Daily Archives: February 17, 2014

Selling Cattle Using a Slide

Selling Cattle Using a Slide

Brian Cummings

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.

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Genetic information on hybrids, composites a key to commercial success

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.

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Merck manager provides update on Zilmax efforts Kindra Gordon

Merck manager provides update on Zilmax efforts

Kindra Gordon

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.

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Heifer-development strategies

Heifer-development strategies

Rick Rasby

Angus Journal

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.

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Athlete Says Her Family’s Beef Funded Olympic Dreams

Athlete Says Her Family’s Beef Funded Olympic Dreams

Beef Producer

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.

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More red tape for livestock feeders wanting distillers and brewers grains?

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.

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Cattle rustling: An Old West problem still plagues New Mexico ranchers

Cattle rustling: An Old West problem still plagues New Mexico ranchers

Zack Ponce

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.

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