Daily Archives: January 3, 2019

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 farmer New Year’s resolutions

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 farmer New Year’s resolutions


  1. I will take my wife out to dinner somewhere other than the sale barn cafe or an animal health/seed/chemical meeting.
  2. I will call the vet before there are four hooves in the air.

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Upcycling protein, a bovine superpower

Upcycling protein, a bovine superpower

Kerry Halladay

Western Livestock Journal

Have you heard the argument that feeding cattle takes food out of the mouths of starving people? Why feed all that corn to cattle when it could go to hungry kids? Dr. Tryon Wickersham—associate professor of animal nutrition at Texas A&M, speaking at an October 2018 Beef Sustainability media event hosted by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA)—acknowledged that such questions resonate with consumers.

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Bull Selection Principles—Be an Educated Consumer

Bull Selection Principles—Be an Educated Consumer

Matt Spangler

University of Nebraska

Fundamentally these are traits that are directly associated with a revenue stream or a cost.  All traits that are not ERTs are indicator traits, or a trait that is genetically correlated to an ERT but not an ERT itself. A classic example of an indicator trait is birth weight. Selection to decrease birth weight in an attempt to reduce the prevalence of dystocia is practiced by numerous commercial bull buyers.  However, birth weight does not have a direct revenue source or cost associated with it.  The trait that does have a cost associated with it is calving ease (or difficulty).

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Consider more than cost during a winter feed shortage

Consider more than cost during a winter feed shortage

Piper Whelan

Canadian Cattlemen

After a hot, dry summer in the Cypress Hills, Rick Toney knew some budgeting was in order to ensure his cows would be properly fed this winter. Toney, who ranches near Gull Lake, Sask., and serves as the chair of the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association, runs around 500 cows in addition to a small backgrounding lot. Normally, his outfit puts up enough hay and silage each year to feed cattle through the winter and have enough left over for the spring.

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Gene Editing vs. Gene Modifying- No, They’re Not the Same

Gene Editing vs. Gene Modifying- No, They’re Not the Same

Eric Pfeiffer

Hoosier Ag Today

As gene editing technology, or CRISPR, continues to advance, its perception in the public eye will be critical to its success in agriculture. Eric Williams is a partner and patent attorney at the law firm of Barnes & Thornburg in Indianapolis. He also holds a doctorate in pharmacy. He was the keynote speaker at the Midwest Pork Conference held in early December and told attendees that farmers need to start learning about this technology sooner rather than later.

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New Year, New Expectations for Beef

New Year, New Expectations for Beef

Christine Gelley

Ohio Beef Cattle Letter

If you have consistently, or even occasionally, read my column in 2018, you should be aware that there are changes in store for the beef industry as we ring in 2019. Some segments of the beef supply chain will expect cattle producers to be certified in Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) at the turn of the year. Ohio State Extension has been working with the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and the Ohio Beef Council to provide certification programs for interested producers across the state throughout 2018.

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Technology Options for you Ranch

Technology Options for you Ranch

Northern Ag

Technology is changing how livestock producers manage their operations. From business technology, the use of drones in finding cattle and keeping in an eye on their ranches from the sky, to cost-effective communication. During the Montana Stockgrowers Convention, Lane Nordlund spoke with Smittie Smith, owner of RanchHacks. RanchHacks is a Dillion, MT  based family owned business that equips livestock producers to leverage Information Systems & Technology.

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Dan and Kate Warner Named Gelbvieh Association Breeder of the Year

Dan and Kate Warner Named Gelbvieh Association Breeder of the Year

Dan and Kate Warner of Warner Beef Genetics, Arapahoe, Nebraska, were honored as the American Gelbvieh Association’s (AGA) Breeder of the Year for 2018 during the awards banquet held at the 48th Annual AGA National Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Cattle Prices and Profitability in 2019

Cattle Prices and Profitability in 2019

Andrew P. Griffith


As the livestock economist for Extension at the University of Tennessee, opportunities to forecast cattle prices are never in short supply. Thus, there is always a demand for high quality and accurate cattle price projections. The primary problem is with the supply side, and the problem is that the price forecast changes from one day to the next and even more so from week-to-week or month-to-month.

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Telling the Story of Trade’s Effect on Real Ranchers

Telling the Story of Trade’s Effect on Real Ranchers

Kelly Sullivan

SanAngelo Live

We are fortunate in Texas and the Southwest to enjoy a robust beef and cattle trade relationship with Mexico. At Santa Rosa Ranch, we frequently conduct business with our Mexican partners, selling live cattle and genetics. I know the other segments of beef production rely heavily on trade with Mexico to import cattle and export beef products.

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