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November 2007


CT: November 01, 2007 11:38:05 CST
TEXAS A&M RESEARCHER HONORED BY PRESIDENT BUSH
Texas A&M University researcher Sarah Brooks, whose research was funded by USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, received the 2006 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

CT: November 01, 2007 11:41:26 CST
MID ATLANTIC HEREFORD ASSOCIATION WILL HOST FALL ROUND-UP JUNIOR HEREFORD SHOW
The Mid-Atlantic Hereford Association is hosting the 1st Annual Fall Round-Up Junior Hereford Show. The junior show will be held in Harrisonburg, Va., Nov. 10, beginning at 3 p.m.

CT: November 01, 2007 11:43:31 CST
SDCA CONVENTION SPEAKERS PROVIDE INFORMATION & EDUCATION FOR CATTLEMEN
The South Dakota Cattlemen's Association is pleased to announce a great speaker lineup for their 59th Annual Convention and Trade Show scheduled for November 28-29, 2007 at the Watertown Event Center and Ramkota Hotel.

CT: November 01, 2007 11:55:04 CST
BIOFUELS INITIATIVE DISCUSSED AT PUBLIC FORUM
Farmers, researchers and citizens gathered on Monday at the University of Tennessee Plateau Research and Education Center in Crossville to learn more about the UT Biofuels Initiative and the effects it could have on Tennessee.

CT: November 02, 2007 13:05:02 CST
ANGUS WINNERS NAMED AT 2007 ARKANSAS STATE FAIR
Angus exhibitors led 111 entries at the 2007 Arkansas State Fair Angus Show, October 14 in Little Rock, Ark.

CT: November 02, 2007 13:06:59 CST
MSU STUDENTS LEARN HORSEMANSHIP SKILLS
No matter how much they thought they knew, the two- and four-legged students in Peter Ryan's new “special topic” class are learning a lot.

CT: November 02, 2007 13:09:08 CST
DRY SUMMERS ARE LOWERING DELTA GROUNDWATER SUPPLIES
When rains don't meet the needs of crops in Mississippi's agriculturally rich Delta, producers rely on irrigation to meet their plants' needs, drawing water from the deep and plentiful alluvial aquifer below their soils.

CT: November 05, 2007 13:51:35 CST
ENLIST TROUBLE SHOOTING TEAM TO HELP WITH PROBLEMS
Things going wrong is part of standard operating procedure for everyone – its part of life. Taking steps to minimize problems or knowing how to solve these problems when they arise takes some of the pain out of the situation. And hopefully reduces some of the cost.

CT: November 05, 2007 13:55:23 CST
ASA INTRODUCES NEW PROGRAMS TO CAPTURE VALUE
The American Simmental Association has recently introduced 70:70 as a new program, to complement SimChoice, helping address these multi-faceted value added issues.

CT: November 06, 2007 13:56:17 CST
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- HORSE SENSE
There's nothing else quite like a horse breaking in two. The withers and ears disappear at the same time the cantle of the saddle lifts you up; all you see is ground.

CT: November 06, 2007 13:57:48 CST
FALL ARMYWORMS ADD INSULT TO INJURY
First, it was the drought. Then, it was the heat. Now, it is insects. Alabama cattle producers have been battling problems since last summer.

CT: November 06, 2007 13:59:27 CST
COMMODITY INSIGHT
The mentality in the stock and commodity markets continues to be, "buy the dips."

CT: November 07, 2007 13:40:38 CST
ANGUS ASSOC. RECORDS NEARLY 350,000 REGISTRATIONS
The American Angus Association continued to experience growth in fiscal 2007, which ended September 30. The Association recorded 347,755 registrations, posting a continual increase over the past two decades.

CT: November 07, 2007 13:43:41 CST
FIELD JOINS CATTLE-FAX TEAM
Cattle-Fax, an industry leader in providing cattle and beef market information, research and analysis, has announced the addition of Dr. Tom Field as a part-time consultant.

CT: November 07, 2007 13:45:12 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- SITUATIONAL AWARENESS
As with everything these days, auctioneers are becoming specialists. It's not unusual to find an auctioneer who makes his or her living selling just one breed of livestock and they venture from their comfort zone at great personal risk.

