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July 2009


CT: July 01, 2009 15:17:36 CST
RESEARCHER LOOKS AT THE GENETIC ASPECTS OF MARBLING
Marbling drives value-based beef marketing. How to infuse enough of this quality-grade potential into herd genetics – or even how much is enough - has remained something of a mystery.

CT: July 02, 2009 14:52:28 CST
YOUNG ANGUS PRODUCERS ATTEND ANNUAL BEEF LEADERS INSTITUTE
Twenty Angus producers from across the U.S. explored various segments of the beef industry May 31-June 3, 2009, during the second annual Beef Leaders Institute, hosted by the American Angus Association® and funded through the educational efforts of the Angus Foundation.

CT: July 06, 2009 14:44:49 CST
HEAT AND HEAT STRESS CAN BE A PROBLEM FOR PRODUCERS
Welcome to summer time! Every year, even before now, cattle begin showing signs of stress related to high temperatures. Many producers think of heat effects as isolated to the southern states or the southwest. Unfortunately, that's not true.

CT: July 06, 2009 14:47:19 CST
CAMP COOLEY HOSTS KOREAN MENU DEVELOPMENT TEAM
Camp Cooley Genetics was proud to host, in conjunction with the Texas Beef Council, the U.S. Dry Aged Beef Menu Development Team from Korea on Monday, April 27, 2009. Korea is an important beef export market, importing 57,267 metric tons from the United States in 2008.

CT: July 07, 2009 15:08:57 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- TEACHING AND PREACHING NON-SUSTAINABILITY
"In many ways, USDA's People's Garden is the nation's demonstration plot, showing how small steps can mean important gains in mitigating global warming and producing a safe, sustainable and nutritious food supply," says Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "The garden concepts we're teaching this summer can be your contribution to providing healthy food, air, and water for people and communities across the country."

CT: July 07, 2009 15:14:50 CST
S.E. LIMOUSIN SUMMER CLASSIC HELD IN MURFREESBORO
The Southeast Summer Classic Medal of Excellence Limousin and Lim Flex® show was June 14 in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

CT: July 08, 2009 14:37:22 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- FAIR GAME
One of the funnest times of my life was when I took my “show string” of four heifers to a junior show about seven hours from home. I went with a buddy who showed two Holstein heifers. Normally I would not lower myself to fraternize with a dairyman but he had one good quality about him: his father hauled us there and back.

CT: July 08, 2009 14:41:47 CST
MANY FACTORS AFFECT HOW RETAILERS ESTABLISH BEEF PRICES
When cattlemen put an asking price on a bull or a load of calves, they set it as high as they can reasonably hope for a sale. At an auction, the sale manager announces the target price before calling for bids. Grocers take a similar tack, but feedback is not as direct at the meat case.

CT: July 09, 2009 14:42:12 CST
SPITZER RANCH HONORED BY BRANGUS ASSOCIATION
Spitzer Ranch, Dr. John and Patricia Spitzer, Fair Play, S.C. have been honored with the prestigious Breeder Of The Year designation by the International Brangus Breeders Association.

CT: July 09, 2009 14:46:10 CST
ANGUS TIMELY TOPICS
At the most recent Beef Improvement Federation meeting in Sacramento, Calif., discussion of DNA technology and its effect on the beef cattle business was center stage.

CT: July 10, 2009 14:42:26 CST
EASTERN REGIONAL JUNIOR LIMOUSIN SHOW HELD JUNE 13
The Eastern Regional Junior Limousin Show was June 13 in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

CT: July 10, 2009 14:51:52 CST
HEREFORD SEMEN SALES SHOW 8.4 PERCENT INCREASE IN 2008
Hereford genetics are becoming increasingly popular according to the National Association of Animal Breeders report and ABS Global semen sale reports.

CT: July 13, 2009 14:22:44 CST
DO YOUR HOMEWORK WHEN LOOKING FOR A FEEDLOT PARTNER
As a cowherd operator, you can produce a quality calf. The feedlot manager knows what it takes to finish that calf on feed so it can earn carcass premiums.

CT: July 13, 2009 14:28:25 CST
ANGUSSOURCE FED CATTLE EXCEL AGAINST AVERAGES
A summary of AngusSource® fed cattle proves the program does more than just source-and-age verify.

CT: July 14, 2009 15:56:57 CST
NALF EXECUTIVE DISCUSSES GENOME ENHANCED SELECTION
DNA data and genomewide selection were hot topics at the 2009 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) annual meeting and research symposium, April 30–May 3 in Sacramento, Calif.

