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February 2008


CT: February 01, 2008 15:51:54 CST
CHAMPIONS PARADE AT 2008 ROLL OF VICTORY ANGUS SHOW IN FORT WORTH
Angus enthusiasts led 136 entries at the 2008 Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show's Roll of Victory Angus Show, January 26 in Fort Worth, Texas. Jack Ward, Plattsburg, Mo., evaluated the 98 females, 37 bulls and one cow-calf pair before he selected champions.

CT: February 01, 2008 15:53:08 CST
COLORADO ENTERPRISE IS LIMOUSIN COMMERCIAL PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Close collaboration with their seedstock supplier and astute marketing helped earn the North American Limousin Foundation Commercial Producer of the Year award for Todd and Kelly Frank of Frank Farms, Kirk, Colo.

CT: February 04, 2008 14:51:39 CST
COMMODITY INSIGHT
He is being called a rogue trader because he lost $7.2 billion in unauthorized trades. Had he made $7.2 billion in unauthorized or authorized trades he would be called a financial genius.

CT: February 04, 2008 14:55:20 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- RIDING THE ROLLER COASTER
“It appears that buyers are gambling that the fed cattle market will soon respond to low inventories and increased beef exports to offset higher cost-of-gains, as current price levels will not pencil out according to spring CME Live Cattle Futures,” said analysts for the Agricultural Marketing Service January 25.

CT: February 05, 2008 15:39:39 CST
NUTRITION HAS HUGE EFFECT ON CATTLE'S REPRODUCTION
In working with various cattle producing clients the one fact that I work hardest to impress upon the owner or operator is that there is no replacement for good genetics, sound management and proper nutrition.

CT: February 05, 2008 15:41:30 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE
If you ask me, Rotary Club members are amongst the finest people on earth. Besides all the good deeds they do the reason I have such a deep affection for Rotary is because they helped educate me.

CT: February 06, 2008 14:27:54 CST
CHAMPIONS NAMED AT NATIONAL ANGUS SHOW IN DENVER
Angus enthusiasts led 246 entries at the 2008 National Western Stock Show Super Point Roll of Victory Angus Show, January 16-18 in Denver, Colo.

CT: February 06, 2008 14:30:33 CST
SPITZER RANCH BULLS WORKING TO INCREASE PROFITABILITY
DuBose Cattle Company, owed by Graham K. DuBose, is a progressive 150 head commercial cow calf operation located south of Camden, SC near the tiny town of Rembert.

CT: February 06, 2008 14:34:01 CST
CHECKOFF EDUCATES CONSUMERS ABOUT SAFE COOKING
In the wake of heavy media coverage about the Topps Meat Company recall of more than 21 million pounds of ground beef, The Beef Checkoff issues management team utilized checkoff funds to conduct a survey to assess consumer attitudes about ground beef safety.

CT: February 07, 2008 15:12:58 CST
TUNE UP THE BEEF MACHINE WITH GOOD MANAGEMENT
The cow herd on many ranches is its own factory. However, in a lot of situations once that cow's shift is over, weaning time, most cattlemen begin thinking about the calf and cows are left to fend for themselves.

CT: February 07, 2008 15:14:50 CST
PRECONDITIONED CALVES RECEIVE PREMIUM AT MARKET
Preconditioned calves (vaccinated prior to weaning) and weaned calves generally bring a $3 to $5 premium (or higher) at market time compared to unvaccinated or unweaned calves.

CT: February 07, 2008 15:16:50 CST
NEW RULES FOR HIGH-STAKES BEEF INDUSTRY
Producers can select cattle for carcass quality and feed efficiency at the same time. That's the good news shared by Mark McCully, Certified Angus Beef LLC supply development director, at a recent CAB seminar series.

CT: February 08, 2008 14:49:02 CST
AMERICAN NATIONAL CATTLEWOMEN HONOR OUTSTANDING CATTLEWOMAN OF THE YEAR
Barbara Jackson of Tucson, Ariz., was named the 2007 Outstanding CattleWoman of the Year during the American National CattleWomen's awards reception held February 7 at the Cattle Industry Annual Convention in Reno.

