Daily Archives: June 6, 2013

Wean early, maximize pasture efficiency

Wean early, maximize pasture efficiency

Dr. Dave Barz

Tri State Livestock News

Finally we got some rain. Most of us got enough to get by, but some got enough to end the drought. Many of you have already culled your herds extensively in response to expensive feed and depleted pastures. Hopefully we will now all be able to maintain our herd numbers.

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Calculating the success of an A.I. program

Calculating the success of an A.I. program

The Cattle Business Weekly

Knowing the difference between conception rate and pregnancy rate has a big impact on cattle producer’s bottom line says, Kalyn Waters, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist.

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Do ag graduates pass the unemployment test?

Do ag graduates pass the unemployment test?

Angela Bowman

Drovers

Not all college majors may be created equal when it comes to earnings and unemployment. And for graduates with agricultural degrees, the outlook is bright. According to a study by Georgetown University, the specific degree can truly pay off for some.

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Stocker-Feeder Market Strengthens on Improving Pasture Conditions

Stocker-Feeder Market Strengthens on Improving Pasture Conditions

Oklahoma Farm Report

As a cool and wet spring progresses into summer, the stocker and feeder market is being buoyed by thoughts females may be held back this year to replenish cow-calf operations. Whether that will continue depends entirely on pasture conditions in cattle raising areas.

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High-Priced Stockers Might Still Pencil Out Profits

High-Priced Stockers Might Still Pencil Out Profits

Alan Newport

Beef Producer

In the good ol’ days many stocker/backgrounder operators simply knew if there was more than a dime of rollback, or slide, in cattle prices from start to finish weight, owning cattle wouldn’t pay a profit.

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Cookout Provides Way To Promote Beef Industry

Cookout Provides Way To Promote Beef Industry

Kennie Bass

WCHS

West Virginia’s beef producers marked the start of the grilling season and the approach of Father’s Day with a cookout at the Governor’s Mansion. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick hosted the event.

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Where’s the beef … and what does it cost?

Where’s the beef … and what does it cost?

Goldie Currie

Bureau County Republican

Trends in the cattleman business have taken a toll on the beef market. With things like drought, dwindling cattle ranches and the increase in export, the prices of beef have escalated.

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Rural US shrinks as young flee for the cities

Rural US shrinks as young flee for the cities

Norma Cohen

Financial Times via Drudge Report Archives

The population of rural and small-town America contracted over the past two years for the first time on record as young people left to search out work in the cities and birth rates fell, according to official data.

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Minnesota beef cow that bore quads last spring has twins

Minnesota beef cow that bore quads last spring has twins

Jonathan Knutson

Keith Sistad beat the odds again, though on a much smaller scale. Last spring, one of the Fosston cattleman’s Red Angus cows gave birth to an astonishing four calves. The chances of that happening were less than one in 650,000, according to one study. All four were female and born healthy, further skewing the odds.

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Anthrax confirmed in North Dakota beef cow

Anthrax confirmed in North Dakota beef cow

Brian Gehring

Bismarck Tribune

North Dakota’s first case of anthrax this year has been confirmed in Hettinger County, and the state veterinarian said conditions are right for more cases.

“A case of anthrax in an unvaccinated beef cow has been confirmed … near the Adams County line, the first confirmed case in the state this year,” said state veterinarian Susan Keller.

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