CT: July 14, 2009 16:01:05 CST
COW CREEK RANCH RANKS HIGH ON NCBA LIST
National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) released its 22nd annual list of top beef industry companies. The list names the top 25 seedstock, cow/calf, cattle feeding and beef packing operations. Cow Creek Ranch, LLC, is ranked as the 21st largest seedstock operation in the country and has the distinction of the only Brangus operation listed in the top 25.

CT: July 15, 2009 15:04:23 CST
NCBA URGES SENATE TO STOP FEDERAL LAND GRAB
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) and the Public Lands Council (PLC) are urging the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee to oppose the so-called “Clean Water Restoration Act,” (CWRA) scheduled for markup. This dangerous bill would grant the federal government sweeping new regulatory authority, posing serious concerns about government infringement on private-property rights.

CT: July 15, 2009 15:06:17 CST
PRODUCERS TEAM UP FOR CORN-FED BEEF TRADE MISSION
A delegation of six producers representing the Iowa Beef Industry Council, the Iowa Corn Promotion Board, the Nebraska Beef Council and the Nebraska Corn Board arrived in Tokyo for a trade mission organized by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) to promote U.S. corn-fed beef in Japan and South Korea.

CT: July 16, 2009 14:27:21 CST
SWEET SOUTHERN SHOWDOWN SLATED, JULY 19-25
Angus enthusiasts from across the country will gather in Perry, Ga., for the 2009 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS), July 19-25. The Georgia Angus and Junior Angus Associations will host the “Sweet Southern Showdown” at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter.

CT: July 16, 2009 14:31:06 CST
W.D. FARR SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED AT CATTLE INDUSTRY SUMMER CONFERENCE
Two outstanding graduate students were recognized with scholarships awarded in honor of one of the cattle industry's greatest pioneers. The National Cattlemen's Foundation honored the late W.D. Farr, of Greeley, Colo., through two annual $12,000 graduate scholarships bearing his name.

CT: July 17, 2009 13:43:43 CST
NEBRASKA CATTLEMEN URGES USDA TO PROVIDE TUBERCULOSIS CONTROL ASSISTANCE
Nebraska Cattlemen joins Governor Dave Heineman and Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director Greg Ibach in thanking all five members of the Nebraska congressional delegation for the joint letter they sent to USDA requesting that indemnity funds be made available for depopulation of herds infected with tuberculosis.

CT: July 17, 2009 13:46:33 CST
SIMS', BRUMLEY'S COW-CALF PAIRS CHOSEN HEREFORD JUNIOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
Mark Sims, Elgin, Okla., and Kari Brumley, Orovada, Nev., showed the grand champion and reserve grand champion cow-calf pairs, respectively, at the 10th annual VitaFerm Junior National Hereford Expo in Tulsa, Okla., July 9.

CT: July 20, 2009 13:32:37 CST
PUREBRED CATTLE BUSINESS IS A JOURNEY, NOT A DESTINATION
A few years ago I wrote an article entitled “So You want to be a Purebred Cattle Rancher. . .” I was amazed at the follow up calls I received from this article and still get calls and e-mails even to this day – generally 2-3 per week.

CT: July 20, 2009 13:34:25 CST
Z TAGS NORTH AMERICA TO BEGIN OPERATIONS IN UNITED STATES
For the past 18 years, cattlemen have trusted Farnam's New Z® No-Snag-Tags® to identify their cattle due to the superior readability and the ability to easily and effectively tag cattle.

CT: July 21, 2009 13:28:29 CST
MANAGE BULLS FOR OPTIMUM FERTILITY
Proper care and management of bulls is crucial for optimum fertility. Some bulls are naturally more fertile than others, due to genetics, scrotal conformation, etc. but poor management can reduce a bull's fertility or his chances of siring a high number of calves.

CT: July 21, 2009 13:29:48 CST
GELBVIEH SIRES EXCEL IN CARCASS FUTURITY
In the Iowa State University Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity, one of the top sires in the profit summary is a Gelbvieh bull owned by Bart Renkoski, Purdy, Mo. The sire, HRRF 50P, is an 88 percentage black Gelbvieh bull bred by Harold Francis of Pierce City, Mo.

CT: July 22, 2009 14:12:34 CST
THE WORLD ACCORDING HOOTER MCCORMICK -- BREAKING POINT
There's no telling what spooks a steer, heifer, cow or bull, draped with a halter and drug from the pasture to the unnatural confines of a show barn and arena.

