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February 2007


CT: February 01, 2007 12:43:27 CST
CALIFORNIAN WINS FIRST ANNUAL AUCTIONEER CONTEST
Gene Klaft of Los Alamos, Calif., was named the Champion Cattlemen's Auctioneer Wednesday at the Cattle Industry Annual Convention and Trade Show.

CT: February 01, 2007 12:46:26 CST
COLORADO CATTLEMAN IS LIMOUSIN COMMERCIAL PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
An emphasis on moderation and multi-trait selection helped earn the North American Limousin Foundation Commercial Producer of the Year award for John Raftopoulos of Craig, Colo.

CT: February 01, 2007 12:49:13 CST
R-CALF'S SOUTHEASTERN MEMBERSHIP NUMBERS ALMOST DOUBLE IN 2006
During 2006, R-CALF USA's membership in the southeastern region of the United States experienced unprecedented growth.

CT: February 02, 2007 08:54:03 CST
SOUTH DAKOTA CATTLEMEN'S ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES NEW COMMITTEE LEADERSHIP
South Dakota Cattlemen's Association President, Scott Jones appointed the 2007 committee leadership for SDCA at the regular Board of Directors Meeting in Pierre last week.

CT: February 02, 2007 08:56:12 CST
REPRODUCTION PIONEER NAMED LIMOUSIN PROMOTER
The North American Limousin Foundation presented its Limousin Promoter of the Year award during the National Western Stock Show Limousin pen and carload shows, Jan. 10 in Denver, Colo.

CT: February 05, 2007 10:43:17 CST
MANAGEMENT CAN OFFSET EFFECTS OF RISING FEED COSTS
For all practical purposes, it appears that cattlemen may need to brace for continued higher feeding costs as we work our way through the winter.

CT: February 05, 2007 10:45:54 CST
BOLZE JOINS RED ANGUS MARKETING PROGRAM
The Red Angus Association of America is pleased to announce Ron Bolze as the Association's new Commercial Marketing Director.

CT: February 05, 2007 10:47:55 CST
OWEN NAMED NATIONAL POLL-ETTE OF THE YEAR
The National Organization of Poll-ettes has named Kelly Owen, Ft. Payne, Ala., the 2006 National Poll-ette of the Year.

CT: February 06, 2007 13:55:05 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- WEIGHT STILL WINS...FOR A WHILE
It's true that an eight-weight USDA Choice Carcass would have been worth $109.12 more than a Select one the second week of January based on boxed beef cutout values and a USDA Choice-Select spread of $13.64 that week. But it's just as true that a Select carcass weighing 900 lb. that week would have been worth $96.70 more than the Choice 800-pounder.

CT: February 06, 2007 13:57:04 CST
COMMODITY INSIGHT
No matter how bullish or bearish a market appears to be, there is always another view.

CT: February 07, 2007 13:47:40 CST
ANGUS TIMELY TOPICS
The bitter winds of February, especially in the Northland, are biting and leave cattlemen with the notion that winter will never end.

CT: February 07, 2007 13:50:55 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- THE WEIGHTING GAME
Scales have been known to lie. Back in the old days, before ranchers could send their cattle to an auction market with certified and sealed scales, all sorts of games were played with the weighing devices that determine how much cattlemen are paid for the product of their toil.

CT: February 08, 2007 13:09:24 CST
GENE LEMAN JOINS CACTUS FEEDERS BOARD
Retired Tyson executive, Gene Leman, joined the Board of Directors for Cactus Feeders, Inc. on February 1, 2007.

CT: February 08, 2007 13:13:16 CST
AMERICAN NATIONAL CATTLEWOMEN HONOR OUTSTANDING CATTLEWOMAN OF THE YEAR
Paulette Keller of Lloyd, Mont., was named the 2006 Outstanding CattleWoman of the Year during the American National CattleWomen's awards reception on February 1 at the Cattle Industry Annual Convention in Nashville. Bayer Animal Health sponsored the award.