CT: November 08, 2007 13:33:26 CST
GIVE YOUNG BULLS TRANSITION PERIOD FROM SALE TO BREEDING
The toughest time in a young bull's life is generally when he's thrust into the "real world" after being well fed all winter.

CT: November 08, 2007 13:36:19 CST
NCBA REPORTS MEMBERSHIP IS ON THE RISE
Membership in the nation's oldest and largest cattlemen's organization continues to grow.

CT: November 08, 2007 13:37:40 CST
MSU PRODUCTION SALE TO BE HELD NOVEMBER 15
Top quality beef animals will move through the auction ring Nov. 15 as Mississippi State University plans to market 84 lots of bulls and heifers from the research cattle herds to the highest bidders.

CT: November 09, 2007 13:57:05 CST
USDA PURCHASES 1.5 MILLION ELECTRONIC ID TAGS
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced contracts with three manufacturers to produce 1.5 million radio frequency identification ear tags that are compliant with National Animal Identification System standards.

CT: November 09, 2007 13:59:28 CST
FALL CHECKOFF PARTNERSHIP AIMS TO BOOST SALES
It's not just another great steak dinner. It's a casual dining atmosphere where hungry guests can customize their meal, get a variety of choices, and still save on their pocketbooks. Yes, “We're talkin' Applebee's.”

CT: November 09, 2007 14:01:35 CST
WEIGH PROS AND CONS OF FALL VERSUS SPRING CALVING
On numerous occasions the topic of calving in the fall versus calving in the spring has come up as a topic of discussion among cattlemen. There are advantages and disadvantages associated with each of them and as with most management decisions it becomes a matter of which fits your production scenario the best.

CT: November 12, 2007 13:38:40 CST
GET BULL MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS UNDER CONTROL
We often think about the bull as the means of introducing new genetics into a beef herd. However, management of the bull (or lack of it) after purchase is often the "Achilles Heel" of cattle production.

CT: November 12, 2007 13:45:44 CST
CHECKOFF PARTNERSHIP "BEEFS UP" RESTAURANTS' FALL MENU
It's time for football season, bulky sweatshirts and the main ingredient for any perfect evening: Beef.

CT: November 13, 2007 14:27:24 CST
MATCHING COW SIZE TO RESOURCES PREVENTS PERFORMANCE PROBLEMS
Cow size varies tremendously across and even within beef cattle operations. Size is routinely described in terms of both weight and frame.

CT: November 13, 2007 14:29:10 CST
CAB INTRODUCES "BEST PRACTICES MANUAL"
Cattlemen have to keep producing a fast-growing calf every year to make money. But that's not enough if those calves don't produce the beef consumers want.

CT: November 14, 2007 13:47:44 CST
KANSAS PRODUCER OVERFLOWS WITH PERSONALITY
The Red Angus Association of America recently named Connie Mushrush their Personality of the Year at the 2007 National RAAA Convention held in Dodge City, Kan., September 26 – 29, at the historic Dodge House Hotel and Convention Center.

CT: November 14, 2007 13:50:48 CST
WASHINGTON STATE TO HOST CATTLEMEN'S BOOT CAMP IN JANUARY
The American Angus Association®, Angus Foundation and Washington State University will conduct a Cattlemen's Boot Camp, January 3-4, 2008, in Pullman, Wash.

CT: November 14, 2007 13:53:23 CST
SDCA TRADESHOW PROVIDES OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN ABOUT ADVANCEMENT IN THE CATTLE INDUSTRY
With today's expanding technology and 24/7 business atmosphere, cattlemen remain challenged to stay up to date with the latest advancements. The South Dakota Cattlemen's Association provides members with the opportunity to network and learn about the latest products and services available to them at the 59th Annual Convention and Trade Show, November 28-29, 2007 at the Watertown Event Center and Ramkota Hotel.

CT: November 15, 2007 14:21:01 CST
RETIRED MSU DIRECTOR ENTERS HALL OF FAME
Ronald A. Brown of Starkville recently earned national recognition for his career of service to agriculture and Extension programming.

