Monthly Archives: July 2018

Baxter Black, DVM: THE OUTBACK

Baxter Black, DVM:  THE OUTBACK

Parts of Montana are as close to the Outback as we ‘Yanks’ will ever get.

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You want him to do what?

You want him to do what?

Progressive Cattleman

Selling online makes it difficult to gauge bull buyer knowledge. But if customer satisfaction and reputation is important to the success of your breeding legacy, knowing the right questions to ask or the right information to give before selling a bull to a guy or gal you met online is worth an investment of your time.

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DNA Helps Better Match Cow to Environment

DNA Helps Better Match Cow to Environment

Becky Mills

The summers are getting hotter and hotter, Alex Miller contends. That prompted the New Market, Tennessee, cattleman two years ago to buy a couple of Senepol bulls for his 225-head commercial cow herd. His goal was to breed more heat tolerance into the Angus and Angus-Hereford group.

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How to Estimate & Allocate Your Forage with a Grazing Stick

How to Estimate & Allocate Your Forage with a Grazing Stick


Estimating pasture forage yield and allocation can be challenging for beginner graziers. Luckily, tools like the grazing stick exist to assist producers in overcoming these first-timer difficulties and advancing their pasture management knowledge. Commonly given out at grazing workshops and pasture field days, grazing sticks are an educational and supportive tool useful for making immediate pasture management decisions.

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How to Fix 5 Common Estate Planning Problems

How to Fix 5 Common Estate Planning Problems

Cari Rincker

Not surprisingly, most people loathe reviewing their estate plan because it can be both confusing and daunting. Others do not want to think about death and avoid the topic altogether. If you already have put an estate plan together, you are ahead of the curve as many people do not have one.

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Signup Now for 2018 Beef Cattle Conference

Signup Now for 2018 Beef Cattle Conference

Southeast AgNet

Cow-calf producers across the Southeast can gain valuable insight on how to overcome challenges in the cattle business during the 2018 Beef Cattle Conference Saturday, August 18th at the Ham Wilson Livestock Arena in Auburn, Alabama. With the theme “It’s what you learn after you know it all that really counts,” the conference will equip cattlemen and cattlewomen with the knowledge and management tools to better their operations in critical areas of production.

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Serving his country in Vietnam forever shaped Hereford breeder Jim McCown

Serving his country in Vietnam forever shaped Hereford breeder Jim McCown

Christy Couch Lee

Hereford World

The images are still as vivid as the moments they occurred more than 45 years ago. Flashes of red. Smoke. The spiraling of the helicopter to the ground. The sounds of live gunfire echo in his ears. The helicopter engines roar. The heat of the Vietnamese tropical rainforest. The relief of surviving yet again.

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Genetic predictions for brisket disease a priority

Genetic predictions for brisket disease a priority

Dr. Bob Hough

Western Livestock Journal

Pulmonary hypertension (PH), which is commonly referred to as brisket disease, has been observed in cow-calf and stocker operations where cattle are being grazed at high elevation for over 100 years. In addition, during the last decade death loss has doubled in feedlot cattle, with much of the increased loss coming at the end of the feeding period when animals are close or ready to market.

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Beef Cattle Short Course provides learning opportunities

Beef Cattle Short Course provides learning opportunities

Jack Dillard

Shreveport Times

The 64th annual Beef Cattle Short Course will be held on the campus of Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, Aug. 6-8. This will be a good year to attend, as most of the south-southwest is in a drought so there is little to do on the ranch.

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Full circle: Cattle ID and traceability

Full circle: Cattle ID and traceability

Wes Ishmael

Beef Magazine

Cattle identification is easy. Depending on the objective and need for permanence and convenience, apply a brand, tattoo or ear tag. Notch a brisket or ear. Slap on a back tag or run a paint stick across the hip.

