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September 2006


CT: September 01, 2006 07:52:47 CST
ALL-AMERICAN LIMOUSIN FUTURITY HELD IN LAWTON, OKLAHOMA ON JULY 14TH
The All-American Limousin Futurity (AALF) was July 14 in Lawton, Okla., in conjunction with the National Junior Limousin Show and Congress (NJLSC). The AALF is one of the breed's four Medal of Excellence (MOE) Level 1 shows.

CT: September 01, 2006 07:57:01 CST
SOUTHEAST BEEF CATTLE MARKETING SCHOOL TO BE HELD IN AUBURN, ALABAMA
Beef cattle producers who want to improve their cattle marketing skills and better understand the factors affecting cattle market prices should attend the Southeast Beef Cattle Marketing School.

CT: September 01, 2006 07:58:58 CST
COMMODITY INSIGHT
According to Lester R. Brown of the Earth Policy Institute, "cars, not people will claim most of the increase in world grain consumption this year.

CT: September 01, 2006 08:02:15 CST
BRANGUS AWARDS SHOW HEIFER AND BULL OF THE YEAR HONORS
The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) recently announced the 2005 Show Heifer and Show Bull of the Year honors.

CT: September 05, 2006 13:50:25 CST
CAMP COOLEY RANCH CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF ULTRASOUND
It was 1986. Oil was $18 a barrel, Top Gun was the top grossing film; the first laptop was unveiled; the Bears won the Superbowl; the Mets the Series and the technology of ultrasound was added to the arsenal of tools used by Brinks Brangus and the resulting research and establishment of EPDs for carcass traits would become industry standards.

CT: September 05, 2006 13:57:52 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- NATIONAL I.D. FACTS AND FICTION
Sorting through the supposed reality of an emerging National Animal Identification System (NAIS) is a whole lot like snipe hunting: it's supposed to be out there somewhere, but danged if you can get your arms wrapped around it.

CT: September 05, 2006 14:03:36 CST
CHAMPIONS NAMED AT 2006 STATE FAIR OF WEST VIRGINIA ROV ANGUS SHOW
Angus enthusiasts led 116 entries at the 2006 State Fair of West Virginia Roll of Victory (ROV) Angus Show, August 15 in Lewisburg.

CT: September 05, 2006 14:06:28 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- FOR BETTER OR WORSE
Well, a day arrived I thought I'd never live to see: the day I married my sister.

CT: September 06, 2006 08:15:04 CST
CHEF COMPETITION HELPS CELEBRATE USMEF 15TH ANNIVERSARY IN MEXICO
A chef competition in early August featuring chefs from Mexico, the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean helped celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) in Mexico.

CT: September 06, 2006 08:18:07 CST
PRODUCERS MUST MAINTAIN PERFORMANCE DURING DROUGHT SITUATIONS
When forage quality and/or quantity is affected by drought, livestock producers are usually faced with decisions about supplemental feeding and in many cases feeding in general.

CT: September 06, 2006 08:21:48 CST
HEREFORD YOUTH ATTEND LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
Hereford youth gained life skills and in-depth industry knowledge during the 2006 Program for Reaching Individuals Determined to Excel (PRIDE) Convention, Aug. 3-6, in College Station, Texas.

CT: September 06, 2006 15:03:05 CST
BLACK INK -- CLOSE, BUT NO PREMIUM?
The blink of an eye separates winners from losers. A couple of feet and a thousandth of a second may send one driver around for a victory lap, while others cruise into their pits to analyze why they fell short.

CT: September 06, 2006 15:06:02 CST
ANGUS JUNIORS PARADE CHAMPIONS AT NATIONAL SHOW
Junior Angus exhibitors from across the United States exhibited 1,177 entries at the 2006 National Junior Angus Show, July 9-15 in Indianapolis, Ind.

CT: September 06, 2006 15:09:39 CST
CREATING A MISSOURI BRAND COULD INCREASE THE VALUE OF MISSOURI BEEF
Creating a Missouri brand for premium beef could help increase the value of the product for producers in the state.

