Daily Archives: April 2, 2015

Tighter Stocker Market Creates Profit Challenges

Tighter Stocker Market Creates Profit Challenges

Loretta Sorensen

DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Every stocker has a different recipe for what it takes to make a profit. For Tim Saunders, it’s a laser-point focus on three things he knows he can manage: purchase price, cost of gain and maximizing carcass value.

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ADT Clarification: Selling at a livestock auction market

ADT Clarification: Selling at a livestock auction market

The Cattle Business Weekly

The Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) rule went into effect on March 11, 2013. However, after a 2-year grace period, the final component of the rule went into effect this month. Many producers have been asking questions recently to ensure they are complying with the rule. In some cases, there has been a misconception that the rule prohibits producers from traveling to a market across state lines to sell cattle.

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Disease lab finalized but concerns linger

Disease lab finalized but concerns linger

Candace Krebs

FarmTalk

For those already concerned about the wisdom of placing a high-level disease lab in the heart of U.S. cattle country, last year’s developments were less than reassuring. Federal mishandling of infectious agents like anthrax, avian flu and smallpox and a botched response to the Ebola virus called into question protocols at the once highly respected Centers for Disease Control and raised general concerns about the federal government’s ability to secure disease research facilities, adequately train employees and carefully monitor procedures.

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Branding / Pre-Breeding … Calf and Cow Management Activities to Consider

Branding / Pre-Breeding … Calf and Cow Management Activities to Consider

Dee Griffin and Richard Randle

University of Nebraska

Advanced planning with your veterinarian can make the future of your calves and cow herd look even brighter. Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.Advanced planning with your veterinarian can make the future of your calves and cow herd look even brighter. Photo courtesy of Troy Walz.

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High-intensity rotation helps soil, cattle

High-intensity rotation helps soil, cattle

Morning AG Clips

Brothers Steve and Chuck Fettig annually custom-graze some 1,100 open yearling heifers on their ranch near Napoleon, North Dakota. Over time, they’ve found that the success of custom grazing hinges on managing grasslands for optimal soil health. With soil health comes healthy grass and, thus, healthy cattle.

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Save the Date: Ag Law Webinar Series at Lawline

Save the Date: Ag Law Webinar Series at Lawline

Cari Rincker

Save the dates for several upcoming agriculture law webinars at Lawline in Lower Manhattan.  I will be giving live presentations for those of you around New York City.  The recordings can be viewed afterwards.  Each are 1 hour presentations worth 1 Continuing Legal Education (“CLE”) credit in New York (CLE credits available in other states)

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Improving feed efficiency in a beef cattle herd

Improving feed efficiency in a beef cattle herd

Alberta Farmer

Improving the feed efficiency of a beef cattle herd can mean big savings for producers. One way to achieve this goal is to select breeding bulls that are naturally feed efficient, since 80 to 90 per cent of the genetic improvement in a herd comes through the sires.

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