CT: February 08, 2008 14:52:05 CST
BEEF CHECKOFF ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF FIRST ANNUAL NATIONAL RETAIL BEEF BACKER® AWARD WINNERS
The Beef Checkoff Program announced the winners of the first annual national Retail Beef Backer® Awards program.

CT: February 08, 2008 14:54:27 CST
SALE OF JUNIOR CHAMPIONS REWARDS YOUTH FOR PROJECTS
Buyers set two records Thursday as they purchased at auction the 37 sale animals raised last year by 4-H and FFA youth in Mississippi.

CT: February 11, 2008 15:19:08 CST
SIMBRAH SYNERGY SET FOR OCTOBER 25, 2008
A new event, Simbrah Synergy, is set for October 25th at Smith Genetics, Giddings, Texas.

CT: February 11, 2008 15:21:19 CST
REGISTER NOW FOR EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT FOR NIAA ANNUAL MEETING
If you're involved in animal agriculture, then you'll want to attend the 2008 annual meeting of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, April 1-3, in Indianapolis, Indiana. And you can save $50 by registering before February 25.

CT: February 11, 2008 15:23:03 CST
HEREFORD YOUTH FOUNDATION FEMALE SELLS FOR A RECORD $100,000 IN MILE HIGH NIGHT NATIONAL HEREFORD SALE
A standing-room only crowd looked on as Hereford enthusiasts bid on the 2008 Hereford Youth Foundation of America Female, Friday, January 18 in the Beef Palace Auction Arena at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo.

CT: February 12, 2008 15:31:04 CST
UF VETERINARY COLLEGE RECEIVES NEARLY $6 MILLION IN FAMILY ESTATE GIFTS
The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine has received nearly $6 million from the estates of two South Florida cattle ranch owners, Harriet Weeks and her daughter, Robin Weeks.

CT: February 12, 2008 15:35:05 CST
NEBRASKA CATTLEMEN APPLAUDS SEN. HANSEN FOR PRIORITIZING ANIMAL DRUG BILL
Nebraska Cattlemen is applauding Sen. Tom Hansen, North Platte, for selecting LB 1022 as his priority bill. The proposed legislation would allow veterinary drug distributors to obtain a state license to sell animal prescription drugs to producers and veterinarians.

CT: February 12, 2008 15:38:17 CST
CENTRAL IOWA FEATHERLITE TRAILER SALES SPONSORS TRAILERS FOR IOWA JUNIOR BEEF BREEDS ASSOCIATION
Central Iowa Featherlite Trailer Sales, Bondurant, Iowa has graciously agreed to sponsor two Featherlite Trailers to honor the Market Animal High Point Individual and Breeding Heifer High Point Individual.

CT: February 14, 2008 15:40:14 CST
RESEARCHER STUDYING COSTLY COTTON INSECTS
A Mississippi State University researcher is working to reduce a growing expense for Mississippi cotton farmers -- managing tarnished plant bugs.

CT: February 14, 2008 15:41:59 CST
U.S. PORK EXPORT MARKET SETS NEW RECORD – BEEF CONTINUES REBOUND
The Boston Red Sox have won two World Series championships in the past four years. The New England Patriots have won three Super Bowls in the past seven years. When it comes to success, both could take a lesson from the U.S. pork industry, which achieved its 16th consecutive record-setting year of exports in 2007, according to statistics compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation.

CT: February 15, 2008 13:43:42 CST
SURGING FOREIGN DEMAND, WEAK DOLLAR SPUR U.S. EXPORTS
Surging foreign demand, a weak U.S. dollar and unprecedented growth in the global economy are the driving forces behind increasing rates of U.S. agricultural exports, according to Mike Dwyer, chief economist with the Foreign Agricultural Service at the USDA.

CT: February 15, 2008 13:46:44 CST
DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR, LONGTIME COLUMNIST NAMED LIMOUSIN PROMOTER
The North American Limousin Foundation has announced its Limousin Promoter of the Year award, which goes to someone in allied industry who has advanced the Limousin breed through marketing, education or research.

