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April 2008


CT: April 01, 2008 14:36:30 CST
AMERICAN SIMMENTAL ASSOCIATION WILL CELEBRATE 40TH ANNIVERSARY AT SIMPLACE 2008
American Simmental Association members will assemble in Urbana, Illinois on April 8-9, for SimPlace 2008.

CT: April 01, 2008 14:40:30 CST
CATTLE PRODUCERS REQUEST APHIS TO WITHDRAW FEVER TICK RULE
R-CALF USA was pleased last month to learn the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced more than $5 million in emergency funding top implement a fever tick eradication program in response to the growing infestation in areas formerly free of fever ticks along the Texas/Mexico border.

CT: April 01, 2008 14:43:26 CST
AUCTION MARKET BQA VIDEO RELEASED
The beef industry, through the checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance program and the Livestock Marketing Association, recently released an auction market BQA training DVD titled “Focal Point, an Auction Market BQA Guide”.

CT: April 02, 2008 13:51:02 CST
AUCTION MARKET BQA VIDEO RELEASED
The beef industry, through the checkoff-funded BQA program and the Livestock Marketing Association, recently released an auction market BQA training DVD titled “Focal Point, an Auction Market BQA Guide”.

CT: April 02, 2008 13:54:16 CST
USDA ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $16 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL FUNDING TO ERADICATE BOVINE TUBERCULOSIS IN THREE STATES
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the availability of $16.8 million in emergency funding to continue efforts to eradicate bovine tuberculosis in California, Michigan and Minnesota.

CT: April 02, 2008 13:56:58 CST
BUSINESS PLAN GUIDES NATIONAL ANIMAL IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM
USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service released a draft Business Plan to further the implementation of the National Animal Identification System.

CT: April 04, 2008 14:24:39 CST
CAMPS OFFER ALL AGES OUTDOOR EXPERIENCES
Mississippi State University is offering different kinds of family vacations this summer.

CT: April 04, 2008 14:27:28 CST
SOYBEAN ACRES CLIMB ABOVE 2 MILLION
Mississippi's soybean growers are not alone in their enthusiasm for planting a large crop this year, and the market knows it.

CT: April 04, 2008 14:29:55 CST
REGIONAL LIMOUSIN SHOW ENTRIES DUE MAY 1
The Western Limousin Exposition opens June 12 this year, and the Southeast Summer Classic opens June 19. The WLE marks its third year in Klamath Falls, Ore.; and the Southeastern Limousin Breeders Association again will host the SSC in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

CT: April 07, 2008 14:55:16 CST
CHANGES IN THE FUEL INDUSTRY HAVE A BIG IMPACT ON PRODUCTION COSTS
Without a doubt the most common topic of conversation for livestock producers at this point in time is the high cost of production. Not just feed, not just fuel, not just fertilizer, not just equipment but virtually every component of food animal production has escalated dramatically over the last couple of years.

CT: April 07, 2008 14:57:18 CST
COMMODITY INSIGHT
Enormous sums of money are being made and lost daily in the stock and commodity markets due to volatility.

CT: April 08, 2008 13:16:10 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- HIGHER COSTS, EITHER WAY
As commodity prices continue to escalate, driven by increased global grain demand, as well as subsidized grain-based ethanol, all kinds of lingering fundamental debates are being ushered to center stage.

CT: April 08, 2008 13:19:16 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- UNFAITHFUL
Every day there's news of another celebrity or politician who was caught being unfaithful to his or her mate.

CT: April 09, 2008 15:28:06 CST
PROGRESS SLOW IN FIGHT AGAINST FEVER TICKS
A few miles north of the Rio Grande, where spring temperatures climb past 100 degrees, helicopters work in concert with cowboys to gather cattle, thorny bushes nick kneecaps, and dust and manure swirl up noses and down collars, and cowboys inspecting, dipping or treating cattle are gritty and soaked with sweat before noon.

CT: April 09, 2008 15:31:09 CST
JUDGE SELECTED FOR ALL AMERICAN ANGUS FUTURITY
For the first time in the 61 year history of the All American Angus Futurity, there will be a judge from outside of the North American continent.

CT: April 10, 2008 15:05:46 CST
OPTIMUM COW SIZE IMPORTANT FOR EFFICIENCY
Over the past several decades the average cow on many ranches has increased in frame size, and in recent years some stockmen are realizing that their cattle have become too large to be efficient.

CT: April 10, 2008 15:07:30 CST
FEED PRICES MAY ENCOURAGE CREEP FEEDING
Today's high feed prices could make this the perfect year to try creep feeding.

CT: April 11, 2008 15:26:39 CST
'SURVIVING HIGH FERTILIZER AND FUEL COSTS' CONFERENCE SET APRIL 18
The escalating price of nitrogen fertilizer doesn't just have farmers worried; scientists with Texas AgriLife Research and Texas AgriLife Extension Service are also deeply concerned.

CT: April 11, 2008 15:28:51 CST
OVER 10,000 PART OF LIMOUSIN INVENTORY MANAGEMENT
Nearly 10,400 spring-calving and 2,700 fall-calving cows in 138 herds now are part of the Limousin Inventory Management System.

CT: April 14, 2008 15:16:50 CST
JUNIOR ANGUS CONFERENCE SET IN BIG SKY COUNTRY
Developing personal leadership skills is one of the most valuable benefits of being a member of the National Junior Angus Association.

CT: April 14, 2008 15:18:43 CST
MIDLAND BULL TEST INTRODUCES GROWSAFE SYSTEMS
Forty miles southwest of where Leo McDonnell and Steve Williams stand, the Beartooth Range rises abruptly from the valley, blotting out the last traces of sunlight.

