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October 2008


CT: October 01, 2008 14:02:55 CST
CAREFUL MANAGEMENT NECESSARY FOR SHOW CATTLE
In the last issue we began exploring some of the basics behind the development of a sound feeding and nutrition program for show cattle. You'll recall that we discussed many nutritional basics, not just as they apply to animals on the show circuit, but to cattle in general.

CT: October 02, 2008 13:47:37 CST
FEDERATION AWARDS BEEF PROMOTION GRANTS
The Federation of State Beef Councils has awarded 12 new grants through its Federation Initiative Fund to help underwrite beef promotions in states with high human populations but low cattle numbers and, therefore, limited beef checkoff collections.

CT: October 02, 2008 13:49:26 CST
DANCING WITH THE SQUARES
Have you seen these dance shows proliferating on TV these days? They feature washed up celebrities behaving as if someone put chili powder in their girdles.

CT: October 03, 2008 14:39:06 CST
CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF COMPETITION GOES BACK TO ITS ROOTS
Creativity, cooking and an interest in the beef industry brought 40 teams and more than 200 chefs to the American Angus Auxiliary-sponsored All-American Certified Angus Beef® Cook-off contest at the 2008 National Junior Angus Show, July 15 in Des Moines, Iowa.

CT: October 03, 2008 14:42:55 CST
INCIDENT COMMAND MAKES DISASTER RESPONSE EFFECTIVE
Disaster response training will make members of Mississippi State University's Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine better prepared to respond to major emergency events than they were three years ago when Hurricane Katrina hit.

CT: October 03, 2008 14:44:42 CST
U.S. HEREFORDS FIRST SHIPPED TO KAZAKHSTAN
A jumbo jet loaded with 253 Hereford cattle left Chicago O'Hare International Airport, then 48 hours and 12,000 miles later, the cattle arrived at their destination in southeastern Kazakhstan on June 22.

CT: October 06, 2008 10:41:20 CST
VITAMINS IMPORTANT TO ENSURE GOOD NUTRITION
In the past we have reviewed the necessity of various nutrients in cattle diets. In this issue and the one to come we'll take a more in-depth look at the need for vitamins in the nutritional programs for cattle.

CT: October 06, 2008 10:43:08 CST
OAK CREEK FARMS TO HOST SEMINAR AND SALE OCT. 24-25
Oak Creek Farms is working toward improving the bottom line for today's feed, fuel and fertilizer crisis by breeding easy fleshing forage efficient cattle needed to make a profit with today's high input cost.

CT: October 07, 2008 13:50:44 CST
COMMODITYINSITE.COM
In the first six months of 2008, commodities enjoyed the best first half of any year since 1973. Since late June, however, fears of slow economic growth, a rise in the value of the US dollar and the worst credit market environment since the Great Depression caused commodity prices to crash.

CT: October 07, 2008 13:53:04 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- BEWARE WHITE ELEPHANTS
The good news is that compliance with Country of Origin Labeling (COOL-beginning September 30) should cost the beef industry $1.4 billion less than estimated before amendments to the law diluted the record keeping requirements somewhat. The bad news is that the amended law is still estimated to cost commodities impacted by the new law, such as beef, $2.5 billion in incremental costs the first year.

CT: October 08, 2008 13:55:44 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- A HUMBLING EXPERIENCE
The story is told that many years ago a star-crazed fan approached Rex Allen and asked for his autograph. The only problem was that it soon became clear that it was a case of mistaken identity: the fan thought Rex was Gene Autry.

CT: October 09, 2008 12:05:47 CST
BRAUNVIEH ASSOCIATION TO HOLD FALL NATIONAL INFLUENCER BULL TEST SALE
The Braunvieh Association of America Fall National Braunvieh Influencer Bull Test Sale will offer a select group of performance tested and RFI-tested bulls on Oct. 27, 2008.

