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April 2006


CT: April 03, 2006 13:05:36 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- BSE LESSONS BEAR LEARNING
If there is a single lesson to be gleaned from the U.S. BSE experience it may be that future disease challenges could prove devastating unless industry and government get their arms wrapped around the science, practical levels of risk and how to communicate that to consumers.

CT: April 06, 2006 13:31:25 CST
OBTAINING AN ACCURATE PICTURE OF MINERAL STATUS CAN BE COMPLICATED
Obtaining an accurate “picture” of what an animal's actual mineral status is can be more complicated than just pulling blood samples.

CT: April 07, 2006 09:48:15 CST
DATA SHOWS THAT QUEST FOR CHOICE HAS NOT IMPROVED
As the search for more Choice cattle became breaking news, it seems crossbreeding was sacrificed to improve quality grade with straight bred cattle. Millions of dollars in opportunity costs are gone due to lost performance that crossbreeding brings in added pounds and maternal efficiency. The question to the beef industry is, “Has the goal been reached?”

CT: April 10, 2006 10:26:40 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- FINDING MYSELF
Have you Googled yourself lately? It sounds almost perverse doesn't it?

CT: April 12, 2006 09:58:25 CST
MARKETING PROGRAMS HELP PRODUCERS FIND GENETIC VALUE
It is no secret cattlemen are good in the production division of the enterprise. Time and time again we see genetic packages that are capable of out producing the generation before on the available resources Mother Nature will provide. In most cases, it is often the marketing division that needs help for a producer to achieve profitability.

CT: April 13, 2006 13:52:25 CST
FLORIDA BEEF CATTLE SHORT COURSE TO BE HELD MAY 3-5
The 55th Annual Florida Beef Cattle Short Course at the University of Florida will be held on May 3-5, 2006, at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center in Gainesville, Florida.

CT: April 14, 2006 13:47:36 CST
GENETIC SELECTION IS THE KEY TO UNLOCKING PROFITABILITY
Throughout the year, cattle producers make numerous decisions that impact the economic well being of their operation. Managerial decisions are made on a daily basis and while some require little research, the impact of others warrants thorough study. One decision that rises to the top of this list is selecting bulls to breed to your cows.

CT: April 17, 2006 13:21:38 CST
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK - ALL TAMPED OUT
Trenching a West Texas yard by hand can be akin to sharpening a chisel with a toothbrush: progress is possible but it's often invisible.

CT: April 21, 2006 07:54:41 CST
SELECTION AND DEVELOPMENT OF REPLACEMENT HEIFERS IS IMPORTANT
Maintenance of a quality cow herd requires a constant input of new breeding females. At this time of the year, as fall calving producers are evaluating heifers they are preparing to wean and spring calvers considering the new calf crop they both have decisions to make.

CT: April 24, 2006 14:21:44 CST
RISING NITROGEN PRICES PUTS FOCUS BACK ON CLOVERS
If you were to ask producers to make a list of the greatest concerns they have for the future of beef cattle production, I would imagine that the rising costs of key inputs like Nitrogen (N) fertilizer might rank among the top items.

CT: April 25, 2006 14:57:40 CST
CONSIDER SEVERAL FACTORS BEFORE CREEP FEEDING
"To creep or not to creep?" That is the question that many beef producers wrangle with in managing calf nutrition.

CT: April 27, 2006 14:24:50 CST
IT'S THE PITTS--HIGHER GROUND
I've been a hero only once in my life. Considering my 53 years, that's wholly inadequate. Some might think my actions that day should not even be called heroic.

CT: April 28, 2006 07:50:25 CST
IBBA HONORS VAUGHAN AS BREEDER OF THE YEAR
This year's prestigious Brangus® Breeder of the Year honor was awarded to David Vaughan, owner of Salacoa Valley Farm, Fairmount, Georgia.


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