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June 2008


CT: June 02, 2008 15:10:16 CST
FEED EFFICIENCY ADDS VALUE TO THE CATTLE'S PRODUCTION CYCLE
Finding the “difference makers” will lead to eventual profits, but could be like stepping off into the realm of the unknown for most producers.

CT: June 02, 2008 15:13:59 CST
NORTH CAROLINA TO HOST GELBVIEH JUNIOR NATIONAL
The southern hospitality will be ever present at the 2008 American Gelbvieh Junior Association Blue Ridge Classic. The North Carolina Gelbvieh Association, North Carolina Junior Gelbvieh Association and the American Gelbvieh Junior Association are co-hosting the event set for July 6-11 in Waynesville, N.C.

CT: June 03, 2008 15:32:15 CST
USDA RENEWS ANGUSSOURCE PROGRAM
AngusSource®, the American Angus Association®'s Process Verified Program, was renewed May 1, 2008, by USDA for one year.

CT: June 03, 2008 15:33:51 CST
BLACK INK -- RECORDS THAT WORK
Whatever activity you think of, there's probably a world record. Somebody has licked the most envelopes in a minute, played the longest chess match and worn the most t-shirts at one time.

CT: June 04, 2008 15:29:32 CST
RUSSIA ALLOWS U.S. LIVESTOCK IMPORTS
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that the United States will begin exporting breeding cattle, bovine embryos; breeding, fattening and slaughter swine; and breeding and sport horses to Russia.

CT: June 04, 2008 15:31:16 CST
COW CREEK RANCH TO DONATE YOUTH FOUNDATION HEIFER
Cow Creek Ranch, LLC, Aliceville, Ala., has generously donated for auction Ms CRC Newt 237T. The proceeds will be used for advancement and education of the International Junior Brangus Breeders youth organization.

CT: June 05, 2008 15:49:59 CST
HUNTING LEASES HELP FUND K-12 EDUCATION
The 600,000 acres of 16th section land located in 67 Mississippi counties generate more than $45 million each year and supplement a budget of more than $2 billion for K-12 education.

CT: June 05, 2008 15:51:27 CST
AG CENSUS WRAPPING UP COUNT FOR 2007
Just days remain for Mississippi farmers to be counted in the 2007 Census of Agriculture, a tally that actually impacts the agriculture industry in the state.

CT: June 05, 2008 15:52:56 CST
MISSISSIPPI YOUTH UNDERTAKE CHALLENGE TO SHAPE 4-H FUTURE
The challenge has begun for Mississippi youth to make the next hundred years of 4-H more remarkable than the first.

CT: June 05, 2008 15:54:16 CST
CHAMPIONS PARADE AT 2008 ATLANTIC NATIONAL SUPER POINT ROV ANGUS SHOW
Angus enthusiasts led 213 entries at the 2008 Atlantic National Super Point Roll of Victory (ROV) Angus Show, May 25 in Timonium, Md. Doug Parrett, Urbana, Ill., evaluated the 174 females, 35 bulls and four cow-calf pairs before naming champions.

CT: June 09, 2008 14:49:19 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- TECHNOLOGY UPSIDE REMAINS
If you're running cows, you don't need much analysis to tell you profit margins are getting thinner than ice in the Sahara. Quantification does provide some perspective, though.

CT: June 09, 2008 14:57:31 CST
COMMODITY INSIGHT
Uncertainty is bearish. With that thought in mind, here is a news release from this afternoon after the markets were closed.

CT: June 10, 2008 15:29:47 CST
ANGUS TIMELY TOPICS
As I pen this column, it seems as though good news has become somewhat elusive amidst the negativism of the major news networks and in the agricultural media. Through all of this fog and haze, it is easy for us to become focused on the unpleasant things that are so prevalent in the news and overlook the goodness that surrounds us.

CT: June 10, 2008 15:31:45 CST
AGGIE FINDS HEALTHY FATTY ACID IN BRISKET
A 23-year-old Texas A&M University researcher has given brisket-eaters another reason to cheer.

CT: June 11, 2008 15:15:51 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- CREATIVE BOVINE ENHANCER
Prior to 1986 the purebred cattle industry wasn't like it is now. Breeders today are committed to enhancing their respective breeds using the latest technology and genetics.

CT: June 11, 2008 15:18:42 CST
HIGH INPUT COSTS MAY HAMPER FORAGE, HAY GAINS
Weather has been kind to Mississippi's hay and forage producers, but the economy has not.

CT: June 12, 2008 15:37:35 CST
HIGH FUEL COSTS FORCE PRODUCERS TO IMPROVE EFFICIENCY
Economically, 2008 is anything but a normal year as we enter continued uncharted territories in terms of input costs (feed, fertilizer, fuel). With this situation as a backdrop, the producer is pressured to closely manage his nutritional program in an effort to improve efficiency.

CT: June 13, 2008 14:53:13 CST
BEEF CHECKOFF-FUNDED HISPANIC TOOLKIT MAKES IMPACT ON CUSTOMERS AT MEAT CASE
The performance results are in for the Beef Checkoff Program's newly developed beef checkoff-funded Hispanic Toolkit … and they're excelente (great)!