CT: April 15, 2008 15:38:16 CST
ANGUSSOURCE ANNOUNCES CONTEST TO HIT CAB TARGET
Anyone who produces a crop of at least 38 calves from registered Angus bulls can again put them to the test in a national contest.

CT: April 15, 2008 15:41:39 CST
USDA IMPLEMENTS KEY STRATEGY FROM NATIONAL ANIMAL IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM BUSINESS PLAN
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service today announced that it has implemented a key strategy from its Business Plan to Advance Animal Disease Traceability by providing National Animal Identification System compliant "840" radio frequency eartags to animal health officials for use in the bovine tuberculosis control program.

CT: April 16, 2008 13:45:55 CST
BEEF CHECKOFF WILL BE IN THE SPOTLIGHT THIS MONTH ON A LIVE TELEVISION BROADCAST
On April 28, Cattlemen's Beef Board officers will head to Nashville, Tenn., to participate in a live broadcast of RFD-TV.

CT: April 21, 2008 13:08:03 CST
RISING FUEL COSTS FORCE CATTLE PRODUCERS TO FOCUS ON EFFICIENCY
Unless you have been completely asleep the last year or so, it is obvious that we now live in a very different economic environment. While all individuals and businesses have been affected by the changes, largely manifested by the world fuel situation and federal fuel policy that is faulty at best, few groups have been harder hit than the family farm and agriculture in general.

CT: April 21, 2008 13:40:43 CST
WORLD BRAHMAN CONGRESS TO BE HELD MAY 18-21
The World Brahman Congress is coming to the United States and specifically to Cowtown, May 18-24th.

CT: April 21, 2008 13:42:32 CST
COMMODITY INSIGHT
A personal rule of thumb for trading is; "a market closing poorly on a Friday, can lead to deeper losses on Monday and the rest of the following week."

CT: April 24, 2008 07:30:51 CST
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- SPROUTING ANGEL WINGS
The toughest thing about loving someone is the hurt that comes with losing them.

CT: April 24, 2008 07:32:56 CST
BLACK INK -- FOOLED AGAIN?
Choice beef is worth more than Select grade. That's because consumers prefer higher quality, and have been willing to pay more for it. So, why did Select beef sell for more than Choice for a few days this spring?

CT: April 24, 2008 15:00:30 CST
LITTLE-KNOWN BREED GAINING INDUSTRY ATTENTION
Maurice Boney is worried about the beef business. He says the U.S. cow herd is too diverse, comprised of too many breeds and too many gene-trait combinations, to ever produce consistently high-quality products for consumers.

CT: April 24, 2008 15:02:09 CST
DEVELOPING HEIFERS CORRECTLY ENSURES PRODUCTIVE LIFE
Management protocols often follow mission statements or reflect something stated in an end-of-the-year financial statement or lost market share to competitors. This business world jargon may sound like a foreign language to some ranchers; however, most realize, to succeed, these terms need to become part of their production model.

CT: April 25, 2008 12:38:33 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- MR. SO AND SO
I forget people. People I've known forever. Just last week I ran into three old friends who I know as well as I do the back of my hand and yet I could not remember their names.

CT: April 25, 2008 12:43:34 CST
RED ANGUS JUNIOR ROUNDUP TO BE HELD IN TENNESSEE
The National Junior Red Angus Association of America will host the 18th annual Junior Round-Up June 24 through June 29, 2008, in Tennessee.

CT: April 28, 2008 15:03:27 CST
INVISIBLE LUNG ADHESIONS CAN HAVE HUGE IMPACT
When cattle get sick, it hurts performance and quality. But it's not always easy to tell those cattle from the healthy ones. Cattle with chronic pneumonia can cost producers nearly $80 per head, without showing signs of illness.

CT: April 28, 2008 15:05:20 CST
"TEXAS HOLD'EM" DEALT A WIN IN BEEF CONTROL
Visionary Design has been awarded first prize in the new Beef Innovation Contest, initiated by the checkoff-funded Beef Innovations Group.

CT: April 28, 2008 15:07:02 CST
AMERICAN BREEDS COALITION TO HOLD PRODUCER SEMINARS
The American Breeds Coalition; an organization comprised of Beefmaster, Braford, Brahman, American Red Brangus, Santa Gertrudis and Simbrah will be holding two upcoming producer seminars in Oklahoma and Arkansas.

CT: April 29, 2008 14:02:09 CST
TAX COURT PROVIDES FORUM TO DISPUTE TAX DEFICIENCIES
Now, the U.S. Tax Court is a Federal court established by Congress to provide a forum in which taxpayers can dispute IRS tax deficiencies assessed against them. This is a court, as it were, of last resort for taxpayers.

CT: April 29, 2008 14:06:14 CST
TRIBBETT JOINS STAFF OF CERTIFIED HEREFORD BEEF
Certified Hereford Beef® LLC is excited to announce that Heidi Tribbett, Sterling, Colo., has been hired to assist with the Hereford Verified program.

CT: April 29, 2008 14:08:29 CST
FOODSERVICE EXPERTS AGREE CONSUMERS WANT QUALITY
A panel of foodservice experts recently agreed beef consumers want quality. That includes everything from meals to service to psychological impact.

CT: April 30, 2008 15:35:39 CST
STATE MONITORING FOR ARRIVAL OF DEADLY BEES
A recent incident on the Gulf Coast involving angry European honey bees reminds Mississippians to be prepared for the likely arrival of more aggressive Africanized honey bees.


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