CT: February 18, 2008 13:46:07 CST
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- PLAYING THE ODDS
To be fair, members of the Rio Rojo Cattlemen's Association never took themselves so seriously that there wasn't time for an extra story or interruption come meeting time.

CT: February 18, 2008 13:47:55 CST
COMMODITY INSIGHT
For the balance of the year and well into '09, the Big Four; stocks, bonds, currencies and commodities will be dominated by two economic forces vying for control of the marketplace.

CT: February 18, 2008 13:50:52 CST
SEXED SEMEN IS NOW A REALITY FOR CATTLE BREEDERS
Use of sexed semen is now a reality for many cattle breeders.

CT: February 19, 2008 15:34:03 CST
NEW AG SECRETARY ADDRESSES CATTLE PRODUCERS
Newly confirmed Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer addressed the Cattle Industry Annual convention in Reno, Nev.

CT: February 19, 2008 15:35:38 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- CURLY'S CLIP JOINT
I swear I'm going to get out the horse clippers and start cutting my own hair; what little there is left.

CT: February 20, 2008 15:33:53 CST
PROPER NUTRITION MAKES HEIFER A MOMMA COW
In the beef business, cattlemen have to design a diet for growing animals that will help heifers grow into productive members of the cow herd.

CT: February 20, 2008 15:35:58 CST
BLACK INK -- HERD IN THE BALANCE
Most beef producers are conservative. Politics aside, we're talking about cowherd management. If you had to pick a word to describe your ideal, it would be balance.

CT: February 20, 2008 15:38:29 CST
NATIONAL RED ANGUS SHOW HELD IN FT. WORTH
The Red Angus Association of America held its National Show on Sunday, January 27, 2008 at the 111th Annual Ft. Worth Stock Show and Rodeo in historic Ft. Worth, Texas.

CT: February 21, 2008 15:32:21 CST
CHECKOFF RECEIVES "CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH"
How well do you know your checkoff?

CT: February 21, 2008 15:39:02 CST
BRAUNVIEH ASSOC. LAUNCHES NATIONAL BULL TEST SALE
In a bold move to offer bull buyers more valuable information about their breeding stock, the Braunvieh Association of America National Braunvieh Influencer Bull Test Sale will offer a select group of bulls and a first-ever buy-back opportunity on April 9, 2008.

CT: February 21, 2008 15:45:12 CST
ANGUS ASSOCIATION RELEASES DOCILITY EPDS
The American Angus Association® recently released a new research docility genetic evaluation. Differentiating cattle temperament is a likely topic of discussion for many producers. In Angus cattle, a factual means to describe temperament variation is now a reality.

CT: February 21, 2008 15:47:23 CST
BEEFMASTER BREEDERS ANNOUNCES FIFTH COMMERCIAL FEMALE SALE
Beefmaster Breeders United, BBU, has announced that the association will sponsor its fifth commercial replacement female sale on Sunday, April 6, 2008 at the Columbus Livestock Company, Inc., Columbus, Texas. Named BBU's National E6 Replacement Female Sale, the event will feature those highly sought after E6 Commercial Beefmaster Females.

CT: February 21, 2008 15:51:53 CST
YOUNG GUNS PROVIDE PROGRESSIVE GENETICS TO HERDS
An eye toward the future has always been a quality shared by top cattlemen. Whether it's a seedstock producer positioning the herd to have a viable genetic base for generations to come or a commercial cattlemen looking to gain the edge by capitalizing on the right combination of genetics and management to be profitable in any market scenario, forward thinking has dominated production of recent times.

CT: February 25, 2008 15:12:56 CST
RED ANGUS ASSOC. SALUTES FORMER EXECUTIVE SECRETARY
Red Angus history will remember Bob Hough as the Executive Secretary who helped lead the breed into the mainstream with the conviction of a breeder and the business savvy of a CEO.