CT: September 07, 2006 14:56:47 CST
BIODIESEL FUELS HELPS LIMIT COSTS, KEEPS WATER, AIR CLEAN
Rising fuel prices have more than doubled the cost of keeping vehicles on the road in the last few years, and efforts to curb costs have turned many consumers and fleet operators to an alternative that is also environmentally friendly.

CT: September 07, 2006 15:00:50 CST
CATTLE PRODUCERS OPPOSE BAN ON HORSE SLAUGHTER
The U.S. House of Representatives is tentatively scheduled to vote this week on HR 503, “The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act.” If passed, the bill would go to the U.S. Senate for consideration. If passed there, it would mean an immediate, permanent ban on the “shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling or donation of horses and other equines to be slaughtered for human consumption, or other purposes.”

CT: September 07, 2006 15:04:51 CST
DROUGHT IMPACTS POND WATER AND OXYGEN LEVELS
Decreased water and oxygen levels in Mississippi's drought-damaged ponds could lead to trouble for cattle and fish.

CT: September 08, 2006 09:17:06 CST
CHAR-NO FARMS -- STILL GOING STRONG AFTER 23 YEARS OF BREEDING BRANGUS
The industry analysts claim the average life of a purebred breeder is around seven years. Chuck and Norma Sword are not your average purebred breeders.

CT: September 08, 2006 09:22:04 CST
PLANT RESEARCH FOCUSES ON MEDICINAL COMPOUNDS
Plants with naturally occurring medicinal compounds growing today in Mississippi could hold the keys to tomorrow's cures and become an important crop to state farmers.

CT: September 08, 2006 09:24:04 CST
CHECKOFF FOODSERVICE PARTNERSHIP LOOKS GOLDEN
A checkoff-funded foodservice promotional partnership is now underway at Golden Corral Buffet and Grill, a 480-plus – unit U.S. restaurant chain that last year sold more than 50 million pounds of beef — its biggest beef year ever.

CT: September 12, 2006 08:20:40 CST
NOW IS THE TIME TO MAKE PLANS FOR WINTER FORAGE
With fall approaching, it is time to begin planning the winter forage program. A little effort now can pay big dividends later.

CT: September 12, 2006 08:22:55 CST
HEREFORD YOUTH RECEIVE GOLDEN BULL AWARDS
Michael Coley, Meghan Schatte, Maddee Moore and Ashley Middleswarth received the coveted Golden Bull Achievement Award at the 2006 Program for Reaching Individuals Determined to Excel (PRIDE) Convention.

CT: September 12, 2006 08:28:16 CST
HEALTH, GENETICS AND INFORMATION BUILD HERD VALUE
Animal husbandry has been one of the elements that cattlemen use to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. The pride of finishing the task, whether it means saving the new born after a difficult birth or heading an epidemic off at the pass, caretakers learn from each experience.

CT: September 13, 2006 08:08:14 CST
DROUGHT FORCES PRODUCERS TO CONSIDER EARLY WEANING
There are several ways that beef producers can deal with a severe drought including culling cows and early weaning calves.

CT: September 13, 2006 08:09:55 CST
GELBVIEH PROFIT PARTNERS ANNOUNCES A SECOND INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY
Gelbvieh breeders and other interested investors will have a second window of investment opportunity, as additional units of Gelbvieh Profit Partners will be offered this fall.

CT: September 13, 2006 08:14:56 CST
BIG TO BUILD DEMAND WITH MARKET-WINNING TACTICS
The checkoff-funded Beef Innovations Group (BIG), formerly known as R&D Ranch, is intensifying efforts to be the beef industry's primary resource for new product information and leadership.

CT: September 13, 2006 08:17:36 CST
UPGRADING CULL COWS SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACTS BOTTOM LINE
A cattleman was once overheard saying, “If you don't make excuses for your cows, they won't make any excuses and do their job.” Every operation faces difficult decisions. One of the most trying times for some ranchers is when it comes time to cull animals.

CT: September 18, 2006 07:57:52 CST
COMMODITY INSIGHT
On October 24, 2002, in the business section of rediff.com an article was written entitled, "India aims for new markets as world wheat supply falls."

