Daily Archives: February 11, 2015

What it Takes to Build and Sell $3,000 Heifers

What it Takes to Build and Sell $3,000 Heifers

Mark Parker

Progressive Farmer

John Wheeler is a rock star in the world of Missouri beef heifer development. As the gavel fell on lot No. 48 at last May’s prestigious Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program sale in Joplin, four of his F1 black baldy females commanded record-setting bids of $3,050 per head. Another five-head lot got a nod for $3,000 per animal.

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Udder Importance

Udder Importance

Julie White and Angie Stump Denton

Hereford World

When we visit with our commercial producers, they tell us they want to make genetic progress, but their No. 1 goal is to create hassle-free genetics,” says Lorna Marshall, Genex Cooperative U.S. beef marketing manager. With the release of the spring 2015 Pan-American Cattle Evaluation (PACE), the American Hereford Association (AHA) has released two new expected progeny differences (EPDs) for udder quality to help producers do just that.

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Bull riding stock contractor looks to stay on top of field

Bull riding stock contractor looks to stay on top of field

Karee Magee

Capital Ag Press

What started as a hobby for the former rodeo cowboy quickly expanded to reach across the country.

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Agriculture, the 1 Percenters

Agriculture, the 1 Percenters

Damian Mason


A couple years ago the “Occupy Movement” camped out and played bongo drums protesting Wall Street’s “Wealthy 1%” Their gripes were the sort of emotionally charged, rich-versus-poor stuff the media loves. Pan to a shot of a bearded pot smoker demanding someone pay off his student loans because nobody values his degree in Egyptian Art Studies.

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Kids and cattle caught in the crossfire

Kids and cattle caught in the crossfire

Sherry Bunting


Kids and cattle are caught in the crossfire of nutrition politics, and it may get worse. Two weeks ago we talked about the changes over the years in the federal Dietary Guidelines for Americans and their direct influence on the National School Lunch Program.

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12 Tips for Handling Cattle Easily & Safely

12 Tips for Handling Cattle Easily & Safely

Gene Johnson


Here are 12 tips from animal scientist and handling expert Ron Lemenager of Purdue University. He’s also a rancher, so he’s put these tips to practice.

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What nobody told me about small farming: I can’t make a living

What nobody told me about small farming: I can’t make a living

Jaclyn Moyer


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.

What the reporter didn’t ask the young farmers was: Do you make a living? Can you afford rent, healthcare? Can you pay your labor a living wage? If the reporter had asked me these questions, I would have said no.

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American Farm Bureau Federation Appeals, Secures Stay in EPA Privacy Suit

American Farm Bureau Federation Appeals, Secures Stay in EPA Privacy Suit

The Voice of Agriculture

A federal district court in Minnesota ordered EPA late Friday not to release farmers’ and ranchers’ personal information while AFBF and co-plaintiff National Pork Producers Council appeal the court’s decision dismissing their lawsuit.

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Beef cattle, forage tips

Beef cattle, forage tips

Baxter Bulletin

Don’t forget to collect calving records. Records include body condition of the cow at calving, calving difficulty score, calf gender, calf birth weight, and don’t forget to tag calves — records are more valuable when they can be linked back to cow and calf pairs

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Bill would protect farm animals in research

Bill would protect farm animals in research

Ken Anderson

Brownfield Network

Farm animals used in research at federal facilities would receive new protections against mistreatment and neglect under legislation introduced in both houses of Congress.

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