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April 2009


CT: April 01, 2009 14:59:53 CST
NEW SCHEDULE CHANGES FOR BLUE GRASS STOCKYARD
Blue Grass Stockyards in Lexington, Ky., the largest livestock market East of the Mississippi River and the most important point of price discovery in the cattle market in the Eastern US is announcing a change in their sale schedule on Wednesdays.

CT: April 01, 2009 15:01:52 CST
PLAN AHEAD TO PREVENT GRAZING CHALLENGES ON SPRING PASTURES
Cattlemen generally look forward to the spring of the year. Pasture forages typically begin growing rapidly producing large amounts of lush, green pasture. Unfortunately, given the drought conditions that many areas continue to experience, this is not the case everywhere, but many areas it is.

CT: April 02, 2009 14:52:19 CST
FORMER USMEF CHAIRMAN SEES POTENTIAL IN 2009
While U.S. beef exports in 2008 exceeded the expectations of many, 2009 could provide even more drama, with the potential for significant improvements as well as the risk of major setbacks, according to one industry leader.

CT: April 03, 2009 15:04:21 CST
COWAN NAMED AHA DIRECTOR OF YOUTH ACTIVITIES
The American Hereford Association (AHA) has chosen to promote within and select Amy Cowan as the new director of youth activities and foundation. Cowan has served the Association in various capacities since she graduated college in 1998. Most recently she worked as the marketing and national shows coordinator, where she worked closely with Chris Stephens, former youth activities director.

CT: April 03, 2009 15:06:40 CST
BEEF CHECKOFF HOSTS PROTEIN WEBINARS
Emerging research suggests high-quality protein plays an increasingly important role in muscle maintenance, weight management, and disease prevention such as sarcopenia (involuntary decline in muscle mass associated with aging), type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. With the overweight/obesity epidemic growing and baby boomer generation aging, the benefits of high-quality protein have never been more critical.

CT: April 06, 2009 14:30:23 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- THE COLLECTIVE WISDOM IS OPTIMISTIC
If you believe in experience and the wisdom wrought by it, then now is no time to panic in the cattle business. It's just a matter of navigating the rough economic stretch for the next year or so.

CT: April 07, 2009 14:36:37 CST
CAB NAMES NEW INTERNATIONAL SALES DIRECTOR
To support its network of global partners, Certified Angus Beef LLC has appointed Geof Bednar, Smithville, Ohio, as director of international sales for the Certified Angus Beef ® brand.

CT: April 07, 2009 14:38:32 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- IT'S JUST US
I would like to say a few kind words about a group of people who not enough of us fully appreciate until we need one: brand inspectors.

CT: April 08, 2009 14:52:14 CST
INTERNAL PARASITE CONTROL VITAL TO CATTLE PERFORMANCE
As we enter the spring of the year we are reminded that control of internal and external parasites may be one of the most important of the concepts affected by management.

CT: April 09, 2009 15:00:06 CST
THERE IS NO GENERIC FORMULA TO SOUND HERD HEALTH
Cattlemen, over the years, have worked diligently to produce the best product possible. Different philosophies have developed different components of the management scenario. Keeping all of these components working together in harmony is still a challenge for most operators.

CT: April 09, 2009 15:01:58 CST
ANGUS TIMELY TOPICS
A tough economy is the true test of the strength of a company's products and services. When there are fewer dollars available for your customers to spend at their discretion, they are forced to prioritize.

CT: April 15, 2009 15:05:27 CST
NCBA LAUNCHES SPRING MEMBERSHIP DRIVE
This year, the U.S. Congress will address many legislative issues that directly affect cattlemen's bottom line – including property rights and environmental regulations.

CT: April 15, 2009 15:08:41 CST
WELL MANAGED RANCH HORSES GET THE JOB DONE
Many have idolized John Wayne and given him the “Ultimate Cowboy” title. The swagger, the stellar walk and confident voice give off a romantic glow of a lifestyle that is anything but a Hollywood movie. Besides the cast of supporting actors, most of these films had something else in common, good looking horses.

CT: April 16, 2009 14:51:38 CST
ELIMINATE WEEDS TO IMPROVE PASTURES
Webster's dictionary defines a weed as "a plant that is not valued where it is growing and is usually of vigorous growth; especially: one that tends to overgrow or choke out more desirable plants." This is especially true in pasture and hayfield situations.

