Daily Archives: September 24, 2020

The Top 10 indications the new kid you hired might not work out

The Top 10 indications the new kid you hired might not work out

Mark Parker


#10. Most of his time is spent taking ‘selfies’ — him and the cows, him and the tractor, him and the 40 rods of electric fence he rolled up in the rotary mower.

#9. He fails to comprehend the geometric implications of a 90-degree turn through a 16-ft. gate while pulling a 45-ft. bale trailer.

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The Competition Is Getting Thick

The Competition Is Getting Thick

ShayLe Stewart


If you’ve lived long enough to have a yearning for the cattle business, there’s a strong probability that you’ve been in a situation where you’ve been backed into a corner with no easy way out. Maybe it was a contract you knew you weren’t going to be able to honor or maybe it was an operating note whose interest and deadline snuck up on you.

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U.S. CattleTrace Is a New Organization Focused On Beef Cattle Traceability

U.S. CattleTrace Is a New Organization Focused On Beef Cattle Traceability

Oklahoma Farm Report

A relatively new company headquartered in Wamego, Ks., is focused on setting national standards for cattle traceability. U.S. CattleTrace is a nonprofit, national organization devoted to developing an animal disease traceability program that would protect livestock wellbeing, the cattle industry and public health if a disease outbreak would occur, said Callahan Grund executive director for U.S. CattleTrace.

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‘Miracle’ calf survives California wildfire

‘Miracle’ calf survives California wildfire

Lisa Foust Prater

Successful Farming

California is going through a horrible fire season. Homeowners, farmers, and ranchers are suffering terrible losses, but even in the middle of a disaster like this, glimmers of hope can be found.

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NCBA Responds To Cattle Market Transparency Act

NCBA Responds To Cattle Market Transparency Act

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) released the following statement in response the Cattle Market Transparency Act, introduced today by Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.): “Price discovery is an issue of critical importance to cow/calf producers, stockers, backgrounders, and feeders across the United States, and more negotiated trade is needed throughout the cattle feeding regions to ensure sufficient price discovery. That is why all of NCBA’s 46 state affiliate organizations unanimously adopted a fed cattle price discovery policy at our 2020 Summer Business Meeting.

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USCA to Host Senators Jon Tester & Mike Rounds for #FactsOnlyFriday 

USCA to Host Senators Jon Tester & Mike Rounds for #FactsOnlyFriday 

The United States Cattlemen’s Association
The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) is pleased to host U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Mike Rounds (R-SD) for a live, virtual discussion on the state of the U.S. cattle market and the role of Congress in bringing forth solutions. The conversation will take place on USCA’s Facebook page and YouTube channel this Friday, September 25 at 4:30pm MDT.

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Add value to calves this fall

Add value to calves this fall

Derrell S. Peel


Cow-calf producers can add significant value to calves prior to sale. A careful look at the auction reports reveals the value of calf production and marketing practices. Hopefully bull calves were castrated at branding time or earlier but, if not, castration should be done in plenty of time for steers to fully heal prior to sale. The most recent Oklahoma combined auction report shows that the average discount for bulls weighing 450-550 pounds was $62/head. The same applies to dehorning if needed.

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New Senate bill would set cash-trade minimums

New Senate bill would set cash-trade minimums

Alan Newport

Beef Producer

On Tuesday US Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), introduced the Cattle Market Transparency Act of 2020, which would establish regional negotiated cash minimums and give producers with more market information. Fischer, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said the legislation would restore transparency and accountability in the cattle market.

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Unlocking the genetic secrets of legendary bulls

Unlocking the genetic secrets of legendary bulls

The Cattle Site

The Sequencing the Legends project is led by Professor Steve Moore Centre for Animal Sciences Director at the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI), a combined University of Queensland and Queensland Government research institute. “We are unpacking the entire DNA sequences of 50 influential animals then honing in on the genes associated with specific traits in order to capture the best genetics in the Brahman breed,” he said.

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Caprock Cattle Educational Series: EPDs

Caprock Cattle Educational Series: EPDs

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agents Mark Carroll (Floyd County) and Andy Hart (Hale County) are your hosts for a series of talks with experts for the 2020 Caprock Cattle Educational Series. This year’s topic is Beef Health and Forage Management. Today’s guest is Dr. Ryan Rathmann, John W. and Doris Jones Professor of Beef Cattle Biology and Livestock Judging Coach at Texas Tech University. Dr. Rathmann joins Mark and Andy to discuss Expected Progeny Differences in cattle.

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