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April 2007


CT: April 02, 2007 13:42:44 CST
NALF PLANS FREE WEBCASTS FOR MEMBERS
The North American Limousin Foundation is planning a series of free educational webcasts for its members.

CT: April 02, 2007 13:45:59 CST
EARLY DETECTION OF PREGNANCY PROBLEMS IMPORTANT
There are a number of things that can go wrong during the last phase of pregnancy. Some of these problems can be resolved or dealt with rather easily, and others are more serious -- and can be life threatening to the cow or fetus.

CT: April 02, 2007 13:48:42 CST
NEW PARASITIC DISEASE CAN CAUSE REPRODUCTIVE FAILURE
Neospora is a parasitic disease of cattle that causes reproductive failure, primarily abortion.

CT: April 03, 2007 13:48:16 CST
CERTIFIED HEREFORD BEEF BOARD ELECTS NEW PRESIDENT
Fellow board members elected Bill Cox, Pomeroy, Wash., as the 2007 Certified Hereford Beef LLC president.

CT: April 03, 2007 13:52:56 CST
BRISTOL FARMS ANNOUNCES ONGOING AVAILABILITY OF GREG NORMAN SIGNATURE WAGYU
Previously available only in fine restaurants and at private country clubs, Greg Norman Signature™ Wagyu is now available on an ongoing basis at Bristol Farms.

CT: April 03, 2007 13:55:31 CST
R-CALF TO HOST REGIONAL MEETING IN COLUMBIA, TENNESSEE
R-CALF USA will host a regional meeting at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, in Columbia, Tenn., to discuss and examine membership policies and the overall direction of the organization.

CT: April 04, 2007 14:18:25 CST
HARRIS RANCH LAUNCHES PREMIUM NATURAL ANGUS BEEF
Harris Ranch announced the launch of its newest product line—Harris Ranch Premium Natural Angus Beef. The product is made exclusively from Angus cattle that have never received growth-promoting hormones or antibiotics and are fed an all-vegetarian, corn-based diet.

CT: April 04, 2007 14:20:57 CST
NRCS TO PROVIDE FEDERAL FUNDS TO PROTECT TEXAS'S WORKING FARMS AND RANCHES
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting proposals until April 27, 2007, for the approximately $1 million now available to protect agricultural land in Texas through the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program.

CT: April 04, 2007 14:23:12 CST
SIMBRAH CHAMPIONS ANNOUNCED FROM HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW
The quality ran deep at this year's Simbrah show held at the Houston Livestock Show, February 28, 2007, in Houston, Texas. This year's event featured many high-quality cattle, but also showcased the successes of Texas breeders.

CT: April 05, 2007 13:19:01 CST
SDSU STUDENT SELECTED AS LIMOUSIN INTERN
Jill Pesek, a junior at South Dakota State University from Taunton, Minn., will serve as this summer's North American Limousin Junior Association intern.

CT: April 05, 2007 13:22:51 CST
SARAH HOLLAND EARNS JUNIOR BRONZE AND SILVER AWARDS
Sarah Holland, Imboden, Ark., has earned the National Junior Angus Association's Bronze and Silver Awards, according to James Fisher, director of activities and junior activities for the American Angus Association in Saint Joseph, Mo.

CT: April 05, 2007 13:27:14 CST
MONTANA RANCHER EARNS RED ANGUS GRIDMASTER AWARD
Patrick LoHof, owner of Quarter Circle U Ranch, Otter, Mont., was recognized at the 2006 Red Angus Association of America Convention in Kerrville, Texas, with the Association's “GridMaster” Award.

CT: April 09, 2007 14:00:24 CST
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- WILL WORK FOR GENES
“Just look at it,” said Uncas Binglemeyer. He swept a gangly arm from east to west as if he was giving his visitor a first glimpse of the Promised Land.

CT: April 09, 2007 14:03:31 CST
COMMODITY INSIGHT
The "Report of the Century," finally released, began being discussed in earnest months ago because it would have major implications for agriculture.

