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March 2008


CT: March 03, 2008 15:09:38 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- WHO DO YOU TRUST?
In a recent article, I made the mistake of admitting that I had stooped so low as to use a calf table for branding and castrating a few calves.

CT: March 03, 2008 15:11:44 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- BEEF RECALL RAISES MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANIMAL ABUSE
Another day, another black eye for beef, courtesy of forces beyond producers' control.

CT: March 03, 2008 15:13:54 CST
ANGUS CEO JOHN CROUCH ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
John Crouch, chief executive officer (CEO) of the world's largest beef breed registry and a pioneer in the performance movement, has announced his intention to retire from the American Angus Association later in the year.

CT: March 05, 2008 15:57:50 CST
CATTLE FAX SAYS CORN TALK WILL DOMINATE IN 2008
The corn market will dominate cattle talk in 2008.

CT: March 05, 2008 15:59:05 CST
EFFORT MADE TO BRING CONSUMERS AND PRODUCERS CLOSER
Four companies announced a joint effort to build bridges between consumers and beef producers.

CT: March 05, 2008 16:02:41 CST
SCIENTISTS IDENTIFY LIMOUSIN "MUSCLING GENE"
Americans' increasing demand for lean beef produced without supplemental growth hormones is adding significance to an Australian discovery.

CT: March 06, 2008 13:19:15 CST
MORE U.S. BEEF IS MAKING ITS WAY TO HONG KONG
The Greater China region, comprised of Hong Kong, Macau, China and Mongolia, holds growth potential for U.S. beef and beef products.

CT: March 06, 2008 13:21:50 CST
CHECK-OFF FUNDED RESEARCH PRODUCES FACT SHEETS
In this world of information overload where a Google search generates thousands of results, wouldn't it be nice to have all the requested information in one place, neatly packaged together and professionally presented?

CT: March 07, 2008 09:39:43 CST
GRAZING SYSTEM IMPROVES LAND AND BENEFITS LIVESTOCK
To the outsider, most would say the cowboy's passion is to take care of the animals that walk his pastures. Giving his horse a good rub down and a bite of grain after a hard day's work or making sure the newborns are sheltered from the next storm. These are jobs that, to most, regularly fall under the term “cow hand.”

CT: March 07, 2008 09:41:41 CST
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HEALTH AND NUTRITION IS CRITICAL
Cattlemen, researchers, veterinarians and nutritionists have known for years that the health of an animal is closely tied to the nutritional plane the animal is on.

CT: March 07, 2008 09:43:48 CST
CHUCK ROLL BECOMES BEEF'S LATEST STAR
Ever notice how people glance up when they're deep in thought – as if the answer is in the stars? Look no further – the stars are on the dinner plate.

CT: March 10, 2008 14:54:27 CST
STANDARDS CHANGE FOR MARKETING GRASS FED MEAT PRODUCTS
Once their livestock is ready to market, some producers are choosing to engage in the processing, packaging and marketing of meat products themselves.

CT: March 10, 2008 14:55:36 CST
GELBVIEH PROFIT PARTNERS SELECT LEADERSHIP
Gelbvieh Profit Partners Inc. held its annual meeting and elections in conjunction with the 2008 American Gelbvieh Association Annual Convention.

CT: March 11, 2008 14:29:56 CST
NEW BULL LISTING SERVICE OFFERED ON LIMOUSIN SITE
Bull buyers can search for Limousin and Lim-Flex® herd-sire prospects by directing their Web browsers to the North American Limousin Foundation home page at www.nalf.org and clicking the “Limousin Exchange: Bull Listing Service” link.

CT: March 11, 2008 14:37:21 CST
PLANNING AND PREPARATIONS PRODUCE RESULTS IN HERD
Planning and preparation make a big difference in efficient cowherd management.

CT: March 11, 2008 14:46:11 CST
GET BULL MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS UNDER CONTROL
We often think about the bull as the means of introducing new genetics into a beef herd. However, management of the bull (or lack of it) after purchase is often the "Achilles Heel" of cattle production.

CT: March 12, 2008 14:20:54 CST
STOCKERS CAN BE MANAGED FOR QUALITY
Cheap gains and maintenance-level nutrition are strategies from a bygone era of stocker management, according to Mark McCully, of Certified Angus Beef LLC.

