Daily Archives: July 20, 2015

Understanding the grid: To minimize risk, maximize reward

Understanding the grid: To minimize risk, maximize reward

Sherry Bunting

 Progressive Cattleman

While the negotiated base price typically represents 98 percent of the carcass value on grid formula-priced sales, the net effect of individual premiums and discounts can be the difference between profit and loss on a load of finished cattle in today’s high-stakes, narrow-margined cattle market.

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A Renewed Argument Against Factory Beef

A Renewed Argument Against Factory Beef

Daily Kos

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.

In 1871, Colonel R. I. Dodge, when traveling along the Arkansas River, came upon a herd of bison that he measured to be 25 miles wide and 50 miles long.  It has been estimated that 20 to 30 million bison once dominated the American landscape.  Their numbers were so great that they essentially formed the ecosystem of the American prairie. 

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Oreo Cows Gaining In Popularity

Oreo Cows Gaining In Popularity

Curt Peterson

Vermont Standard

The farms in southwest Scotland and Vermont have more in common than steep terrain, encroaching woodlands and windswept pastures, as both regions are now home to beautiful belted Galloway cows. The animals originated in Galloway (the southwest side of Scotland), and are called “belted” because every cow has a wide, bright white stripe around its middle, like a belt, between front and rear ends of black, red or dun. In the US they are called “Oreo cows” for their resemblance to the familiar creme-filled snack cookie.

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Rachel Endecott

Montana State University

Pinkeye has sure been a challenge to cattle producers in our state and nation this summer. In fact, two of my students interned this summer in Russia and cattle there were experiencing bouts of pink eye as well. It seems we have it on good authority that this was a good year for pinkeye, even from a global perspective!! It’s been a very good fly year, which has only intensified the pinkeye problem.

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Summer tips for beef cattle

Summer tips for beef cattle

Jerry Little

The Advocate

Beef cattle production is a year-round job. There are certain things you can do to make things more organized, whether you have a spring-calving or a fall-calving herd.

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Growing Beef Demand in USA

Growing Beef Demand in USA

Ron Plain, Scott Brown


During the first five months of the year, beef imports were up 37.3 per cent and exports were down 9.5 per cent compared to January-May 2014.

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July Beef Cattle Tips

July Beef Cattle Tips

Brandon Sears

Richmond Register

Mid-July (when the bulls are being removed) is a good time to deworm cattle, use a product that is effective against inhibited ostertagia. Re-implant calves which were implanted at birth if the type of implant and amount of time indicate.

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6 Signs You May Be A College Ag Graduate

6 Signs You May Be A College Ag Graduate

Rebecca Church

Ranch House Designs

It’s that time of year – Graduation season is upon us! The good news for most College of Ag graduates is the agriculture is one of the largest employing industries in America. But, even if you get a job in an agriculture related field, big changes are sure to come as well.

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How Boise’s Agri Beef has persuaded people to buy high-priced Northwest cuts

How Boise’s Agri Beef has persuaded people to buy high-priced Northwest cuts


Idaho Statesman

Before Agri Beef crossed the $1 billion yearly sales threshold, before it took a chance on Wagyu cows and before the company was even formed, founder Robert Rebholtz Sr. had to convince bankers that he could turn around a bankrupt feeding lot in American Falls.

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One Farmer’s Method for Setting Up Temporary Fencing

One Farmer’s Method for Setting Up Temporary Fencing

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

Every farmer and rancher has his or her own method for setting up fences and moving cattle. I’ve learned a lot about how to make my life easier by watching someone else do their work, and then adapting it to my own needs.

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