April 2010


CT: April 02, 2010 10:56:45 CST
CUSTOMER SERVICE DRIVES NEW CAB-LICENSED FEEDLOT
Communicating and looking after the customers' interests—those are two of the main objectives at Dumas (Texas) Feedyard LLC, says partner George Foote Jr. With a customer base ranging from New Mexico to Texas, southern Oklahoma and Alabama, attentive service is the key.

CT: April 02, 2010 10:58:29 CST
DECISION AID AVAILABLE FOR PRODUCERS INTERESTED IN USING SEXED SEMEN
With the help of retired Texas A&M University Economist, Dr. Jim McGrann, Sexing Technologies (ST) is now offering an Economic Decision Aid for cattle producers interested in using sexed semen.

CT: April 05, 2010 12:53:48 CST
"EXTREME MAKEOVER" VISITS LIMOUSIN FAMILY
The livestock business has its share of celebrities. Nolan Ryan. Terry Bradshaw. Mel Gibson. Carl Weathers. They are familiar with stardom. But from Feb. 1 through Feb. 7, a Limousin family from the center of Oklahoma experienced the celebrity life. Their story aired Sunday, March 14, on ABC-TV's hit show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”

CT: April 05, 2010 12:55:43 CST
BULL FERTILITY CRITICAL TO A SUCCESSFUL BREEDING PROGRAM
The title of this article is an understatement. Fertility in the cow herd, for both male and female animals, is absolutely critical.

CT: April 09, 2010 13:26:02 CST
WILD PIGS MAKE TRACKS OVER MISSISSIPPI
Wild pigs are digging up trouble across the state and causing major crop damage, so Mississippi State University and federal experts are helping landowners and farmers eradicate the troublesome beasts.

CT: April 09, 2010 13:28:16 CST
PROPER SCOUR PREVENTION MEANS HEALTHY CALF CROP
A cattleman's calendar often takes on dates and time periods that are known to impact the bottom line. Each red checkmark usually has some significance, working through a general protocol to come up with specific results. Calving season is often the beginning of a laundry list of events that will take place until calves are weaned and passed on to the next stage in the production system.

CT: April 09, 2010 13:31:07 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- BRING IN THE CLOWNS
A cattleman's calendar often takes on dates and time periods that are known to impact the bottom line. Each red checkmark usually has some significance, working through a general protocol to come up with specific results. Calving season is often the beginning of a laundry list of events that will take place until calves are weaned and passed on to the next stage in the production system.

CT: April 09, 2010 13:48:00 CST
HUNTIN' DAYLIGHT -- BRING IN THE CLOWNS
Fate and justice have a sense of humor. How else do you explain the recent RICO lawsuit brought against the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and some of the its peers by Ringling Brothers Circus?

CT: April 12, 2010 15:12:29 CST
IT'S THE PITTS - - FILLER WORDS
Most people think that auctioneers are like politicians in that they both speak a bunch of meaningless gibberish, but unlike our elected leaders, auctioneers do occasionally say things of importance.

CT: April 12, 2010 15:18:16 CST
GELBVIEH JUNIORS PLAN FOR 2010 SUMMER SHOWS
American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) members will have the opportunity to participate in three AGJA shows this summer. Two regional shows and the annual AGJA Classic-the National Junior Gelbvieh Show, will provide the opportunity for AGJA members to exhibit some of the best Gelbvieh and Balancer animals in the breed while building youth development and leadership skills.

CT: April 13, 2010 15:01:15 CST
CROSSBREEDING PROVIDES BENEFITS TO BREEDING PROGRAMS
Many commercial stockmen take advantage of heterosis (hybrid vigor) by crossbreeding. Research in the early 1900's demonstrated the benefits, which include breed complementation (combining some of the desired traits from two or more breeds, to gain characteristics that were lacking in one of the parent breeds) and heterosis.

CT: April 20, 2010 09:55:28 CST
MANAGING STRESS IMPORTANT TO THE COW HERD
We hear about it all the time. Too much stress in the workplace. Too much stress at home. Stress on the highways causing road rage. The economy causing stress in our lives due to loss of jobs, high costs, irritation at the government for how they are handling issues. So on and so on. But what about stress in the pasture?

CT: April 20, 2010 09:57:35 CST
SOUTH POLL GRASS CATTLE ASSOC. TO HOLD MEETING
The second South Poll Grass Cattle Association Annual meeting and field day will be held Saturday, May 8, at the ranch of Tom and Toyah McGrady in Montgomery, Texas.

CT: April 20, 2010 09:59:30 CST
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HOOTER MCCORMICK...CHEWING THE FAT
Hooter saw the news from USDA—pertaining to the White House Memorandum—inviting the public to submit ideas about how the government, private business and citizens could work together to tackle childhood obesity. He had to respond.

CT: April 21, 2010 15:45:56 CST
GELBVIEH BREEDER HELPS RWANDAN LIVESTOCK VETS
As a sector veterinarian practicing near Rwanda's Volcano National Park, Immaculée Mukamusoni used to walk as many as 22 kilometers a day to visit her patients, mostly sheep, goats, and cattle.

CT: April 21, 2010 15:48:31 CST
TEXAS STUDY CONFIRMS THAT FENCING CAN CONTROL FERAL HOGS
The second phase of a Texas AgriLife Extension Service study confirmed that it is possible to exclude feral hogs from wildlife feeding stations without limiting access by white-tailed deer.

Baxter: April 22, 2010 09:40:28 CST
THE CACTUS PHOTO
Baxter Black story

CT: April 22, 2010 15:28:56 CST
TAG PROGRAMS OFFER MARKET FLEXIBILITY FOR CATTLE PRODUCERS
Tag programs come in many forms, but also have the ability to unify groups of calves into a single marketing group.

CT: April 22, 2010 15:30:28 CST
BLACK INK - - PREDICTABLE
If the weather report predicts a 90 percent chance of rain, you might not cut hay today. When the cattle market falls $10 in a few weeks but a trusted adviser says it is due to bounce back, you may wait a few more weeks to sell.

CT: April 23, 2010 12:40:20 CST
IT'S THE PITTS - - RISKY ROMANCES
The occupations of farmer and rancher have merited mention on every top ten list of the most dangerous jobs I've ever seen. Usually loggers, miners, firemen and fishermen top these lists with ag workers not far behind.

CT: April 23, 2010 12:42:23 CST
FLY CONTROL CAN BE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY
The battle against flies is constant, but there are ways to reduce these costly and irritating pests—without toxic chemicals.

CT: April 27, 2010 08:37:00 CST
BUSINESS-LIKE APPROACH PREVENTS HOBBY LOSS AUDITS
In hobby loss audits, the IRS sometimes views various types of ranching activities as a means of generating tax losses, rather than a profit-oriented venture.

CT: April 27, 2010 08:45:17 CST
BALANCER BULL TOPS CLEMSON BULL TEST
In the 2010 Clemson Bull Test near Pendleton, S.C., the highest indexing bull with a value of 8.72 is a Balancer® bull consigned by Black Crest Farms of Sumter, S.C.








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