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January 2008


CT: January 02, 2008 14:05:10 CST
ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY-SEVEN HEAD BEGIN LIMOUSIN VISIONS QUEST ROUND 3
Seventeen cattle producers are in the Limousin breed's corner for Round 3 of the Visions Quest learn-by-doing cattle-finishing and carcass-discovery project.

CT: January 02, 2008 14:07:43 CST
JOSHUA SCOTT EARNS JUNIOR BRONZE & SILVER AWARDS
Joshua Scott, Loranger, La., has earned the National Junior Angus Association's Bronze and Silver Awards, according to James Fisher, director of junior activities for the American Angus Association® in Saint Joseph, Mo.

CT: January 02, 2008 14:09:17 CST
JUNIOR GELBVIEH SHOWS SET FOR 2008
The American Gelbvieh Junior Association has announced its show schedule for the 2008 season. Each year the AGJA sponsors two regional shows and one national show for its members to participate in. AGJA members that are 8 to 21 years of age on January 1, 2008 are eligible to participate in these events.

CT: January 03, 2008 13:55:25 CST
SHORTHORN JUNIOR'S EXHIBIT PURBRED CHAMPIONS
The 2007 North American International Livestock Exposition brought juniors from 19 states together to compete in the Purebred Shorthorn Show.

CT: January 03, 2008 13:56:48 CST
RITCHIE INDUSTRIES ADDS WATERMASTER DEEP 54 TO LINEUP
Ritchie Industries, based in Conrad, Iowa, has released a new waterer in their popular WaterMasters series.

CT: January 03, 2008 13:58:24 CST
FORMER ASA BOARD CHAIRMAN RICHMAN RECEIVES WORLD SIMMENTAL FEDERATION HONORS
Reese Richman, Tooele, Utah, who served as Board Chairman of the American Simmental Association in 1993, has been recognized with the prestigious 2008 World Simmental Fleckvieh Federation Golden Book Award.

CT: January 04, 2008 13:47:14 CST
AMERICAN SIMMENTAL/SIMBRAH FOUNDATION AUCTION A HUGE SUCCESS
The Annual American Simmental/Simbrah Foundation Auction was held during the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky, on November 10.

CT: January 04, 2008 13:50:43 CST
“FIGHTING FOR THE U.S. CATTLE PRODUCER'S PROSPERITY – TOGETHER” IS THEME FOR ANNUAL CONVENTION IN OMAHA, FEB. 20 -23
The R-CALF USA Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the group's 9th annual convention will take place Feb. 20- 23, 2008, and has been moved to Omaha, Neb.

CT: January 07, 2008 14:57:26 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- SO LONG INCENTIVE
If the Farm Bill passed by the Senate holds up—already passed by the House of Representatives; it was headed to a joint conference committee at the end of December—the high price of feed and energy won't matter much because there won't be a lot of incentive for cattle producers to continue assuming the risk of staying in business.

CT: January 07, 2008 14:59:48 CST
COMMODITY INSIGHT
In my "twice a day" newsletter Commodity Insight, I broadcast market information, news and trading suggestions just after the markets begin trading at 10 a.m. Central Time and again at noon when there is but a few hours left in the session. My window for offering advice and strategy in other words is limited to twice a day. After that, I have to wait for another day to roll around and with it new forces that can push the markets one way or another.

CT: January 08, 2008 14:10:36 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- TABLED
Today I reveal our dirty little secret. Any rancher with testosterone flowing in his veins will deny ever having had a relationship with one. Out in ranch country they command about as much respect as a substitute teacher. They are as popular as ringworm and even more unsightly. Of course, I am speaking of calf tables.

CT: January 08, 2008 14:19:37 CST
NCBA CONVENTION & TRADE SHOW TO BE HELD FEB. 6-9
Cattlemen attending the 2008 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and Trade Show will hear in-depth discussions of several major issues affecting the profitability of their operation.

CT: January 09, 2008 14:26:17 CST
BLACK INK -- QUALITY IS NO ACCIDENT
If you see the word “quality” alone, it implies something good. You can emphasize that by adding “high,” or negate it with such modifiers as “poor” or “low.”

