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May 2008


CT: May 01, 2008 12:41:06 CST
ROY A. WALLACE BEEF IMPROVEMENT FEDERATION MEMORIAL FUND ESTABLISHED
Select Sires Inc., together with the Beef Improvement Federation and the Ohio Cattlemen's Association, has established the Roy A. Wallace BIF Memorial Fund to honor Wallace, who devoted his life to beef-cattle improvement.

CT: May 02, 2008 15:56:30 CST
STEAKS SIGHTED RUNNING 26.2 MILES THROUGH BOSTON
During the three days leading up to the grueling 26.2-mile run, beef checkoff representatives were making sure runners were well equipped with the beef nutrition message at the Sports & Fitness Expo.

CT: May 02, 2008 15:57:19 CST
LIMESTONE LLC DONATES 2009 ANGUS FOUNDATION HEIFER
The Angus Foundation announced that Chris McCutchen, owner of Limestone LLC, Perkins, Okla., will donate the 2009 Angus Foundation Heifer, set to sell at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo., next January.

CT: May 02, 2008 15:58:05 CST
TRIPLE C FARMS DONATES HEIFER TO AMERICAN SIMMENTAL FOUNDATION
Triple C Farms of Maple Plain, MN donated an exceptional heifer calf for the American Simmental/Simbrah Foundation.

CT: May 05, 2008 13:58:01 CST
PRODUCTION EFFICIENCY IS THE FOCUS FOR 2008 AND BEYOND
Efficiency. It's a word we are hearing with greater frequency in our everyday lives as virtually every cost we encounter in our everyday lives is increasing.

CT: May 05, 2008 13:59:44 CST
MAY RECOGNIZED AS NATIONAL HAMBURGER MONTH
For over 40 years, the month of May has been a time to recognize the more than 800,000 dedicated men and women who produce high quality, wholesome, nutritious beef known around the world.

CT: May 05, 2008 14:02:42 CST
COMMODITY INSIGHT
"You cannot lift a bull by the tail." In the futures industry, that hoary old saw simply means if a market is going to stage a bull move it has to be led by nearby prices and not distant prices.

CT: May 07, 2008 15:09:19 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- FLEXIBILITY DAMPENS INPUT COSTS
For the first two months of 2008, the cost of gain for steers averaged $75.47/cwt. Last year's average was $71.23. For heifers sold in the first two months of 2008, average cost of gain was $77.63/cwt., four percent more than 2007. When compared to the 2002-2006, average cost of gains for both steers and heifers were $22/cwt. higher in early 2008.

CT: May 07, 2008 15:10:58 CST
MISSOURI TO HOST NATIONAL JR. SALERS SHOW
American Salers juniors are making plans to have a kickin' good time at the 2008 American Salers Junior Association Junior National.

CT: May 07, 2008 15:14:49 CST
IT'S THE PITTS - LIVING IN TOWN
I've heard of all sorts of ways to determine if you live in a town or a city.

CT: May 08, 2008 15:19:03 CST
TRANSFERRED REGISTRATIONS ADD VALUE TO SEEDSTOCK
Communicating seedstock ownership transfers to the proper breed associations sets the stage for satisfying relationships between commercial cattle producers and their genetic suppliers.

CT: May 08, 2008 15:21:15 CST
ANGUS TIMELY TOPICS
May comes but once each year, but what a marvelous time it is to be engaged in the production of Angus cattle.

CT: May 08, 2008 15:24:39 CST
SALACOA VALLEY COMMITTED TO PROVIDING GENETIC QUALITY
During the last twelve to eighteen months southeast cattle producers have endured a tremendous test. Crippling drought, explosive expenditures for feed and fertilizer, and ever rising energy costs have caused many to reevaluate their position in the beef industry. David and Susan Vaughan, owners of Salacoa Valley Farms in Fairmount, Ga., were not immune to these challenges.

CT: May 09, 2008 13:36:11 CST
BEEF AMBASSADORS ATTEND CONFERENCE IN WASHINGTON
Thanks to a generous grant from a private foundation, the National Beef Ambassadors recently attended the Spring Legislative Conference conducted by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, where they received first-hand experience in representative government.

CT: May 09, 2008 13:40:17 CST
SAFETY IS THE FOCUS OF BEEF INDUSTRY SUMMIT
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: May 09, 2008 13:42:05 CST
TENNESSEE TO HOST GELBVIEH EASTERN REGIONAL
The Tennesee Gelbvieh Association and Tennessee Gelbvieh Junior Association are joining forces with the American Gelbvieh Junior Association to host the 2008 Eastern Regional Gelbvieh Show.

