Daily Archives: January 10, 2014

BeefTalk: No Shortcuts in the Beef Business

BeefTalk: No Shortcuts in the Beef Business

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Once again, Mother Nature reigns and we follow. The challenges that cow-calf producers face are immense. The wind, temperature extremes and just the sheer forces of nature are mind- bending.

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2014 Feeder Profitability Questionable Despite Record-High Beef Prices

2014 Feeder Profitability Questionable Despite Record-High Beef Prices

Oklahoma Farm Report

As 2014 begins to unfold, Jim Robb of the Livestock Market Information Center says that we can expect cattle supplies to tighten up soon and that will affect the cattle price outlook across the sector.

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University of Illinois schedules webinar on antibiotic rules

University of Illinois schedules webinar on antibiotic rules

John Maday

Bovine Veterinarian

On January 28, from noon to 1 pm Central time, the Department of Animal Sciences of the University of Illinois will offer a free webinar to help veterinarians, livestock producers and other industry professionals understand the FDA’s new policies on antibiotic use in food animals.

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Science Finally Measuring Values From Good Grazing Management

Science Finally Measuring Values From Good Grazing Management

Jessee Buzzard

Beef Producer

A healthy and productive grassland contains a diversity of biological creatures. It has long been known by savvy graziers that the amount of biodiversity in a grassland ecosystem can be directly linked to how intensely the land is used, whether by livestock, wildlife or some other use.

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Bitter cold adds costs to cattle operation

Bitter cold adds costs to cattle operation

Brett Wessler

Drovers

The extra steps producers follow to care for their cattle in frigid temperatures mean more than extra work, it also adds up in their operations budget.

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Ranchers Helping Ranchers – Online Benefit Auction

Ranchers Helping Ranchers – Online Benefit Auction

The Stock Exchange

Angus breeder Keith Russell, Johnstown, Colo., says he looks to improve his herd every day. But after the devastating flooding in Colorado, each day is a challenge. Since the massive rainfall that hit the area in 2013, Russell’s homestead has been left with mud and debris, and little to none winter feed or equipment.

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2014 Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference Offers Diverse Learning Opportunities

2014 Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference Offers Diverse Learning Opportunities

Patrick Wall

Iowa Beef Center

A full day of information awaits the attendees of the 2014 Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference (CCCC) at Bridge View Center in Ottumwa on Jan. 18. From the welcome at 9:30 a.m. through the final breakout session ending about 4 p.m., people will find knowledge and value in every aspect of the day, and that’s the goal according to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Patrick Wall.

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Southern Indiana Grazing Conference 

Southern Indiana Grazing Conference 

 Daviesscoswcd.org

The 2014 SIGC has been set for February 5, 2014 at the Simon J. Graber Community Building in Odon, Indiana (see map). We have a great line-up of speakers scheduled!

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Cattle genomics only one factor in boosting profit

Cattle genomics only one factor in boosting profit

The Western Producer

Genomics can objectively screen animals at a feedlot, but that knowledge is not going to change what the feeder has to work with. “We are not changing the genetics at the feedlot,” said William Torres of Cattleland Feedyards in Strathmore, Alta. “Cattle come in from all different sources from commercial herds.”

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A Constitutional Right to Industrial Farming?

A Constitutional Right to Industrial Farming?

Brooke Jarvis

Businessweek

Article I of Indiana’s constitution begins in the usual way, spelling out the familiar rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In November, Indiana voters may be asked to decide whether to add one more to the list: the right “to engage in the agricultural or commercial production of meat, fish, poultry, or dairy products.”

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