Daily Archives: January 21, 2014

Sale Barn Price Boosters

Sale Barn Price Boosters

Boyd Kidwell

Progressive Farmer

The day a calf is born, Lin Jones is already creating a marketing plan for it. If that new calf is male, Step 1 of marketing is banding. Jones, whose family cattle operation is in New Canton, Va., said the way he sees it, a package of 100 castration bands costs $2. So for 2 cents each and five minutes of his time, the producer increases the value of each male calf by $30.

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Marston to lead Red Angus Association of America

Marston to lead Red Angus Association of America

The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) Board of Directors announced the hire of Twig Marston, Ph.D., of Norfolk, Neb., as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the national association. Marston will assume the leadership role beginning Jan. 20, 2014.

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Calving season – Time to evaluate udder soundness

Calving season – Time to evaluate udder soundness

The Stock Exchange

Cow-calf producers should consider udder soundness as an economically relevant trait translating to the life or death of a newborn calf. The simple process of taking udder scores will improve overall udder soundness in your cow herd.

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Natural-service Bull Performance and Production

Natural-service Bull Performance and Production

Troy Smith

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

Natural-service breeding remains a dominant management practice among U.S. cow-calf producers — especially in commercial herds. Particularly in western range areas, producers often manage large groups of cows in large multi-sire pastures.

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Identifying Bovine Respiratory Disease pathogens on the farm

Identifying Bovine Respiratory Disease pathogens on the farm

The Prairie Star

With Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) costing producers between $500 and $900 million annually, identifying and then managing potential BRD pathogens on their properties can be an effective first step in helping defray those losses.

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Is there an Opportunity to Protect a Profit with Livestock Risk Protection Insurance (LRP)?

Is there an Opportunity to Protect a Profit with Livestock Risk Protection Insurance (LRP)?

Aaron Berger

University of Nebraska

Prices for calves, feeder cattle and finished cattle have set some new records this fall and early winter. A combination of circumstances has precipitated these historic prices. There is currently a lot of cautious optimism on the part of cow-calf producers as they look at the future.

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Beef Industry Faces Numerous Challenges from Regulators and Activists

Beef Industry Faces Numerous Challenges from Regulators and Activists

Oklahoma Farm Report

Scott George, a dairy producer and cow-calf operator out of the state of Wyoming is the current president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Radio Oklahoma Network Farm Director Ron Hays visited with George about a variety of issues at the recent International Livestock Congress-USA in Denver.

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Impacts of winter drought and oak toxicity to livestock

Impacts of winter drought and oak toxicity to livestock

INEDC

Driving around the foothills the lack of winter rain is clearly evident from the extremely dry rangelands still brown and dry from summer to the obvious shortage of water in the lakes and reservoirs. The extremely dry winter is turning out to have a critical impact on our local ranchers.

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Winter’s early start may increase hay demand

Winter’s early start may increase hay demand

Jerry Lindquist

Michigan State University

An early start to winter has caused many farms in the upper Midwest to reconsider whether they will have enough hay and other feeds to get their animals to spring. The summer of 2013 allowed many farms to replenish exhausted forage supplies that were caused by the drought the previous year.

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