CT: February 25, 2008 15:15:33 CST
PROPER PROTEIN FEEDING IMPORTANT TO HERD HEALTH
A while back we reviewed protein nutrition in cattle and discussed at length individual protein components. The following is the second part of this series and is well-timed given the AI and Herd Bull topic for this issue.

CT: February 25, 2008 15:18:40 CST
NCBA HIRES SOUTHEASTERN FIELD REPRESENTATIVE
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association has hired two new field representatives for the High Plains and the Southeastern United States. Both began serving those regions at the end of January.

CT: February 26, 2008 13:33:51 CST
NCBA MEMBERS ELECT OFFICERS, DEBATE POLICY
Members of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association held their board of directors meeting and annual membership meeting, as the Cattle Industry Annual Convention concluded in Reno.

CT: February 26, 2008 13:36:42 CST
GELBVIEH ASSOC. ELECTS NEW LEADERSHIP
The American Gelbvieh Association elected new directors and officers during its 2008 National Convention and Annual Meeting in Denver, Colo.

CT: February 26, 2008 13:38:20 CST
RESEARCH SHOWS WAYS TO ENHANCE BEEF TENDERNESS
The components of “taste” that determine just how satisfying it is to eat beef are flavor, juiciness and tenderness. But tenderness has been identified as the first and most important of the three among U.S. beef consumers, according to a new beef checkoff-funded report.

CT: February 27, 2008 15:26:09 CST
PRE-PLANNING PROVIDES MAP TO A.I. SUCCESS
Management protocol, at almost every operation, revolves around pre-conceived goals established by the firm's principals. Most scenarios come together like a recipe for fine cuisine, one mishap and a setback usually occurs. The 21st Century beef industry offers little room for error; however, quick-thinking operations that can adapt and adjust usually find profits where other outfits declare a loss.

CT: February 27, 2008 15:33:07 CST
MAKE SURE YOUR OPERATION IS RUN LIKE OTHER BUSINESSES
In hobby loss audits, the IRS sometimes views various types of ranching activities as a means of generating tax losses, rather than a profit-oriented venture.

CT: February 27, 2008 15:37:54 CST
BEEF CHECKOFF RESEARCH PROGRAMS PREPARE FOR 2009
It may not be found on the first page (or even in the footnote) of a beef history book, but it's there. Behind new beef cuts, new products for consumers, nutrition and youth education, is checkoff-funded research.

CT: February 28, 2008 15:07:00 CST
EMBRYO TRANSFER CAN MAXIMIZE BEST GENETICS
A growing number of breeders now use advanced reproductive techniques such as embryo transfer to maximize the genetics of their best cows.

CT: February 28, 2008 15:09:30 CST
FEEDERS GATHER TO LEARN WAYS TO PRODUCE BETTER BEEF
Efficiency and quality are two important words in the beef industry. Both were covered during the Feeding Quality Forums, Nov. 13 in Garden City, Kansas, and Nov. 15 in South Sioux City, Neb.

CT: February 28, 2008 15:11:17 CST
BEEF CHECKOFF RELEASES 2007 ANNUAL REPORT
“An account brought by one person to another about a period gone through.” Better known as an annual report, it's a compilation of a year gone by from checkoff-funded research programs.

CT: February 28, 2008 15:17:07 CST
MARKET CHANGES PUT OLD IDEAS IN A NEW LIGHT
Market changes tell cattle feeders to take another look at what worked in the past. The rising cost of inputs make some of those dated theories more attractive today, according to Robbi Pritchard, South Dakota State University animal scientist.

CT: February 28, 2008 15:19:07 CST
MORE SORTING MEANS MORE BEEF QUALITY
Sorting cattle helps eliminate outliers in a pen, but the extra effort may be rewarded by higher quality grades, too.

CT: February 28, 2008 15:21:04 CST
NEW PRODUCT CONTROLS BITING FLIES WITHOUT CHEMICALS
Imagine watching your cattle graze peacefully in summer pastures, free from the torment of biting flies. Have you tried numerous fly repellents and found that none work to your satisfaction? Is your only resort to keep your cattle bitten and bloody?


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