Monthly Archives: April 2019

Low-stress cattle handling with stock dogs

Arrest Made After 200 Cattle Found Dead at Nebraska Feedlot

Arrest Made After 200 Cattle Found Dead at Nebraska Feedlot

Wyatt Bechtel

Drovers

According to a news release from the Nebraska State Patrol, Aaron Ogren, 30, of Exeter, was arrested by Fillmore County Sheriff’s Deputies on April 9 without an incident. Orgen was arrested following a warrant that charged him with one count of theft by unlawful taking, two counts of prohibited sale of livestock, and 26 counts of cruelty to animals.

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Surviving Climate Change Starts With Heat-Proofing the Cow

Surviving Climate Change Starts With Heat-Proofing the Cow

Christopher Flavelle

Bloomberg Businessweek

In the hour after dawn, the cattle ranches north of Lake Okeechobee become an almost fantastical rendering of bucolic bliss. Perfect Florida sunshine rolls across miles of fire-hued grass, silhouetting idle cows in twos and threes, backlighting patches of slender, bushy-topped Sabal palms with bursts of orange and red. It’s as if a cowboy story had been illustrated by Dr. Seuss.

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A new lawsuit accuses the “Big Four” beef packers of conspiring to fix cattle prices

A new lawsuit accuses the “Big Four” beef packers of conspiring to fix cattle prices

Joe Frasier

New Food Economy

The plaintiffs, a group of feedlot operators, say companies like JBS and Tyson Foods illegally plotted to use various means—including strategic plant closures—to force desperate ranchers into selling their animals more cheaply.

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Stickel Farms pieces together the puzzle

Stickel Farms pieces together the puzzle

Matt Reese

Ohio’s Country Journal

Being an environmental steward on a farm is all about carefully arranging the pieces of a complex puzzle in the hope of ending up with a profitable business and a minimal environmental footprint to leave the land better for the future.

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Tyson selling stake in Beyond Meat ahead of IPO

Tyson selling stake in Beyond Meat ahead of IPO

Feedstuffs

Tyson Ventures, a venture capital arm of Tyson Foods, confirmed to Feedstuffs that it is selling its 6.5% ownership stake in Beyond Meat Inc., a leading plant-based protein company, after investing $23 million between 2016 and 2017

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Braunvieh blood improves bottom line for Mitchell Farms

Braunvieh blood improves bottom line for Mitchell Farms

Macey Mueller

Progressive Cattleman

With a solid reputation for raising quality Braunvieh-influenced cattle that grow fast and garner carcass premiums, Mitchell Farms was named the 2017 Commercial Producer of the Year during the BAA Annual Meeting in Kansas City in October 2018. Located just north of Frederick, Oklahoma, the Mitchell family runs about 650 cows and proudly uses Braunvieh bulls to sire feed-efficient, high-performance cattle.

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Keeping cattle calm can improve beef quality

Keeping cattle calm can improve beef quality

Barbara Duckworth

The Western Producer

The concepts of watching the flight zone and balance points holds the animal in the right frame of mind so it keeps moving in the direction the handler wants. Arm flapping and yelling works one out of 10 times, he said.  “Think about the pressure you put on the cattle and the response you want to get rather than flight zone,” he said.

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Changing the Calving Season: Different Answers to the Same Question

Changing the Calving Season: Different Answers to the Same Question

Glenn Selk

Drovers

The onslaught of a wet, cold winter, several blizzards, and unbelievable flooding has caused some Midwest cattle producers to re-examine the timing of future calving seasons. There will be popular press and social media articles suggesting that calving seasons need to be moved to late spring and early summer.

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Cattle preconditioning programs add to bottom line

Cattle preconditioning programs add to bottom line

Feedstuffs

Cattle producers looking to improve their return on investment (ROI) should consider preconditioning calves before taking them to market, extension specialists told attendees at a recent University of Arkansas Livestock & Forestry Station field day.