CT: February 08, 2007 13:19:21 CST
GATEWAY SIMMENTAL RECEIVES WORLD SIMMENTAL FEDERATION HONORS
Gateway Simmental Ranch, Lewistown, Montana, has been recognized with the prestigious 2007 World Simmental Fleckvieh Federation (WSFF) Golden Book Award.

CT: February 09, 2007 14:03:44 CST
GELBVIEH SIRE SUMMARY NOW AVAILABLE
The American Gelbvieh Association has released its 2007 Sire Summary.

CT: February 09, 2007 14:06:20 CST
ANGUSSOURCE COMPLETES FIRST YEAR OF OPERATION
October 18, 2006, marked the first year anniversary for the American Angus Association's USDA Process Verified Program, AngusSource.

CT: February 13, 2007 15:55:22 CST
RED ANGUS FEEDER CALF CERTIFICATION PROGRAM EXPANDS MARKET ACCESS
With a dozen years' experience in providing Source Verification to the ranch of origin, and USDA audited traceability to Angus genotype, the Red Angus Feeder Calf Certification Program recently expanded market access for its customers with the addition of Group Age Verification.

CT: February 13, 2007 15:57:22 CST
NATIONAL BEEF COOK-OFF INTRODUCES NEW CATEGORIES
The 27th National Beef Cook-Off, funded by The Beef Checkoff, has begun accepting entries for the Sept. 11-13 event in Chicago, Ill.

CT: February 15, 2007 14:42:59 CST
TRIMMING FEED SUPPLEMENT COSTS CAN BE KEY TO PROFITS IN THE LEAN YEARS OF THE CATTLE CYCLE
With 2007 likely to be one of the last years that Idaho's cow-calf operators clear a noticeable profit before the 10- to 12-year cattle cycle once again levels and dips, Jason Ahola says producers should take a fine pencil to their trace mineral supplementation costs.

CT: February 15, 2007 14:48:28 CST
WEBSITES OFFER PRODUCERS MARKETING ADVANTAGES
A breeder's website is a powerful tool. By using the Internet, potential customers can search for breeders and find seedstock providers both near and far.

CT: February 16, 2007 11:22:32 CST
ILLINOIS BREEDER ELECTED TO LEAD RED ANGUS ASSOCIATION
Steve Andras, Manchester, Ill., is the newly elected President of the Red Angus Association of America.

CT: February 16, 2007 11:25:07 CST
YOESEL HONORED AS HEREFORD HERDSMAN OF THE YEAR
Don Yoesel, Falls City, Neb., was selected the 2007 Hereford Herdsman of the Year at the National Western Stock Show in Denver.

CT: February 19, 2007 13:43:28 CST
PROPER BULL MANAGEMENT ENHANCES FERTILITY
The old cattleman's observation that the bull is half your herd does not give the bull the credit he is due. He is much greater than 50 percent when herd reproductive performance, growth of calves, influence of replacements in the herd and overall profitability are considered.

CT: February 19, 2007 13:48:50 CST
CAREFUL BULL SELECTION CRUCIAL TO FUTURE OF COW HERD
Careful bull selection is crucial to the future genetics of your cow herd and to the saleability of your calves.

CT: February 19, 2007 13:51:14 CST
WORLD BRAHMAN CONGRESS TO BE HELD IN FORT WORTH
The World Brahman Congress has selected Fort Worth, Texas as their host location for their 2008 international event.

CT: February 20, 2007 14:06:06 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- THE POWER OF BELOW-AVERAGE
By now you're surely sick of hearing about ethanol, about how it's impacting corn and calf prices and how it could easily re-shape the entire beef business.

CT: February 20, 2007 14:19:33 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- SAD LIFE OF A HUMORIST
I had a knee-slapping story to tell you today that would have made you laugh till your sides hurt but I can't tell it because it might offend some hypersensitive victim.

CT: February 21, 2007 13:15:49 CST
CHAMPIONS NAMED AT 2006 NATIONAL ANGUS SHOW
Angus enthusiasts led 211 entries while competing for top honors at the 2006 North American International Livestock Exposition Super Point Roll of Victory and the 2007 National Angus Show, November 13-14 in Louisville, Ky.

