Daily Archives: February 10, 2021

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 ways farmers screw up Valentine’s Day

Mark Parker:  The Top 10 ways farmers screw up Valentine’s Day


#10. He buys one of those heart-shaped candy boxes on February 15 when the price drops.

#9. Since she complains about wading through mud, he figures new rubber boots would be just the ticket.

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Cattle Economics: Cow-Calf and Stocker Cattle Budgets

Cattle Economics: Cow-Calf and Stocker Cattle Budgets

Dr. Andrew Griffith

University of tennessee

Each year, we (i.e. me and a colleague under the umbrella of the University of Tennessee Extension) develop a cow-calf and stocker budget. This budget is developed primarily with Tennessee producers in mind, but the Microsoft Excel versions are flexible enough to meet the needs of most any producer in the United States. Additionally, the stocker budget is such that any margin operator could use it for a profit or loss projection or a break-even analysis.

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Dry Winter Could Spell Disaster

Dry Winter Could Spell Disaster

Our Wyoming Life
A winter drought is in effect for most of Wyoming. Called a flash drought, we look at how snow helps the ranch and if we will be able to recover.


U.S. Beef Exports Fall in 2020, But Showing Signs of Recovery

U.S. Beef Exports Fall in 2020, But Showing Signs of Recovery

Colter Brown

Northern AG Network

Beef exports were heavily impacted by foodservice restrictions in many major markets but trended higher late in the year, bolstered by very strong retail and holiday demand.

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Calves On The Ground Put Money In The Pocket

Calves On The Ground Put Money In The Pocket

Laura McKenzie

A&M Today

The next crop of calves is what keeps the cattle industry in business. Knowing this, a Texas A&M University study aims to reduce reproduction failure, which can cause a significant loss to the U.S. beef industry.

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Comparing Two Times of Crisis for the Beef Industry

Comparing Two Times of Crisis for the Beef Industry

Victoria G. Myers

Progressive Farmer

Early projections call for lower to steady per capita disappearance of both red meat and poultry in 2021. (Chart courtesy of USDA Economic Research Service)  As more of a retrospective view becomes available, it increasingly appears COVID-19 has been far from the worst thing the U.S. beef industry has dealt with, historically speaking.

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Texas lawmaker aims to keep plant imitators from claiming they’re meat

Texas lawmaker aims to keep plant imitators from claiming they’re meat

Chuck Martin

1080 KRLD

The Texas legislature is jumping into the fight between plant-based burger patties and meat derived solely from cattle. Republican State Representative Brad Buckley of Killeen has introduced the ‘Texas Meat and Imitation Food Act’ that would block the words “meat, beef, chicken, pork or any “common variation” of them from being used on packaging, even if only to claim similar textures, flavors or cooking methods, unless the official definitions are met.

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Beef Production Without Cows?

Beef Production Without Cows?


Omaha Star Herald

At first glance, the title of this month’s ‘Jack’s Insights’ may rankle some feathers and perhaps cause you to wonder if I have gone off the deep end in my retirement. So, let me state right up front: This column is not about Impossible Burgers, Beyond Beef, or any of the other meatless fads trying to mimic the taste, texture or other great aspects of beef in our increasingly vegan society.

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Beef cattle nutrition webinar set for Thursday

Beef cattle nutrition webinar set for Thursday

Brandon Sears

Richmond Register

Join us on Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. for a Zoom webinar with Extension Specialist Dr. Jeff Lehmkuhler about beef cattle nutrition. We are having an open forum with no specific topic, rather a question and answer session about anything cow/calf or stocker/backgrounder beef nutrition. This program will qualify as CAIP education credit.

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Kansas Cattleman and Veteran Jerry Bohn Named NCBA President

Kansas Cattleman and Veteran Jerry Bohn Named NCBA President


Bohn, a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, has been a part of the cattle industry his entire life. Bohn has had an expansive career in the cattle industry since his early days of custom grazing cattle with his family in the Kansas Flint Hills, to his time on Kansas State University’s award-winning livestock judging team, and eventually serving 34 years as the manager of Pratt Feeders, a commercial cattle feeding operation in his home state of Kansas.

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