CT: April 09, 2007 14:06:40 CST
CLONING ALLOWS BREEDERS TO CAPITALIZE ON ELITE GENETICS
The competitive edge always brings an eye to the future. “Status quo” or standing still is usually not too profitable in the beef business. As breeders take the next step with identical genetic replicas or clones, is this cutting edge or Star Wars?

CT: April 10, 2007 13:45:19 CST
BIOSECURITY PROGRAM REDUCES RISKS OF DISEASE
For so much of agricultural production, “biosecurity” has become the buzzword of choice. The word itself simply implies a group of methods that can be employed to insure that a given operation will be safe from issues that might compromise its ability to produce quality, safe products.

CT: April 10, 2007 13:50:41 CST
THE ETHANOL QUESTION? WHAT IMPACT WILL FEEDING DISTILLERS GRAINS HAVE ON BEEF?
For Dick Carlson, the rise of the ethanol business – and the increased availability of distillers grain (DG) for feeding livestock – is ultimately a good thing for the cattle business. But there are also questions about the impacts of feeding DG on beef quality and feed efficiency – and the quicker the industry answers them, the better off it will be.

CT: April 10, 2007 13:53:11 CST
U.S. BEEF TAKES ROOT IN GUATEMALA
Ricardo Vernazza-Paganini, director of the Central and South America regions for the U.S. Meat Export Federation, says he has been sowing seeds in Guatemala in the past year and they continue to take root.

CT: April 11, 2007 14:01:06 CST
TAIWAN MARKET STILL EXPANDING AFTER RETURN OF U.S. BEEF
Just over a year has passed since Taiwan reopened its market to U.S. beef. In that time activities and efforts by the U.S. Meat Export Federation have eased customer fears of consuming U.S. beef and worked to encourage consumers to try U.S. beef.

CT: April 11, 2007 14:02:38 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- NON-BUYING BIDDERS
Believe it or not, there are situations in an auction when a bidder is totally ignored. Maybe it's because their last check is still bouncing or perhaps it's because they belong to one of the following species of non-buying bidders.

CT: April 12, 2007 13:36:00 CST
PARASITES ARE AN ONGOING EVIL THAT MUST BE CONTROLLED
Some regions of the country present a unique set of challenges when it comes to managing livestock. Different areas afford various limiting factors that affect overall performance. Parasites are an ongoing evil and must be strategically dealt with for cattlemen to make the most of their efforts when dealing with this profit-robbing vermin.

CT: April 12, 2007 13:41:06 CST
YOUNG NEBRASKA CATTLEMAN TAKING YEAR-LONG TOUR IN BEEFMOBILE
Josh Chrisman, who grew up on a Nebraska cow-calf operation, has joined the Beefmobile team as a “wrangler,” a job that will take him around the country, speaking to cattle producers at auction markets and other beef-related events.

CT: April 12, 2007 13:44:18 CST
OKLAHOMA RANCHERS RALLY TO PROMOTE HEREFORD BEEF
John and Mona Loewen used to drive all the way from northwest Oklahoma to Kansas City to shop for their Certified Hereford Beef®. The Loewens raise Hereford cattle near Waukomis, Okla., and they are choosy about their burgers, roasts and steaks.

CT: April 13, 2007 14:48:21 CST
GARDINER ANGUS RANCH HOSTS 28TH ANNUAL PRODUCTION SALE
While a little mud may pose an inconvenience for some, rarely will one hear a beef producer anywhere complain about a good spring rain. Particularly in Western Kansas where the statement “we'll take it any way we can get it” is an absolute fact. Toward the end of the week, cattle producers began arriving, from all over the country, in a downpour to walk through the pens and evaluate the 28th offering of Gardiner Angus Ranch cattle. On sale day, more than 1,000 filled the sale barn and auxillary barn where the sale could be viewed on closed circuit television. By the end of the day Saturday, March 31, 338 buyers from 35 states and two Canadian Provinces purchased 980 lots of cattle for $6,509,250.

CT: April 13, 2007 14:50:39 CST
ANGUS PROGRAMS FEATURED ON THE AMERICAN RANCHER
Two growing Angus programs will be featured on RFD-TV later this month.

