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October 2006


CT: October 02, 2006 15:40:33 CST
AMERICAN ANGUS ASSOC. ANNUAL CONVENTION TO BE HELD NOVEMBER 11-14
American Angus Association members will converge at the 2006 North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE), Nov. 11-14 in Louisville, Ky.

CT: October 06, 2006 15:29:23 CST
POLL SHOWS NAIS IMPLEMENTATION BELOW EXPECTATIONS
More than 80 percent of participants at the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) annual conference regarding animal identification suggested the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Animal Identification System (NAIS) implementation is behind expectations.

CT: October 06, 2006 15:31:33 CST
BVD IS THE MOST COSTLY VIRAL DISEASE IN CATTLE
Bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) is widespread in cattle, with a high number of animals testing positive to this disease. It has been estimated that 80 percent of cattle in this country have been exposed to BVD, and that 70 to 90 percent of infections go undetected, without visible symptoms.

CT: October 09, 2006 16:40:03 CST
PRODUCERS MUST MATCH PROTEINS FED TO CATTLE'S PHASE OF PRODUCTION
Recent studies have shown that significant differences exist in how cattle respond not only to protein level but also type of protein when grazing a forage base that is relatively low quality in terms of protein content and nutrient digestibility.

CT: October 09, 2006 16:42:40 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- BATTLING THE UNKNOWABLE IN STOCKER CATTLE
You can't vaccinate for it or treat it effectively if you have it. Consequently, the most effective management practice when it comes to mycoplasma is simply avoiding it, though that's not possible either.

CT: October 09, 2006 16:46:36 CST
BLACK INK -- TRADITIONS OF VALUE
Often there's a good reason for traditions. Experience may have taught you what worked best. There's nothing wrong with a tradition that works, if it still works. However, marketing schemes based on tradition might leave you short changed.

CT: October 09, 2006 16:48:28 CST
SIMMENTAL ASSOCIATION RELEASES FALL SIRE SUMMARY
The American Simmental Association (ASA) has released its Fall 2006 Sire Summary.

CT: October 10, 2006 20:25:59 CST
TAKE STEPS TO AVOID COMPLICATIONS AFTER CASTRATION
While castration may be routine, it is certainly not without complications.

CT: October 10, 2006 20:32:33 CST
CHAMPIONS NAMED AT NATIONAL SANTA GERTRUDIS HEIFER SHOW
Despite hot temperatures more than one hundred seventy junior Santa Gertrudis members traveled to Mercedes, Texas to compete in the 2006 National Junior Santa Gertrudis Heifer Show, June 19-23, 2006.

CT: October 11, 2006 16:10:41 CST
OPERATING COMMITTEE APPROVES CHECKOFF INITIATIVES
Beef promotion and nutrition will be the primary focus of checkoff programs in 2007, according to decisions made by producer leaders on the Beef Promotion Operating Committee (BPOC).

CT: October 11, 2006 16:13:06 CST
HEREFORD ASSOCIATION RELEASES YEAR-END REPORT
Prices paid for both Hereford bulls and females increased dramatically during the 2005-06 American Hereford Association (AHA) fiscal year (Sept. 1-Aug. 31), pointing to the growing demand for Hereford efficiency in conversion, hardiness, fertility, longevity and disposition.

CT: October 11, 2006 16:15:30 CST
COMMODITY INSIGHT
The Third Quarter of '06 is over and two events took place within that period that were note worthy.

CT: October 12, 2006 15:46:09 CST
HEREFORD IS LARGEST BREED SHOW AT 50TH KEYSTONE INTERNATIONAL
The National Hereford Show was the largest breed show at the 2006 Keystone International Livestock Exposition (KILE) in Harrisburg, Pa., Oct. 6.

CT: October 12, 2006 15:49:25 CST
USDA UNDER SECRETARY BRUCE KNIGHT TALKS CATTLE INDUSTRY ISSUES WITH PRODUCERS
Representatives of both R-CALF USA and the Montana Cattlemen's Association (MCA) had the opportunity to discuss industry issues with Bruce Knight, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) newly appointed Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, during his recent travels around the Big Sky State.

