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December 2008


CT: December 01, 2008 10:42:30 CST
CAB OFFERS SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDENTS
College juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply for one of five scholarships sponsored by Certified Angus Beef LLC and the Colvin Scholarship Fund.

CT: December 02, 2008 13:46:28 CST
RFI VALUE MEASURES FEED EFFICIENCY IN CATTLE
Feed efficiency is rapidly becoming a cattle industry priority. Its impact on profitability is tremendous, and its heritability allows rapid progress. Studies to date have shown that selecting for efficiency has immediate impact, and the impact is on the cow herd as well as in the feedlot.

CT: December 02, 2008 13:49:10 CST
BRAUNVIEH EXCEED FEEDYARD OWNER'S EXPECTATIONS
Nebraska feedyard owner Fred Schroeder focuses on premium opportunities in managing all aspects of his 1,000 head feedyard. Grid premiums, age verification, targeting seasonal markets, sourcing quality supply, and watching costs keep him a very busy manager. His feeding style and procurement of good cattle is the key to profitability for the quality driven grids he uses.

CT: December 03, 2008 13:35:29 CST
LAWRENCE GRATHWOHL MEMORIAL HERDSMAN AWARDED TO GREENHORN
The 2008 Herdsman of the Year was honored with a trophy buckle in memory of Lawrence Grathwohl and sponsored by the Shorthorn Foundation, during the North American International Livestock Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky.

CT: December 03, 2008 13:41:28 CST
COMMODITYINSITE.COM
As recently as September, the Federal Reserve viewed inflation as a, “significant concern.” But a collapse with commodity prices coupled with a sharp decline in consumer spending has virtually eliminated any fear the Fed may have harbored toward rising prices. The battle the Fed is now fighting is that of a weak economy and deflation. Inflation risks are now off the table!

CT: December 04, 2008 12:45:30 CST
AMERICAN ANGUS ASSOCIATION INDUCTS ANGUS HERITAGE FOUNDATION HONOREES
The American Angus Association® Board of Directors selected five individuals for induction to the Angus Heritage Foundation.

CT: December 04, 2008 12:48:22 CST
KANSAS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT WINS NATIONAL BEEF INDUSTRY SCHOLARSHIP
Meghan Blythe, a high school senior from White City High School in White City, Kan. has been named the 2009 National Beef Industry Scholarship winner.

CT: December 04, 2008 12:54:16 CST
SOIL FERTILITY MANAGEMENT HELPS EASE FARMING COSTS
Mississippi farmers have no control over volatile fertilizer costs but they can use good soil fertility management to offset the effect on production expenses.

CT: December 08, 2008 10:37:30 CST
VETERINARY BASICS FORM UNUSUAL COURSE NAMES
Titles like "You Want To Put What, Where?" and "We Don't Just Shoot 'Em Anymore" put a light-hearted spin on some complex science in an attempt to recruit students to a new class that offers a look at veterinary medicine.

CT: December 08, 2008 10:40:41 CST
RED ANGUS BREEDERS TEAM UP TO WIN GRIDMASTER AWARD
Three Red Angus producers teamed up with their feedlot to earn the prestigious GridMaster Award at the National Red Angus Convention in Cheyenne, Wyo., Sept. 17-19.

CT: December 09, 2008 13:58:54 CST
LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS ELECT ALLEN, SMITH TO LEADERSHIP POSTS
Members of the Kansas Livestock Association elected Wichita cattleman Todd Allen as president during the group's annual business meeting December 5 in Wichita. Serving in a volunteer capacity, Allen will represent KLA's 5,500 members during the coming year. Sharon Springs rancher Mark Smith was elected by the membership to serve as president elect.

CT: December 09, 2008 14:10:56 CST
AMERICAN SHORTHORN ASSOCIATION ELECTS NEW BOARD
The American Shorthorn Association 2008 annual meeting was held during the 2008 North American International Livestock Exposition November 15, 2008. The meeting entailed ASA announcements, financial reports as well as the election of three ASA members to the Board of Directors.

CT: December 10, 2008 15:12:44 CST
NCBA'S CATTLEMEN TO CATTLEMEN TO CELEBRATE 100TH EPISODE DECEMBER 30
NCBA's Cattlemen to Cattlemen, an award-winning television program created by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association in 2007, will celebrate its 100th episode Dec. 30.

CT: December 10, 2008 15:15:19 CST
MID-SOUTH STOCKER CONFERENCE SET FOR FEBRUARY 24 AND 25
“Stocker Solutions for Challenging Times” is the theme for the 2009 Mid-South Stocker Conference scheduled for February 24 and 25, 2009, at the Lake Barkley Resort Park Lodge near Cadiz, Kentucky.

CT: December 11, 2008 14:03:41 CST
CENTURY FEEDERS FINISHES RECORD-SETTING GRIDMASTER LOTS
Century Feeders of Goodland, Kan., set an unprecedented record by earning GridMaster status on six loads of cattle in one year. They received the prestigious award at the National Red Angus Convention in Cheyenne, Wyo., Sept. 17-19.

