Daily Archives: January 31, 2018

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 beginning ranching classes for non-aggie freshmen

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 beginning ranching classes for non-aggie freshmen

FarmTalk

  1. When to Call the Vet: How many hooves are pointed up?

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Angus Genetics, Inc., Announces Foot Score Research EPDs

Angus Genetics, Inc., Announces Foot Score Research EPDs

Drovers

Angus Genetics, Inc. (AGI) announced today the release of two new foot score research EPDs, the first of its kind in the U.S. for beef cattle. The American Angus Association® has been collecting foot scores since 2015, with approximately 12,000 data points sent in. Members have reported two scores for claw set and foot angle. The pair of scores are based on a scale from one to nine, with five being ideal for both traits.

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Enviros Push Meat Tax

Enviros Push Meat Tax

Americans for Tax Reform

Environmentalists are targeting your hamburgers and buffalo wings with a “Meat Tax.” And they claim they have “never been closer to a meat tax.” As reported by Bloomberg Law:  Hamburger addicts, barbecue junkies, and fried chicken fanatics may soon be asked to pay a surcharge for their obsessions with meat.

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New York cowboys getting into beef game 

New York cowboys getting into beef game

Alan Geubert

The Public Opinion

Maybe it’s a sign of our fast-changing times, but paradox and irony seem as common today as lunch and supper. For example, the world’s largest taxi company, Uber, owns no taxis and the world’s second largest air force is the U.S. Navy. The same is true of the American beef sector. As of mid-January, the owner of the world’s largest cattle feedlot operation – a 980,000-head behemoth with 11 feedyards from Oklahoma to Idaho – isn’t a rancher, a feedlot operator or even a meatpacker.

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Bill would end states from enacting animal production standards

Bill would end states from enacting animal production standards

Jacqui Fatka

Feedstuffs

Rep. Steve King (R., Iowa) has reintroduced his Protect Interstate Commerce Act bill in the House. If enacted, the bill would end states’ ability to impose production standards — such as those for cage-free eggs — on other states, similar to measures currently approved by California and Massachusetts.

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Impact on heifers/cows and their calves

Impact on heifers/cows and their calves

Russ Daly, DVM

iGrow

Neospora caninum is a protozoal germ that has the potential to affect reproduction in beef and dairy herds. The protozoa has an interesting lifecycle that involves canine species (dogs, coyotes, foxes, etc.). When Neospora-affected cows give birth, the cleanings and fetal tissues contain Neospora cysts. If these tissues are eaten by a canine, Neospora oocysts are shed in their droppings. When these infected droppings contaminate cattle feed, the cycle is complete, infecting cattle that eat the feed.

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Kansas farmers and ranchers weigh in on revamped ‘Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner’ brand

Kansas farmers and ranchers weigh in on revamped ‘Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner’ brand

Scott Stebner

High Plains Journal

Farmers and ranchers in Kansas are excited about the relaunch of the iconic “Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.” brand that has captured the attention of millions of consumers and evolved as one of the top commodity food brands over the past quarter century.

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Just how natural is organic farming?

Just how natural is organic farming?

Mischa Popoff

The Fence Post

Organic activists would like you to believe their brand pre-exists in nature the way fresh air and clean water do. It does not. It only exists because we have come up with a legal framework by which to define it; a mind-numbing legal framework — just ask any organic farmer who’s behind on his paperwork.

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What’s your type?

What’s your type

Amanda Radke

Tri State Livestock News

When commercial cattlemen attend a bull or heifer sale, they can often eliminate many offerings based on the data provided in the catalog alone. Once at the sale, additional appraisal is needed to determine if the great ones on paper also have the correct structure, soundness, functionality and eye appeal to meet the demands of the buyer.

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Marketing your cattle for the sale barn

Marketing your cattle for the sale barn

Danielle Schlegel

Progressive Cattleman

If ever there was a busy time in a producer’s life, it is right around the time decisions are made for which animals head to the sale barn. At the end of long days, it is easy to skip over any further management for those cattle earmarked for sale and focus on the retained or growing herd that stays. A few simple considerations and actions, however, can be the difference in dollars per head once those cattle go through the sale ring.

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