CT: April 13, 2007 14:56:49 CST
ALEX DEES HONORED WITH BRANGUS PIONEER AWARD
Alex Dees, Yuma, Texas was given the 2007 International Brangus® Breeders Association's Pioneer Award during their annual convention activities in Houston, Texas March 2nd.

CT: April 16, 2007 13:54:15 CST
MAKE PLANS FOR ANGUS FOUNDATION GOLF TOURNAMENT
The 7th Annual Angus Foundation Golf Tournament will be Tuesday, July 3 at the Forest Ridge Golf Club in Broken Arrow, Okla., in conjunction with the National Junior Angus Show.

CT: April 16, 2007 13:58:17 CST
THE COMMODITY INSIGHT
The big buzz in agriculture is that American farmers intend to seed more than 90 million acres to corn this season, the largest plantings since 1944, while soybean acreage is estimated to less than expected and the smallest since 1996.

CT: April 16, 2007 14:01:41 CST
2007 NORTH FLORIDA BEEF CATTLE/FORAGE FIELD DAY SCHEDULED
Mark your calendars and plan to attend the 4th Beef Cattle/Forage Field Day at the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, North Florida Research and Education Center Beef Unit in Marianna, FL, on Tuesday, June 5, 2007.

CT: April 17, 2007 13:40:39 CST
REGISTRATION OPEN FOR BEEF IMPROVEMENT FEDERATION MEETING IN COLORADO
The Rocky Mountains provide the backdrop for the annual meeting and 40th anniversary celebration of the Beef Improvement Federation. The meeting will be held June 6-9 in Fort Collins, Colo. It will focus on the future of genetic evaluation and improvement with a variety of presenters from around the country.

CT: April 17, 2007 13:43:57 CST
ESSENTIAL WATER SOLUTIONS INTRODUCES NEW OXY BLAST PLUS PRODUCT FOR LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY
Essential Water Solutions, Inc. offers a way to clean up water, waterlines and stock tanks, as well as the ability to improve the health of the animal, all in one product.

CT: April 18, 2007 13:35:44 CST
CATTLEMEN ASK CONGRESS TO REFORM MARKET STRUCTURE
U.S. cattle producers asked Congress to correct the deficiencies in the U.S. livestock market that presently give the nation's largest meatpackers a distinct pricing advantage over domestic cattle prices and have resulted in an erosion of competition for livestock producers.

CT: April 18, 2007 13:39:16 CST
U.S. RED MEAT FINDING A HOME IN THE CARIBBEAN
U.S. beef and pork are a success in the Caribbean islands, with new cuts and recipes attracting home cooks and chefs alike.

CT: April 18, 2007 13:41:46 CST
AMERICAN ANGUS ASSOCIATION REALIGNS STAFF RESPONSIBILITIES
The American Angus Association announces staff realignments in an effort to better serve its members and the commercial producers who use Angus genetics.

CT: April 19, 2007 13:42:26 CST
VITA FERM IS TITLE SPONSOR FOR JUNIOR NATIONAL HEREFORD EXPO
Vita Ferm, a product line of BioZyme Inc., has announced its $35,000 title sponsorship of the 2007 Junior National Hereford Expo, July 7-14, in Denver.

CT: April 19, 2007 13:46:04 CST
ASIAN BEEF, PORK EXPORTS LOOKING UP, U.S. MEAT EXPORT FEDERATION CHIEF SAYS
Prospects for U.S. meat exports to Asian countries are looking up, Philip M. Seng, president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Meat Export Federation, told reporters in a media conference.

CT: April 20, 2007 11:01:25 CST
AMERICAN ANGUS ASSOCIATION RELEASES ANNUAL PATHFINDER REPORT
The American Angus Association has released its 2007 Pathfinder Report. This year's report lists 9,726 individual cows and 256 sires that qualify for Pathfinder status.

CT: April 23, 2007 13:33:41 CST
COMMODITY INSIGHT
In southwestern China, the drought is so acute crops are stunted and more than five million people are short of drinking water. In the northwest region of China, hundreds of thousands of people needed emergency water supplies because of low rainfall in Shaanxi provence.

