Monthly Archives: September 2013

Ethanol byproducts still pay their way in feedlot rations

Ethanol byproducts still pay their way in feedlot rations

Drovers

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

NPR

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 Grasslands have been replaced by desert, and ranchers to reduce the number of cattle grazing open fields.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    

BEEF

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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