CT: November 15, 2007 14:23:04 CST
IOWA BEEF EXPO DATES AND CONSIGNMENT DEADLINES
Mike Nolin, Iowa Beef Breeds Council President, announced February 10-17, 2008 to be the official dates for the 32nd Annual Iowa Beef Expo.

CT: November 15, 2007 14:25:24 CST
NALF, BEEF TO CO-HOST CYBERCAMPFIRE PRODUCER-OUTREACH WEBCASTS
As a service to all cattle producers, the North American Limousin Foundation and BEEF magazine will co-host two free CyberCampfire webcasts on DVAuction.com in December.

CT: November 16, 2007 12:43:18 CST
USDA STREAMLINES FORMS AND RULES FOR FARM LOAN PROGRAMS
Acting Agriculture Secretary Chuck Conner said that the forms and rules for USDA's Farm Loan Programs will be modernized by Jan. 1, 2008, to make it easier for America's farmers, ranchers and producers to apply for loans.

CT: November 16, 2007 12:45:39 CST
COUNSIL FAMILY LIMOUSIN DONATES SECOND CORNER POST FEMALE
Counsil Family Limousin of Madisonville, Texas, has donated the second annual Corner Post Genetics Package female, which will sell during the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo.

CT: November 16, 2007 12:47:44 CST
MSU RESEARCH HELPS BASS MAKE BIG ECONOMIC SPLASH
Research by scientists at the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station is reaping benefits for Nature's Catch, the largest pond-based producer of hybrid striped bass in the United States.

CT: November 19, 2007 13:13:51 CST
BRACE FOR HIGHER FEED COSTS AS FALL AND WINTER APPROACH
For all practical purposes, it appears that cattlemen need to brace for higher feeding costs as this fall and winter approaches.

CT: November 19, 2007 13:16:14 CST
ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP AWARD NOMINATIONS OPEN
The 18th Annual Environmental Stewardship Award Program has officially opened its nomination season for 2008.

CT: November 19, 2007 13:18:44 CST
COMMODITY INSIGHT
According to the Associated Press, on November 6, the Eversons of Manson, Washington were leisurely driving their minivan back to a hotel, enjoying their first wedding anniversary when suddenly, "wham!" something landed on the hood of their van.

CT: November 20, 2007 13:56:33 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- NO INDUSTRY FOR OLDER THINKERS
“The world in which you operate has fundamentally changed. How have you changed your business?” That's a question John Lawrence, livestock economist and director of the Iowa Beef Center posed to participants at the recent BEEF Quality Summit presented by BEEF magazine.

CT: November 20, 2007 13:59:19 CST
RIDGEFIELD FARMS: A CONTINUING LEGACY ON IT'S WAY TO PROFITABILITY
From the high ridges of Ridgefield Farm LLC, nestled in the southwestern tip of North Carolina near Georgia and Tennessee and on the southern edge of the Smoky Mountains, you can see the Georgia state line and Tennessee only 15 miles away. Owned and operated by Steve and Mary Beth Whitmire and their sons, Bud, 20, and Whit, 17, the farm consists of 1,020 acres of woods and pastureland.

CT: November 20, 2007 14:01:27 CST
ANGUS ACTIVITIES ANNOUNCED FOR NATIONAL WESTERN
Five days of Angus events, including the 2008 National Angus Show, junior heifer show, pen and carload show and the National Western Angus Bull Sale are planned during the 102nd National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo.

CT: November 21, 2007 12:38:44 CST
HEALTH PROGRAMS COMPLIMENT GENETIC IMPROVEMENT
Competition has its own method of culling the herd. In the corporate world, many businesses that seem to be thriving, all of a sudden, are gobbled up by competitors. One improvement in efficiency, a cost saving procedure or, most importantly, a product that is viewed as better by the buying public often catapults a firm to the “head of its class”.

CT: November 21, 2007 12:40:59 CST
BLACK INK -- A SHARE OF DATA
Anyone with siblings can recall all the ways they were taught to share. With bunk beds and half the closet space, maybe you had double-occupancy bedrooms.

