Daily Archives: January 24, 2014

Beef Talk: CHAPS Herd Benchmarks

Beef Talk: CHAPS Herd Benchmarks

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Performance in the beef business is evaluated by reviewing the overall herd. If there are indications that overall herd performance needs to be addressed, the first step is to compare the herd’s performance with a benchmark to gauge what is normal. Understanding normal, or in this case average, performance allows producers to better understand how to guide the herd.

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Range Beef Cow Symposium Generational Transition Focus

Range Beef Cow Symposium Generational Transition Focus

Adele Harty


Generational transition is a topic that many farmers and ranchers know is critical to the future of their operation, but may not know how to start the conversation. This year’s Range Beef Cow Symposium offered presentations that helped address this issue and offer alternatives.

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Merck says it’s too early to plan Zilmax’s return

Merck says it’s too early to plan Zilmax’s return

David Cooper   

Progressive Cattleman

Beef market economists and feedlot specialists continue to preach the critical role beta agonists have played in building the national beef supply. Yet no one can say exactly when one beta agonist will return to the market.

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Dr. Griel Honored for a Lifetime of Caring and Sharing

Dr. Griel Honored for a Lifetime of Caring and Sharing

Penn State University

The Penn State Graduate School Alumni Society will be honoring Dr. Lester Griel, Professor and Program Coordinator of the Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Undergraduate Program, with their 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award this spring.

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Meat and greens

Meat and greens

The Economist

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.

So the question is, what sort of livestock farming can satisfy the growing appetites, while using land, water and food crops more rationally? Environmentalists have an answer for that: small-scale, traditional pastoralism, of the sort practised for thousands of years. Such farming is, says Worldwatch Institute, a think-tank in Washington, DC, “essential to combat the destructive trend of factory farms.”

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West Central Angus Plan Meeting

West Central Angus Plan Meeting

WCIAA (West Central Indiana Angus Association) will sponsor the first of three planned 2014 Winter Informational Meetings on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 7:30 PM in the Turkey Run Inn, 8121 E Park Rd., Marshall, IN 47859.

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Take Care of Lactating Livestock in Extreme Cold

Take Care of Lactating Livestock in Extreme Cold

Aimee Neilson

Beef Today

Near-record lows and bitter wind chills have taken over much of the U.S. and livestock producers can take precautions to ensure the safety of lactating animals.

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Meat quality improvement is topic of Jan. 29 Carcass Challenge event

Meat quality improvement is topic of Jan. 29 Carcass Challenge event

The Cattle Business Weekly

Cattle producers who want to understand more about cattle production issues that impact meat quality are encouraged to attend the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Carcass Challenge educational event on Wednesday, Jan. 29 in Ames.

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Mycotoxins Can Be a Problem for Cattle Producers

Mycotoxins Can Be a Problem for Cattle Producers

Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS

Cattle Today

Over recent years, producers have become increasingly familiar with the term “mycotoxins.” Unfortunately many cattle owners, while they have heard the term and know that consuming enough of these materials can be detrimental to the animal, still do not have clear understanding of what mycotoxins really are, where they come from and the problems they can cause.

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Where Backfat, Marbling & Money Meet

Where Backfat, Marbling & Money Meet

Steve Suther

Angus Journal

It’s a wonder any cattle feeder can judge the marbling inside the ribeye by

guessing fat thickness just under the hide. It shouldn’t work, but grid marketing of finished cattle is largely based on this acquired skill.

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