Monthly Archives: November 2014

BeefTalk: Prepping for the Bull-buying Season

BeefTalk: Prepping for the Bull-buying Season

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

I am going to say this three times: A producer does not need to know all the mathematics, justifications or scientific “who done it” aspects of breed association expected progeny differences (EPDs). These EPDs are available to all purebred and commercial producers, so use them. The behind-the-scenes professionals will fine-tune this terrific tool for beef producers.

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Test Forages Repeatedly For Accurate Results

Test Forages Repeatedly For Accurate Results

Dan Undersander

Hay and Forage Grower

Forage quality is the ability of a forage to support a desired level of animal weight gain or milk production. The quality needed depends on the animal being fed and associated feeds in the diet.

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Implants May Decrease Heifer Fertility

Implants May Decrease Heifer Fertility

Dr. Ken McMillan

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Before implanting heifers that will be bred, consult with a veterinarian to be sure fertility won’t be impacted.

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Bull Reproductive Health Fact Sheet

Bull Reproductive Health Fact Sheet

University of Wisconsin

Bulls are common on many beef operations. It is estimated that 90% of beef producers utilize a bull for breeding purposes. Therefore, the reproductive efficiency of the operation is dependent, not only on the reproductive efficiency of the dam, but also the sire. In this fact sheet we are going to address bull reproductive health.

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Angus Offers Internship and Scholarship Opportunities

Angus Offers Internship and Scholarship Opportunities

Angus.org

The American Angus Association® and its entities take great pride in investing in the beef industry’s future generations. With paid internships and scholarship programs, the Association provides a chance for students to gain real-world knowledge and experience in the cattle industry, as well as financial support to further the education of undergraduate and graduate students passionate about Angus cattle.

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If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it

Mary Soukup

Cattlenetwork

Beef. It’s what’s for dinner. It’s what’s for dinner on a regular basis at my house in Central Kansas. It’s also a suppertime mainstay in all 50 states of the United States. And thanks in part to the Beef Checkoff Program, it’s increasingly becoming the featured item on plates of the nearly 96 percent of the global population residing outside our borders.

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Amino acid being studied to help breed cows during drought

Amino acid being studied to help breed cows during drought

Jane Moorman

Drovers

Pregnant cows have a harder time during drought because they are eating for two. If they are not able to consume and digest the required nutrients during pregnancy, calf development can be negatively influenced, which in turn has an impact on the dollars in the cattle producer’s bank account.

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Missouri Livestock Symposium, Dec. 5-6, Offers Something for Everyone

Missouri Livestock Symposium, Dec. 5-6, Offers Something for Everyone

Beef Today

At the 2014 Missouri Livestock Symposium, Dec. 5-6 at William Matthew Middle School in Kirksville, experts from across the nation will speak on topics ranging from beef cattle to forage, sheep and goats to estate planning, and horses to stock dogs.

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Johnson urges COOL appeal

Johnson urges COOL appeal

Julie Harker

Brownfield Network

South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson, one of the original authors of the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law, is urging the administration to appeal the recent World Trade Organization ruling that he says undermines the COOL program.

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Record heavy cattle won’t ground sky-high beef prices

Record heavy cattle won’t ground sky-high beef prices

THEOPOLIS WATERS

Reuters

U.S. cattle are hitting record weights and the heavier trend should continue next year, but beef production will still fall short of demand and keep prices high, industry experts said.

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Amid historic cattle prices, producers capture extra dollars

Amid historic cattle prices, producers capture extra dollars

Focus Daily News

Though cattle prices have reached historic highs, there could be potential to make extra dollars and possibly add more young cows to a herd at current prices, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. Dr. Levi Russell, AgriLife Extension economist in Corpus Christi, told attendees at the recent South Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic in Brenham the cattle market has continued its historic price run due to supply constraints.

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5 Tips To Prepare Cattle For Winter

5 Tips To Prepare Cattle For Winter

Beef Producer

Fall is the time of year when beef producers should assess the past growing season and prepare for the upcoming winter months. University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist Gene Schmitz says that evaluating forage base and livestock performance can help identify problems that should be addressed this winter.

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Ranchers speak out about Gunnison listing

Ranchers speak out about Gunnison listing

Theodora Dowling

Western Livestock Journal

Ranchers affected by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) recent listing of the Gunnison sage grouse tell WLJ the agency has lost their trust and continues to make disingenuous claims about the effects of the listing. FWS listed the bird this month as “threatened,” and designated 1.4 million acres of “critical habitat” in central and southwestern Colorado and southeastern Utah.

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Should You Expand Your Beef Operation?

Should You Expand Your Beef Operation?

HeiferPro

There’s been much talk about the “Perfect Storm” of factors that pushed fed beef prices to all-time record levels – more than $1.60 a pound. Exceptionally tight cattle supplies led the pack, along with surprisingly good consumer demand despite unheard of meat case retail prices.

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Vesicular Stomatitis found in two Nebraska cattle herds

Vesicular Stomatitis found in two Nebraska cattle herds

Ken Anderson

Brownfield AG Network

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture reports the livestock disease Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) has been diagnosed in cattle on two farms in Wheeler County in north-central Nebraska. Nebraska agriculture director Greg Ibach says they are working to determine the source of the disease.

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Buying late bred cows and their potential for additional revenue

Buying late bred cows and their potential for additional revenue

Shannon Sand

Drovers

Record high cattle prices have led to questions about additional revenue-generating options in the market. This has led some producers to wonder if there is potential for additional revenue. One of the possibilities for creating extra revenue is to buy bred cows this fall and sell both the cow and calf.

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Consider factors before coming back to family beef operation

Consider factors before coming back to family beef operation

Cassidy Woolsey

Progressive Cattleman

Discussing the future of the family operation isn’t always easy, especially if it involves your future, your compensation or how the operation will transfer ownership down the road. But if certain issues are not addressed beforehand, a one-time dream could result in a family nightmare.

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Range Cattle Research and Education Center Dedicates New Education Building

Range Cattle Research and Education Center Dedicates New Education Building

Brad Buck

Southeast AG Net

Cattlemen, Extension agents and other stakeholders soon can attend educational events at a new University of Florida facility dedicated to teaching how to manage the state’s grazing lands.

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A cow made for the desert

A cow made for the desert

Emery Cowan

Arizona Daily Sun

Kacie Tomerlin’s family has been ranching in Arizona and Mexico for five generations, raising cattle on rocky, brush-studded terrain southeast of Prescott. While it’s generally rough landscape for livestock, Tomerlin and her husband have found one breed of cattle that thrives there: a lanky, free-roaming type called Criollo.

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The Efficiency of Cattle Grazing

The Efficiency of Cattle Grazing

Nicolette Hahn Niman

Mother Earth News

Energy use for cattle fed from their own foraging is so negligible that beef produced in this way is actually less energy-intensive than grain production. The Pimentels point out in Food, Energy, and Society that whereas crop cultivation adds significantly to the energy use of grain-fed livestock systems, raising cattle on grass takes little energy.

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