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


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


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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