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February 2009


CT: February 02, 2009 14:03:54 CST
SHORTHORN CHAMPIONS NAMED DURING NATIONAL WESTERN STOCK SHOW
One hundred forty-two Purebred Shorthorn cattle walked the ring of the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo., over the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Sunday and Monday, January 18-19 to compete for the title of the 2009 Champion Shorthorn. Lead judge, Mark Ebling of Cleburne, Texas, evaluated the 109 Shorthorn females and 33 bulls.

CT: February 02, 2009 14:06:28 CST
NATIONAL WESTERN EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS
The 103rd edition of the National Western Stock Show, Horse Show and Rodeo came to a close on Sunday, Jan. 25 as crowds gathered for a sold-out ProRodeo performance. With nearly every day of the show surrounded by warm, sunny weather, overall attendance exceeded expectations.

CT: February 03, 2009 14:03:10 CST
NEW PROGRAM OFFERED FOR HORSE OWNERS
The University of Tennessee Extension is pleased to announce a new program for horse owners. The Master Horse Owner Program, a comprehensive educational course on all aspects of equine health and management, is now available throughout the state.

CT: February 03, 2009 14:05:31 CST
DAIRY PRODUCER ELECTED TO CHAIR CATTLEMEN'S BEEF BOARD
After an eventful week in Phoenix, Ariz., at the Cattle Industry Annual Convention, Lucinda Williams joins the ranks of many ranchers across the country elected by fellow cattlemen and women to serve as Cattlemen's Beef Board (CBB) chair. But in this case, she brings a different perspective from a different part of the world as a dairy producer from the heavily populated northeast.

CT: February 04, 2009 14:22:36 CST
SYMPOSIUM FEATURES WAYS TO IMPROVE REPRODUCTIVE EFFICIENCY IN BEEF CATTLE
Nearly 200 producers, veterinarians, researchers, artificial insemination technicians and Extension specialists met in Fort Collins, Colo., Dec. 2-3 to discuss ways to control and improve reproductive success in beef cattle.

CT: February 04, 2009 14:24:10 CST
KOREAN WOMEN'S MAGAZINES FEATURE U.S. BEEF
Two prominent South Korean women's magazines have featured U.S. beef in their December issues, signaling a possible change in the public attitude toward U.S. beef in this key export market.

CT: February 06, 2009 12:38:36 CST
NEW PROGRAM SUPPORTS AABP AND FFA
Pfizer Animal Health announced a new program that provides veterinarians and animal health suppliers an opportunity to support the American Association of Bovine Practitioners and FFA. For eligible purchases of Pfizer Animal Health products, donations will be made to the Pfizer-AABP Foundation Veterinarian Scholarship Fund and/or the FFA chapter(s) of a customer's choice.

CT: February 06, 2009 12:40:35 CST
RODEO LEGEND HONORED WITH ENDOWED CHAIR AT OSU
To honor the legacy of the famous rodeo man, cowboy and Oklahoma congressman Clem McSpadden, an endowed faculty chair has been established in his name at Oklahoma State University.

CT: February 09, 2009 13:49:33 CST
HUNTIN DAYLIGHT -- MANAGE WHAT YOU CAN
General Dwight D. Eisenhower is credited with saying, “In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless but planning is indispensable.” Though economic wonderments are light years away from World Wars—life and death—the same advice continues to apply; taking seriously rather than for granted the opportunity to chart strategy based on both hard facts and rational assumptions.

CT: February 10, 2009 13:30:03 CST
YON FAMILY HONORED AT NCBA CONVENTION
Yon Family Farms of Ridge Spring, S.C., is the 2009 National Environmental Stewardship Award winner. The family was recognized at the 2009 Cattle Industry Annual Convention for its “whole-farm” commitment and leadership in conserving natural resources.

CT: February 10, 2009 13:33:27 CST
ANGUS TIMELY TOPICS
It is impossible to pick up a paper, turn on the radio or watch TV and not be confronted with a report on the latest economic woes occurring in the U.S. economy.

CT: February 11, 2009 13:39:56 CST
IRS TAKES MORE AGGRESSIVE APPROACH TO FARMING AUDITS
The IRS is focusing more on audits in the farming, livestock and horse industries in which taxpayers are claiming six figures or more in tax deductions.

CT: February 11, 2009 13:42:23 CST
EXAMINE FEED FORMULAS TO INSURE COST EFFECTIVENESS
This past week a producer from Virginia called and had an interesting question. He asked “I've been buying this free-choice mineral and based on the tag it has a ton of stuff in it that I don't understand. Do I really need all this?”

CT: February 12, 2009 13:45:59 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- BAILOUT BONANZA
Everyone from big banks, collapsing car companies, ill insurance firms and even Hustler magazine has asked for a government bailout. All but Hustler got the cash.

CT: February 13, 2009 13:32:47 CST
RED ANGUS ASSOCIATION RELEASES SPRING 2009 EPDS
The Red Angus Association of America recently released the Spring 2009 EPDs as updated by Colorado State Universities Center for Genetic Evaluation of Livestock.

CT: February 13, 2009 13:35:37 CST
GOOD DECISIONS HELP PRODUCERS MAINTAIN PROFITABILITY
Most cattlemen are no strangers to hard work. Blood, sweat and tears have been the heart and soul of more than one successful operation.

