November 2009


CT: November 03, 2009 13:56:00 CST
BLACK INK -- KEEP OR CULL?
You take stock of what you have every day, sometimes in satisfaction and thanksgiving, sometimes in need. The things you own, from ideas to equipment and livestock herds, are parts of a dynamic system, subject to new or better replacing old or outdated.

CT: November 03, 2009 13:58:04 CST
COWS' NUTRITIONAL NEEDS VARY DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES
Nutritional needs of cows may vary considerably, depending on age (young and still growing, or mature, or old with poor teeth), size, breed, whether or not the cow is lactating and/or pregnant, whether the weather is warm or cold.

CT: November 04, 2009 13:56:04 CST
IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT . . . OR COST
Oftentimes pasture management is viewed as a process involving highly visible management strategies that are expensive to implement. These strategies may involve establishment of a new forage variety costing hundreds of dollars per acre to development of elaborate fencing designs. In reality, though, many of the management strategies that may have the greatest impact on the production system are very cost effective and may range from little to actually no cost at all to the producer.

CT: November 05, 2009 13:52:17 CST
EASIER TO HAUL HOME A NEW BULL THAN A NEW COWHERD
A fundamental question was asked the other day. Why not pay more attention to the offspring of the bull when a producer is re-evaluating the bull pen rather than the current predicted performance of the bull?

CT: November 05, 2009 13:55:22 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- MOTHER NATURE DOES WHAT SHE WANTS
Pagan sacrifices. Burning forests. Detonating bombs. Shooting at clouds. Those are just a few ways folks have tried to prove Mark Twain wrong over time. He's the one who famously remarked that everyone complains about the weather, but no one does anything about it.

CT: November 09, 2009 13:54:15 CST
COMMODITYINSITE.COM
The Gross Domestic Product report for the 3rd quarter showed US economic growth rising a brisk 3.5 percent. The data was above expectations and the best showing in two years.

CT: November 09, 2009 13:56:28 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- WAITING FOR THE ECONOMIC SUN
“Net returns have been pressured again in 2009, as input costs remain rather high compared to historical norms while calf prices have struggled,” say analysts with the Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC). “Calf prices are forecast to be slightly higher in the fourth quarter of this year than in 2008, however for the year, calf prices will still be the lowest since 2003.”

CT: November 10, 2009 13:32:42 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- THE CHECK IS IN THE MAIL
When I was a little boy my father put me on a chair and said, “Jump and I'll catch you.” I did and he didn't. As I gathered myself up off the floor he said in a stern voice, “Let that be a lesson to you. Don't ever trust anybody.”

CT: November 10, 2009 13:35:42 CST
MYCOTOXINS ARE A SIGNIFICANT ISSUE IN GRAINS AND FEEDS
Every year about this time cattlemen are taking a serious look at how they are going to feed/supplement their cattle through the winter. In many if not all cases there is a focus on how this can be done as cheaply as possible.

CT: November 11, 2009 13:24:56 CST
CATTLE GRAZING BEHAVIOR CAN BE USED TO MANAGE CATTLE
Cattle are grazers and browsers, eating a wide variety of grasses, forbs and leaves/bark from shrubs and trees. Not having upper front teeth, cattle can't nip off plants as a horse does but use their flexible tongue to wrap around a "bite" and break it off with a movement of the head. They bite short grass with the lower teeth and hard upper palate, but cannot graze as closely as a horse or sheep.

CT: November 11, 2009 13:29:02 CST
CREATIVE ADVERTISING BENEFICIAL FOR TAX PURPOSES
Advertising and promotion are important for any ongoing business or service, even if you have significant good will and public recognition of your product or service. This is true for farmers, ranchers and horse owners just as in other businesses.

CT: November 12, 2009 13:45:28 CST
AS COWS EAT, SO GROW THE CALVES
Your cowherd checklist might look pretty sparse after the calves are weaned and rebreeding is confirmed. Maybe the cows regained some condition and they're coasting now on crop residue. Next item would be, what, calving?

CT: November 13, 2009 13:36:07 CST
RESEARCH PAPER LOOKS AT UPSWING IN QUALITY GRADES
Three years ago, a 30-year decline in beef quality grades was apparent, with only half of fed cattle grading USDA Choice. The Choice/Select spread hit record highs in 2006, but today the picture is much different. July figures show 60.1 percent of the harvest mix graded Choice the first half of this year, but why?

CT: November 16, 2009 13:52:38 CST
BEEF INDUSTRY NEEDS MORE FEED-EFFICIENCY DATA
Feed accounts for 65 percent to 80 percent of total beef-production costs. With grain prices at their highest levels ever, finding a way to lower those costs is important to cattle producers.

CT: November 16, 2009 13:55:27 CST
DEMAND FOR CAB HAS HELD UP WELL
When times are lean, sales of luxury items are typically the first to fall off. However, when it comes to beef, it appears that consumer demand for the higher quality and pricier Certified Angus Beef ® (CAB®) brand held up better than that for USDA Choice or lower grade beef.

CT: November 17, 2009 13:54:46 CST
GRID PREMIUMS SHOW BENEFITS OF VALUE-BASED MARKETING
When you get a bonus on grid cattle, sometimes it's easier to count your blessings than to ask why.

CT: November 17, 2009 13:57:57 CST
AUGUST PORK AND BEEF EXPORTS DOWN FROM 2008
While selected markets performed very well, the global pace of U.S. pork and beef exports lost ground in August compared to 2008, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation.

CT: November 20, 2009 12:42:24 CST
PROTECTING YOUNG BUCKS INCREASES HERD POTENTIAL
Mississippi State University research has found that protecting young bucks improves herd health and creates a better hunting experience.

CT: November 23, 2009 12:48:59 CST
LONGEVITY AND FERTILITY ARE PROFIT DRIVERS FOR CATTLE OPERATIONS
Producers in the 21st century beef industry come better prepared than ever before. Continued education programs and an abundance of online resources help cattlemen stay well informed. Record keeping practices have improved and cattlemen have a good handle on the costs associated with their operation.

CT: November 23, 2009 12:53:31 CST
IT'S THE PITTS -- IT'S THE PITTS MUSEUM
Mrs. Samuel recently brought her second grade class to my house to see my collection of cowboy collectibles. The kids were awestruck by the visit but it wasn't because of my old bits, spurs and canes made from the reproductive organs of bulls. No, they had gaping mouths and inquiring minds because apparently my wife and I are living in the dark ages.

CT: November 24, 2009 13:12:24 CST
AFLATOXIN MOST PROBLEMATIC OF THE MYCOTOXINS
In part 1 of this series we began a discussion on the effects of mycotoxins in beef cattle. To review, remember that mycotoxins are chemical agents (toxins) produced by a wide variety of naturally existing fungi.

CT: November 30, 2009 14:34:10 CST
BLACK INK -- THE TOP LINE
If Wal-Mart were in the cattle business, it would probably serve as an operating definition of “least-cost producer.” People might refer to its cowherd enterprise as the model for slashing expenses.

CT: November 30, 2009 14:35:37 CST
NEW DATA FINDS BRAUNVIEH CATTLE HAVE MORE LONGEVITY
Recent data from the JHL Ranch, Ashby, Neb., a 1,500-head commercial cow operation, indicates that Braunvieh cows have from five to 10 percent more staying power at 9-11 years of age than other breeds in the ranches' commercial herd.








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