Daily Archives: January 15, 2020

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 farmer maladies that may not be covered by health insurance

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 farmer maladies that may not be covered by health insurance

#10. Cardiac events related to USDA crop reports.

#9. Injuries suffered from throwing a wrench at a well-inflated tire.

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What to Expect from a Breeding Soundness Examination

What to Expect from a Breeding Soundness Examination

Heather Smith Thomas

Carolina Cattle Connection

Many factors play a role in the fertility and breeding ability of bulls, including semen quality, conformation, soundness, and a desire to breed cows. It is recommended every bull pass a breeding soundness examination before being put out with cows.

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Lone Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Restrict Checkoff Funds, Contracting

Lone Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Restrict Checkoff Funds, Contracting

Chris Clayton


A Nevada congresswoman introduced legislation that would create more oversight for USDA checkoff programs, drawing cheers from checkoff critics and pushback from a cattlemen’s organization.

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New genetic test targets bovine congestive heart failure

New genetic test targets bovine congestive heart failure


A team of researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) in Clay Center, Neb., and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have identified two major genes associated with bovine congestive heart failure (BCHF) in beef feedlot cattle. This study is the first to confirm genetic risk factors associated with BCHF.

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McDonalds And Beef Sustainability

McDonalds And Beef Sustainability

Jodi Henke

Successful Farming

Some of the most iconic menu items at McDonald’s are their 100% beef hamburgers. They don’t own farms or rear animals directly, so the company is one of the world’s biggest buyers of beef.  They’re involved in helping move the industry toward more sustainable production practices by working with farmers, environmental groups and governments.

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Beef Quality Assurance campaign seeks greater understanding of industry efforts.

Beef Quality Assurance campaign seeks greater understanding of industry efforts.

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

About 85% of U.S. beef today comes from Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)-certified farmers or ranchers. Do American consumers know that? Just as importantly, do they know what BQA is and what it stands for? Those are the kinds of questions a new Beef Checkoff-funded campaign from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), a Beef Checkoff contractor, is addressing. Its goal is to bridge the gap between what the industry is doing to produce high-quality beef in a humane, environmentally friendly way, and what consumers know about those efforts.

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Diversifying with stocker cattle

Diversifying with stocker cattle

The Hermann Advertiser-Courier

One way to improve a farmer’s chances of remaining in the business includes diversifying the operation with livestock. In 2020, due to financial stresses grain farmers are feeling from continued low market prices, adding livestock could help.

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Beef Packers Seek Dismissal Of Antitrust Lawsuit

Beef Packers Seek Dismissal Of Antitrust Lawsuit

Greg Henderson


Lawyers for America’s largest beef packing companies filed papers on Friday seeking dismissal of the class action suit filed against them by a group of ranchers last year. The beef packers claim the “direct” evidence of their alleged scheme to drive down beef prices consists of “unreliable hearsay from two unidentified witnesses, neither of whom have personal knowledge of any collusion.”

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When hit with an ice storm, do this to ensure animal performance!

When hit with an ice storm, do this to ensure animal performance!

Greg Judy

Regenerative Rancher

When you get hit with a sudden ice storm and have animals depending on you, it is nice to have some insurance on hand. Check out how we manage for superior animal performance during these storms.


Rancher finds profits outside the box

Rancher finds profits outside the box


Capital Press

Kit Pharo has run cattle on eastern Colorado grasslands for the past 35 years with common-sense principles that go against the grain of traditional ranching. That’s led to a profitable and sustainable cow-calf operation, cooperative herds in 12 states and a seedstock business that now sells more than 1,000 bulls a year.

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