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Young Cattle Auctioneer Champion – America’s Heartland

It takes speed, stamina and livestock savvy to be the best in the country when it comes to auctioning cattle. Bailey Ballou is a repeat winner at the annual event taking place, this year in Turlock, California. But also in the competition is a young man with the rhythm of a rap superstar, 18 year old Blaine Lotz.

It’s a dangerous business

It’s a dangerous business

Tayler Teichert

Progressive Cattleman

Through some recent life events, I have come to familiarize myself with the acronyms MSHA and OSHA. Before this year, I had never heard of MSHA; I knew OSHA had something to do with safety because I often heard cowboys say, “This probably isn’t OSHA approved,” while doing something fairly dangerous.

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Why record-breaking trade aid for farmers could failWhy record-breaking trade aid for farmers could fail

Why record-breaking trade aid for farmers could fail

Catherine Bordeau


Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

President Donald Trump’s $12 billion relief plan for farmers may be the largest U.S. government effort in recent memory to help rural America cope with an entirely man-made disaster. And it could backfire in the long run. The government will pay some farmers directly and buy food from others to blunt the impact of a trade war entirely of the president’s own making. Despite the massive size, it won’t offset the sweeping damage to markets as other countries slap penalties on U.S. farm goods in retaliation for Trump’s tariffs on imports.

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Student interns learn about high-tech ag at Neogen

Student interns learn about high-tech ag at Neogen

Jon Vanderford |


A summer internship program at Neogen GeneSeek provides students with a great opportunity to learn. Renae Sieck is an intern at Neogen GeneSeek. The company is the world’s largest agricultural genomics testing lab. “This means that anybody that is doing genetic improvement on an animal, they are sending samples in for testing,

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Feeding Quality Forum 2018  Now for Cow-calf, Too

Feeding Quality Forum 2018  Now for Cow-calf, Too

Sarah Moyer

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

In its 13th year, the 2018 Feeding Quality Forum (FQF) will be reinvented. Until this summer, it has focused on cattle feeders with one-day sessions repeated two days apart in Nebraska and the southern High Plains. This year, a single forum will address topics for all segments of the cattle industry in Sioux City, Iowa, Aug. 28-29. A diverse range of speakers has signed on to create an opportunity like no other.

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With farmers struggling, can we afford cuts to Extension?

With farmers struggling, can we afford cuts to Extension?

Bill Spiegel

High Plains Journal

In the last 10 years, the K-State Research and Extension budget has been slashed 16 percent, from $55.1 million to $46.4 million. That budget includes all county Extension offices, 4-H programs, area Extension and Research programs and all the work on campus. Reduced allocations from the Kansas Legislature are largely to blame for the budget cuts. Federal funds also are drying up.

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People, Not Cattle, are Killing Us

People, Not Cattle, are Killing Us

Dan Murphy


At this point in the lengthy history of animal agriculture in America, an online article that begins like this is hardly breaking news:  “It’s already widely known that meat production creates far more pollution than bringing vegetables, fruits, and grains to market. It is difficult to envisage how the world could supply a population of 10 billion or more people with the quantity of meat currently consumed in most high-income countries without substantial negative effects on the environment.”

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Cattlemen’s Debate: What to Call Fake Meat? Who Should Regulate?

Cattlemen’s Debate: What to Call Fake Meat? Who Should Regulate?

Wyatt Bechtel

Ag Web

A debate on which regulatory agency should enforce fake meat products is being had by two cattlemen’s groups as lab-grown “meat” is still being developed.

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Rincker Simmentals breeds succes

Rincker Simmentals breeds success

Stan Polanski

Effingham Daily News

The family-run Rincker Simmentals in Shelbyville has developed into the one of the most successful cattle operations in the Midwest. Curt Rincker explains it simply. “Customer satisfaction and enthusiasm for Rincker genetics makes it all work,” he said.

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Southern Indiana Purdue Ag Center Field Day Planned

Southern Indiana Purdue Ag Center Field Day Planned


Take a look at this unique opportunity at SIPAC coming up in September…looks like an interesting program with great speakers and topics!

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