CT: September 18, 2006 08:29:40 CST
TAKE CARE OF BULL BATTERY DURING DROUGHT CONDITIONS
The drought continues to cause concern about which cows to sell and which to keep. Of course feed and water supplies for the cowherd are huge concerns. However, we must still keep in mind that half of the herd's genetics and half of the fertility is penned up in the bull pasture.

CT: September 18, 2006 08:32:48 CST
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- BEEF BOWLING
Little Hector Rodriguez helped Aunt Pinky roll a battered black bowling ball down an alley; she looked as excited as he did. Meandering its way to the other end, the ball peeled one of the glistening white pins off the corner before dropping into the gutter.

CT: September 19, 2006 13:18:54 CST
FREEZE BRANDING CAN BE EFFECTIVE FORM OF IDENTIFICATION
Freeze branding can be a relatively painless and very effective form of permanent animal and herd identification.

CT: September 19, 2006 13:22:05 CST
IRS ANNOUNCES TAX RELIEF FOR DROUGHT-STRICKEN CATTLEMEN
Cattle producers impacted by the nation's ongoing drought will have additional time to purchase replacement property for livestock they were forced to sell, according to a notice released by the Internal Revenue Service.

CT: September 19, 2006 13:27:24 CST
PREPARE TO PREVENT FALL AND WINTER HEALTH PROBLEMS
As a cow calf herd goes into the fall season after a hot, dry summer, the entire herd may be stressed. Excessive heat, short grass and low water tanks stress cattle and make them more susceptible to diseases.

CT: September 20, 2006 14:01:12 CST
FIELD DAY PLANNED FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN MANAGING WATERFOWL HABITATS
Mississippians can learn how to manage waterfowl habitat during an upcoming field day in Tallahatchie County.

CT: September 20, 2006 14:05:02 CST
AMERICAN BELGIAN BLUE BREEDERS ASSOC. HOLDS 2006 NATIONALS AT IOWA STATE FAIR
The American Belgian Blue Breeders, Inc. (ABBB) Association's 2006 Nationals held at the Iowa State Fair on August 18, 2006 showcased the best of the Belgian Blue Breed in the USA.

CT: September 20, 2006 14:07:24 CST
CHEF COMPETITION HELPS CELEBRATE USMEF 15TH ANNIVERSARY IN MEXICO
A chef competition in early August featuring chefs from Mexico, the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean helped celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) in Mexico.

CT: September 20, 2006 14:11:14 CST
FOREST SERVICE TO AMEND PLANS TO MANAGE PRAIRIE DOGS
Ranchers in parts of Nebraska and South Dakota may get some help with prairie dog management according to an announcement this week by the U.S. Forest Service.

CT: September 22, 2006 08:24:50 CST
ANGUS TIMELY TOPICS
Louis L'Amour would have to be considered one of the most prolific writers in Western history, having authored more than 100 novels and many short stories about good guys and bad guys in the West. In a sense, his stories were always romantic and steeped in keeping with the code of the West. Right always prevailed, and his leading characters always rode for the brand. This thought kept running through my mind as I returned home from the Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) Annual Conference in Seattle, Wash., in mid-August.

CT: September 22, 2006 08:38:05 CST
DROUGHT FORCES PRODUCERS TO LIMIT HAY CONSUMPTION
Because of this year's drought it is likely that many producers have inadequate supplies of hay. Therefore, this month's topic will focus on providing adequate nutrition with limited amounts of hay.

CT: September 22, 2006 08:40:16 CST
JUDGING TEAMS PROVIDE FOOUNDATIONS FOR SUCCESS
For prospective members of a livestock judging team, 1900 was a special year. It marked the first collegiate judging contest at the International Livestock Exposition. The quest was on for the honor to retire the Spoor Trophy, which recognizes continued excellence in the field of livestock judging. Iowa State University retired the first Spoor Trophy in 1903, beginning a legacy several universities would follow. More importantly it gave birth to competition that continually turned out leaders in a variety of professions throughout industry.

CT: September 25, 2006 12:34:30 CST
AMERICAN HEREFORD ASSOC. MAKES PLANS FOR ANNUAL MEETING
The American Hereford Association (AHA) Annual Meeting is scheduled for Oct. 23 in Kansas City, Mo.

