Daily Archives: February 1, 2016

Managing Risk

Managing Risk

Troy Smith

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

It has been said, “Life happens,” and veteran ranch manager Wayne Fahsholtz would add, “risk is a part of life.” Formerly president of Padlock Ranches and now a principal in the Wyoming-based AgWin Group Consulting firm, Fahsholtz spoke during the 24th Range Beef Cow Symposium in November. He told the audience composed mostly of cow-calf producers that, contrary to what some people believe, managing risk in small-scale and medium-sized operations is not that different from risk management for large operations.

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Breed type selection and use

Breed type selection and use

Joe C. Paschal

Progressive Cattleman

We have an abundance of cattle breeds in the U.S. Often it is easier to speak of them as types based on their country or region of origin and their similarities of original or current use. Dr. Larry Cundiff of the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, relying on their research, first categorized breeds according to functional type.

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Online cattle auction aims to shake up U.S. meat market

Online cattle auction aims to shake up U.S. meat market

Tom Polansek


A proposal for an online auction that could shake up the U.S. pricing model for cattle is set to make its public debut on Friday after a test run last week, with the support of a unit of the world’s largest meatpacker.

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CattleFax’s Randy Blach Says Cattle Market Has Given Back All Equity

CattleFax’s Randy Blach Says Cattle Market Has Given Back All Equity

Oklahoma Farm Report

CattleFax’s Randy Blach Says Cattle Market Has Given Back All Equity Protein supplies have been abundant in the United States. The U.S. has seen the largest year over year increase in meat supplies since 1950. That was a major reason for the dramatic flip in cattle prices last year. CattleFax CEO Randy Blach presented the market outlook at the Cattle Industry Convention in San Diego.

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Winter can chill livestock health

Winter can chill livestock health

Ashley Langreck


As cold weather settles in throughout the state and Old Man Winter finally arrives, livestock producers have to take steps to ensure the health of their herds. Ron Lemenager, an animal sciences professor at Purdue University who specializes in beef cattle nutrition and management, noted that an animal’s performance in terms of energy requirements comes into play when an animal doesn’t have protection from the cold.

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Congestive Heart Failure Feedlot Survey

Congestive Heart Failure Feedlot Survey

John Maday


Clinical signs of congestive heart failure (CHF) in feedyard cattle can resemble those associated with respiratory disease. It is possible that CHF accounts for some of the recent increase in feedyard mortality, but little information is available.

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Conference offers beef producers ways to capture opportunities

Conference offers beef producers ways to capture opportunities


University of Kentucky

The beef industry is always changing, sometimes very rapidly with regard to weather, market prices, fuel and other input costs. Add external forces such as national and world politics, economics, animal rights and consumer perceptions, and beef producers have many situations to manage and overcome to turn a profit.

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Overcrowded barns could pose disease risk for beef cattle

Overcrowded barns could pose disease risk for beef cattle

Darrin Pack

Ag Answers

Extreme cold or rapidly changing weather can lower animals’ immune response, leaving them more susceptible to disease, said W. Mark Hilton, clinical professor of beef production medicine.

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What we’ve learned about tall fescue management

What we’ve learned about tall fescue management

Matt Booher

Progressive Forage Grower

The Shenandoah Valley of Virginia sits squarely in the fescue belt. As an extension agent, I hear a lot about fescue toxicosis from the academic side, but rarely does it make its way into the real-world conversations I hear in the field. While livestock producers in our area are aware of fescue toxicity, most treat it with indifference.

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Oprah Show appearance still resonates

Oprah Show appearance still resonates

Lawrence Aylward

Meat and Poultry

On Feb. 1, 2011, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” aired a segment featuring Johnson-Hoffman, then the general manager of Cargill’s beef processing facility in Fort Morgan, Colo., leading Lisa Ling, a veteran reporter, on a guided tour of the plant with a camera crew in tow. Titled “Inside a Slaughterhouse,” the segment saw Johnson-Hoffman taking Ling through every step of the beef manufacturing process, from feedlot to harvest floor to final packaging and shipping. More than 7.3 million households tuned into the show.

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