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R-CALF files historic lawsuit against “Big Four” meat packers

R-CALF files historic lawsuit against “Big Four” meat packers

Meghan Grebner

Brownfield News Network

R-CALF CEO Bill Bullard says their economic analysis suggests US cattle producers have paid the price for the actions of JBS, Cargill, Tyson, and National Beef Packing Company.  “The artificial depression caused by the packers conduct – that we are alleging – has reduced cattle prices by 7.9 percent per year beginning at least in January of 2015,” he says.  “And continuing through today.”

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Cattle preconditioning helps improve odds for return on investment

Cattle preconditioning helps improve odds for return on investment

Mary Hightower

High Plains Journal

Arkansas cattle producers looking to improve their return on investment should consider preconditioning calves before taking them to market, extension specialists told attendees at the recent Livestock and Forestry Station field day.

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Seasoned ranchers share how they survived the 80s

Seasoned ranchers share how they survived the 80s

Amanda Radke

Beef Magazine

Volatile markets, extreme weather conditions, rising input costs and record-high debt loads are placing pressure on young producers. Want to weather this economic downturn? Listen to the advice of these seasoned ranchers.

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Impact of slick hair trait on physiological and reproductive performance in beef heifers consuming ergot alkaloids

Impact of slick hair trait on physiological and reproductive performance in beef heifers consuming ergot alkaloids

Journal of Animal Science

Rebecca K Poole Thomas L Devine Kyle J Mayberry Joan H Eisemann Matt H Poore Nathan M Long Daniel H Poole

Fescue toxicosis is a multifaceted syndrome common in cattle grazing endophyte-infected tall fescue. The objective of this study was to evaluate the impact of the slick hair trait on physiological and reproductive parameters in heifers experiencing fescue toxicosis.

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Flooding in the Heartland: It’s Not Over

Flooding in the Heartland: It’s Not Over

Marjorie Kulba
AgDay

It’s been a little over a month since massive flooding hit the heartland and water levels continue to be an issue. “The Wall Street Journal” reports the Missouri River remains above flood stage in a 160 mile stretch from Nebraska City, Nebraska to St. Joseph, Missouri.

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Building consistency.

Building consistency.

Radale Tiner

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

As we go about our normal lives, we often look for consistency in the products we purchase. Whether we are buying a new truck or going out for dinner, we want a consistent product. If those products are not consistent in quality, we most likely will find a new supplier. In this article we are going to discuss how consistent our calves are as we start to market them.

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Florida cattle ranchers blame booming population, urban sprawl for dying industry

Florida cattle ranchers blame booming population, urban sprawl for dying industry

Elina Shirazi

Fox News

Cattle ranchers are often thought of in states like Texas and Oklahoma, but Florida has its own share of ranches. But now the ranchers in the Sunshine State say their 500-year-old industry that boasts over $1 billion worth of cattle meat and dairy across the globe is being pushed out by Florida’s ever-growing population.

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Walmart is getting into the Angus beef business

Walmart is getting into the Angus beef business

Jessica Bursztynsky

CNBC
“Beef is an important purchase for our customer … it’s likely the most expensive item on their plate and they are treating themselves when they buy it,” said Scott Neal, senior vice president of meat, said in a press release. “Creating this supply chain allows us to treat our customers by giving them unprecedented quality and transparency.”

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New program will help cow-calf producers market weaned calves

New program will help cow-calf producers market weaned calves

Christan Miracle

The Lebanon Enterprise

Demand for weaned calves is growing and the cattle market is placing more emphasis on calves with a known management history. The overwhelming majority of Kentucky calves are weaned on the trailer on the way to the local sale barn. But research tells us that preconditioning calves can help reduce sickness and death loss by 74 percent, making them more valuable.

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NYC To Ban Hot Dogs and Processed Meats To Improve Climate

NYC To Ban Hot Dogs and Processed Meats To Improve Climate

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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.

Mayor Bill de Blasio approved an ambitious $14 billion Green New Deal on Monday, April 22, to combat climate change. The plan will cut purchases of red meat by 50 percent in its city-controlled facilities such as hospitals, schools, and correctional facilities. The new commitment builds off of the Meatless Mondays campaign that was adopted by all NYC schools in 2017.

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