CT: February 21, 2007 13:28:35 CST
HERD IMPROVEMENTS ARE MINIMIZED WITHOUT IN-HERD ID
Tracking group information has been with the beef industry for as long as documented records can trace.

CT: February 21, 2007 13:34:58 CST
NCBA MEMBERS APPROVE NEW POLICIES IN 2007
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association held its regular annual board meeting and membership meeting, concluding the 2007 Cattle Industry Annual Convention in Nashville. More than 6500 cattlemen from across the nation attended.

CT: February 22, 2007 14:00:36 CST
IMPROVE CATTLE, MANAGEMENT AND EFFICIENCY WITH A.I.
Tools are available to increase profit, but none more practical than the use of artificial insemination.

CT: February 22, 2007 14:03:03 CST
CHECK OUT HIS MAMA -- SELECTING BULLS TO RAISE FEMALES
When selecting a new bull, the stockman or seedstock producer can utilize information on weaning weights, yearling weights, birth weights, yearling hip height, milk EPD's, etc. Much progress has been made in charting the genetics of beef production; there's lots of data to help choose a bull that will sire growthy calves.

CT: February 23, 2007 13:59:53 CST
HEREFORD CHAMPS SELECTED AT NORTH AMERICAN
KP Real Deal 446 walked out of Freedom Hall a winner at the 2006 North American International Livestock Exposition National Hereford Show on Nov. 16 in Louisville, Ky.

CT: February 23, 2007 14:03:54 CST
BEEF IS STILL "KING OF THE GRILL"
Recently released figures show beef dollar sales and pound sales were up three percent and six percent respectively in 40 markets during the summer grilling program between June and September 2006.

CT: February 23, 2007 14:05:50 CST
TAX TIME TIPS FOR LIVESTOCK OWNERS
Many people who own livestock farms are full-time professionals in non-farming fields--doctors, for instance. The IRS often enough will assess deficiencies against these individuals based on the idea that the activity is simply a means of generating tax write-offs.

CT: February 26, 2007 13:32:33 CST
MANY FACTORS AFFECT REBREEDING AND PREGNANCY RATES
There are many things that can affect pregnancy rate in a herd, and number of open cows at the end of the breeding season, including nutrition, calving difficulty, disease, level of expertise in doing an A.I. program, and bull fertility if breeding by natural service.

CT: February 26, 2007 13:36:40 CST
SIMMENTAL CHAMPIONS NAMED AT NORTH AMERICAN
The long tradition of quality Simmental cattle continued at this year's North American International Livestock Exposition with one of the deepest sets of uniform quality bulls and heifers ever exhibited there.

CT: February 27, 2007 15:22:52 CST
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA TO HOST 56TH ANNUAL BEEF CATTLE SHORT COURSE
The 56th Annual Beef Cattle Short Course, May 2-4 in Gainesville, Fla., looks to address the issues of production management, profitability, and opportunities for quality strategies.

CT: February 27, 2007 15:25:21 CST
MANAGE YOUR SEMEN TANK TO INSURE SEMEN QUALITY
When was the last time you stopped to think about the dollar value of the semen inventory in your liquid nitrogen refrigerator? You might be surprised at the final tally.

CT: February 27, 2007 15:42:45 CST
THE ORIGINAL BRAUNVIEH BULLETIN
Original Braunvieh has evolved over hundreds of years into a hardy, dual-purpose breed that is making an impact throughout the world.

CT: February 28, 2007 14:13:51 CST
JAPANESE ADS FEATURING AMERICAN WOMEN ENDORSE BEEF
Japanese women, who typically shop for and prepare meals for their families, are the target of a U.S. Meat Export Federation four-part advertising campaign showing the careers and home lives of American women who are actively involved in the U.S. beef industry.

CT: February 28, 2007 14:15:34 CST
BLACK INK -- A MIND OF ITS OWN
The market gets what it wants. That is demand in action. As it wants more and better, it pays more, efficiently sorting and sending premium and discount messages.


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