Daily Archives: December 9, 2014

Baxter Black, DVM:  Try Me, A Rodeo Story

Baxter Black, DVM:  Try Me, A Rodeo Story

When Marvin Garrett nodded his head, no one knew that eight seconds later the Thomas and Mack Arena would be covered with goose bumps.

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Watch These Things To Predict Cattle Market Behavior Next Year

Watch These Things To Predict Cattle Market Behavior Next Year

Beef Producer

Beef markets set price records throughout this year and one economist thinks the same factors as this year will drive beef markets in 2015. Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University livestock marketing specialist, said on Monday that he expects cattle and beef prices to maintain 2014 levels in 2015, but not increase as much or as fast as in 2014.

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More Beef From Down Under Set for U.S. Tables as Herd Drops

More Beef From Down Under Set for U.S. Tables as Herd Drops

Phoebe Sedgman

Washington Post

U.S. diners are set to tuck into more beef and veal from Australia. Exports to the U.S. from the third-largest shipper will jump 35 percent to 360,000 metric tons in 2014-2015, the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences said in a report. That’s the highest since 2004-2005.

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Evaluate cow udder soundness

Evaluate cow udder soundness

Robert Bourne

Durant Democrat

Every year at “preg” checking time, ranchers evaluate cows and make decisions as which to remove from the herd. One criterion that should be examined to cull cows is udder quality. Beef cattle producers are not as likely to think about udder health and shape as are dairy producers, but this attribute affects cow productivity and should be considered.

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New boss at the Maryland State Fair stresses education

New boss at the Maryland State Fair stresses education

Arthur Hirsch

The Baltimore Sun

A Baltimore County boy growing up on a family farm who made annual visits to the Maryland State Fair once made a grandiose pronouncement his relatives never let him forget: One day he, D. Andrew Cashman, would run the fair.

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With The Cost Of Beef Up, Pasture Prices Rise, Too

With The Cost Of Beef Up, Pasture Prices Rise, Too

National Public Radio

The U.S. beef herd is smaller than it has been in decades, thanks to drought and low cattle prices. But Midwest ranchers are eager to grow. And that has turned grass into a hot commodity.

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In Texas, Beef Council Hopes to Rope In a Younger Crowd

In Texas, Beef Council Hopes to Rope In a Younger Crowd

Terri Langford

New York Times

It has been 22 years since the racing violins and xylophonic beats of the composer Aaron Copland’s “Hoe-Down” from his ballet “Rodeo” poured out of television sets, making “Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner” one of the most recognizable advertising campaigns of the early 1990s.

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Forage a huge, underappreciated part of agriculture

Forage a huge, underappreciated part of agriculture

Laura Rance

Winnipeg Free Press

If you asked a room full of people — farmers included — to name Canada’s largest crop, chances are you would get a debate going over whether it is wheat or canola. And they would both be wrong.

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Update on Beta Agonist Research

Update on Beta Agonist Research

Dr. Dan Frese

Kansas State University

One of the hotter topics of discussion in the beef industry during the last two or three years has been the use of a class of feed additives called Beta Adrenergic Agonists (βAA) in feedlot cattle. These feed additives, Optaflexx® and Zilmax®, are fed to improve weight gain, feed efficiency and carcass weight during the last 20-42 days of the feeding period.

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Northern States Beef Conference on January 5-6

Northern States Beef Conference on January 5-6

The University of Minnesota, South Dakota State University, and North Dakota State University will be hosting the 2nd Northern States Beef Conference on January 5-6, 2015 in Morton, MN.  The conference will cover various topics in beef cattle production.  Early registration for the meeting is due December 18th.

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