Monthly Archives: September 2013

Ethanol byproducts still pay their way in feedlot rations

Ethanol byproducts still pay their way in feedlot rations


Paying the feed bill has cleaned out bank accounts faster than Jesse James in recent years, as high corn prices left cattlemen everywhere looking for the cheapest, most efficient alternatives.

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Calf weaning time – Preparing for the celebration

Calf weaning time – Preparing for the celebration

Kevin Gould

Michigan State University

It’s that time of year when most spring calving herds are planning their weaning schedules. Cow-calf producers contemplate weaning strategies like fence-line or dry-lot weaning, etc.

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Drought Forces New Mexico Ranchers to Better Manage the Land

Drought Forces New Mexico Ranchers to Better Manage the Land

Ted Robbins


Severe drought has forever changed the landscape in New Mexico. Grasslands have been replaced by desert, and ranchers to reduce the number of cattle grazing open fields. Recent rains have brought some relief, but it’s not enough to reverse desertification.

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Research Points to Issue of Steroids in Aquatic Systems

Research Points to Issue of Steroids in Aquatic Systems

Beef Producer

A new study from the University of Nevada, Reno shows that anabolic steroids used in livestock production may have a ‘new life’ in the water.

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Argentina Provides A Lesson In How to Ruin a Beef Industry

Argentina Provides A Lesson In How to Ruin a Beef Industry

Paul Queck    


We complain a lot about our government and how it complicates our farm and ranch businesses. It could be a lot worse. Take Argentina, for example. That country was one of our fiercest competitors just seven years ago.

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NDSU to hold calf backgrounding program

NDSU to hold calf backgrounding program

Tri State Livestock News

“Backgrounding Cattle 2013” will provide updates on cattle feeding for the fall of 2013.

“With the drop in feed prices, backgrounding may make economic sense,” says Karl Hoppe, area Extension livestock specialist at the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center. “However, good calf prices never seem to stay constant and price protection should be considered. Also, keeping newly weaned calves healthy is a challenge and recognizing sick calves early isn’t easy. This program should sharpen your skill for managing these calves.”

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Stocker Industry has Fortified Position in Southeast

Stocker Industry has Fortified Position in Southeast

Clifford Mitchell

Cattle Today

What some may call a “new era” in the beef industry has led to some significant changes in the way cattlemen conduct business. High corn prices have changed trade models and Mother Nature has shifted production to different regions, while at the same time, depleting cow numbers due to harsh weather conditions.

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Preventing Respiratory Acidosis in Newborn Calves

Preventing Respiratory Acidosis in Newborn Calves

Glen Selk

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

We have previously discussed the research that indicates that the average length of time that a mature cow is in Stage 2 of calving is less than half an hour. The average length of time that a first-calf 2-year-old heifer is in Stage 2 of labor is about an hour.

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Jay O’Brien Is 2013 BEEF Stocker Award Winner

Jay O’Brien Is 2013 BEEF Stocker Award Winner

Wes Ishmael

“You own stocker cattle long enough and the market generally gives you a chance to come out on them,” says Jay O’Brien of Amarillo, who owns a ranch northeast of Clarendon, TX, with his children and grandkids. He also manages ranches in Texas and Colorado.

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Ranchers Play a High-Steaks Game for All the Marbling

Ranchers Play a High-Steaks Game for All the Marbling

Wall Street Journal

Started last year, the competition is part of growing interest among meat eaters and small cattle-producers in raising the profile of beef to more than just "what’s for dinner," as the old slogan goes. They view steak in the manner of a fine French wine or robust Colombian coffee, searching for flavors perceived as mushroom and ocean, while avoiding anything reminiscent of mackerel, cardboard and liver.

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BeefTalk: Love of the Land

BeefTalk: Love of the Land

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

There are those days that never should come but they do. A quick note, maybe a phone call or email or some other communication, but the message is still the same: Someone has passed on from this life. In this case, that someone is Steve.

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Reading labels – It’s easy, it’s important

Reading labels – It’s easy, it’s important


Treatment time is a critical period in the life of cattle. It is one of the most difficult times to manage animal stress, but those few moments at the headgate are your chance to get a good look at each individual and provide what’s needed for optimal health and productivity.

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“Are your belted cows mean?”

"Are your belted cows mean?"

Sylvia Burgos

Twin Cities Daily Planet

The question stopped my fork in mid-air. I just didn’t see it coming.

"Are your cows mean?" asked the woman. The restaurant was crowded. The woman’s clear voice and assertive stance swiveled heads.

"I have a friend in Virginia and she said that the belted cows near where she lives are mean. Are your’s mean too?"

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The Beef Markets Are Not True Free Markets

The Beef Markets Are Not True Free Markets

Alan Newport

Beef Producer

Remember above all what economist-consultant Bill Helming said about price: "The majority of consumers don’t know or care how beef is produced. Can I afford it? That’s the number one question."

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Judge OK’s Aberdeen Beef Plant’s Credit Request

Judge OK’s Aberdeen Beef Plant’s Credit Request


A federal bankruptcy judge has approved an idled South Dakota beef packing plant’s request for $2.25 million in credit so it can employ an investment banking firm to pursue a sale.

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Yield Grade Trend Over Time

Yield Grade Trend Over Time

Nevil Speer   


One of the key questions that occurred during a panel discussion at this summer’s Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) annual meeting surrounded the change in USDA Yield Grade (YG) within the slaughter mix over time. Specifically, there’s been a marked increase in YG 4s and 5s that began roughly around the year 2000.

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Supply squeeze ‘to keep cattle prices high’

Supply squeeze ‘to keep cattle prices high’


Cattle prices, which for unfattened animals set fresh record highs, are to stay elevated, boosted by the shortage of US supplies increasingly evident in data on factors such as slaughter rates and feedlot population.

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Steroids May Persist Longer in the Environment Than Expected

Steroids May Persist Longer in the Environment Than Expected

Science Daily

Assessing the risk posed to aquatic organisms by the discharge of certain steroids and pharmaceutical products into waterways is often based on a belief that as the compounds degrade, the ecological risks naturally decline.

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Staunton to host cattle reproduction conference

Staunton to host cattle reproduction conference

Staunton News Leader

The concept of applied reproductive strategies in beef cattle began about 10 years ago when leaders in the science of beef cattle reproduction recognized the need for in-depth education to increase reproductive performance in beef cattle and encouraged the use of new technologies.

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Easing cattle’s Ogallala squeeze

Easing cattle’s Ogallala squeeze


The dangers of a dwindling Ogallala Aquifer don’t end in the crops sector. Much of the nation’s beef cattle industry lies atop the underground water supply, and without taking steps to preserve the aquifer, that industry could be at risk down the road.

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