Daily Archives: July 19, 2016

Value Added Cull Cows

Value Added Cull Cows

Beef RoundTable

This month our discussion will focus on “Value Added Cull Cows”

Cull cows and bulls represent about 20% of the gross receipts in a beef cow operation and that makes them an important part of cow herd profitability

If we can increase their value by utilizing good science-based management practices, then producers have an opportunity to improve their bottom line as well as assure consumers that the beef products from these cows are safe and wholesome.

Damian Mason:  Stop the Baby Talk

Damian Mason:  Stop the Baby Talk

No, you’re not cooing and you’re not making “goo-goo gah-gah” sounds. You’re doing something much worse. You’re calling young livestock “babies.” When I hear a person of Agriculture use human terms while referring to meat animals, it grates on me like two adolescent lovers spewing sappy gibberish at prom.

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USMEF’s Phil Seng on Emerging Markets in Asia

USMEF’s Phil Seng on Emerging Markets in Asia

Oklahoma Farm Report

Over the next 15 years, Asia will be home to approximately 65 percent of the world’s middle class, according to Phil Seng and he says this is a market in which the U.S. beef industry needs to be involved.

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Preconditioning in a Down Market

Preconditioning in a Down Market

Russ Quinn

Progressive Farmer

When calf prices fall, some producers will inevitably question whether it’s time to cut back on expenses tied to preconditioning programs. Are the additional costs and time needed to meet program requirements going to generate a profitable return?

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10 guiding facts in grazing management, not grazing ‘systems

10 guiding facts in grazing management, not grazing ‘systems

Tim Steffens

Progressive Cattleman

Many people think there is something magical about moving animals from paddock to paddock that makes animals perform well and keeps grass healthy. But both faster improvements and more spectacular disasters are possible with more, smaller paddocks per herd.

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Selling meat direct: 5 sales channels for farmers

Selling meat direct: 5 sales channels for farmers

Ivory Harlow

Farm and Dairy

Selling meat direct increases farm profits by cutting out the middleman and retaining a larger percent of product revenue. It achieves premium prices for fresh, natural, and locally produced products.

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Simmental Breeder Focuses on Genetics for Success

Simmental Breeder Focuses on Genetics for Success

Lancaster Farming

Greg Stewart knew he found his calling when his father gave him his first Simmental heifer when he was in the eighth grade. That started a love affair with developing quality beef cattle that has grown into a successful enterprise for Stewart. He had exhibited market steers before then, but “I just remember liking seeing something go from breeding to calving to selling.”

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Beef checkoff debate fires up again

Beef checkoff debate fires up again

Ken Anderson

Brownfield Network

Cattle organization R-CALF USA says two checkoff reform bills introduced in the U.S. Senate will help address its concerns with the close relationship between the national beef checkoff program and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). Among other things, the Senate bills would prevent checkoff programs from using vendors who lobby and would make all federal checkoff programs voluntary.

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Six Ranches Honored for Stewardship Efforts

Six Ranches Honored for Stewardship Efforts


The tradition of cattlemen and women serving as stewards of America’s natural resources was honored today with the announcement of the six regional Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP) winners. The recipients who were honored during the 2016 Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting, span the country and were nominated for their outstanding efforts to protect land, air and water resources on their individual farming and ranching operations.

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Building a Herd for the Long Haul

Building a Herd for the Long Haul

Patrick Gunn

The Stock Exchange

Weaning is just around the corner for most spring-calving operations. And while assessing the good, bad, and ugly of 2015 breeding decisions began at calving, now is a time to really dig in as it relates to identifying future replacement heifers.

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