Daily Archives: December 21, 2015

A marketing specialist shares seven steps for risk management.

A marketing specialist shares seven steps for risk management.

Kindra Gordon

Hereford World

The market is going to do what it’s going to do. From a risk standpoint, we want to take what the market will give us.” That’s the advice Tom Clark asks cattle producers to consider as they devise a marketing and risk management plan. Clark is director of agricultural products for the Chicago-based CME Group, the world’s largest and most diverse derivatives exchange.

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Newly Revised OSU Beef Cattle Manual a Great Gift

Newly Revised OSU Beef Cattle Manual a Great Gift

Beef Today

Mooooove over, Christmas presents; the greatest gift for that special cattle producer might just be the newly revised Oklahoma State University Beef Cattle Manual.

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COOL Repealed in Omnibus Spending Bill

COOL Repealed in Omnibus Spending Bill

South Dakota AG Connection

Just days before the World Trade Organization is set to approve a billion dollars in retaliatory tariffs against the United States, legislators have released an omnibus spending bill that repeals the country of origin labeling requirements that prompted the tariff threats in the first place. COOL requires meat from other countries sold in the United States to bear a label indicating its country of origin.

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Winter cow syndrome

Winter cow syndrome

Bob Larson

Angus Journal

“Winter cow syndrome” is a term used to describe individual cows or groups of cows that experience a significant decline in body weight and condition over the winter — sometimes becoming extremely thin, even to the point of death.

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Perrier elected to lead KLA

Perrier elected to lead KLA


A Greenwood County seedstock cattle producer and a Clark County rancher and farmer have been elected to serve as officers for the Kansas Livestock Association. Members chose Matt Perrier of Eureka as president and David Clawson from Englewood as president-elect during the group’s annual business meeting Dec. 4 at the KLA Convention in Wichita.

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Seedstock producer starts calving work early with ultrasounds, vaccines and shelters

Seedstock producer starts calving work early with ultrasounds, vaccines and shelters

Jeff DeYoung

Iowa Farmer Today

Landi McFarland-Livingston knows the value of each calf on her family’s Southwest Iowa Farm. Being prepared, she says, is the best way to make sure those calves survive and thrive. McFarland-Livingston and her family own Hoover Angus. Over the course of the next four months, 300 cows will deliver calves on their Ringgold County farm. Next fall, another 100 will do the same.

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Red Angus breeders to gather in Denver for BrainTrust conference

Red Angus breeders to gather in Denver for BrainTrust conference

Progressive Cattleman

The annual event gives Red Angus seedstock breeders and commercial cattlemen who utilize Red Angus genetics in their breeding programs the opportunity to gather to hear and discuss current issues affecting the industry. The highlight of the program this year will be the introduction of the newly hired Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) CEO, Tom Brink, who will provide opening remarks.

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Federal Appropriations Bill Passes; Holds Key Provisions for Cattle Producers

Federal Appropriations Bill Passes; Holds Key Provisions for Cattle Producers


With bipartisan support, Congress passed the $1.15 trillion Omnibus Appropriations Bill today, which funds much of the government through fiscal year 2016. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Philip Ellis said the bill contained several victories for cattlemen and women.

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Don’t break rule No. 1

Don’t break rule No. 1

R.P. “Doc” Cooke

Beef Producer

Yes ma’am or sir, there are lots of rules in the cattle and land business. There are several rules that get tagged as Rule No. 1. But the list is topped by one rule which states “Do No Lasting Harm”. Pain often leads to gain. Death does not.

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Starting and Managing a Defined Calving Season

Starting and Managing a Defined Calving Season

Justin Rhinehart

University of Tennessee

Of all the management practices used to improve both the economic success and performance

of cow-calf production, having a defined calving season is the most important. In fact, it is better to think of it as a gateway tool to allow the use of other management practices.

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