Monthly Archives: October 2014

A food entrepreneur offers a delicious—but pricey—solution for guilty pleasures.

A food entrepreneur offers a delicious—but pricey—solution for guilty pleasures.

Dana Goodyear

New Yorker

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.

. . . More than any other food, meat focusses cultural anxieties. In the seventies, beef caused heart attacks; in the eighties and afterward it carried mad-cow. Recent decades have brought to light the dark side of industrial agriculture, with its hormone- and antibiotic-intensive confinement-feeding operations, food-safety scares, and torture-porn optics. The social and environmental costs, the moral burden, the threat to individual health—all seem increasingly hard to justify when weighed against a tenderloin.

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Despite Struggles, Ranching Remains Traditional in Modern Era

Despite Struggles, Ranching Remains Traditional in Modern Era

Rana Thakur

The story of ranching in the American West is not just about settlement — it’s also about how a profession and industry drove a country from shore to shore. The prairies of the vast interiors of what would be the United States were suitable for ‘open range’ ranching, where cattle and sheep descended from European livestock cultivated by settlers were driven on long hauls.

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The city boy & the farm girl

The city boy & the farm girl

The Times-Standard

The Humboldt County Farm Bureau will present the 2014 "Agriculturalist of the Year" award to Herb and Jane Fraser at the bureau’s annual Meeting of Members tonight. The Frasers, lifelong Humboldt County residents, have operated an Angus cattle operation in the Arcata Bottom near West End Road since 1958.

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Minimizing Storage Loss on Hay

Minimizing Storage Loss on Hay

South Dakota Ag Connection

Adequate hay storage is critical so livestock producers can minimize the loss in both value and nutrients of their hay, which makes up a large portion of their annual feed costs.

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The Beef Business is in the Genes

The Beef Business is in the Genes

Boyd Kidwell

Progressive Farmer

When Marcus Harward asked his five young daughters which one wanted to go open gates while he fed cows, Catherine was always the first to volunteer.

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Senators Request Withdrawal of Waters of the U.S. Interpretive Rule

Senators Request Withdrawal of Waters of the U.S. Interpretive Rule

Janell Thomas

Beef Producer

The interpretive rule governing approved conservation practices as offered with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. EPA Waters of the U.S. proposal would alter farmer-government interaction, Republican members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture said last week.

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USDA Moving Ahead with Beef Checkoff Plans

USDA Moving Ahead with Beef Checkoff Plans

Chris Clayton


USDA is moving ahead with its plans to create a separate beef checkoff. A notice likely will appear sometime in early November informing cattle producers about the initiative.

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Calving Cows will need More Nutrients than Regrowing Pastures Alone can Provide

Calving Cows will need More Nutrients than Regrowing Pastures Alone can Provide

University of Arkansas

Cooler weather and a resurgence in rain will be sparking regrowth in fescue pastures, but ranchers with fall calving cows may need more than grass to maintain good body condition for cows, said Tom Troxel, associate head-Animal Science, for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. 

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Vital Vitamin E

Vital Vitamin E

Paige Nelson

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

When a newborn calf has trouble standing to nurse and, if it walks at all, it does so with a stiff or crooked gait, the first culprit that comes to mind is typically white-muscle disease. Bob Larson, veterinarian and professor of production medicine at Kansas State University (K-State), says the effects of white-muscle disease are seen primarily in skeletal and heart muscle tissue.

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Florida rancher finds high-value niche with lean-beef and Wagyu breeds

Florida rancher finds high-value niche with lean-beef and Wagyu breeds

Mark Mauldin

Southeast Farm Press

A desire to capitalize on the lean-beef niche is what led George and Stacey Fisher to Parthenais cattle, which are known for lean and tender meat, and the formation of Arrowhead Beef. Success with the lean-beef market led to other high-value niches. F-1 Angus Wagyu crosses are also produced on G&S Farms.

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Get Your Cattle Feeding Program Geared Up For A Bad Winter

Get Your Cattle Feeding Program Geared Up For A Bad Winter

Burt Rutherford


There is a decent chance, says Brian Bledsoe, that an El Niño will grace the U.S. with its presence this winter. “But to be honest, we’re undecided what type of El Niño this is going to be,” he says.

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Steve Suther: Fixer Uppers

Steve Suther:  Fixer Uppers

Black Ink via Cattle Today

Decades of using at least breed-average bulls in the pasture and artificial insemination (AI) on the top half moved their progeny up from 10 percent premium Choice to eight times that. I would not want to start over with any other cows now, but it’s still easy to find a bottom 20 percent in these.

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Winter feeding, watering Jane Fyksen

Winter feeding, watering

Jane Fyksen


The thermometer and flocks of geese overhead are signaling that it’s time for cow-calf producers to get ready for winter feeding. Sorting cows for more efficient winter supplemental feeding, considering using snow for water and replacing corn-based feeds for hay are just a few ideas to ponder.

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Forage the Foundation of Operation’s Fetal Programming Focus

Forage the Foundation of Operation’s Fetal Programming Focus

Becky Mills

Progressive Farmer

Kelly Smith’s cow herd has always had his complete attention when dams are in their last trimester of pregnancy. Now, he’s focused on every stage, making sure dam and calf are always getting everything they need.

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American Royal junior livestock auction raises more than $600,000

American Royal junior livestock auction raises more than $600,000

Chelsea Mies


The 2014 American Royal Livestock Show is underway, and new records are being set. The American Royal Association’s Junior Premium Livestock Auction broke its previous record, and raised more than $600,000 this year, Leslie Collins reported for the Kansas City Business Journal.

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Indiana Forage Field Day Set For Oct. 30

Indiana Forage Field Day Set For Oct. 30

Hay and Forage Grower

Forage growers and livestock producers will be able to see the diverse use of forages during Indiana Forage Field Day activities, set for Oct. 30.

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Cattle Thefts Underscore Branding, Tattoo Importance

Cattle Thefts Underscore Branding, Tattoo Importance

Beef Producer

Like a tale out of some mid-century Western film, cattle rustlers are still on the prowl more than 60 years later. With lower feed prices and higher demand, cattle prices are up across the country, leading thieves to look for profitable ventures in taking animals in the middle of the night and transporting them across state borders to neighboring sale barns, NPR reports.

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Why CAFOs May Soon Be Cool

Why CAFOs May Soon Be Cool

Gary Truitt

Hoosier AG Today

Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) is both a legal term and a epithet. The federal and state governments have a strict definition of a CAFO and specific licensing, inspection, and oversight regulations for any farm so designated. Environmental and activist groups use the term to vilify any operation they don’t like.

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Colorado Livestock Quarantine still in Effect

Colorado Livestock Quarantine still in Effect

Beef Today

The Colorado State Veterinarian’s Office says there are 60 locations under quarantine after horses and cows tested positive for a debilitating virus. The virus called vesicular stomatitis is spread by insects and from animal to animal through open sores and saliva.

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Turn Your Irrigating System into a Fencing System

Turn Your Irrigating System into a Fencing System

Paige Nelson

Angus Journal

After months of nonuse, pivot irrigation systems are finally put to work during the growing season; but, after crops are harvested, they slowly crawl back into depreciating winter hibernation.

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