Daily Archives: September 7, 2020

Baxter Black: Just Words

Baxter Black:  Just Words

They were just words.

“Tear down the Berlin Wall!” Reagan to Gorbachev at the Brandenburg Gate, 1987

“Chance of rain.” Weatherman in Louisiana before Hurricane Katrina, 2005.

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One Brazilian farmer tried – and failed – to ranch more responsibly in the Amazon

One Brazilian farmer tried – and failed – to ranch more responsibly in the Amazon

Stephen Eisenhammer


For decades, the third-generation rancher in northern Brazil watched guiltily as his industry, feeding soaring global appetite for beef, razed ever more jungle. So, gradually he experimented with grasses and grazing techniques that today make his ranch one of the most efficient in Brazil. Costa became a model for those who believe beef can be raised profitably and sustainably – even in the Amazon.

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Drought preparedness for cow-calf producers

Drought preparedness for cow-calf producers

Kimberly Williams Brackett

Progressive Cattle

In light of current weather patterns and drought in portions of Kansas and surrounding states, Kansas State University (KSU) hosted a webinar featuring tips for strategic reduction of grazing pressure, supplementation and early weaned calf nutrition and health considerations.

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3 Tips for Developing Cattle Winter Nutritional Plans

3 Tips for Developing Cattle Winter Nutritional Plans

Grace Vehige


When it comes to preparing cattle operations for winter months, ranchers have many factors to consider. Decisions made prior to cold weather moving in are just as vital as choices made during winter months. Feeding cattle properly is a crucial management task in order to ensure a profit and maintain herd health.

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Holsteins For Beef Require Specific Management For Prime Results

Holsteins For Beef Require Specific Management For Prime Results

Maureen Hanson

Bovine Veterinarian

They make up well over 10% of the United States’ total fed beef supply. They produce about one-third of the nation’s total supply of Prime-grade beef. And they make the largest purebred contribution to the U.S. fed cattle population. If you thought Holstein steers were a second-tier scourge to the rest of the fed cattle industry, think again.

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Producing Quality Beef

Producing Quality Beef

Joe Paschal

Victoria Advocate

Beef is one of those foods that most consumers do not really know much about other than the cut or product that they know how to cook or like to eat. Most consumers do not know the difference nor the reason between prime, choice or select graded cuts — except that prime and choice cost more.

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Biotechnology could change the cattle industry. Will it succeed?

Biotechnology could change the cattle industry. Will it succeed?

Dyllan Furness


When Ralph Fisher, a Texas cattle rancher, set eyes on one of the world’s first cloned calves in August 1999, he didn’t care what the scientists said: He knew it was his old Brahman bull, Chance, born again. About a year earlier, veterinarians at Texas A&M extracted DNA from one of Chance’s moles and used the sample to create a genetic double. Chance didn’t live to meet his second self, but when the calf was born, Fisher christened him Second Chance, convinced he was the same animal.

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Ranney Ranch: An Eco-Friendly Southwestern Cattle Ranch

Ranney Ranch: An Eco-Friendly Southwestern Cattle Ranch

Kurt Jacobson

Mother Earth News

Cattle ranches in the West often get a bad reputation. Overgrazing has decimated the environment in places like my former home state, Colorado. I remember many times during my years of hunting and fishing in Colorado, walking through a cow pie studded landscapes where the grass was almost gone. Sagebrush and cactus could barely gain a foothold so denuded were some of the places I hiked.

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Producer Input Critical for Meeting U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef Goals

Producer Input Critical for Meeting U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef Goals

Anna Hastert

KMA Land

Input from cattle producers has been critical to meeting the goals of the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, says Ben Weinheimer, vice president for the Texas Cattle Feeders Association. When the U.S. Roundtable finalized the beef industry sustainability framework about one year ago, Weinheimer says, all segments of the beef industry established the need to address water, air and land resources, as well as caring for animals and employees.

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Double Shoe Ranch helps provide meat for community

Double Shoe Ranch helps provide meat for community

Taylor Burnette

The Ironton Tribune

Stephen Walker jokes that he isn’t a cow farmer, but is instead a grass farmer. “A corn farmer uses a combine to harvest corn, I use cattle to harvest my grass,” Walker said. “No one will come buy grass off of me, but they will come buy beef.”

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