Daily Archives: January 29, 2020

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 random comments from the preg-checking chute

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 random comments from the preg-checking chute

FarmTalk

#10. You said I oughta cull her five years ago, Doc, and she’s had two darn nice calves since then.

#9. Look at it this way, you bought a half-price bull and he settled half the cows.

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Baxter Black:   He Wondered How He’d Tell Her

Baxter Black:   He Wondered How He’d Tell Her

The rancher told his foreman, “Looks like things are gettin’ tough

The price of calves is deadly, heck, there may not be enough

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Do you possess the characteristics of an intentional beef producer?

Do you possess the characteristics of an intentional beef producer?

Robert Wells,

Western Livestock Journal

To be successful, any business person must develop a plan and then devise a strategy on how to work the plan to accomplish desired goals. That’s especially important in the cattle business, where most cow-calf producers would agree that the return on investment on an annual cash basis is typically low.

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Tips for Low-Stress Cattle Gathering and Driving

Tips for Low-Stress Cattle Gathering and Driving

Whit Hibbard

On Pasture

Get things off to a good start by approaching animals in a non-threatening way (i.e., at an oblique angle, not directly towards them). Start slowly, giving them time to decide to move off of your pressure, so it becomes their idea to head in the direction you want. Conventional handlers tend to make them move off, often by inducing fear (e.g., by yelling, siccing the dogs on them).

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Lactating animals need quality feed in late winter, spring

Lactating animals need quality feed in late winter, spring

Chris Parker

Prairie Farmer

No matter what type of livestock you raise, chances are they’re either lactating now or will be soon. Many beef producers, for example, breed for calving in March and April. This is a key time to make sure you’re feeding your best forage. Lactating animals need higher levels of nutrition compared to gestating animals.

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JBS USA recognized for aligning with beef sustainability framework

JBS USA recognized for aligning with beef sustainability framework

Feedstuffs

JBS USA recently became the first beef company to achieve recognition across the cow/calf, feedyard and processing segments of the supply chain for alignment to the U.S. Beef Industry Sustainability Framework. The framework is an industry-adopted resource that outlines key areas of sustainability and opportunities for improvement across the beef value chain. It is comprised of high-priority indicators, sector-specific metrics and sustainability assessment guides.

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BRD diagnosis in feedlots may become easier to make

BRD diagnosis in feedlots may become easier to make

Barbara Duckworth

The Western Producer

BRD is the most common and economically important disease affecting feedlot cattle. About 15 percent of cattle in North America are treated for it and it’s responsible for about 70 percent of illnesses and 40 percent of deaths. Costs are estimated at more than $1 billion a year.

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Kansas Family Finds Success in Helping Others

Kansas Family Finds Success in Helping Others

Jennifer Carrico

Maine Anjou Voice

Raising two young boys on the ranch and in the cattle business is something that Shawn and Dana Mills have always known they would do-it’s in their blood. Helping other youth have these same experiences is their way of giving back, They say it wasn’t long ago that they were the ones needing to learn new and different practices in the show cattle industry, so they want to be a source for others. Many in the Maine-Anjou business have been mentors to the Mills family through the years.

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Fewer calves and trade deals should help underpin cattle prices.

Fewer calves and trade deals should help underpin cattle prices.

Wes Ishmael

F&R

Cattle prices in 2020 likely will be similar to the prior year, but the foundation seems stronger and the worst appears to be over.  . . “Strong feedlot placements pushed annual average feedlot inventories to record levels in December,” says Derrell Peel, Extension livestock mar – keting specialist at Oklahoma State University. “Average feedlot invento – ries are expected to be very close to a peak as feeder supplies plateau in the coming months.”

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Steps to Protect Your Small Business from Non-Paying Customers

Steps to Protect Your Small Business from Non-Paying Customers

Cari Rincker

Rincker Law

Unfortunately, most businesses must deal with non-paying customers at least occasionally. You can safeguard the time and money you have invested in your small business by taking several steps, both to lessen the likelihood of nonpayment and to obtain the amount owed once a customer has failed to make a timely payment.

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