CT: January 09, 2008 14:29:31 CST
ANGUS ASSOC. RELEASES HEIFER PREGNANCY EPDS
The American Angus Association® has recently updated its research heifer pregnancy genetic evaluation.

CT: January 10, 2008 15:15:33 CST
GENOME MAPPING YIELDS CLUES ABOUT CATTLE DISEASE
Mississippi State University researchers are developing a biological map of how three tiny pathogens cause big losses for cattle producers each year.

CT: January 10, 2008 15:20:57 CST
COMMUNICATION COULD HELP SOLVE INDUSTRY PROBLEMS
Communication could help solve many challenges in the beef industry today. That's what Tom Brink, senior vice president of Five Rivers Cattle Feeders, told producers at two seminars in November.

CT: January 11, 2008 15:45:45 CST
PRODUCERS USE NATURAL SOLUTIONS IN HERD MANAGEMENT
With the arrival of 2008 we typically take time to reflect on the past and look to the new year with anticipation, excitement and in many cases some trepidation. With all the changes in the industry over the last few years, the new year will only bring more of the same.

CT: January 11, 2008 15:47:06 CST
RESEARCH TARGETS MEAT QUALITY BEFORE HARVEST
Consumers are concerned with meat quality at the point of purchase and until use, but those bringing the meat to market must manage numerous factors before it reaches the customer.

CT: January 14, 2008 15:28:18 CST
CHAMPIONS PARADE AT 2008 ARIZONA NATIONAL ROV ANGUS SHOW
Angus exhibitors led 126 entries at the 2008 Arizona National Roll of Victory Angus Show, December 31 in Phoenix, Ariz.

CT: January 14, 2008 15:30:42 CST
IOWA FARM BUREAU REPRESENTATIVE APPOINTED TO USMEF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Calvin Rozenboom, a member of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation board of directors, has been appointed by U.S. Meat Export Federation Chairman Dan Halstrom to the USMEF executive committee as an at-large director.

CT: January 14, 2008 15:32:25 CST
SDCA ADDRESSES PRIORITIES FOR 2008 SOUTH DAKOTA LEGISLATIVE SESSION
The 2008 Legislative Session kicked off this week with several bills of interest for cattlemen already in the hopper. For the next couple of months, SDCA leadership will be monitoring legislative activities to safeguard the business interests of our members.

CT: January 15, 2008 15:28:30 CST
FLORIDA BULL TEST SALE TO BE HELD JANUARY 19TH
The Florida Bull Test is underway with 45 bulls on feed at the University of Florida's North Florida Research and Education Center near Marianna, Florida.

CT: January 15, 2008 15:30:31 CST
LIMMARK PROGRAM SELL 1,400 TAGS IN FY '07
In its recently completed fiscal year 2006–2007, the North American Limousin Foundation sold 1,400 LimMark ear tags to 16 herds in 10 states.

CT: January 15, 2008 15:33:46 CST
AICA ANNOUNCES NATIONAL SHOW & SALE RESULTS
The 29th National Sale kicked off the Charolais events at the National American International Livestock Exposition on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007.

CT: January 16, 2008 13:19:53 CST
MSU'S ANIMAL HOSPITAL MAINTAINS ACCREDITATION
Mississippi State University's Animal Health Center continued its tradition of exceeding its previous accreditation score when the American Animal Hospital Association conducted its review in 2007.

CT: January 16, 2008 13:23:07 CST
RADIO HOST, WRITER TRENT LOOS TO ADDRESS NIAA ANNUAL MEETING ATTENDEES
Radio host and agriculture writer Trent Loos and his burning passion to make a difference in animal agriculture will be front and center when he serves as the featured evening banquet speaker at the National Institute for Animal Agriculture's annual meeting, Tuesday, April 1, in Indianapolis, Ind.

CT: January 16, 2008 13:26:05 CST
FISCHER RED ANGUS DONATES TO THE JUNIOR RED ANGUS ASSOCIATION
Ron and Ester Fischer of Fischer Red Angus in Harlowton, Montana, have made a generous donation to the National Junior Red Angus Association. The Fischers have donated four embryos to be auctioned off at the Mile High Classic Red Angus Auction held in conjunction with the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo in Denver, CO, on January 21, 2008.

