Daily Archives: February 27, 2014

Goals Establish Bull Buying Criteria

Goals Establish Bull Buying Criteria

Clifford Mitchell

Cattle Today

Tough decisions are part of the deal for those who call themselves cattlemen. A lot of conclusions are focused on the bottom line. Cutting expenses or increasing revenue to create profit.

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Biosecurity: Tips on Bringing Home a New Bull

Biosecurity: Tips on Bringing Home a New Bull

Heather Smith Thomas

Hereford World

Maintaining optimum herd health depends on many things — including a good nutrition program, vaccination and minimizing the possibilities for new diseases to enter the herd. One of the most common ways that new diseases come into a herd is with new animals.

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Bargain-Basement Stockers Turn a Profit

Bargain-Basement Stockers Turn a Profit


Mark Bray has one of the toughest jobs in the cattle business. He makes a living buying 370- to 440-pound highly stressed calves from sale barns and turning them into valuable feeder cattle. It’s a job that starts the minute the calves step off the trailer at Ridgecrest Farm in Stokes County, N.C.

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Quick Spring Forage Crops

Quick Spring Forage Crops

John Jennings

University of Arkansas

Spring oats (not winter oats) may provide a fairly quick spring forage crop. Other forage management options to improve spring pastures include improved grazing, fertility management, weed control, and deferred grazing to allow other winter-damaged fields to recover. Spring oats are an option where no winter annuals were planted in fall.

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What’s on the Consumer’s Mind?

What’s on the Consumer’s Mind?

Katie Allen

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

When it comes to buying livestock products, consumers value freshness and safety most, according to a recent K-State study.

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Future Uncertain For California Cattle Feeders

Future Uncertain For California Cattle Feeders

Burt Rutherford


The future is uncertain not just for Imperial Valley cattle feeders, but for the entire economy of the borderland area of Southern California now that National Beef will go ahead with plans to close its Brawley, CA, beef packing plant.

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Corn-Soybean Silage May Cut Feed Costs

Corn-Soybean Silage May Cut Feed Costs

Neil Tietz

Hay and Forage Grower

Combining vining soybeans (inset photo) with MasterGraze corn will make silage high in energy and protein, South Dakota researchers predict.

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A Cold Dry Spell Doesn’t Hurt Much

A Cold Dry Spell Doesn’t Hurt Much

Beef Producer

For more than 40 years I have listened to veterinarians and producers from the upper Midwest describe the long, frigid winters of the North Country.

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Spring breeding: Preparing bulls for the big dance

Spring breeding: Preparing bulls for the big dance

Laura Mushrush


As calving season ramps up across the country, it’s time to start planning ahead for spring breeding.

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Iowa Beef Center Asks Feedlot Operators for Feedback

Iowa Beef Center Asks Feedlot Operators for Feedback

Iowa Beef Center

Iowa feedlot operators may soon be receiving a survey in the mail from Iowa Beef Center. As part of its ongoing commitment to providing accurate and timely information to the state’s beef industry, IBC is now asking the feedlot segment for opinions on a variety of topics, according to director Dan Loy.

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