Daily Archives: April 27, 2020

What happens to beef if the Mexican border closes?

What happens to beef if the Mexican border closes?

Kerry Halladay

Western Livestock Journal

Ever wonder what would happen to the U.S. cattle and beef industry if the border with Mexico closed entirely? The possibility was raised on Friday, March 29, when President Donald Trump announced he would close the border with Mexico if certain immigration-related demands of his aren’t met. He acknowledged that the move could harm trade and the U.S. economy, but said, “We’re going to have security in this country. That’s more important than trade.”

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Synchronizing Estrus in Cattle

Synchronizing Estrus in Cattle

L.R. Sprott and B.B. Carpenter

Texas A&M University

Cows not conceiving will return to estrus again beginning about 18 to 25 days after the synchronization period. The females will still be synchronized to a slight degree, which gives a second chance to artificially inseminate each female in the early part of the breeding season. Without synchronization, the herd manager is faced with a 21-day period of continual estrus detection and only one opportunity for AI in most females.

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Spring Breeding Seasons Need to Stay On Time

Spring Breeding Seasons Need to Stay On Time

Glenn Selk


Spring breeding seasons need to stay on time. Traditionally spring breeding seasons in the Southern Plains begin about the first of May.  Many ranches breed the yearling replacement heifers starting in mid-April, allowing the first calf heifers to have an extra 2 weeks to return to heat cycles along with the mature cows the following year.

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Heifer Selection: The Road To Profitability

Heifer Selection: The Road To Profitability

Brad Wright

Frontline Beef Producer

Selecting the correct replacement heifers is the single-most important production factor affecting profitability of a beef operation. Heifers that are slow to breed, or worse, fail to breed in their first breeding season are set on a path to negatively affect your bottom line for the rest of their lives. Commercial producers that make their living off the backs of every factory in their pasture depend upon the seedstock breeders they buy their bulls from to have the same emphasis on fertility that they do. The heifers you pick today could impact the production and genetics of your herd for at least the next eight to 10 years, and a breeder cannot be profitable with a sub-fertile herd.

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From the Ground Up: Plant Closures Bottle Neck Beef Production

From the Ground Up: Plant Closures Bottle Neck Beef Production

Todd Carroll


Workers in meat processing plants pretty much work shoulder to shoulder and the Coronavirus outbreak has triggered the closing or slowdown of plants across the country. Pete Scarmardo is a local rancher and cattle buyer and says that the number of beef animals that are harvested daily has dropped from around 120,000 to around 90,000 and is creating a bottleneck in the beef supply chain.

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What an Oklahoma rancher wants you to know about America’s broken food supply system

What an Oklahoma rancher wants you to know about America’s broken food supply system

Kamau Bell


I first met Scott Blubaugh, the president of the Oklahoma Farmers Union, last year when I was filming an episode on family farms for this summer’s season of “United Shades of America.” There’s a lot of talk in this country of farmers as the backbone of America, and we were trying to separate the facts from the pickup truck commercial.

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Should you grow bigger beef calves amid pandemic?

Should you grow bigger beef calves amid pandemic?

Mindy Ward

Beef Magazine

The beef industry is in upheaval, and while it will take time to decide what shoulders the most blame — COVID-19 or the meat packing industry — beef cattle producers face a difficult question right now: “What should I do with my calves?”

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Business steady at Dickinson Cattle Company

Business steady at Dickinson Cattle Company

Brittany Grego


Dickinson Cattle Company is experiencing a high demand for meat products during the pandemic. However, processing plants are shut down and that’s causing a slight increase in prices. “We had a lot of inventory and we are very fortunate that we could provide food to a lot of people,” Darol Dickinson said.

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NMSU Extension beef heifer replacement project introduces youth to cattle industry

NMSU Extension beef heifer replacement project introduces youth to cattle industry

Jane Moorman

Las Cruces Sun News

Six youth from Bernalillo, Torrance and Valencia counties are on a 12-month journey learning about the cattle industry by participating in the New Mexico Beef Select Heifer Replacement Project. The youth are the second cohort to participate in the program offered by New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service in Valencia County.

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Fresh look:  The Fair Cattle Markets initiative

Fresh look:  The Fair Cattle Markets initiative

Tri State Livestock News

As cattle producers face supply chain uncertainty, tumbling markets and heightened tensions both within the industry and without, they’re looking for answers. They want answers to questions like, “Why are packers making more money than ever, while cattle feeders are losing it?” and “Why are there four major packers in operation in the United States—one less than there were in 1919 when President Wilson ordered the investigation that created the Packers and Stockyards Act—and it’s still not considered a monopoly?”

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