Beeftalk: Can Profitable Beef Operations Go Broke?
Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Even though the weather is mild and the feeling of spring is here, remnant thoughts of winter still are fresh. One thought that we should be pondering is business records. Every farm and ranch should have completed their yearly records or be in the process of completing them.
Livestock Marketeers Celebrate 50 Years
In 1965, three leaders in the livestock marketing industry — Harry Green, Ross Miller and Claud Willett — laid the foundation for an informal fraternity of livestock fieldmen, auctioneers, sale managers and related livestock business leaders. They called their organization The Livestock Marketeers.
Keep calves with scours hydrated
Once calves are safely on the ground, many cattle producers continue to worry about the possibility of neonatal calf diarrhea or calf scours, says Janna Kincheloe, South Dakota State University Extension research associate.
Shuter named young cattleman of the year
It is because of his beef management skills and leadership abilities that Shuter recently was named the IBCA’s Young Cattleman of the Year.
Bulls vs. cow settlers
John F. Grimes
Bull buying season is well underway throughout the cow-calf regions across the country. If your calving season starts in January, you probably have made your herd sire selections for this year’s breeding season.
Selk Recommends Bull Management Prior to the Breeding Season
Oklahoma Farm Report
Before the breeding season begins, a few simple management procedures involving the bulls can increase the likelihood of a high pregnancy percentage among the cows.
Has the beef market’s winning streak come to an end?
The cattle market seemed almost unbeatable in 2014. Heading into 2014, fed trade was mostly $130-$132 per cwt; mid-January had the market $10 higher and, by the end of February, cattle values had breached $150. Given the streak of new record-highs, the market almost seemed unstoppable.
Some still skeptical of beef checkoff changes
Farm and Dairy
After nearly three years of talks, seven members of the Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group signed a memorandum of understanding March 13 detailing enhancements to the national beef checkoff. Not all stakeholders, however, are in line with the proposed changes.
Longtime W.Va. Ag Commissioner Gus Douglass Dies at 88
Gus Douglass, who was the nation’s longest-serving agriculture chief, has died at age 88. Douglass’ family says in a statement that he died Thursday morning after a fall at his home in Mason County. Douglass was elected as West Virginia’s agriculture commissioner 11 times. He served six terms between 1964 and 1984, and five more between 1992 and 2012. He did not seek re-election in 2012.
The continuing threat of bovine tuberculosis
The Brownfield Network
Bovine tuberculosis is an ever-present threat to dairy cattle across the country. The disease can be carried by a variety of infected wildlife and even infected people. Dr. Elisabeth Patton DVM with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) was talking tuberculosis at one of the Learning Lodges in the Hall of Ideas trade show at the PDPW annual business conference.