CT: April 16, 2009 14:53:19 CST
KALLION FARMS SET TO HOLD ADVANCED GENETICS BRAHMAN SALE
Kallion Farms, College Station, Texas will be holding their “Advanced Genetics” Brahman Sale, at the ranch on May 2nd.

CT: April 17, 2009 16:05:53 CST
JAMES STICE JOINS LEMMON ANGUS
Lemmon Angus, is pleased to announce the addition of James Stice to their team. James joins on March 9th in a newly established role serving as the operation's customer service representative.

CT: April 22, 2009 11:13:40 CST
PRODUCER PROMOTES BENEFITS OF VALUE-ADDED BEEF PRODUCTION
In the current environment of high production costs and tight margins, beef producers need to pursue every option for improving economic returns. Toward that goal, John Queen has been tirelessly educating anyone who will listen on the benefits of value-added beef production.

CT: April 22, 2009 11:17:39 CST
QUALITY FORAGES NECESSARY FOR TOP HERD PERFORMANCE
Over the last few weeks I have received a number of calls from producers indicating they are unhappy with how their cattle are coming out of this past winter. Across the board they have commented that their herds lost more weight than normal and that they are concerned about rebreeding. This has been especially true of the heifers.

CT: April 22, 2009 11:21:24 CST
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- BAIL OUT
It was chatting with Bugsy about government and how it works for her social studies class that got Hooter to pondering the fact he hadn't written his Congressman for too long. He'd been too fed up with the nonsense, frustrated by their failure to recognize reality.

CT: April 22, 2009 11:23:23 CST
BLACK INK -- MAKING COWS COUNT
Cows can't do math, but their owners should at least do some counting. From financial balance sheets to stocking rates, a precise inventory is a must.

CT: April 24, 2009 13:36:21 CST
WATCH CATTLE FOR OVER-GRAZING ON GREEN PASTURES
Cattle “going for the green” by grazing in recovering pastures are following nature's call, but producers should avoid over-grazing and make sure cattle still have adequate care and nutrition, said Texas AgriLife Extension Service experts.

CT: April 24, 2009 13:38:04 CST
RECENT TAX COURT CASE CLARIFIES IRS REGULATIONS
Many people who own livestock farms are full-time professionals in non-farming fields. But another large segment of ranching consists of retired individuals who wish to supplement their retirement income with profits from ranching, farming or raising horses. The IRS often enough will assess deficiencies against these individuals based on the idea that the activity is simply a means of generating tax write-offs.

CT: April 24, 2009 13:39:36 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- REVOLUTION
We are always hearing that what we need to do to solve all of our problems is “come together.” I hope I don't get hung for treason for suggesting this but maybe what we need to do is come apart.

CT: April 27, 2009 14:58:10 CST
JAPAN PRIME TARGET FOR U.S. MEAT PROMOTIONS
While the sluggish U.S. economy places downward pressure on middle meat prices, USMEF has been undertaking efforts to promote an expanded range of beef cuts in targeted overseas markets to help maximize the cutout value for producers.

CT: April 27, 2009 15:00:48 CST
PAIN CAN BE MINIMIZED WHILE DEHORNING CALVES
Removing horns reduces the risk of injury to handlers and other cattle. So choosing whether or not to dehorn calves isn't debatable. But how you dehom calves is open for criticism and discussion.

CT: April 28, 2009 15:08:51 CST
FINANCIAL OUTLOOK NOT ALL DOOM AND GLOOM
Eighty-four percent of U.S. agricultural professionals surveyed say the probability that many producers will experience financial stress in the next three years is "high or very high."

CT: April 29, 2009 15:15:32 CST
NCBA OPPOSES INCREASE IN ETHANOL BLEND PERCENTAGE
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association sent a letter to members of President Obama's Cabinet opposing an increase in the ethanol blend percentage for gasoline.

CT: April 29, 2009 15:18:26 CST
ANGUS JUNIORS "RAISE THE BAR" IN NASHVILLE
The National Junior Angus Association hosted a Raising the Bar Conference, April 3-5, 2009, in Nashville, Tenn. Twenty-seven junior officers and advisors from six states were provided the tools to build stronger state associations.

CT: April 30, 2009 15:03:23 CST
SEMINAR FOCUSES ON DEFINING CONSUMER'S EXPECTATIONS
An industry that aims to be consumer driven must first identify its drivers. That's why “Defining Consumers – Emerging Expectations” was part of the Pfizer-sponsored Cattlemen's College at the winter National Cattlemen's Beef Association meeting in Phoenix, Ariz.


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