CT: October 09, 2008 12:07:28 CST
CAMP COOLEY ANNOUNCES FINAL DISPERSAL
Klaus Birkel announced today the final and complete dispersal of the Camp Cooley Ranch registered cow herd.

CT: October 10, 2008 13:24:22 CST
FIND THE BALANCE WHEN FEEDING COPRODUCTS
One of the key factors affecting the bottom line for cattle feeders is the increased price of corn. As the cattle industry faces higher input costs, distillers grains are becoming a standard feed ingredient in cattle diets.

CT: October 13, 2008 10:34:22 CST
CAB FEEDING QUALITY FORUMS SET FOR NOV. 11 AND NOV. 13
Hot topics in the feeding industry will take center stage at the Feeding Quality Forums set for Nov. 11 in North Platte, Neb., and Nov. 13 in Amarillo, Texas.

CT: October 13, 2008 10:39:10 CST
CERTIFIED HEREFORD BEEF LAUNCHES NEW BRAND
The American Hereford Association and Certified Hereford Beef LLC staffs have created a new Hereford-based beef brand specifically targeting Hispanic shoppers.

CT: October 14, 2008 14:09:38 CST
STEVE SCHULTZ JOINS ULTIMATE GENETICS STAFF
Dr. Steve Schultz of Franklin, Texas has joined Ultimate Genetics as the lead embryologist at their Franklin location.

CT: October 14, 2008 14:12:30 CST
NATIONAL CATTLEMEN'S BEEF ASSOC. CEO RESIGNS
Terry Stokes, chief executive officer of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, announced he will resign from his position following the 2009 Cattle Industry Convention, January 31, 2009.

CT: October 15, 2008 13:43:34 CST
TEXAS MUST DEAL WITH ARMYWORMS AFTER IKE
Armyworms are marching in East and North Texas pastures, say Texas AgriLife Extension Service experts.

CT: October 15, 2008 13:46:06 CST
THREE PASTURE SYSTEM HELPS MANAGE FORAGE AVAILABILITY
Cattlemen are often good stewards of the land. At the same time, many respect the land so much they often take its producing power for granted.

CT: October 16, 2008 15:05:16 CST
NCBA ARGUES THAT DUST SHOULD NOT BE REGULATED
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments on the National Cattlemen's Beef Association's appeal of the Environmental Protection Agency's rule to regulated dust under the Clean Air Act.

CT: October 16, 2008 15:06:37 CST
CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF CELEBRATES 30 YEARS
Many things have changed since the Certified Angus Beef ® brand was established in 1978. One thing that hasn't, though, is the brand's role in setting the pace for the industry. True to its mission, its leadership spans from Angus cattle producers to consumers.

CT: October 16, 2008 15:10:04 CST
NEW MSU AG ECONOMIST WANTS TO HELP PRODUCERS
Quitman native John Michael Riley became an agricultural economist because he wanted to help solve problems producers face.

CT: October 16, 2008 15:15:46 CST
COUNCIL ENERGIZES NEW GENERATION OF PRODUCERS
Providing an opportunity for young people to be more involved in the future of the beef industry, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association has created the Young Producers' Council.

CT: October 20, 2008 10:12:42 CST
COMMODITYINSITE.COM
The first 10 months of this year have been the worst for US stocks since 1937, 71 years ago.

CT: October 20, 2008 10:16:22 CST
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- THE SCARIEST MONTH
It wasn't like Lucy Springer didn't know the risks of inviting Hooter to be part of a panel sharing Texas legends with the community. She'd been a classmate years ago; both victim and conspirator in a number of near-legendary pranks.

CT: October 21, 2008 13:46:37 CST
MANAGE BULLS TO INSURE LONGEVITY AND FERTILITY
Beef producers spend considerable time and effort to find the right bull for their herd, however, too often this carefully selected bull is brought home and forgotten.

