Daily Archives: January 13, 2016

High Dollar Bulls Build Better Heifers

High Dollar Bulls Build Better Heifers

Boyd Kidwell

Progressive Farmer

Mike Mutch uses bulls worth six figures on his beef farm near Silk Hope, N.C. That may not be unheard of in the cattle industry, but for a part-time producer with 38 cows, it’s a definite point of pride. What makes it possible?

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Advertising seedstock 101: Have a professional website

Advertising seedstock 101: Have a professional website

Laura Mushrush

Drovers

So, you thought all you had to do was breed quality genetics? Wrong. You have to market them, too. Advertising medias available for cattle producers trying to market their genetics are seemingly endless. But what is going to give you the most bang for your buck? How do you make your operation stand out from the crowd in a sea of seedstock operations? How do you reach your target customers?

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A Heightened Need for Longevity in the Cowherd

A Heightened Need for Longevity in the Cowherd

Patrick Gunn

Iowa Beef Center

The contrast between the beginning of 2015 and the beginning of 2016 is stark in the beef cattle markets. Last year was one of transition as the markets turned the corner from upward-trending prices to the reality of growing cattle inventories and the beginning of cyclically lower prices.

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House expected to vote to kill WOTUS rule

House expected to vote to kill WOTUS rule

Meghan Grebner

Brownfield Neywork

The House is expected to vote early next week on a whether to kill EPA’s Clean Water Rule, formerly known as Waters of the US.  House Joint Resolution 59 was introduced by Nebraska Republican Adrian Smith and would nullify the rule which took effect in August.

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Fatigued cattle syndrome: Are beta-agonists really to blame?

Fatigued cattle syndrome: Are beta-agonists really to blame?

Progressive Cattleman

“Cattle that are fed beta-agonists are no more likely to develop FCS than other cattle, and there are no differences in this regard whether the cattle are fed zilpaterol, ractopamine or are not fed a beta-agonist at all,” Thomson said. “In reality, the factors that contribute most significantly to FCS are the finished weight of cattle, heat stress and animal handling practices.”

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Cattle grazing is a climate disaster, and you’re paying for it

Cattle grazing is a climate disaster, and you’re paying for it

Ben Adler

Grist

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.

The rules governing cattle grazing on federal lands are so obscure that your average climate change correspondent hasn’t given much thought to them. But now that a gang of pathetic losers with guns has occupied a federal wildlife sanctuary in Oregon to gripe about the federal government’s audacity to set rules for how ranchers use publicly owned land, it’s worth taking a look at this policy.

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Reconsidering the cattle cycle

Reconsidering the cattle cycle

Jonathan Knutson

Prairie Business

Has a cattle industry tool lost its edge? Tim Nolte isn’t surprised by the question. “That’s something I’ve been asking myself. Is the cattle cycle still working? It doesn’t seem to be, at least not like it used to. I’m not sure it still has a lot of value,” says Nolte, a Sebeka, Minn., rancher and president of the state Cattlemen’s Association.

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The true cost of beef

The true cost of beef

RHIAN MILLER

KALW

Americans eat about 16 billion burgers a year. Or 50 billion burgers a year. It depends on which study you read. In 2014, burger chains grossed about $70 billion in sales. But according to the USDA, we’re actually eating less beef than we used to. The numbers have been going down pretty steadily since the 1970s. But one trend that’s gaining traction among consumers is the move toward more sustainably raised meat.

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Legacy herd of cattle at Masonic Village yields champion bull at Farm Show

Legacy herd of cattle at Masonic Village yields champion bull at Farm Show

Ad Crable

Lancaster Online

When the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown was built in 1910, a sizable herd of beef cattle provided an early farm-to-table way of life. Masonic Village no longer grows all its own food for its 1,600 residents, but the cattle herd remains, supplying 39 restaurants in New York City with fresh, never-frozen meat.

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Virginia Tech Beef Cattle Health Conference to be held

Virginia Tech Beef Cattle Health Conference to be held

Go Dan River

The Pittsylvania County Cooperative Extension Office is offering registration forms for the Virginia Tech Beef Cattle Health Conference to be held later this month.

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