CT: November 26, 2007 13:15:57 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- GET NAKED, BE SOMEBODY
"Naked people have little influence on society.” Mark Twain We can only hope that Mark Twain was right.

CT: November 26, 2007 13:22:20 CST
SECOND ANGUS LEADERS' BOOT CAMP HELD SEPT. 25-26
Representatives from 13 state and regional Angus associations attended the Angus Leaders' Boot Camp, Sept. 25-26, at the American Angus Association, Saint Joseph, Mo.

CT: November 26, 2007 13:25:47 CST
THE ORIGINAL BRAUNVIEH BULLETIN
There has never been a better time than now to add Braunvieh genetics into your cattle operation. If you are interested in heavier weaning weights on your calves, more maternal traits in your replacement females, and more overall performance in all of your cattle then Braunvieh is the answer.

CT: November 27, 2007 14:14:02 CST
BRAUNVIEH SHINE AT BEEF EMPIRE DAYS
Consistent with last year, a high percentage of the Braunvieh entries placed in the 2007 Beef Empire Days Live Animal and Carcass Show Contest.

CT: November 27, 2007 14:18:29 CST
RESEARCH SHOWS PRODUCERS CAN IMPROVE AUCTION PRICES
In an auction barn, every feeder calf is judged for a few seconds before its value is determined. Cow calf producers who sell at auction should take note of research by the University of Arkansas that documented distinct traits and management practices that can add dollars.

CT: November 28, 2007 13:10:39 CST
COMMODITY INSIGHT
The holiday weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas tend to be yawners for all markets because there is only a half session of trading the day before the big day, no trading on the holiday itself and another half session of dealings after the big day is over.

CT: November 28, 2007 13:12:55 CST
MSU STUDENTS EXCEL IN NEW SCIENTIFIC FIELD
Several students at Mississippi State University are excelling in a field that did not even exist when they were born.

CT: November 28, 2007 13:15:06 CST
PAUL HITCH RESIGNS AS NCBA PRESIDENT-ELECT
Paul Hitch, cattle producer from Guymon, Okla., has resigned his position as president-elect of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association due to cancer.

CT: November 29, 2007 13:48:53 CST
LEARNING ABOUT UMAMI AT GOURMET GETAWAY
Over 300 attendees enjoyed the Kansas 4-H Foundation's eighth bi-annual Gourmet Getaway, November 1. In support of the Kansas 4-H Foundation's awards and recognition program for outstanding 4-H members, Gourmet Getaway provides participants an elegant cooking school experience in the pristine environment of Rock Springs, a 4-H camp and conference center located south of Junction City.

CT: November 29, 2007 13:52:54 CST
KING RANCH INSTITUTE SEEKING STUDENTS FOR 2008 MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAM
King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management is now seeking applicants to begin in their 2008-2009 Master's degree program in ranch management.

CT: November 29, 2007 13:54:46 CST
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED FOR INTERNATIONAL LIVESTOCK CONGRESS
Global consumer demands are placing new perspectives, requirements and procedures on U.S. beef producers. These challenges are the focus of the International Livestock Congress 2008, which is set for Jan. 15 in Denver. The event will feature eight industry leaders recognized for their knowledge, experience and vision of the global beef industry.

CT: November 30, 2007 12:31:28 CST
YEARS OF EXPERIENCE EARN OREGON COUPLE RECOGNITION
In the high desert country near Diamond, Oregon, Harold and Mary Otley own and operate Otley Brothers Cattle. Perhaps the most amazing thing is the fact that Harold is 90 and Mary is 85, but it's no surprise to anyone that knows them that neither is showing any signs of slowing down.

CT: November 30, 2007 12:35:30 CST
SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN ANIMAL AND POULTRY DISEASES
Nominations have opened for two-year membership appointments to the committee that advises the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture on actions necessary to prevent the introduction of foreign livestock and poultry diseases into the United States.

CT: November 30, 2007 12:37:09 CST
HOBSON WAITS INDUCTED INTO 4-H HALL OF FAME
A long-time volunteer leader with the Mississippi 4-H Program is the state's newest member of the national organization's Hall of Fame.


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