CT: October 12, 2006 15:52:56 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- FFA VS. 4-H
I was a proud participant in the FFA, which stood for the Future Farmers of America, while my childhood friend Red was in the 4-H, which stands for head, heart, hands and some other word that starts with H.

CT: October 13, 2006 11:28:43 CST
NALF RELEASES FOCUS DAMS LIST
Maternal efficiency is a hallmark of profitability in the cattle business. Each year, the North American Limousin Foundation (NALF) honors the elite mother cows in its registry with inclusion on the Focus Dams list.

CT: October 13, 2006 11:31:15 CST
SPITZER BRANGUS RANCH TO EXPAND OFFERING FOR 2007
Increasing demand for Brangus genetics has allowed Spitzer Ranch to expand the number of high performance Brangus Bulls in their forage based performance growth test.

CT: October 16, 2006 16:22:07 CST
DEMAND FOR U.S. BEEF SHOWS PROGRESS IN JAPAN
Interest in and demand for U.S. beef continues to increase in Japan, with both consumers and marketers recognizing the safety – and remembering the quality – of the product, officials of the U.S. Meat Export Federation said.

CT: October 16, 2006 16:25:02 CST
DNA MARKERS DEVELOPED TO IMPROVE FOOD BEEF QUALITY
Researchers at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) in Clay Center, Neb., are developing a set of 100 DNA markers that will provide essential genetic information for improving food safety and beef quality in North American beef and dairy cattle.

CT: October 16, 2006 16:27:43 CST
HOLDEN HEREFORDS DONATES FOUNDATION FEMALE TO HEREFORD YOUTH FOUNDATION
The 2006 Foundation Female auction, for the benefit of the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA), will be Oct. 21 at the Westin Crown Center Ballroom in Kansas City, Mo.

CT: October 17, 2006 19:17:34 CST
FEEDER CATTLE MARKETING SEMINAR TO BE HELD IN LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY
A seminar on “Effectively Marketing Feeder Cattle in the Southeast” is slated for Wednesday, November 15, 2006 at the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center in Louisville, Ky.

CT: October 17, 2006 19:19:13 CST
AMERICAN GELBVIEH ASSOCIATION RELEASES DAMS OF MERIT
The American Gelbvieh Association has released its annual Dam of Distinction and Dam of Merit list.

CT: October 19, 2006 20:15:16 CST
DON'T FORGET ABOUT BULLS WHEN PREPARING FOR BREEDING
As the breeding season approaches, generally everyone is thinking about getting cows and heifers in shape for the breeding season. A nice, tight breeding season results in a nice tight calving season, which generally is the most economical for producers. However, the cow is only half of the equation. Don't forget about the bulls!

CT: October 19, 2006 20:17:00 CST
COOP OFFERS ALTERNATIVES TO HAY SHORTAGES
Unusual weather conditions this spring and a remarkably dry summer have contributed to a shortage of hay across much of the nation, leaving many cattle producers scrambling to come up with a strategy to extend their hay supplies, says Dr. Paul Davis, ruminant nutritionist with Tennessee Farmers Cooperative.

CT: October 19, 2006 20:18:56 CST
NEW BEEF QUALITY AUDIT SETS NEW BENCHMARK
The executive summary of the 2005 Beef Quality Audit, partially funded by the beef checkoff, establishes a new benchmark for quality goals and targets by the year 2015.

CT: October 19, 2006 20:20:42 CST
MANAGE FORAGE IN SEGMENTS TO MAKE IT TO SPRING
Forage producers with grazing livestock have just come through two of the worst growing seasons most folks can remember.

CT: October 23, 2006 16:48:20 CST
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- HAUNTING POLITICS
Just two weeks before the election and the Rio Rojo Cattlemen's Association still hadn't decided who to endorse as the next governor of the Lone Star State.