CT: February 13, 2009 13:40:53 CST
A COMPETITIVE EDGE: FOR FLORIDA'S STEVE HINES, ANGUSSOURCE ADDS VALUE AND BUILDS BUYER DEMAND
For Steve Hines, who runs about 800 head of commercial and registered Angus cattle near High Springs, Fla., the advantages of AngusSource are clear.

CT: February 16, 2009 14:00:18 CST
CONFERENCE FOCUSES ON NUTRITION
The 2009 Tennessee Nutrition Conference will focus on Livestock Nutrition During Challenging Times. Presenters at the March 5, 2009 conference will receive up-to-date, research-based information presented by respected nutrition experts from around the country.

CT: February 16, 2009 14:01:59 CST
PUBLICATION EXPLAINS WHY CONSUMERS CRAVE BEEF
Food professionals curious about why beef is so popular with consumers should pick up a copy of “Creating Crave: A Professional's Guide to Understanding Flavor.”

CT: February 18, 2009 14:15:34 CST
PELLET TO THE BRAIN DIDN'T STOP ONE DOG
A bullet to the brain usually means game over, but one young Labrador retriever beat the odds with the expert emergency help of a local veterinarian and Mississippi State University's College of Veterinary Medicine.

CT: February 18, 2009 14:19:39 CST
UT INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURE ANNOUNCES INTENT TO CLOSE MILAN 4-H CENTER
The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture announced today that it is developing plans to close the Buford Ellington 4-H Center in Milan by June 30, 2009, and that plans for a new administrative facility for the Milan UT AgResearch and Education Center have been put on hold.

CT: February 19, 2009 13:34:25 CST
RECORD NUMBER OF SHORTHORN AND SHORTHORNPLUS BULL PENS EXHIBITED
Fifty-eight head of Shorthorn and ShorthornPlus bulls were exhibited in the yards during the 2009 National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo.

CT: February 19, 2009 13:36:45 CST
2009 NWSS NATIONAL SALERS AND OPTIMIZER SHOW
The American Salers Association had a weekend packed full of events at the 2009 National Western Stock Show January 17-19. The weekend kicked off with the National Salers Futurity Bull Show on the 18th.

CT: February 20, 2009 10:37:08 CST
RIDING THERAPY PROGRAM INSPIRES GENEROUS PARENTS
Tommy and Brenda Howard of Columbus could see how much the spring and fall sessions of Mississippi State University's 4-H therapeutic riding program helped their daughter, so they made a donation to help make the program a year-round option.

CT: February 20, 2009 10:56:53 CST
KLA YOUNG STOCKMEN'S ACADEMY MEETS IN TOPEKA
A group of 20 young producers from across the state met in Topeka this month for the first installment of the 2009 Kansas Livestock Association Young Stockmen's Academy.

CT: February 23, 2009 13:47:19 CST
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK -- BEYOND APPEARANCE
Sitting in a middle pew, safely flanked by Aunt Pinky on one side and cousin Charlie on the other, Hooter was thinking he was going to like the new preacher just fine.

CT: February 23, 2009 13:50:18 CST
CARE FOR BULLS DURING OFF SEASON TO IMPROVE BREEDING
Your calf crop depends on the bulls you put with your cows. Bulls are half the equation, regarding genetic quality and how early in the calving season your calves are born. If bulls are not optimally fertile you may end up with a higher percent of later calves. The care and management of bulls during their off season—when they are not out with the cows—can make a big difference in whether or not they can do their job.

CT: February 24, 2009 13:33:21 CST
LIMOUSIN EXCHANGE FEATURES BULL LISTING SERVICE ONLINE
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: February 24, 2009 13:35:56 CST
PRODUCERS FACING DROUGHT MUST MAKE CRITICAL CHOICES
Once again, many parts of the country continue to deal with the effects of drought conditions. In some areas this has now persisted for several years with only small degrees of relief. This has become an exceptionally critical situation in some areas where even water supplies are at an all-time low.

CT: February 25, 2009 13:19:03 CST
TESTING BULL POWER FAST TRACKS GENETIC IMPROVEMENT
Compiling data based on figures derived from different measurements has been a tool for corporate firms to tell a success story. Profit margin, increase in individual stock price and statements of net worth all created a comfort zone if they were on the rise. Amassing this information led for a quick trip to the top of the mountain. Cattlemen, because the four legged critter is involved, have to show a little more than what's on paper to solidify the program, but accumulating positive data is a good first step.

CT: February 26, 2009 13:57:51 CST
SELECT SIRES TEAMS WITH CAB TO CREATE VALUE
Select Sires and Certified Angus Beef both understand that one important aspect of creating high-quality beef is the animal's genetic potential.

CT: February 26, 2009 14:00:38 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- QUIT WHILE YOU'RE BEHIND
Before auction markets came along with a better form of price discovery there existed a class of characters known as ‘traders'. There were three prerequisites to be a member of this cattle tradin' fraternity: a big Cadillac with a glove box full of speeding tickets, a silver stick pin that cost more than the price of two calves on an up market, and female acquaintances in every state where you did business.


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