CT: January 17, 2008 14:29:01 CST
CALENDAR SET FOR 2008 TENNESSEE FIELD DAYS
For many regional farmers, the weather made 2007 a difficult year. While continuing education can't affect killing freezes or drought, it can help your bottom line. That's why field days are so valuable say officials with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture.

CT: January 17, 2008 14:32:09 CST
MONTANA MAN TO SERVE AS VICE CHAIRMAN OF SIMMENTAL BOARD
Jim Skillestad, Glendive, MT, has been re-elected to a three-year term on the 16-member Board of Trustees of the American Simmental Association.

CT: January 17, 2008 14:35:46 CST
MISSISSIPPI GOVERNMENT ASKS 4-H YOUTH TO SERVE
Four qualified 4-Hers will have a unique opportunity to see state government in action as they briefly work at the state capitol in March.

CT: January 18, 2008 15:36:39 CST
SANTA GERTRUDIS RANCHES TO HOST BLUEBONNET CLASSIC
Leading Texas Santa Gertrudis ranches are joining forces to host a production sale, March 29, 2008 in Hallettsville,Texas.

CT: January 18, 2008 15:38:32 CST
CATTLE PRODUCERS URGE SENATE, HOUSE AG COMMITTEES TO ADOPT COOL, MARKET COMPETITION REFORMS
R-CALF USA on Wednesday sent a letter to the chairman and ranking members of the Senate Agriculture Committee and the House Agriculture Committee to urge them to encourage the 2007 Farm Bill Conference Committee not only to adopt mandatory country-of-origin labeling, but also to adopt critical competition reforms to restore the competitiveness of the U.S. cattle industry.

CT: January 18, 2008 15:39:46 CST
JUNIORS PARADE ANGUS CHAMPIONS AT THE NATIONAL WESTERN HEIFER SHOW
Junior Angus members led 136 entries at the 2008 National Western Stock Show's Junior Angus Heifer Show, January 15 in Denver, Colo.

CT: January 21, 2008 15:24:50 CST
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- EIGHT SECONDS OR LESS
“Time?” demanded Hooter as he made yet another trip down his rope to take it off the dummy's horns.

CT: January 21, 2008 15:26:39 CST
ANGUS TIMELY TOPICS
A couple days ago, my wife, Judy, remarked to me that the month of December 2007 was the month that was @!#?! — that is from a weather standpoint.

CT: January 22, 2008 14:52:46 CST
GOOD HERD HEALTH PROGRAM CAN PREVENT CALF SCOURS
As we have discussed many times, 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: January 22, 2008 14:58:57 CST
COMMODITY INSIGHT
Last spring, I warned that the, "housing mess" and sub prime problems had the potential to wreck the Dow Jones but send bond prices higher as investors sought safety and avoided risk. I even went so far as to suggest exiting stock portfolios and replacing them with a bond portfolio. But stocks continued to rally and bonds remained lethargic into the early fall as my timing on that outlook was faulty.

CT: January 23, 2008 15:41:04 CST
SPECIAL HEIFER SALES ADD VALUE TO REPLACEMENTS
As markets have evolved, it has changed the face of the beef industry. In the early years it was almost sacrilegious to purchase replacement females from the so-called traders in the industry. After all the first question was “If they're so good why didn't you keep them yourself?”

CT: January 23, 2008 15:43:23 CST
BLACK INK -- GIFTS THAT KEEP ON GIVING
For farm and ranch folks, Santa often leaves leather gloves, shiny new pocketknives or something like the latest grease gun. Husbands opened new toolsets and wives unwrapped wool socks and coveralls during the recent holiday season.

CT: January 24, 2008 15:46:04 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- THE COWBOY TEST
There is mounting evidence that if modern man continues to be feminized by society at the current rate that in just two decades there will be virtually no difference, other than a little plumbing, between the sexes.

CT: January 24, 2008 15:47:43 CST
BEEF CHECKOFF HELPS PUT MORE VEAL ON MORE MENUS
As part of its “Go-to-Market” strategy, the checkoff-funded veal program has successfully added veal items to more foodservice menus.

