Daily Archives: March 8, 2018



He’s kind to his wife when the market goes up

His children think that he’s neat.

The implement dealer sits by him in church

And his banker waves on the street.

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Understanding Customer Relations in a Changing Beef Industry

Understanding Customer Relations in a Changing Beef Industry

Garth Ruff

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

We have all heard the saying, “the customer is always right,” and while this saying tends to be true, it can be a tough sell to some livestock producers, especially in the beef industry. When we consider the structure of the beef industry with its many diverse stages of production, identifying proper producer-customer relationships can become complicated. This is an issue pork, poultry, and even dairy to an extent have overcome via integration and consolidation over the past couple of decades.

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From calf to calf, minerals help you get there

From calf to calf, minerals help you get there

Kathleen Shore, Kristin Thompson

Canadian Cattleman

Minerals are an essential part of a nutritionally balanced diet for beef cows. Unfortunately they are also a part of the diet that is overlooked due to the small inclusion rate. Those small inclusions are necessary to keep a cow running efficiently, making her capable of producing healthy, lively calves.

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Value of bull to commercial herd exceeds ‘relative’ value

Value of bull to commercial herd exceeds ‘relative’ value

Paul Schattenberg

Southern Livestock Standard

The value of bulls in commercial herds goes beyond the “relative” value typically ascribed to them in market pricing, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. “In publications referencing cattle values for commercial producers as well as reports from beef breed associations, the value of a bull is often given as equivalent to the average value of five weaned calves,” said Dr. Joe Pas-chal, AgriLife Extension livestock specialist, Corpus Christi. “This has been a long-held comparison for determining the value of a bull, but it really doesn’t take into account all aspects of what bulls provide to the herd.”

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Ranchers debate branding cattle

Ranchers debate branding cattle


Capital Press

As beef prices rise, so do the number of conversations in the ranching industry about mandatory branding, said Michael Kelsey, Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association executive vice president. Oklahoma has no statewide standard for livestock identification, a situation that frustrates law enforcement officers such as Jerry Flowers, special agent at the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. Brands are obvious at sales stockyards, so cattle rustling cases would be fewer overall and quicker to resolve.

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First Steps to Pasture Improvement

First Steps to Pasture Improvement

Kathy Voth

On Pasture

I recently went on a consultation visit to a producer’s farm near Noble, Okla. The last time I had been on his property was 2004. Some of his bermudagrass pastures were infested with threeawn, but for the most part, they were in fair to good condition. At that time, we assisted him with fine tuning his fertilizer applications through soil testing and recommending the appropriate nutrients to apply for his production goals.

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Beef quality continuing to improve

Beef quality continuing to improve

Ben Potter


Following 25 years of measurement, management and continued improvement, the quality of beef is high, but there is still an opportunity to make it better, according to Pennsylvania State University Extension beef cattle specialist Dan Kniffen.

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