CT: March 12, 2008 14:32:19 CST
LEADERS CONCERNED OVER FOCUS ON QUANTITY VS. QUALITY
During a seminar on the merits of high-quality beef, two industry leaders expressed concern over future supplies and short-term focus on pounds over quality.

CT: March 12, 2008 14:34:46 CST
ANGUS ASSOCIATION TO HOLD OUTREACH SEMINARS
The American Angus Association® will conduct two Outreach Seminars in March. The first is Saturday, March 15 in Indianapolis, Ind.; and another is set for Wednesday, March 19 in Lexington, Ky.

CT: March 13, 2008 14:27:47 CST
DEFINE HERD GOALS BEFORE MAKING BULL SELECTIONS
Herd goals serve as the foundation for sire selection and provide guidance as to traits with the most economic importance.

CT: March 13, 2008 14:30:09 CST
ORIGINAL PREMIUM BEEF BRAND SETS RECORDS
The Certified Angus Beef® brand, with sales of more than 584 million pounds, hit the highest mark in its 29-year history for the year ended Sept. 30.

CT: March 14, 2008 13:47:16 CST
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- SCARLET LETTERS
At first, Lonnie Johnson thought Hooter and the boys were laughing at him, bunched up on the other side of his feed store window, pointing and beating their knees.

CT: March 14, 2008 13:49:14 CST
SHOULD CLONED ANIMALS BE USED AS A FOOD SOURCE?
Ever since the first experimental clone was born—Dolly, the sheep born in February 1997, cloned by scientists at the Roslin Institute near Edinburgh, Scotland—the public has been divided in opinion on whether or not livestock should be produced in this manner. Heated controversy over cloning put it in the media spotlight early on, since some people questioned the ethics of the procedure and some were concerned about safety issues with food produced from cloned animals.

CT: March 17, 2008 10:56:07 CST
IMPORTANT TO KEEP CATTLE HEALTHY AND PRODUCTIVE
In the previous issue we began a discussion of the relationships between health and nutrition. For years we have known that health and nutrition are “joined at the hip.”

CT: March 17, 2008 10:58:51 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- RECYCLABULL
Some women say that bulls are a lot like men; they're only good for one thing and after they're done doing that then what do you do with them?

CT: March 18, 2008 12:03:01 CST
BEEF INDUSTRY SUMMIT FOCUSES ON SAFETY
More than 160 leaders, including cattle producers, feeders, processors as well as retailers and foodservice operators, convened at the fifth annual Beef Industry Safety Summit March 5-7 in Dallas, Texas, to explore solutions to safety challenges as well as review and update best practices based on the latest science.

CT: March 18, 2008 12:06:34 CST
NATIONAL GELBVIEH CHAMPIONS CROWNED IN DENVER
Quality ran deep and numbers were up at the 2008 National Gelbvieh Show during National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo.

CT: March 19, 2008 11:46:15 CST
CAB PRESIDENT CALLS FOR BALANCE IN BRANDS
Premium branding shows the way to balance sustainability today with beef's long-term consumer demand, relative to other proteins. That's the message shared by John Stika, president of Certified Angus Beef LLC, during the Beef Industry Issues Forum in Reno, Nev., in February.

CT: March 19, 2008 11:54:51 CST
MUD CAN BE AN ENEMY TO CATTLE'S HEALTH
Mud is the enemy of good health. Wet seasons create stress for livestock; a wet hair coat loses its insulating quality and cattle suffer more cold stress in wet weather than in dry cold.

CT: March 20, 2008 11:56:06 CST
CONSULT WITH VET TO INSURE APPROPRIATE ANTIBIOTIC USE
The primary reason antimicrobial drugs are given to beef cattle is to treat or control respiratory disease, though other conditions (such as foot rot, pinkeye, wooden tongue, diphtheria, etc.) are also treated, to help the animal fight off bacterial infection.

CT: March 20, 2008 12:03:24 CST
NU-GEN PROJECT ENHANCES SANTA GERTRUDIS BREED
Members of the Santa Gertrudis Breeders International Nu-Gen Standing Committee met at MC Ranch in Georgia on February 17-18, 2008 to discuss the Nu-Gen project and to inspect and approve two new animals resulting from the project.

