Daily Archives: January 17, 2018

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 differences between good farm dogs and bad farm dogs

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 differences between good farm dogs and bad farm dogs


  1. A good dog barks at suspicious strangers — a bad one pins Aunt Sally on the hood of her car.

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Leucadia considering sale of stake in National Beef

Leucadia considering sale of stake in National Beef

Meat and Poultry

The majority stakeholder in Kansas City, Missouri-based National Beef Packing Co. is reportedly considering selling a portion or all its interest in the beef-processing giant. According to a Jan. 8 report published by The Wall Street Journal, Leucadia National Corp., which purchased a 79 percent stake in the company in 2011 for approximately $868 million, is consulting with advisers on options for its share of National Beef. The report cites its information from “people familiar with the matter.”

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Genetic Testing Is Changing Cattle of All Stripes

Genetic Testing Is Changing Cattle of All Stripes

Gene Johnston

Successful Farming

To understand where the beef industry is going, take a look at where the dairy industry has been. That’s what the Beef Improvement Federation, a group that advances the science of beef genetics, did when it invited Tom Lawlor, a genomics expert for Holstein USA, to share his industry’s experience with DNA testing.

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Caring for Cattle on the Pasture

Caring for Cattle on the Pasture

Kansas Beef Council

Have you ever wondered how cattle that are grazing on pastures are given antibiotics when they’re sick? There’s so much out there on the internet and social media that it can get, well, rather confusing. We decided to follow a rancher for a day as he checked on the cattle grazing the pastures of the Flint Hills.

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Extra Effort Needed to Keep Herds Warm, Dry, Fed

Extra Effort Needed to Keep Herds Warm, Dry, Fed

Russ Quinn


Mike Berdo spent most of his Thursday cleaning cattle pens and putting new bedding down to keep the cattle dry and warm. The Washington, Iowa, cattleman/farmer, who has both a cow/calf herd as well as feedlot cattle, keeps busy in the winter trying to keep his cattle as comfortable as possible during adverse weather conditions.

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What Do Feeders Want? It’s Not All About Hide Color

What Do Feeders Want? It’s Not All About Hide Color

Brandi Buzzard Frobose, Gary Fike

Red Angus Association of America

Ask any number of feedyard owners what they value in incoming cattle and you’re likely to get a host of answers as broad and varied as the seven seas. Some like them weaned for 45 days, others insist upon nothing less than 60 days. A few have very specific guidelines for vaccinations and preconditioning, while others will vaccinate and deworm upon arrival. But one thing that many agree on is that hide color isn’t the top priority. Sage advice for sure.

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New Beef Cuts Trending in 2018

New Beef Cuts Trending in 2018

Progressive Grocer

“If you like brisket, you might want to try a Tri-Tip Roast. Or, if you’re in the mood for strip steak, you will probably enjoy the Coulotte,” explains Chef Laura Hagen, senior culinary director for Denver-based NCBA, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff Program. “It’s exciting to see innovative cuts gain popularity across the country. Diners and home cooks shouldn’t let a name they don’t recognize keep them from trying something new.”

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