central Nebraska.  The business features a five-thousand head feedlot where they feed their own cattle and do custom feeding as well.

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Managing Body Condition to Improve Reproductive Efficiency in Beef Cows

Managing Body Condition to Improve Reproductive Efficiency in Beef Cows

L. H. Anderson, W. R. Burris, J. T. Johns, and K. D. Bullock

University of Kentucky

The economics of the beef cattle industry forces cowcalf operations to produce efficiently, and percent of calf crop weaned (really a measure of reproductive efficiency) has a big influence on how efficient production will be. One way to improve reproductive efficiency is to shorten the number of days from calving to rebreeding (postpartum interval, or PPI).

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Livestock herds drying up as drought drags on

Livestock herds drying up as drought drags on

Rex Castillo

Your News Now

Pat Sultenfuss has been in the cattle business in Bell County for over twenty years.

Even for this seasoned rancher, the current drought is something new

"This was the worst since I’ve been in Bell County," he said.

Over the past couple years, Pat has thinned his herd to survive on drier land.

"We sold off cattle in 2011, and we haven’t bought back yet," Sultenfuss said.

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The Ranch Profitability Secret More Powerful Than Genetics

The Ranch Profitability Secret More Powerful Than Genetics

Burke Teichert

BEEF

It seems many ranchers are more interested in their cattle than their land. I love animal breeding and can understand how many of us get caught up in trying to make our livestock better.

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