CT: March 24, 2008 14:30:17 CST
LIMOUSIN TEAMS UP WITH STRAUSS VEAL
There is a new model of veal production on the horizon, and the Limousin breed will be a key component in it, according to one of the largest U.S. veal processors.

CT: March 24, 2008 14:32:06 CST
BLACK INK -- WORTH DOING IT RIGHT
Buy one, get one free! The pitches and semi-annual sale ads pop up in the media continuously. Everybody has a deal for you, the latest stuff at the “hottest” prices of the season.

CT: March 24, 2008 14:33:56 CST
ANGUS ASSOC. LAUNCHES PRODUCER PRIORITY FINDER
The American Angus Association® has created an online tool to help commercial cow-calf producers identify the most important management priorities for their individual operations.

CT: March 25, 2008 14:10:17 CST
MISSISSIPPI EXTENSION OPENS FIRE ANT WEB SITE
The Mississippi State University Extension Service has launched a one-stop information shop on the MSUcares.com Web site focusing on imported fire ants.

CT: March 25, 2008 14:13:36 CST
GRASS TETANY CAN CAUSE A SERIOUS GRAZING PROBLEM
Grass tetany can be a serious cattle grazing problem. It is often associated with dramatic diet changes caused when cattle are allowed access to extremely lush, high quality forage.

CT: March 25, 2008 14:15:55 CST
ALABAMA BCIA ANNOUNCES NEW FOUNDATION
The Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association announces the establishment of the Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Foundation, Inc. The non-profit corporation will provide a vehicle for individuals to support performance-educational programs, research, and activities in the beef cattle industry.

CT: March 26, 2008 12:27:40 CST
ANGUS ASSOC. TO HOST OUTREACH SEMINAR
The American Angus Association® will conduct an Outreach Seminar in conjunction with the Florida Junior Angus Association Field Day and Show, April 12 at Southern Cattle Co., Marianna, Fla.

CT: March 26, 2008 12:30:41 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.

CT: March 26, 2008 12:32:05 CST
COTTON JOINS HEREFORD ASSOC. STAFF
The American Hereford Association and Hereford World is proud to announce Adam Cotton, Wichita, Kan., has joined the Hereford team and will serve as the Southwest region field representative.

CT: March 27, 2008 14:33:57 CST
ANGUS TIMELY TOPICS
The 2008 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Reno, Nev., was well-attended by cattlemen and allied industry representatives from throughout the U.S. While there has always been a variety of programs, subjects of discussion and points of controversy, one of the most interesting activities conducted during the entire week is the annual Cattle-Fax Outlook Seminar, which delves into the state of the arts and sciences that influence the beef industry.

CT: March 27, 2008 14:36:15 CST
KEEP CERTAIN STRATEGIES IN MIND DURING IRS AUDIT
The IRS continues to give significant scrutiny to sole proprietorships filing as Schedule C businesses in the horse, livestock and farming industries where there is a history of losses.

CT: March 28, 2008 13:28:27 CST
MEAT INDUSTRY FACES CHALLENGES IN 2008
After a decade of profitability, U.S. cow/calf producers face increased competition and costs, and a stagnant U.S. economy that may change consumer preferences, according to a new Rabobank report.

CT: March 28, 2008 13:32:15 CST
RESEARCH SHOWS BENEFIT OF DRY AGING
Do any of these words come to mind when you think of beef? Buttery. Rich. Mellow. Superb. Earthy. If traditional beef doesn't have the taste buds screaming “intense,” then dry-aged beef might arouse the sensory beef experience you've been looking for.

CT: March 31, 2008 14:02:26 CST
ARE YOU READY FOR SPRING CALVING?
Spring calving season here, and even though the majority of cattle give birth without assistance, it's always wise to be prepared for those that will need help. When observing pregnant cows for signs of calving, you can divide the process of labor into three general stages. These include the preparatory stage (Stage 1), the fetal expulsion stage (Stage 2) and the cleaning stage (Stage 3). Time intervals and events that occur will vary between each stage as well as vary between individuals.

CT: March 31, 2008 14:03:59 CST
ASA RECOGNITION OF RENOWN SHOW WINNERS
The ASA Recognition of Renown program is designed to honor those producers for making the commitment to display Salers cattle at various livestock shows across the country.


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