Selling Cattle Using a Slide
Texas AgriLife Extension Service
Selling cattle well in advance of their delivery date, or forward contracting, is a marketing option available to beef producers. Such a transaction requires the seller to estimate the weight of the cattle prior to delivery. Weights estimated at the time of sale and those recorded upon delivery often differ.
Genetic information on hybrids, composites a key to commercial success
Kerry Halladay and Dr. Bob Hough
Western Livestock Journal
Everyone in the cattle business is familiar with EPDs on some level, but there are common misperceptions on what EPDs mean and how to use them. These confusions are multiplied when one introduces the concepts of across-breed adjustments and actual across-breed EPDs into the mix.
Merck manager provides update on Zilmax efforts
The Cattle Business Weekly
Ron Bryant with Merck Animal Health provided an update on the current status of their beta agonist product Zilmax during the Cattle Marketing and International Trade Committee meeting held Feb. 6 at the 2014 Cattle Industry Annual Convention in Nashville, Tenn. Bryant serves as Merck’s business unit head for their U.S. ruminants division.
There is a lot of interest among producers in retaining more heifers this year compared to years past. The January 2014 national beef cow inventory will again show a decrease in beef cow numbers.
Athlete Says Her Family’s Beef Funded Olympic Dreams
Gold medalist snowboarder Kaitlyn Farrington has her farm experience and farm funding to thank in part for making it to the top of the podium at the Sochi Olympics this week, reports Philip O’Connor for Reuters.
More red tape for livestock feeders wanting distillers and brewers grains?
Whitney Phillips and Eric Brown
The Fence Post
Under a proposed federal rule, ethanol producers, breweries and others that distribute spent grains for animal feed would be subject to enhanced food safety requirements under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a change that a number of industry experts say would do nothing but add unnecessary paperwork and expenses to their respective processes.
Cattle rustling: An Old West problem still plagues New Mexico ranchers
Las Cruces Sun
Venture outside the city and vast tracts of dusty plains greet wondering adventurers around New Mexico, along with herds of cattle, whose only restriction upon complete freedom is a wobbly barbed-wire fence.
Meat Packing Business Still Cutting It After More Than a Century
They’ve called Des Moines home for nearly 150 years, and have run their business out of an old brick building on SE 18th Street since 1928. The Amends Packing Company processes mainly beef. Kent Wiese and his wife Amy own the plant. Kent’s been cutting up beef for nearly four decades.
Niche markets growing for beef producers
Virginia Farm Bureau
Some Virginia fast-food restaurants are beginning to advertise the fact that they serve grass-fed beef, and such products are popular at farmers’ markets and local butchers around the state. Many grocery store chains now carry it, and grass-fed beef has been a popular dish at higher-end restaurants for years.
COOL ‘travesty’ needs fixing: NCBA
The Western Producer
The battle against country-of-origin labelling is not lost, says the president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, even if the U.S. farm bill is now law.