CT: May 12, 2008 15:09:51 CST
ANGLERS, TOURISTS SEEK MISSISSIPPI'S ‘ARC'
Mississippi's “Arc of Slabs” is a prime destination for families or individuals seeking a day of good fishing or a whole vacation on the water.

CT: May 12, 2008 15:13:31 CST
U.S. CATTLEMEN'S ASSOCIATION REPORT ON FARM BILL CONFERENCE
The U.S. Cattlemen's Association said today that while the House and Senate Farm Bill Conference Committee voted down key provisions that included meaningful competition reform, language remains intact that supports the full implementation of mandatory country of origin labeling and interstate meat commerce by state-inspected processing plants.

CT: May 12, 2008 15:15:13 CST
WHAT DOES IT TAKE FOR CATTLE TO QUALIFY FOR CAB?
Most beef producers own at least some Angus cattle. They may have wondered what it takes for their calves to qualify for the Certified Angus Beef® brand.

CT: May 13, 2008 14:48:50 CST
CATTLE BUYERS' SUMMITS SET FOR MONTANA, TENNESSEE AND NEBRASKA
Designed for anyone who markets cattle, Cattle Buyers' Summits will be held May 15 in Billings, Mont.; May 22 in Chattanooga, Tenn.; and August 1 in Kearney, Neb.

CT: May 13, 2008 14:51:18 CST
NATIONAL WEB SITE OFFERS ACCESS TO LOCAL RESOURCES
Mississippi State University Extension Service clientele have access to a new national resource that offers information and innovative resources beyond what is possible online at MSUcares.com.

CT: May 14, 2008 15:51:46 CST
R-CALF MEMBERS APPROVE TWO ANIMAL HEALTH RESOLUTIONS
R-CALF USA members – through mail-in ballots – have approved two resolutions regarding animal health, which become official policy effective immediately.

CT: May 14, 2008 15:53:00 CST
JOHNE'S DISEASE INFORMATION ONLINE, JUST A CLICK AWAY
Thirty seconds is all the time veterinarians and beef and dairy producers need to locate information about Johne's disease online.

CT: May 15, 2008 15:13:58 CST
‘FARMWEEK' PLOWS INTO ITS 31ST YEAR ON THE AIR
In September 1977, the three commercial television networks -- ABC, CBS and NBC -- launched 22 new shows, most of which did not survive the season. While it was not on one of the big three networks, a show premiering that fall has survived and continues to inform and entertain its target audience.

CT: May 15, 2008 15:17:19 CST
4-H PROJECTS HELP BUILD STUDENT'S CAREER DREAM
Former 4-H'er Samantha Webb dreams of opening a specialty boutique of women's clothing made from cotton, wool, linen and other natural fibers grown in Mississippi.

CT: May 16, 2008 15:41:33 CST
AAM APPLAUDS RENEWABLE ENERGY PROVISIONS IN NEW FARM BILL
Larry Matlack, President of the American Agriculture Movement, has expressed his organization's appreciation to the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate for key energy and safetynet provisions included in the recently passed 2008 farm bill.

CT: May 16, 2008 15:43:52 CST
WORKSHOP FOCUSES ON OUTDOOR BUSINESSES
Fee fishing, fee hunting, horse trail riding and sporting clays are outdoor recreational businesses based on Mississippi's natural resources that will be discussed at a May 29 workshop in Noxubee County.

CT: May 19, 2008 15:23:23 CST
COMMODITY INSIGHT -- NEWS & VIEWS
Goldman Sachs, one of the worlds most influential investment banks, hiked its oil price forecast for the second half of the year to $141 a barrel, up from $107 previously.

CT: May 19, 2008 15:25:40 CST
LIMOUSIN VISIONS QUEST ROUND 3 COMPLETES 137 DAYS
The Limousin-influenced cattle in Round 3 of Visions Quest – the North American Limousin Foundation's learn-by-doing cattle-feeding and carcass-merit–discovery project – reached the 137-day mark May 5.

CT: May 20, 2008 15:02:43 CST
AGRICULTURE SECRETARY ED SCHAFER ANNOUNCES PLAN TO END EXCEPTIONS TO ANIMAL HANDLING RULE
One day after I was sworn in as Secretary of Agriculture, I learned of the illegal acts of inhumane handling that took place at the Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Company in Chino, California. I immediately called upon the Office of the Inspector General and the Food Safety and Inspection Service to determine how this happened and what could be done in the future to ensure that animals are treated humanely.

