Daily Archives: January 14, 2021

Air emission regulations and cattle: Just a bunch of hot air?

Air emission regulations and cattle: Just a bunch of hot air?

Kyle Weldon

Progressive Cattle

Over the past half-century, there has been an unfortunate shift in the average American’s connection with the production of the food they consume. Need evidence of this disconnect? Look no further than the purported environmental impact discussions involving – wait for it – cow farts. The fermentation abilities of the bovine animal have caught the attention of Netflix, politicians and even fast-food restaurants.

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2020 Taught Beef Producers a Valuable Lesson

2020 Taught Beef Producers a Valuable Lesson

Oklahoma Farm Report

If anything, 2020 taught us to be planners but we also have to be nimble, McCully said. I am bullish on beef demand and I think our commercial and seedstock breeders have some really good years in front of us, he said. Our business will be less commodity and more program (based) and that’s why programs like our Angus Link (value added programs) are positioning users of registered Angus genetics to be able to take advantage of those premiums in the marketplace, McCully said.

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Master Marketer Seminar Series helps producers reduce risk, add profit

Master Marketer Seminar Series helps producers reduce risk, add profit

Agrilife Today

The Master Marketer Seminar Series is an annual comprehensive marketing course developed by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas A&M University Department of Agricultural Economics. It rotates locations each year, and this year it is being hosted through the Amarillo office, but must be held online due to COVID restrictions.

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2021’s Best and Worst States to Start a Farm or Ranch

2021’s Best and Worst States to Start a Farm or Ranch


Farming and ranching aren’t the most glamorous professions — you’re up before sunrise to till the soil and milk the cows — but they are among the most rewarding and essential jobs. Besides feeding the world, the U.S. agriculture industry forms a big part of our economic backbone. All the rapid innovation over recent decades, too, means modern farmers and ranchers have far greater opportunities to expand in their field.

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Dr. Charles McPeake Passes

Dr. Charles McPeake Passes


Charles Arthur McPeake, 75, former University of Georgia animal science department head, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on December 18, 2020, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was one of five children born in Lexington, Tennessee on October 12, 1945, to the late Chester Arthur and Audia Hayes McPeake.

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January beef cattle management

January beef cattle management

Brandon Sears

Richmond Register

Consider vaccinating the cows to help prevent calf scours.

Keep replacement heifer calves gaining to be cycling before the start of the spring breeding season

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Cattle finishing net returns prospects for 2021

Cattle finishing net returns prospects for 2021

Michael Langemeier

Beef Magazine

COVID-19 and fluctuating fed cattle and feed prices resulted in another challenging year for cattle finishers.  An earlier article (farmdoc daily October 9, 2020) examined net returns for the first nine months of 2020.  This article updates feeding cost of gain, breakeven prices, and net return estimates for 2020 and provides projections for the first half of 2021.

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North Dakota brand inspector has been ‘riding the brands’ for 55 years

North Dakota brand inspector has been ‘riding the brands’ for 55 years

Mikkel Pates

Grand Forks Herald

Delbert Eszlinger, 75, has been a part-time local cattle brand inspector for 55 years. Every year, just before Christmas, the Ashley, N.D., rancher gets a little card in the mail, renewing his appointment. “To be honest with you, I never thought I would last this long in this field,” Eszlinger said.

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How the Beef Industry Is Adjusting to COVID-19

How the Beef Industry Is Adjusting to COVID-19


The COVID-19 pandemic threw the brakes on a lot of businesses in 2020. The beef industry was one of the hardest-hit sectors of food and agriculture. Supply chain members from the cow/calf operation to the grocery counter felt the pressure. Consumers faced sharply higher prices and processors saw operations disrupted. Cattle feeders shifted marketing plans and feed rations to adjust to supply and demand.

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75 Things You Didn’t Know About Beef

75 Things You Didn’t Know About Beef

Noble Research Institute

Beef is a staple of American mealtime. Nutritious. Delicious. It is Americana on a plate. Producing beef requires the dedication of farmers and ranchers across the United States, and proper management of grazing animals can rebuild the health of pastures and rangelands. Since 1945, Noble Research Institute has supported farmers and ranchers in fostering land stewardship, improving the soil and producing one of the world’s favorite foods.

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