CT: January 25, 2008 15:46:27 CST
TEMPERAMENT: THE HIDDEN ASSET OF GELBVIEH
The early Meat Animal Research Center data led many seedstock producers to the Gelbvieh breed. The combination of growth and maternal characteristics added the appropriate punch for many breeders in the 1970s and 1980s to their predominately British-based cowherds.

CT: January 28, 2008 15:08:47 CST
NATIONAL WESTERN STOCK SHOW NATIONAL SALERS & OPTIMIZER SHOW HELD
The American Salers Association had a weekend packed full of events at the 2008 National Western Stock Show January 12-14.

CT: January 28, 2008 15:11:41 CST
HUMAN NUTRITION RESEARCH ROUNDTABLE FEATURED AT CATTLE INDUSTRY CONFERENCE
This February, beef checkoff producer leadership and leading scientists will convene Thursday, Feb. 7, from 3-6 p.m. in Reno, Nev., at the Cattle Industry Annual Convention to discuss challenges and opportunities at a checkoff-funded roundtable discussion, “Diet and Cancer.”

CT: January 28, 2008 15:13:45 CST
‘GENETICS ON ICE' BENEFITS SUMMER'S PREMIER LIMOUSIN EVENTS
The Limousin breed's annual “Genetics on Ice” benefit auction was Jan. 13 in Denver, Colo. This year's 52 lots brought $49,465 to support the National Junior Limousin Show and Congress and the All-American Limousin Futurity. Both events will be in Sioux Falls, S.D., July 13–18.

CT: January 29, 2008 15:01:25 CST
KANSAS CATTLE INDUSTRY LEADERS ATTEND KLA CONFERENCE
Twenty-nine members from 24 Kansas counties attended the Kansas Livestock Association Leadership Conference in Topeka, January 21-23.

CT: January 29, 2008 15:03:24 CST
LIMOUSIN HERDSMAN'S BUCKLE GOES TO BRUCE
Each year, Limousin exhibitors at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo., select one of their colleagues to receive the Herdsman of the Year award.

CT: January 29, 2008 15:05:10 CST
HEREFORD BULL VALUED AT $245,000 TOPS NATIONAL WESTERN SALES
Deemed as one of the greatest events in 30 years, The Mile High Night National Hereford Sale was the talk of Denver, posting the highest selling bull and highest average of the National Western Stock Show, grossing $533,950 and averaging $25,426.

CT: January 30, 2008 15:33:32 CST
THIRD ANNUAL MID-SOUTH STOCKER CONFERENCE SET FOR FEBRUARY 12-13
The 2008 Mid-South Conference will be held February 12-13, in Lebanon, Tennessee.

CT: January 30, 2008 15:35:49 CST
SPITZER RANCH BRANGUS BULLS RIGHT ON TARGET AT 140-DAY CHECK WEIGHTS FOR FORAGE BASED DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Check weights to monitor progress were taken December 10, 2007 which is 140 days since weaning (with no “warm-up” or “adjustment” period following weaning). Bulls now average 354 days of age with an average weight of 1092 pounds.

CT: January 31, 2008 14:53:15 CST
M J B RANCH PURCHASES THE 2008 ANGUS FOUNDATION HEIFER PACKAGE
Mike R. Bowlin, owner of M J B Ranch, Weatherford, Texas, bid $60,000 on Jan. 17 to purchase the 2008 Angus Foundation Heifer Package, donated by Jud and Jeff Baldridge, owners of Baldridge Bros. in North Platte, Neb.

CT: January 31, 2008 14:56:26 CST
NEBRASKA CATTLEMEN SEEK BEEF TRADE POLICY CHANGE
Nebraska Cattlemen approved a resolution at the Jan. 30 Board meeting designed to increase beef exports to Japan and South Korea, as well as to other foreign markets.

CT: January 31, 2008 14:58:26 CST
BERG NAMED NATIONAL POLL-ETTE OF THE YEAR
The National Organization of Poll-ettes has named Mary Ann Berg, Dalton, Ohio, the 2007 National Poll-ette of the Year.


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