CT: June 13, 2008 14:55:17 CST
MISSISSIPPI CORN FARMERS HOPE TO CASH IN AT HARVEST
Farmers know what it's like to roll the dice and hope for good weather, low costs and high profits, but the stakes this year for corn producers are higher than usual.

CT: June 16, 2008 15:21:36 CST
NATIONAL SANTA GERTRUDIS STEER FEEDOUT #10 DELIVERY DATES ANNOUNCED
Santa Gertrudis Breeders International announces the delivery dates for National Santa Gertrudis Steer Feedout # 10.

CT: June 16, 2008 15:23:10 CST
CHAROLAIS JUNIORS TO GATHER IN IOWA FOR NATIONAL SHOW
The American-International Junior Charolais Association and the Iowa Junior Charolais Association will host the 2008 AIJCA Junior National Leadership Conference and National Show in Des Moines, Iowa, the week of June 22 to 27.

CT: June 17, 2008 15:32:11 CST
BRANDI CROMER EARNS JUNIOR BRONZE AND SILVER PINS
According to James Fisher, director of junior activities for the American Angus Association® in Saint Joseph, Mo., Brandi Cromer, Lamar, Ark., has earned the National Junior Angus Association's Bronze and Silver Awards.

CT: June 17, 2008 15:34:01 CST
JUNIOR BEEF LEADERS FOCUS ON THEIR FUTURE AT YBIC
Young cattle producers accepted the challenge to be “Focused on My Future” during the 2008 Youth Beef Industry Congress, March 27-30 at the Purina Research and Conference Center at Gray Summit, Mo.

CT: June 17, 2008 15:37:03 CST
GRANT SENDS BEEF AMBASSADORS TO NATION'S CAPITAL
The National Beef Ambassador Program has received a $9,000 grant from an anonymous donor through the American National CattleWomen Foundation, Inc. This generous support from the granting foundation allows Beef Ambassadors to travel to a spring legislative conference in Washington, D.C., every year to participate personally in the democratic process.

CT: June 18, 2008 15:29:49 CST
GERARD DAVIS NAMED HEAD OF PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AND LABORATORY OPERATIONS AT PFIZER ANIMAL GENETICS
Highly respected genetic researcher Gerard Davis has been named Head of Product Development and Laboratory Operations at Pfizer Animal Genetics.

CT: June 19, 2008 15:21:35 CST
CATTLEMEN SUPPORT WAIVER OF RENEWABLE FUELS STANDARD MANDATE
In comments filed today with the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association is supporting a petition filed by the State of Texas to reduce federal mandates for production of grain-based fuels.

CT: June 20, 2008 14:41:46 CST
AMERICAN SIMMENTAL JUNIORS HEAD TO TEXAS FOR ASA NATIONAL CLASSIC XXVIII
The Wichita Falls Multipurpose Event Center and the Howard Johnson Hotel in Wichita Falls, Texas will welcome the American Simmental Association's National Classic XXVIII on July 13-18, 2008.

CT: June 23, 2008 13:55:09 CST
COMMODITY INSIGHT
From a low of $17.45 a barrel set in November 2001 to a high of $139.12 a barrel set a week ago, crude oil prices have rallied 697 percent.

CT: June 23, 2008 13:57:31 CST
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- JUST SAY NO
Even around here, the site of a saddled horse ground-tied in front of the War Wagon Saloon attracted attention. Even if it was obvious by the brand that it was Hooter McCormick who'd left him there.

CT: June 24, 2008 13:27:40 CST
LIMOUSIN JUNIORS TO GATHER IN SIOUX FALLS, S.D.
About 200 North American Limousin Junior Association members and their families will bring about 500 head of cattle to Sioux Falls, S.D., July 13–18, for the “Trail to Excellence” National Junior Limousin Show and Congress.

CT: June 25, 2008 13:28:32 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- LEE'S TRAVEL GUIDE
If you're going overseas this summer William Ecenbarger has some tips to avoid offending your foreign hosts.

CT: June 26, 2008 15:40:56 CST
CATTLE PRODUCERS URGE SENATE TO EVALUATE RENEWABLE FUELS POLICY
Livestock producers have been dealt more harsh news this week with regard to feedgrain supplies.

CT: June 26, 2008 15:45:27 CST
INTERNATIONAL LIMOUSIN CONFERENCE HELD MAY 20-28
Genetic improvement, new technologies and new markets were among the topics discussed at the 18th biennial International Limousin Conference, May 20–28 in Italy.

CT: June 27, 2008 13:47:53 CST
LIQUID FEEDS CAN ECONOMICALLY IMPROVE PRODUCTIVITY
As we continue our discussion on managing our current economic situation in an effort to remain profitable or at least keep our heads above water, we have to re-evaluate the feeding and supplementation tools that are available to us.

CT: June 30, 2008 15:03:16 CST
ANGUS ASSOCIATION HONORS JACKSON FAMILY
Pasquotank Farms, Elizabeth City, N.C., has received the American Angus Association's Historic Herd Award.


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