CT: October 23, 2006 16:55:49 CST
AJSA NATIONAL CLASSIC WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The Grand Champion Simmental Female and Reserve Champion Simmental Female at the 26th AJSA National Classic, held July 10-14, in Madison, Wisconsin, have been announced.

CT: October 24, 2006 18:32:07 CST
GRASS-ROOTS APPROACH DELIVERS GROWING CLUB CALF MARKET
Perception is a key word in the beef business. How a program, region or product is perceived will define a successful venture. For years the beef industry in the Southeast was viewed as being behind the rest of the country. When lost opportunities started to mount, dedicated individuals took the proper steps to find that common ground and changed the rest of the industry's thinking.

CT: October 24, 2006 18:34:24 CST
PRODUCERS MAKE THEIR CHOICE AT CAMP COOLEY FIELD DAY
Cattlemen attending the Camp Cooley Ranch Cattleman's Choice Field Day in September were given the opportunity to evaluate the top prospects in the upcoming November sale and make their selection as the number one bull.

CT: October 24, 2006 18:35:59 CST
LIVESTOCK SYMPOSIUM FEATURES INDUSTRY LEADERS
“If you are involved in the beef cattle or livestock industry, the 2006 Missouri Livestock Symposium is definitely the place you want to be on December 1 and 2,” according to Garry L. Mathes, chair of the Missouri Livestock Symposium planning committee.

CT: October 25, 2006 16:32:05 CST
LIMOUSIN EXHIBITED AT THE AMERICAN ROYAL IN KANSAS CITY
The American Royal Limousin Show was October 19 in Kansas City, MO. The American Royal is one of the breed's four Medal of Excellence (MOE) Level 1 shows.

CT: October 25, 2006 16:34:45 CST
ANGUS CHAMPIONS NAMED AT AMERICAN ROYAL SUPER POINT ROV SHOW
Angus enthusiasts gathered for the 2006 American Royal Super Point Roll of Victory (ROV) Angus Show, October 23 in Kansas City, Mo.

CT: October 25, 2006 16:37:12 CST
NATIONAL WESTERN TO HOST INTERNATIONAL LIVESTOCK CONGRESS
The National Western Stock Show will host the 2007 International Livestock Congress - USA January 9 in Denver, Colo.

CT: October 26, 2006 17:48:26 CST
CATTLEMEN'S BOOT CAMP TO BE HELD IN STILLWATER
Cattle producers should plan to attend the Cattlemen's Boot Camp, December 18-19 in Stillwater, Okla.

CT: October 26, 2006 17:50:25 CST
GELBVIEH PROFIT PARTNERS HIRE NEW MANAGER
Gelbvieh Profit Partners announces the hiring of Slim Cook from Cody, Wyo., as cattle buying coordinator.

CT: October 27, 2006 17:44:27 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- THE MAN TEST
Men, can we talk? It has become obvious to me that we're running a little low on testosterone these days.

CT: October 27, 2006 17:47:03 CST
ANGUS TIMELY TOPICS
It was termed “The Great Northwest Gathering,” and that it was.

CT: October 27, 2006 17:50:53 CST
SELENIUM IS IMPORTANT IN ANIMAL AND HUMAN DIETS
In the past we have discussed a number of nutrients and how they contribute to the cow's dietary needs. This article will deviate from this format somewhat because it will not only address a nutritional issue related to the bovine but also to humans as well.

CT: October 30, 2006 16:19:04 CST
PROVIDE GOOD NUTRITION FOR WEANED OR PURCHASED BULLS
Probably the most common mistake made in purchasing young, weaning age bulls is failure to provide an adequate diet to continue their growth and development.

CT: October 30, 2006 16:21:49 CST
CAB PRESIDENT RIEMANN ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) president Dr. M. James “Jim” Riemann recently announced his intentions to retire. Riemann has served as president since 1999.


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