CT: July 22, 2009 14:15:36 CST
TAX CASE CONSIDERS PROFIT MOTIVE OF CATTLE PRODUCERS
A tax case, Mullins v. United States, decided in the United States District Court in Knoxville, Tennessee, considered an individual who owned and operated a cattle-raising operation who claimed he was entitled to deduct losses over a period of years.

CT: July 23, 2009 13:37:23 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- TOWNIES
A friend of mine lives in two different worlds. To support his chronic ranching habit he does double duty as a businessman in the city. As a result, his calf brandings are a mixture of cowboys and “townies.”

CT: July 23, 2009 13:39:13 CST
COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS ADD VALUE TO END PRODUCT
Creative agreements by people with a common goal are gaining ground. Sure there are the old standbys that have had members for generations. Like the local co-op all farmers belong to and the rural electric co-op is another longstanding group effort. Today, especially back east, community farms are popping up in different areas.

CT: July 24, 2009 13:44:58 CST
THE ORIGINAL BRAUNVIEH BULLETIN
With abundant spring rains this year, the grass is growing and those of us who may have decreased cattle numbers during the drought are now looking at their operations to see how to optimize profits.

CT: July 24, 2009 13:47:50 CST
DNA TESTS USED TO VERIFY PARENTAGE AND ANIMAL I.D.
Breed registries today rely on DNA testing to verify parentage in an animal's pedigree.

CT: July 27, 2009 14:56:55 CST
BLACK INK -- GOING ONCE, GOING TWICE. . .
Sold. That word can be cause for celebration or the beginning of a personal pity party. It all depends on what dollar amount follows that auctioneer's decree.

CT: July 27, 2009 14:59:16 CST
MANURE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE TO BE HELD SEPTEMBER 29-30, 2009
The question is not if those involved in animal waste management can afford to attend the upcoming conference. It's whether they can afford not to, said Dr. Saqib Mukhtar, Texas AgriLife Extension Service agricultural engineer.

CT: July 28, 2009 14:39:34 CST
EXPORT TRADE IS A VIABLE NICHE FOR PRODUCERS
Developing a marketing program for any business sometimes takes many man hours to make sure all the details have been covered. Delivering the product that is promised in the advertising campaign has claimed more than one firm in this almost never ending process.

CT: July 28, 2009 14:42:26 CST
LEADING BRANGUS BREEDERS LAUNCH GENETRUST
Ten of the Brangus Breed's leading genetic providers are pleased to announce the formation of a unique and highly progressive alliance. GENETRUST is a collaboration of breeders dedicated to the common goal of providing a superior genetic product to registered and commercial cattlemen alike.

CT: July 29, 2009 14:59:32 CST
CAMPAIGN FOR ANGUS HAS RAISED MORE THAN $5.5 MILLION
The Vision of Value: Campaign for Angus, the first capital campaign launched by the Angus Foundation and American Angus Association® to support Angus education, youth and research projects, has now raised more than $5.5 million – toward its $11 million goal set to be raised by Dec. 31, 2011.

CT: July 29, 2009 15:06:44 CST
BRAUNVIEHS TOP FEMALE SALE AT N.C. STATE
Halfblood Braunviehs topped the sale heifers at the North Carolina State University (NC State) Commercial Female Sale held in cooperation with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture June 6.

CT: July 30, 2009 14:38:49 CST
KENTUCKY HEREFORD ASSOCIATION SPONSORS NEW FEEDER CALF SALE
Are you looking for a good place to sell Hereford and Hereford-influenced calves? The Kentucky Hereford Association is organizing a new feeder calf sale Oct. 27, 2009 at 6p.m., at the Bluegrass South Livestock Market in Stanford, Ky.

CT: July 31, 2009 15:13:19 CST
CHAMPIONS SELECTED AT THE 2009 CHAROLAIS JUNIOR NATIONAL
Charolais enthusiasts gathered the week of July 13-17 in Sacramento, California, for the American-International Junior Charolais Association National Junior Show and Leadership Conference. Exhibitors found themselves in the midst of some of the toughest competition in history.

CT: July 31, 2009 15:15:06 CST
LEEMON NAMED 2009-10 AUSTRALIAN AMBASSADOR
At the 2009 National Junior Shorthorn Show and Conference held in Springfield, Ill., the 2009-10 Australian Ambassador was announced as Cody Leemon, Hoopeston, Ill.


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