CT: September 25, 2006 12:37:07 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- DERANGED
Our neighbor, The Professor, has a new ranch, a new wife and a new herd of cows. I worry that any one of the three might kill him.

CT: September 25, 2006 12:39:22 CST
BEEF EARNS NATIONAL ATTENTION AT BARBECUE BATTLE
Several checkoff-funded programs and products earned national attention at the recent Safeway 14th Annual National Capital Barbecue Battle, a charity event that draws some 120,000 protein lovers to Washington, D.C. each year.

CT: September 27, 2006 08:04:13 CST
STUDENTS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR BEEF INDUSTRY SCHOLARSHIPS
Applications are being accepted for the 2007 Beef Industry Scholarship Program, sponsored by the National Cattlemen's Foundation (NCF) and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME). All entries must be postmarked by October 10, 2006.

CT: September 27, 2006 08:07:24 CST
WORKSHOP HELPS LANDOWNERS EXPLORE ENTERPRISE OPTIONS
Corn mazes, hunting leases and bird watching enterprises are some of the topics to be covered in an Oct. 10 workshop focusing on natural resource enterprises.

CT: September 27, 2006 08:09:24 CST
WINNERS NAMED AT KANSAS' LARGEST YOUTH LIVESTOCK SHOW
Competition was intense as youth contended for auction premiums and scholarships during the 74th Kansas Junior Livestock Show (KJLS), September 22-25 in Wichita.

CT: September 27, 2006 08:14:25 CST
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OPPORTUNITIES TO ENHANCE REPRODUCTIVE PERFORMANCE
There is one absolute fact that is central to the cow/calf sector of the beef industry. In order for an operation to “work” you have to get cows bred and get them bred efficiently.

CT: September 28, 2006 10:40:08 CST
ALABAMA CONNECTION SANTA GERTRUDIS SALE TO HOST OPEN SHOW
The Alabama Connection Members and Alabama Santa Gertrudis Association will host its first Open Jackpot Show at Tinney Farms in Hanceville, Alabama following the Alabama Connection Sale at 2:00 p.m., October 7, 2006.

CT: September 28, 2006 10:42:29 CST
CAMP COOLEY--ALABAMA TO HOST FIELD DAY OCTOBER 7TH
Camp Cooley-Alabama Ranch, will hold a field day on October 7th at their Johnston Farms, Letohatchee, Alabama location. The day's schedule is packed with learning opportunities and profitability tips.

CT: September 28, 2006 10:47:06 CST
ANGUS CHAMPIONS PARADE AT TENNESSEE STATE FAIR
Angus exhibitors led 102 entries at the 2006 Tennessee State Fair Angus Show, September 10 in Nashville, Tenn.

CT: September 29, 2006 15:44:08 CST
COW CREEK RANCH SALE SET FOR OCTOBER 13 AND 14, 2006
Cow Creek Ranch 350-head Bull Sale and 600-head Commercial Brangus Bred Heifer Sale has been set for Friday and Saturday, October 13 and 14, 2006, at the ranch near Aliceville, Alabama.

CT: September 29, 2006 15:46:56 CST
NEW HIGH END BEEF VENTURE BRINGS AUSTRALIAN BEEF TO THE UNITED STATES
Professional golfer and businessman Greg Norman has introduced a new luxury brand of Australian beef to the United States market.

CT: September 29, 2006 15:49:12 CST
WHEN HAULING LIVESTOCK FROM WYOMING TO TEXAS VESICULAR STOMATITIS REGULATIONS APPLY
Texas hunters or ranchers hauling horses or other livestock from Wyoming this fall should be aware of regulations affecting the animals' entry or re-entry into Texas, says Dr. Bob Hillman, head of the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC), the state's livestock and poultry health regulatory agency.

CT: September 29, 2006 15:51:26 CST
CATTLE PRODUCERS LOOK FOR FEEDING OPTIONS
The summerlong drought has drastically reduced hay yields and quality, forcing many livestock producers to look for alternative forages and supplemental feeds and consider downsizing their herds.


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