CT: October 22, 2008 13:27:09 CST
BLACK INK -- EARN THEIR VOTES
We face choices in November that will shape our common future, for better or worse. We must decide who will lead our government.

CT: October 22, 2008 13:31:59 CST
MANAGE COW HERD TO OVERCOME HIGH INPUT COSTS
There is an old Chinese curse that says, "May you live in interesting times." The current era in the livestock industry is about as interesting as most of us can stand.

CT: October 23, 2008 14:06:56 CST
BEEFMASTER BREEDERS TO HOLD COMMERCIAL FEMALE SALE
Beefmaster Breeders United, BBU, has set Sunday, March 29, 2009 as the date for their Sixth National E6 Beefmaster Replacement Female Sale at the Columbus Livestock Co., Columbus, Texas.

CT: October 23, 2008 14:08:31 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- COMING ATTRACTIONS
Two German researchers, with obviously way too much time on their hands, have found that cows orient themselves so that their bodies are pointed north 66 percent of the time.

CT: October 23, 2008 14:10:58 CST
NAILE TO BE HELD NOVEMBER 8-21 IN LOUISVILLE
The North American International Livestock Exposition, the largest purebred livestock show in the world, returns for its 35th consecutive year to the Kentucky Exposition Center this November 8-21.

CT: October 27, 2008 09:40:20 CST
ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES HAVE CAUSED A DECLINE IN BERMUDAGRASS
The past few years have been incredibly stressful on our perennial forages. Prolonged and extreme drought in successive seasons, late spring freezes, uncontrolled weed problems; you name it, and we've seen it.

CT: October 27, 2008 09:42:21 CST
NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR NCBA ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD
The 19th Annual Environmental Stewardship Award officially has opened its nomination season for 2009.

CT: October 28, 2008 11:16:54 CST
WHEN FEEDING VITAMINS, A LITTLE CAN GO A LONG WAY
In the last issue we began a discussion on the necessity of vitamins in cattle diets. We looked at Vitamin A extensively and we saw the importance of this nutrient for the animal. As a nutritionist I have always found it interesting how the nutrients required in the smallest amounts can have such a profound effect on performance and health in the animal.

CT: October 28, 2008 11:19:05 CST
PRODUCERS CANNOT AFFORD TO KEEP CULL COWS
With production cost such as feed, fuel, fertilizer, and just about any other item purchased for the farm increasing annually, beef cattle producers can not afford to keep cull cows around.

CT: October 29, 2008 12:02:11 CST
AMARILLO TO HOST LIMOUSIN JUNIOR SHOW IN '09
The Limousin breed will head south for its 2009 National Junior Limousin Show and Congress and All-American Limousin Futurity.

CT: October 29, 2008 12:06:08 CST
BODY CONDITION SCORING REDUCES FEED COSTS
Cow-calf producers have faced significant increases in feed and other input costs the last 12 months. Most producers constantly search for the cheapest way to feed or supplement herds. However, producers may need to look at improving other management practices in order to save on input costs.

CT: October 30, 2008 11:09:34 CST
DO CATTLE REALLY INCREASE METHANE IN ATMOSPHERE?
Interested in greenhouse gasses produced by cows? If so, you might be interested in this news about methane.

CT: October 30, 2008 11:17:51 CST
HEREFORD BREEDERS TO HOLD ANNUAL MEETING
Members of the American Hereford Association will gather in Kansas City Nov. 1-3 for the 2008 Annual Meeting.

CT: October 31, 2008 13:22:30 CST
ANGUS ASSOCIATION CELEBRATES ANOTHER GREAT YEAR
Business for the American Angus Association® remained strong for fiscal year 2008, which ended September 30.

CT: October 31, 2008 13:25:27 CST
CONSIDER STORAGE OPTIONS WHEN FEEDING DISTILLERS GRAINS
You've decided to start using distillers grain in your feeding program. Now the questions are how do I store it, where do I store it and what's the best storage strategy for my operation?


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