Daily Archives: May 13, 2014

Light grazing in May helps stockpile for winter grazing

Light grazing in May helps stockpile for winter grazing

Robin Salverson

The Cattle Business Weekly

How can ranchers improve profitability when feed typically represents well over half of cow-calf production costs? Grazing dormant winter range is a common practice to reduce costs in South Dakota.

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Focus on Efficient Handling Facilities

Focus on Efficient Handling Facilities

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Working facilities should be such that cattle can be handled easily, safely and efficiently. There are plenty of good plans available. When you have the right place to work cattle, you need to have the time set aside to work cattle.

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Scientists Scrutinize Role of “Supershedder” Cattle in E. coli O157:H7 Contamination

Scientists Scrutinize Role of "Supershedder" Cattle in E. coli O157:H7 Contamination

Marcia Wood


On average, about 2 percent of the cattle grazing in a pasture, or eating high-energy rations in a feedlot pen, may be "supershedders" who shed high levels of pathogenic organisms such as Escherichia coli O157:H7 in their manure, according to research led by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientist Terrance M. Arthur.

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American Simmental Associations updates TraitTrac system

American Simmental Associations updates TraitTrac system

Jared Decker

A Steak in Genomics

At the April board meeting, the ASA Board of Trustees voted unanimously to remove the color system from TraitTrac and add all genetic conditions with available tests into our TraitTrac system (including the most recent condition, developmental duplication).

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Not enough rain for cattle, not enough cattle for Cargill jobs

Not enough rain for cattle, not enough cattle for Cargill jobs

Mark Reilly

 Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal

The cuts aren’t because of a fall in demand for beef, but because there isn’t enough water in the area to sustain the cattle. Cargill closed a giant beef-processing plant in Texas last year, putting thousands out of work.

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The Back Story On Cattle Prices

The Back Story On Cattle Prices

Southern Livestock Standard

ere did the record cattle prices this year come from? That is a question almost all analysts and many cattle producers are asking. It was not so surprising to have record high cattle prices, but the real surprise was the lofty heights of those new records.

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On Extension’s 100th birthday, some reminiscences

On Extension’s 100th birthday, some reminiscences

Hembree Brandon

Delta Farm Press

Few organizations have been so intertwined, on a personal basis, with America’s growth and progress as the Cooperative Extension Service — from boots-on-the-ground advice to farmers on all aspects of crop production, to family nutrition, financial management, lawn and garden, livestock — it would be hard to think of any area of American life and interests that Extension has not been involved in.

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Cargill battles drought in cattle country

Cargill battles drought in cattle country

Mike Hughlett

Fort Worth Star Tribune

The giant feedlot Cargill operates near the top of the Texas Panhandle is almost full, 86,000 head of cattle milling about and chewing until they’re ready for a trip to the beef factory.

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Transition Your Cattle With Ease

Transition Your Cattle With Ease

Rachel Carr


It’s important to provide a smooth transition when transporting cattle as it can help minimize morbidity/mortality, reduce cattle stress and better your chances to make money when it comes time to sell.

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Beef tastes better when producers manage for beef quality

Beef tastes better when producers manage for beef quality


The Prairie Star

Beef has to taste good or consumers will choose another protein to eat, said Rob Maddock, North Dakota State University associate professor of meat science. Managing for beef quality is the best way to ensure beef will taste good, he added.

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