CT: April 23, 2007 13:35:34 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- FEEDING RECORD CATTLE PRICES
A dollar per pound. A hundred bucks per hundredweight. The week of April 10 prices for fed cattle across the nation—217,000 head—charged to and a little past that magical century mark.

CT: April 24, 2007 13:48:50 CST
REGIONAL LIMOUSIN SHOW ENTRIES DUE MAY 1
The Western Limousin Exposition opens June 14 this year, and the Southeast Summer Classic begins the next day. The WLE marks its second year in Klamath Falls, Ore.; and the Southeastern Limousin Breeders Association again will host the SSC in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

CT: April 24, 2007 13:51:30 CST
GETTING A HANDLE ON NATIONAL ANIMAL IDENTIFICATION
With little doubt it can be easily stated that few topics have caused more confusion and controversy in the livestock industry over the last few years than the debate over national or state mandated livestock identification.

CT: April 24, 2007 13:53:34 CST
BLACK INK -- THE HERD IMPROVEMENT GAME
It's the biggest annual cost item in the cattle business, and it's getting even bigger. Ding-ding-ding: What is feed?

CT: April 25, 2007 13:33:17 CST
RED ANGUS ARE READY FOR HIGH CORN PRICES
Today we face what may be a whole new paradigm in the beef industry of sustained high grain prices. If we are truly going to achieve the targets President Bush has set for ethanol production, high corn prices will be assured.

CT: April 25, 2007 13:36:14 CST
EXPERTS PREDICT DOUBLE-DIGIT GROWTH IN NATURAL BEEF
Speaking at the Ivy Natural Solutions Marketing Forum during the recent NCBA convention, Erica Kuhlmann, managing director and head of BMO Capital Markets' Food Group, and John Stika, president of Certified Angus Beef,© both predicted double-digit growth in the natural beef segment.

CT: April 25, 2007 13:45:36 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- IT'S NO COMING-OUT PARTY
My dear female friends, I hate to be the bearer of bad news but in the game of life did you know that you drew the short straw; lost the coin toss; got the short end of the stick?

CT: April 26, 2007 15:07:26 CST
HISTORY IS MADE AT BRANGUS SHOW IN HOUSTON
The International Brangus® Show held in Houston, Texas was historic this year, as champions were named for both the black and red divisions in one show on March 3rd.

CT: April 26, 2007 15:09:34 CST
PRESIDENT BUSH HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF BEEF TRADE
President Bush told cattle producers that Congress needs to pass a number of pending trade deals and reauthorize Trade Promotion Authority, so America's food producers and agriculture sector can better compete in a growing global marketplace.

CT: April 27, 2007 13:53:37 CST
VAUGHN ELECTED PRESIDENT OF IBBA
David Vaughan, assumed the duties of the International Brangus® Breeders Association president during the convention activities, held in conjunction with the Houston Livestock Show.

CT: April 27, 2007 13:58:30 CST
MARKETING TOOLBOX CONTAINS MANY USEFUL COMPONENTS
The marketing model has been created for seedstock producers. There is no reason to reinvent the wheel. Tailor the marketing program to your strengths and borrow ideas from colleagues in the business. Sure differences exist, but the fundamentals are the same.

CT: April 27, 2007 14:01:21 CST
ANGUS TIMELY TOPICS
Just how important is pedigree information to the well-being of the beef industry? This is a question that has long been raised and debated by skeptics of pedigreed livestock.

CT: April 30, 2007 13:51:09 CST
TAX OPINION LETTERS IMPORTANT TO RANCHERS
Many people do not make a profit in their farming ventures -- and the IRS is well aware of this fact. For most farmers and ranchers, the activity is not the taxpayers' primary occupation.

CT: April 30, 2007 13:53:12 CST
IBBA INTRODUCES GPS FOR BRANGUS BREEDERS
Over the last two years the International Brangus® Breeders Association has developed a truly unique, powerful, and comprehensive internet-based registration and herd management system.

CT: April 30, 2007 13:56:36 CST
ROCKY CREEK RECEIVES HISTORIC HERD AWARD
Rocky Creek Farms, owned and managed by William Womack Jr., Ashford, Ala., has received the Historic Herd Award from the American Angus Association.


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