Daily Archives: October 22, 2020

Baxter Black:  The Young Politician

Baxter Black:  The Young Politician

He rose in the class, hand over his heart
And spoke of his future career
“The political ring’s where I’ll throw my hat
I love the applause and the cheers.”

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Creep Feeding by the Numbers

Creep Feeding by the Numbers

Victoria Myers

Progressive Farmer

Increased packer capacity would bring some clear advantages to the beef industry, but is there anything to support the idea that this is a good time to open a new plant? Existing packers, after all, are doing pretty well, all things considered.

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Beef carcass weights falling back in line

Beef carcass weights falling back in line

Alberta Farmer Express

Carcass weights rose after COVID-19 disrupted processing at the Cargill and JBS beef plants but are now getting back to normal, says provincial livestock market analyst Jason Wood. “During a three- week period at the beginning of May, steer carcass weights rose 28 pounds to 926 pounds, above average for that time period.”

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OCA’s Cattlemen’s Academy to host first nutrition clinic on the year

OCA’s Cattlemen’s Academy to host first nutrition clinic on the year

National Beef Wire

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association’s (OCA) Cattlemen’s Academy will be hosting three nutrition clinics this fall at various locations throughout Ohio, co-sponsored by Merck Animal Health. The first clinic will be held on Nov. 10, 2020 at 6 p.m. at the Shawnee State Park Lodge in West Portsmouth.  OCA recognizes the importance of serving individual members across the state and the goal of the Cattlemen’s Academy is to offer informative learning experiences as part of a current OCA membership. These clinics will follow all COVID safety precautions and appropriate social distancing.

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7 cattle operations recognized for stewardship

7 cattle operations recognized for stewardship

Beef Producer

Seven cattle operations have been recognized by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association as regional winners of its annual Environmental Stewardship Awards Program. “For generations, cattlemen and cattlewomen have shared a commitment to improving their operations with an understanding that better management techniques improve the productivity of our farms and ranches,” said NCBA President Marty Smith.

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Do Your Heifers Make the Grade?

Do Your Heifers Make the Grade?

Bovine Veterinarian

Pre-breeding vaccinations, administered at least 30 days prior to breeding, are the first step in setting up heifers for their future role in the cow herd. By immunizing the females against infectious reproductive diseases, you can help minimize embryonic losses later in gestation.

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Report tackles fed cattle cash volume and packer participation

Report tackles fed cattle cash volume and packer participation

Wes Ishmael

Beef Magazine

“Cattle producers across all segments of the industry expect adequate price discovery in the fed cattle markets. While the framework outlined in this report represents a voluntary path to achieving robust price discovery, it is not intended to be the sole remedy to that end. Similarly, it is not intended to be static, and will need to be adjusted from time to time to ensure currency and efficacy.”

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Fall herd management for increased profitability

Fall herd management for increased profitability

Hubbard Feeds

Focus on reproductive performance: Profitability of cow-calf operations is largely determined by cow reproductive performance. Calf crop percentage and average weaning weight are primary factors influencing both total income and cost of production. Consequently, the goal for most herds is to have a high percentage of cows wean a calf and for most of those calves to be born early in the calving season.

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Management tips to help reduce transportation stress

Management tips to help reduce transportation stress

Steve Stafford

Progressive Cattle

The U.S. cattle herd has increasingly become more mobile over time – and without fail, nearly every animal will be transported at some point in its life. To better understand the stress this causes in cattle and the subsequent consequences of that stress, research has been conducted to quantify these impacts on cattle.

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Belching Cows and Endless Feedlots: Fixing Cattle’s Climate Issues

Belching Cows and Endless Feedlots: Fixing Cattle’s Climate Issues


New York Times

The beef industry points out that, rather than remaining the same or increasing, the overall cattle population in the United States has declined by more than 25 percent since peaking in the 1970s, mostly because of efficiency improvements. But cattle populations are growing overseas, as nations become more affluent and beef consumption increases.

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