CT: May 20, 2008 15:04:46 CST
NINETY-NINE PERCENT OF R-CALF MEMBERS VOTE TO ADOPT NEW MARKETING POLICY
Ninety-nine percent of voting R-CALF USA members – through utilization of a mail-in ballot – approved a new resolution brought forth from the group's marketing committee, which becomes organizational policy immediately.

CT: May 21, 2008 13:08:52 CST
HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO™ AWARDS $4.86 MILLION IN SCHOLARSHIPS TO HOUSTON-AREA STUDENTS
In Reliant Stadium, Houston-area youth's stars shone bright as the real stars of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Students were honored for their academic and community achievements with a scholarship presentation, totaling $4.86 million on Tuesday, May 20, 2008.

CT: May 21, 2008 13:14:29 CST
CHAROLAIS JUNIORS TO HOLD NATIONAL SHOW IN DES MOINES, IOWA
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: May 22, 2008 15:33:02 CST
RAINS MUST CONTINUE FOR DROUGHT TO END
Nothing about rain has been normal in Mississippi in the last three to four years, and the state went from a serious deficit in 2007 to continually soggy ground this spring.

CT: May 22, 2008 15:36:35 CST
STATEMENT BY AGRICULTURE DEPUTY SECRETARY CHUCK CONNER ON THE PRESIDENT'S VETO OF THE FARM BILL
Today the President vetoed a piece of legislation that failed to implement meaningful reform to our farm programs while increasing taxpayer spending by over $20 billion. This massive spending package - in a time of escalating food prices and gas closing in on $4 a gallon – is simply unacceptable.

CT: May 27, 2008 15:36:07 CST
USDA ANNOUNCES CRP PERMITTED USE FOR LIVESTOCK FEED NEEDS
Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer today announced that USDA has authorized certain acreage enrolled under the Conservation Reserve Program to be available for hay and forage after the primary nesting season ends for grass-nesting birds.

CT: May 27, 2008 15:38:38 CST
NEW DEAN NAMED FOR UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE EXTENSION
Well known in agricultural circles across the state, Dr. Tim Cross has been named as Dean of University of Tennessee Extension.

CT: May 27, 2008 15:45:54 CST
PROPOSED WILD HOG RULES AIM TO AID PRODUCERS, TRAPPERS & HUNTERS
Described as being as prolific as cockroaches, destructive as rats, and as surly as badgers, wild (feral) hogs are the bane of ranchers and farmers, but they're a boon for hunters.

CT: May 28, 2008 15:05:01 CST
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE TO HOST FIELD DAY AT HIGHLAND RIM RESEARCH AND EDUCATION CENTER
Tobacco and beef production will be the focus of the June 26 field day at the University of Tennessee Highland Rim Research and Education Center in Springfield.

CT: May 28, 2008 15:06:58 CST
NATIONAL BEEF PACKING COMPANY ANNOUNCES PRODUCTION CUTBACKS
Today National Beef Packing Company LLC announces production cutbacks from six to five production days per week in its beef processing facilities.

CT: May 28, 2008 15:09:00 CST
VETERINARY SCHOLARSHIPS IN HIGH DEMAND
In its inaugural year, the Fort Dodge Animal Health Legacy Scholarship received 158 scholarship applications from students across the country.

CT: May 29, 2008 15:11:23 CST
COMMODITY INSIGHT
For your information the three most influential markets on the board in my view are, bonds, crude oil and corn.

CT: May 29, 2008 15:13:48 CST
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- EYE OF THE BEHOLDER
Up front, Hooter McCormick never fancied himself a world-class livestock judge—passable, above average even, but not top of the heap.

CT: May 29, 2008 15:15:41 CST
TEXAS CHALLENGE II BENEFITS ANGUS FOUNDATION
A night of fun, food and fellowship welcomed Angus breeders from Texas and elsewhere to scenic Camp Cooley Ranch in Franklin, Texas, for The Texas Challenge II on April 26, 2008.

CT: May 30, 2008 14:34:23 CST
UNDERSTANDING FEED TAGS IMPORTANT IN TODAY'S MARKET
As most producers know by now, feeds, feed supplements and mineral supplements are at historic pricing levels. It is increasingly important that the producer knows exactly what he is getting when he purchases any of these products.

CT: May 30, 2008 14:36:15 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- USED, NOT ABUSED
All right, I admit it: I'm an auction junkie. If there's an auction somewhere in the general vicinity I'm there.


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