Daily Archives: May 15, 2017

Beef Roundtable: What to expect from the Trump administration

Beef Roundtable: What to expect from the Trump administration

Two beef industry guests share a lifetime of on-the-ground involvement in the Washington D.C. arena in the latest Beef Roundtable. Part one of a four-part series.

The United States, indeed the whole world, wasn’t quite sure what to expect when Donald Trump took the oath of office of perhaps the most powerful nation in the world. Now, with Trump’s first few months in office behind him, the picture is becoming a little clearer.

To help analyze that question, our two guests share a lifetime of on-the-ground involvement in the Washington D.C. arena.

Our first guest is Steve Dittmer, who has nearly 30 years’ experience in management, marketing, and communications in the beef industry. Currently, Steve is the executive vice president of the Agribusiness Freedom Foundation, which provides information and analysis for food chain participants

Our second guest is Jay Truitt, a longtime Washington insider and principal in the organization Policy Solutions; Motley, Scher, Truitt, a bipartisan government relations and public affairs firm. Jay has served as vice president of government affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and CEO and executive vice president of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and the Missouri’s Cattlemen Foundation.

Take the time to get pairs to grass in good condition

Take the time to get pairs to grass in good condition

Dr. Eric Knock

Tri-State Neighbor

This time of year, much of our time is spent getting cattle ready to go to grass. With that in mind, I thought I would cover the basics of what we talk about with our clients about during this time.

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NCBA: Reopening of China to U.S. beef historic

NCBA: Reopening of China to U.S. beef historic

Today’s Producer

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Craig Uden called the reopening of China to U.S. beef “historic.” After being locked out of the world’s largest market for 13 years, we strongly welcome the announcement that an agreement has been made to restore U.S. beef exports to China,” Uden said in a statement.

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Expanding cows or herds

Expanding cows or herds

Justin Sexten

Angus Media

As the cow herd expands, market prices contract from their record highs and focus more attention on adding value. How to do that commonly comes down to adding what the market values in health and weaning practices from effective vaccinations to bunk breaking. This month, let’s consider ways to capitalize on the one trait common to all producers and market-price calculations: weight.

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Demystifying beef production

Demystifying beef production

Morning Ag Clips

Ever wonder what the difference is between grass-fed and organic beef? Confused by terms like “antibiotic-free” and “raised without antibiotics”? New tools are now available to help consumers answer these and many other questions about today’s beef production.

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Game Changers

Game Changers

Ron Locke

A Steak in Genomics™

All professions require their members to attend periodic continuation training to stay abreast of innovations in their given fields. While some may argue “Cattlemen” or Cow/Calf Producers are not professions, I strongly disagree.  For the sake of argument and space let’s assume I’m right and skip the several paragraphs of justification to that end. We cattlemen need to know how to improve our operations and that requires keeping ourselves informed.

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Integrating cover crops and livestock operations

Integrating cover crops and livestock operations

Wallaces Farmer

The focus, says ISU Extension field agronomist Rebecca Vittetoe, is to help farmers learn how they might integrate cereal rye as a cover crop with both stocker cattle and row crops. The three-year study is also exploring how grazing of cereal rye affects soil fertility and compaction.

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Stomach ache? What your cows should eat to feel better|

Stomach ache? What your cows should eat to feel better|

Martha Blum


Bunk management is critical during the transition phase for feedlot cattle. “During this time, we want to keep the intakes consistent, and animals will not self regulate,” said Josh McCann, assistant professor of beef cattle nutrition at the University of Illinois.

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Beef Grazier Focuses on Improved Genetics and Forage

Beef Grazier Focuses on Improved Genetics and Forage

Guy Steucek

Lancaster Farming

“Get the cow right and everything else falls in place” is Morgan Hartman’s mantra. His talk at the recent New England Meat Conference was well-received by an audience eager to ask questions. Hartman is the owner of Black Queen Angus Farm in Berlin, New York.

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Ky Cattlemen’s Assoc; Chinese Beef Embargo Lift Will Add Jobs and Value to Ky Cattle Industry

Ky Cattlemen’s Assoc; Chinese Beef Embargo Lift Will Add Jobs and Value to Ky Cattle Industry

Sydni Anderson


A decision by China to lift the beef embargo on the U.S. has a Kentucky cattle group optimistic. The Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association president Chuck Crutcher said the lift will have a tremendous impact on the state’s beef industry adding around a $50 to $100 value to beef carcasses. In addition, Crutcher said the re-opening of the Chinese market will add jobs into feedlots and the shipping industry.

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