Daily Archives: October 8, 2018

Cow Age and Cow Productivity (When is She Too Old?)

Cow Age and Cow Productivity (When is She Too Old?)

Derrell Peel


October is traditionally calf weaning and cow culling month for spring calving operations. At cow culling time, producers often face some tough decisions. Optimum culling of the herd often seems to require a sharp crystal ball that could see into the future. If rainfall allows forage growth to be adequate, keeping an older cow to have another calf to wean next year is tempting.

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What path will you choose for this cattle cycle?

What path will you choose for this cattle cycle?

John F. Grimes

Ohio’s Country Journal

Based on reports from USDA and industry analysts such as Cattle Fax, it appears that the aggressive expansion of the U.S. beef cowherd will peak in 2019 and level off in the early part of the next decade. From the time the most recent herd expansion began in 2014, producers will have added over 3 million beef cows to the nation’s herd. Our primary protein competitors, pork and poultry, have also been in expansion mode recently which adds more competition for the consumer’s food dollars.

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Weaning calves at home?

Weaning calves at home?

Gayle Smith
The Cattle Business Weekly
Preconditioning weaned calves for at least 45 days may give producers the biggest bang for their buck. “The goals of preconditioning are to either get more money for your calves or keep the calf alive,” according to Dr. Randy Hunter, DVM – VRCS. Hunter manages a feed yard of stocker cattle and shared with producers important considerations when preconditioning calves during the recent Livestock Exchange 50th / 5th anniversary open house in Brush, Colo.

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Cattle Broker Gambled Away Investors’ Money

Cattle Broker Gambled Away Investors’ Money

Greg Henderson


An Indiana cattle broker pled guilty to one charge of wire fraud in federal court after enacting a plan prosecutors say resembled a Ponzi scheme. Brian D. Jones faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison operated a business buying and selling bull calves from dairy farms in Wisconsin and selling them to cattle ranches in Texas and Missouri, according to court documents.

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More livestock producers are seeing the value of traceability and are providing input

More livestock producers are seeing the value of traceability and are providing input

Rachel Gabel

The Fence Post

The conversation surrounding livestock traceability has been gaining steam as pilot programs begin in various states testing high-frequency electronic identification tags.

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Dangerous game of chasing wrong thing?

Dangerous game of chasing wrong thing?

Dr. Nevil Speer


Just as I was finishing last month’s column, a friend forwarded a press release regarding country-of-origin labeling (COOL). I was busy at the time with some meetings and didn’t give it much thought. However, I circled back after seeing a response to my column that caught my attention: “The author of the article make [sic] references to identifying his computer in the airport with a beef sticker. Well we once again need to identify our beef with the U.S. label. We need to bring back COOL or a form of it.”
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Producers vs corporations

Producers vs corporations

Daily Journal

The Catfish Institute of Mississippi supports M-COOL Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling for catfish. Mississippi Cattleman’s Association and Farm Bureau Federation don’t support M-COOL for beef and pork producers. Why is that? The Catfish Institute of MS represents the catfish farmers of MS, while the Mississippi Cattlemen’s Association and Farm Bureau Federation have corporate influence that drown out the producers’ voice. What is good for the processor isn’t always good for the producer.

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Indiana women assume key roles in agriculture

Indiana women assume key roles in agriculture

Molly Zentz

Indiana Prairie Farmer

Women make up about 30% of farm operators. That’s only one role Hoosier women play in agriculture. You’ll also find women in agribusiness and supporting the farm part time, often alongside an off-farm job.

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R-CALF: Trump missed chance to help cattle industry in new USMCA

R-CALF: Trump missed chance to help cattle industry in new USMCA

Grand Island Independent

R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard said while his organization supported President Trump’s plan to renegotiate NAFTA, the new agreement doesn’t help the interest of America’s independent cattle farmers and ranchers. Bullard said the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) includes several important improvements.

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Back in the saddle

Back in the saddle

George Haws

The North Platte Telegraph

The sale barn in North Platte is open again, under the name North Platte Stockyards LLC. The new owner, Kyle Layman, said they will have weekly cattle sales on Tuesdays and the first sale is scheduled for Oct. 16. It will be for all classes of cattle. Monthly horse sales are planned to start in December.

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