CT: December 11, 2008 14:07:03 CST
NCBA'S CATTLEMEN TO CATTLEMEN TO CELEBRATE 100TH EPISODE DECEMBER 30
NCBA's Cattlemen to Cattlemen, an award-winning television program created by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association in 2007, will celebrate its 100th episode Dec. 30.

CT: December 11, 2008 14:11:12 CST
NALF WRAPS UP 40TH ANNIVERSARY AT NWSS
The North American Limousin Foundation continues to solidify its plans for the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo. Among the breed's activities, Jan. 11–15, 2009, are the NALF member social, NALF annual meeting and National Limousin Sale.

CT: December 12, 2008 12:29:32 CST
INTERNATIONAL AWARD RECOGNIZES MSU ENTOMOLOGY GRADUATES
A working relationship that began 40 years ago has led to international recognition for a pair of Mississippi State University entomology graduates.

CT: December 15, 2008 13:49:23 CST
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- CHRISTMAS, TREES AND BARBEQUE
If Ebenezer J. Scrooge had a long lost heir, it would have to be Izzie Franklin. All year long, Izzie was the happiest-go-lucky sort you'd ever hope to find, which fit perfectly his teddy bear-like demeanor and proportions.

CT: December 15, 2008 13:51:45 CST
COMMODITYINSITE.COM
In October, the Dow lost 14 percent, it's worst performance in 23 years while commodities as measured by the CRB index fell 26 percent, the worst decline in 37 years. It was a bearish month indeed.

CT: December 16, 2008 13:37:38 CST
HEALTH OF YOUNG CALVES AN IMPORTANT ISSUE TO RECOGNIZE
Research and practice has shown the link between health, nutrition and management. This is especially true in young calves, especially those born in the winter and spring during periods of cold and wet weather.

CT: December 17, 2008 12:36:40 CST
KOREAN RETAILERS TO RESUME U.S. BEEF SALES
South Korea's three major discount retailers, E-Mart, Home Plus and Lotte Mart, resumed sales of U.S. beef on Thanksgiving Day in Seoul.

CT: December 17, 2008 12:38:33 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- A CONTAGIOUS CHRISTMAS
Warning: The Center For Disease Control warns of a highly infectious disease spreading across the country, particularly amongst our juvenile population. The disease prompts children to act in bizarre ways, causing them to be courteous, helpful and quiet.

CT: December 18, 2008 13:52:30 CST
ANGUS TIMELY TOPICS
By the time you read this column, the delegates to the 125th Annual American Angus Association Convention of Delegates will have elected five directors to the American Angus Association Board of Directors.

CT: December 18, 2008 13:55:25 CST
SALACOA VALLEY AND SPITZER ANNOUNCE ALLIANCE
David and Susan Vaughan, owners of Salacoa Valley Farms, Fairmount, Ga., and John and Patricia Spitzer of Spitzer Ranch, Fair Play, S.C. have recently joined forces in an alliance dedicated to increasing value and services to the Commercial Cattle Industry as well as other Seedstock Producers.

CT: December 18, 2008 13:59:46 CST
KELLI BROWN ELECTED RED ANGUS PRESIDENT
Kelli Brown of the R. A. Brown Ranch in Throckmorton, Texas is the new President of the Red Angus Association of America.

CT: December 29, 2008 13:58:01 CST
DEER VALLEY FARMS DONATES FLUSH FOR NATIONAL WESTERN STOCK SHOW
Deer Valley Farm of Fayetteville, Tenn., has donated a flush for the third annual Corner Post Genetics Package, which will sell during the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo.

CT: December 29, 2008 14:07:09 CST
TIGHT FEEDER SUPPLIES THE ISSUE IN '09
Cattle feeders' number one concern was feed inputs. Not any more, says Mike Sands, Informa Economics.

CT: December 30, 2008 14:55:39 CST
HEREFORD CHAMPIONS SHOWCASED IN RENO
The quality ran deep and the competition was strong as 205 Herefords competed for champion titles at the Western Nugget National Hereford Show in Reno, Nev., Dec. 5-7.

CT: December 30, 2008 14:58:46 CST
AMERICAN ANGUS AUXILIARY HOLDS ANNUAL MEETING, INTRODUCES REGIONAL DIRECTOR PROGRAM
Members of the American Angus Auxiliary gathered for its annual meeting, Nov. 15, 2008. The meeting was held in conjunction with the American Angus Association® Annual Meeting and the North American International Livestock Exposition, in Louisville, Ky.

CT: December 31, 2008 11:06:15 CST
ANGUS ACTIVITIES SLATED FOR 2009 NATIONAL WESTERN STOCK SHOW
Five days of Angus events including shows, sales, educational and social opportunities are slated for the 103rd National Western Stock Show in Denver. Colo. Angus events kick off on Tuesday, January 13 and happen daily through Saturday, January 17.

CT: December 31, 2008 11:07:17 CST
MESA DE MAYA RANCH HONORED AS RED ANGUS GRIDMASTER
Mesa De Maya Ranch of Branson, Colo., earned the prestigious GridMaster Award at the National Red Angus Convention in Cheyenne, Wyo., Sept. 17-19.


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