Daily Archives: August 16, 2013

BeefTalk: New Ventures Come With Unprotected Risk

BeefTalk: New Ventures Come With Unprotected Risk

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Perhaps one is somewhat handicapped in the beef business without a marketing background. Marketing information is continuous and certainly needed. There are processes that allow producers to cover market risk and, given the center’s recent $300 losses in feeding cattle, one comes to appreciate those risk processes.

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Fescue Foot Identification, Prevention and Minimize the Impact

Fescue Foot Identification, Prevention and Minimize the Impact

The Stock Exchange

Glen Selk/Kent Barnes

Fescue toxicity (fescue foot and summer slump syn-drome) is a non-infectious disease occasionally seen in cattle grazing tall fescue pastures. Fescue foot is more often seen in cold weather in thin cattle grazing stockpiled forage.

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Hay bales can be a source of botulism

Hay bales can be a source of botulism

Gayle Smith

The Cattle Business Weekly

Livestock and horse owners should use caution when purchasing hay from unknown sources. Hay that has been improperly baled, contains dead animals or trash, or stored in wet conditions can be a thriving source for botulism.

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Defining an Efficient Female

Defining an Efficient Female

Katie Allen

Angus Journal

What is an efficient cow? How do you best determine if one cow in the herd is more efficient than another? …

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Fall Calves May Arrive Earlier Than Expected

Fall Calves May Arrive Earlier Than Expected

Beef Producer

Early fall calves have a tendency to sneak up on producers; OSU study shows "early" cows have a shorter gestation period

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Cone Reflects On 30 Years At Burwell Livestock Market

Cone Reflects On 30 Years At Burwell Livestock Market

Ord Quiz

Friday’s cattle auction at the Burwell Livestock Market served up prime beef in more ways than one. Before going in to bid on cattle, patrons were treated to barbecued beef sandwiches in celebration of the operation’s thirtieth birthday.

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The beef with factory farms: animals suffer

The beef with factory farms: animals suffer

Nan Fariss

Roanoke Times

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.

Apparently, it is OK to buy cattle that’s fed antibiotics indiscriminately, available so readily at feed supply stores, and also apparently it is OK with the Food and Drug Administration to feed cattle Zilmax, a growth-inducing drug designed to bulk up the animals before slaughter.

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U.S. cattle herd promising, but expansion not in cards yet

U.S. cattle herd promising, but expansion not in cards yet

Barbara Duckworth

Western Producer

Better pastures and a promising corn crop are good news for the United States beef industry, but there is little appetite for herd expansion says an agricultural economist at the University of Kansas.

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U.S. cattle inventory still declining

U.S. cattle inventory still declining

Marty Foreman


The U.S. cattle herd remains in the contraction phase of the long-term cycle. The cattle cycle normally lasts about 10 years from trough to trough. The most recent cycle low in the cattle inventory was 2004 so a new cycle low is due within the next year or two.

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Conference looks into cattle numbers

Conference looks into cattle numbers

Iowa Farmer Today

Reduced U.S. cattle numbers and state beef council efforts to maximize effectiveness were among the topics Aug. 8 as the Federation of State Beef Councils conducted sessions at the 2013 Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver, Colo.

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